The Ötztal group in western Austria are a good ski mountaineering destination for beginners in the Alps. They lie just a couple of hours from Innsbruck, capital of the Tirol region. A good entry town is the town and ski resort of Solden.
Leaving the Vernagt Hutte early in the morning for the Fluchtkogel, Ötztal Alps.
Descending through thick snow beneath the Wildspitze icefalls, Ötztal Alps.
Arriving at the winter room at the Braunschweiger Hut.
This is quite a short one, just a week or so, and like the neighbouring Stubai Alps a pretty good tour for beginners.
|Day 1||From the road end at Roherhof above Vent ski easily into the Hochjoch Hutte|
|Day 2||Ski the Fluchtkogel 3497m, and down to the Vernagt hut.|
|Day 3||Ski the Hochvernagtspitze, 3535m.|
|Day 4||Ski the Guslarspitze 3150m and rest before a big day tomorrow.|
|Day 5||Ski over the pass climb the Wildspitze then ski down to the Mittelberg ski area and on to the Braunschweiger hut.|
|Day 6||Exit by skiing out through Mittelberg, over a short but difficult pass to the Solden ski area or complicated terrain to reach a long rewarding ski out down the Pollestal to Huben.|
Maps & Guidebook
Alpenvereinskarte sheets 30/2 and 30/6
Alpine Ski Mountaineering Volume 2, by Bill O'Connnor