Alpine Ski Touring in the Austrian Alps
February 16-22, 2019
The Silvretta Alps of Western Austria
Join us for a week of ski touring high in the Silvretta Alps of Austria. This region is known for its spectacular scenery, fantastic skiing, and warm Austrian hospitality. Our tour will be open to eight people. This all inclusive trip will begin at Zürich airport where we will meet your flight and accompany you during the rail journey as we pass through Lichtenstein and climb to our destination in the Arlberg region of Austria.
Our tour will begin with a day of in-area skiing in St. Anton to chase off the jet lag and get acquainted with your equipment. The next five days will be spent exploring and skiing the alpine terrain of the region, lodging in the hut system of the Austrian Alpine Club. We will take advantage of the region's extensive lift network to gain as much vertical feet as possible mechanically and skin on skis from there to access remote terrain. Our tour will encompass parts of the Silvretta traverse as well as Piz Bernina. The itinerary can be altered as weather allows to access a combination of in-area skiing and remote wilderness for the most possible skiing.
We will greet your flight in Zürich and accompany you on a stunning 2.5 hour train ride directly to the Arlberg and Tirol of Austria. From there we will guide you for the next six nights and seven days through some of the most spectacular alpine scenery in the world.
Equipment & Guiding
We provide you with backcountry safety gear – avalanche beacon, probe and shovel and a morning's lesson on its use. We've arranged all lodging and meals and our UIAGM certified guide will take us deep into this spectacular region. Full ski touring package (skins, skis, boots and poles available for rent - $200).
- Rail transport from Zurich
- Six nights lodging in alpine hotels and huts of the German Alpine Club
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner and packed snacks during the day
- Backcountry safety gear
- A year's membership in the Austrian Alpine Club (monthly magazine, rescue insurance and cost reduction throughout the hut system for one year).
- Guide book and map
- UIAGM-certified professional guides
Day 1 We meet your flight at Zurich's airport and accompany you by rail (2.5 hours) east to Landeck, Austria, where we transition to vehicle for the drive (45 min) to our first night's lodging in Ischgl, Austria, a ski town high in the Tirolean Alps (4,500').
Day 2 We will ascend by lift to Palinkopf (9,400'). We then descend to the next cable car to the summit of Piz Val Gronda, and the border with Switzerland. We descend off Piste southwest to our lodging at the Heidelberger hut (7,426').
Days 3 & 4 We will tour up a small glacier to the Kronenjoch pass on the border with Switzerland. The Breite Krone ascent can be done before we descend to the Jamtal hut (7,100'). We will spend two days here and explore the area's fantastic remote ski descents - The Gemsspitz (10,191') and the Hinter Jamspitz (10,191').
Day 5 We will ski to the Wiesbadener hut crossing from the Tirol to the Vorarlberg region through incomparable alpine scenery. The heart of the Silvretta region offers possible ascents and descents of the Dreiländerspitze (10,486 feet) and Piz Buin (10,866'). Time permitting, we may accomplish an ascent of the Fuorcla dal Cunfin or the Tirnderspitze (10,486').
Day 6 We will ascend approximately 1,000 feet for our last day, then descend the slopes of the Bieltaljoch and ski down the north face of the Bieltal (valley) with our destination of Wirl, where we will transfer to our last night's hotel lodging before the rail trip back to Zurich the following day.
Day 7 Breakfast and rail journey back to Zurich airport.
The complete trip is approximately 60 kilometers (with additional side touring optional) and will ascend and descend 15-20,000 feet (some of that by lift!) over the duration of the tour. The region, while remote, offers good access to lifts to accomplish the tour and plenty of "weather options" should conditions not be favorable. The beginning and end of the tour will be comfortable hotel lodging. The huts have access to showers and they are run by both the German and Austrian Alpine clubs - providing good food, comfortable dorm style sleeping arrangements, and much camaraderie each night.
Maps and guidebooks we use for this tour are included with your booking confirmation.