Greitspitze in Ischgl

Favorite ski-touring route of Selina Jakob

Selina Jakob - Shop Ischgl Zentrum

  • My favorite tour: Greitspitze Ischgl/Samnaun CH
  • Time on trail: 4 hours
  • Elevation gain: 1495 vertical meters (vm)
  • Difficulty: expert
  • Starting point: Ischgl town center


Why is this your favorite route??

I definitely have “home field advantage” when it comes to this route. I can clamp on my skis right behind the house, then away I go. I don’t have to take a car or bus to get to the beginning of the route, so I don’t lose any time and can get off to a flying start!

 

What are the “must-haves” for a perfect ski tour??
My must-have for a perfect ski tour is a bright blue sky! The temperature also plays a big role for me, it shouldn’t be too hot. After all, you warm up nicely on your way up. So, sunshine yes. Heat, no thanks.

Needless to say, high spirits are also essential!
 

What makes this route so special for you?

In the winter months, ski touring is one of my big hobbies. As I already mentioned, this tour is special because it begins right outside my house, so I can buckle up and glide away into the distance!

What is your “daily essential” on a ski tour?

For me, a homemade ginger-and-lemon tea is an essential part of every ski tour.

What was your “Magic Moment” on this tour?

My Magic Moment was one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen, from up on the summit. It took a little longer than expected, but it paid off 100%.

Is this route suitable for beginners?

I would say it’s not for someone who’s just starting out. 4 hours on the trail demands prior experience and good physical condition. 

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Rührkübel in Rauriser Tal

Favorite ski-touring route of Christian Cantonati

Christian Cantonati, store manager in Saalbach

  • Time on trail: 3 hours 30 min
  • Elevation gain: 1400 vm
  • Difficulty:  expert
  • Starting point: Niggl Bucheben

 

Why is this your favorite route??

Rauris and the surrounding countryside is a totally cool area. On this route especially, I really enjoy the silence during the climb. There’s barely anyone along the route, for the most part I’m completely alone, a perfect escape in other words.

 

What makes this route so special for you?

On this route, I love the summit cross. To get all the way to the top, you have to scramble over some rocks to reach the cross. Once you are there, you are treated to an incredible view of the Rauris and Gastein valleys.

What is your “daily essential” on a ski tour?

A first-aid kit as well as a bivy sack, an ultralight thermal blanket with room for two, in order to be prepared for all situations. And of course, something to drink and a change of clothing are also must-haves.

What was your “Magic Moment” on this tour?

On this particular route, I really love the descent. It starts out very steep, and you have super snow conditions there all winter long. My special Magic Moment during this tour is the mountain panorama across the entire Gastein valley.

Is this route suitable for beginners?

Without terrain experience and adequate physical condition, I would never recommend this route to a beginner.

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Sulzenhals in Schladming

Favorite ski-touring route of Bianca Grill

Bianca Grill, deputy store manager Schladming

  • My favorite ski tour: Sulzenhals Schladming/Dachstein
  • Time on trail: 2 hours 30 min
  • Elevation gain: 1122 vm
  • Difficulty: expert
  • Starting point: Dachsteinruhe car park

 

Why is this your favorite route?

I especially like this route because it has lots of variants. It begins quite relaxed but becomes really challenging at the end. Add to that the breathtaking panorama of my home mountain, the Dachstein massif.

What makes this route so special for you?

It constantly surprises me! With a variety of impressions and aspects that can be totally different from one day to the next. I love it when fallen trees block my path and I have to clamber over them to keep going.

But the ultimate part of this ski tour is and will always be the amazing downhill run!

 

What was your “Magic Moment” on this tour?

My Magic Moment is the view over my shoulder as I begin the final stage and shortly before my eyes catch sight of the Dachstein in front of me, and I think to myself, how crazy-small I am in comparison to the Dachstein. In turn, that fills me with joy as I think of my next tour to the top of the Dachstein, when I will be able to feel the silence, the open expanses and the energy of the mountains.

 

Is this route suitable for beginners?

Not so much. At the beginning it seems pretty easy, but as you get towards the end it turns really challenging and steep. That said, beginners can always select the variant that leads to the Bachlalm, which is a beautiful ski tour in its own right.

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Biberg in Saalfelden

Favorite ski-touring route of Stefan Kuen

Stefan Kuen, deputy branch manager of Flagshipstore Kaprun

  • My favorite route: Biberg
  • Time on trail: 1 hour 15 min
  • Elevation gain: 700 vm
  • Difficulty: easy to intermediate
  • Starting point: Bibergbahn valley station

 

Why is this your favorite route?

The combination of safe terrain, great ski huts and delicious food makes this tour my favorite. The route is a perfect way to escape and clear your head after a hard day of work.
 

What makes this route so special for you?

I love it when it has just snowed, ideally with 30 – 40 cm of fresh powder on the ground. Which makes the ascent as well as the downhill great fun. The weather is irrelevant, it can also snow if it wants. Though I don’t like it when it is too cold.

 

What is your “daily essential” on a ski tour?

My daily essentials include a fresh change of clothing, a drinks bottle with water and a warm cap.

 

What was your “Magic Moment” on this tour?

I prefer to go on this route after work, at around 6 or 7 n the evening, alone, to enjoy the silence and, at the end of the tour, the astonishing mountain panorama as well as the view of Saalfelden.

 

Is this route suitable for beginners?

The Biberg lives up to every wish. From easy to intermediate routes, on- and off-piste, it has everything. Though I would recommend that beginners make the climb up the mountain via the piste itself.

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Rosskogel - Brandberg in Mayrhofen

Favorite ski-touring route of Markus Buchberger

Markus Buchberger, shop Mayrhofen Zentrum

  • Time on trail: 3 hours
  • Elevation gain: 800 vm
  • Difficulty: intermediate
  • Starting point: Brandenberg/Aschau/Wimm

 

Why is this your favorite route?

The Rosskogel is one of my two most favorite ski-touring routes. You have a number of paths to choose from, from easy to challenging, so you can literally have it all.
 

What are the “must-haves” for a perfect ski tour?

For me there isn’t a perfect “must-have”. It’s the combination of many different factors that makes for a perfect ski tour. Primarily, the weather and safety conditions are very important. Safety is always a top priority! With regards to equipment, never forget your avalanche transponder and a shovel, as well as money for your beer.

 

What was your “Magic Moment” on this tour?

The view at the end of the tour looking out over the entire Stubai Alps.

 

What makes this route so special for you?

There are a number of options and paths on the way to the top, varying in difficulty. In other words, choose the route you prefer based on your mood and how you feel on any particular day.

 

Is this route suitable for beginners?

In my opinion, the Rosskogel is absolutely suitable for beginners, assuming you are fit and an experienced deep-snow skier. If that’s not the case, I advise against taking the route through open terrain. You will have way more fun on the piste that in open terrain.

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