Winter Walking & Snowshoe hiking

Indulging in the white wonder world while winter hiking

An array of cleared paths leads right across snow-covered winter wonderlands and endless fields, along the crystal clear Ötztaler Ache river to Oetz (2 km). Another scenic hiking trail takes nature lovers to the picturesque Piburger See lake and the surrounding nature preserve. Children will have great fun amidst this white paradise by exploring the awesome beauty of nature treasures which are almost untouched by man. Adults can indulge in peace and quiet while forgetting the daily grind.

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Brand - Grastal - Umhausen-Niederthai

Ski Touring · Oetztal
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Map / Brand - Grastal - Umhausen-Niederthai
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CAR PARK SENNHOF (next to the information Niederthai)->Grastal->BRAND 
easy
3.5 km
2:00 h
801 m
63 m
Starting point is the Sennhof car park (daily fee). First you follow the cross-country skiing track for a while, leading along the impressive avalanche ravine in the south-east. Then you reach the groomed forest trail towards Grastal valley. The route takes you to a fork-off towards the Brand summer trail. Red-white-red trail blazers show you the ascending way until you reach the forest road again. Continue on the road to a small hunting lodge where a truly steep path forks-off into the forest to the right. The belt of trees thins out while you gain altitude. A short ridge takes you to the tour's destination - a stone with memorial plaque. 

Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2282 m
Lowest point
1541 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
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Safety information

Please pay attention to the current weather- & avalanche report: https://www.oetztal.com/de/winter.html &

https://avalanche-report/albina-web/bulletin/2019-01-07?lang=de 

Equipment

Appropriate equipment such as breathable suitable outdoor clothes for the weather, wind-, rain-, snow- and sun protection, hat and gloves is for all hikes and tours necessary. Please bring a first-aid box, a mobile phone, a walking map and if there is no hut on the way a snack and enough to drink.  

Tips, hints and links

 Ski Mountaineering Rules
  • If you enjoy activities amid nature always respect the local guidelines when you set out on a ski tour (for example: wildlife preserves, hunting enclosures, reforestation areas, information boards, etc.).
  • Don‘t enter protected wildlife zones or feeding areas amid naturelandscapes, and avoid noise.
  • Cross forest areas in winter only on sign posted trails or marked routes as wild animals can panic if they hear loud voices or noise.
  • Learn more about the habitat of wild animals in the mountains, avoid getting too close to them. Watch them only from a safe distance. Please put your dog on a lead, it is absolutely irresponsible to take dogs into the forest without leashing them because wild animals suffer from food deficiency and weakness in winter.
  • Excellent planning and time management: start your tour early enough and return before darkness. In spring you should be back on the hut or in the valley at 12 noon (avalanche hazard!) at the latest.
  • Never cross forestation zones and areas with young plants and trees.

 

Ötztal Tourismus doesn‘t take any responsibility for the suggested tours. It is strongly recommended to enlist a certified local mountainguide. Glacier crossings are allowed only in a group by using a rope.

Before you set out on a tour you should inform someone down in the valley about the tour‘s destination and when you plan to be back. Anavalanche transceiver is an absolute must for Alpine ski mountaineering tours.

More details about ski mountaineering tours in Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/skitouren  

Start

car park Sennhof (next to the information) (1540 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.128415, 10.967793
UTM
32T 649241 5221313

Destination

Brand

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting point is the Sennhof car park (daily fee). First you follow the cross-country skiing track for a while, leading along the impressive avalanche ravine in the south-east. Then you reach the groomed forest trail towards Grastal valley. The route takes you to a fork-off towards the Brand summer trail. Red-white-red trail blazers show you the ascending way until you reach the forest road again. Continue on the road to a small hunting lodge where a truly steep path forks-off into the forest to the right. The belt of trees thins out while you gain altitude. A short ridge takes you to the tour's destination - a stone with memorial plaque.

Public transport

Travel safe and comfortable with the train to the Ötztal Bahnhof train station. Last stop and exit point is the train station Ötztal Bahnhof. Afterwards you can travel smoothly and quick with the public transport or out local taxi companies through the valley to your desired destination. Please find the current bus timetable here: http://fahrplan.vvt.at  

Getting there

The car drive to the Ötztal valley. Situated in Tirol, the Ötztal valley set off in southerly direction and is the longest side valley in the Eastern Alps. The journey with the car leads you through the Inntal valley to the entrance of the vallly and further on through the valley. Among the toll motorways you can also use the country roads. A route planner will show you the easiest and most convenient way: https://www.google.at/maps.  

Parking

The following parking facilities are available in Niederthai:
  • Car park, payable from 07:00 to 18:30
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.5 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
801 m
Descent
63 m
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