Alpine on-piste ski touring at the Kitzsteinhorn
"Snow Queen" or "Ice Breaker" - whatever, the essence is ski touring at the Kitzsteinhorn
And that's the motto No. 1 in the ski touring region around Zell am See, Kaprun and Großglockner Zellersee. Long before we are able to go on ski tours in the backcountry of the grass mountains, we take our touring skis up the glacier of the Kitzsteinhorn. There we build up our shape for a long and advantageous winter. After taking the cable car to the base at the "Langwiedboden", there are two different indicated on-piste ski tours.
The way up the Kitzsteinhorn
You have the choice at the Kitzsteinhorn. First you can decide which route you want to take, "Snow Queen" or "Ice Breaker". Both routes start at the Langwiedboden, which can be reached by cable car. After checking out the ski touring check point, you can start. The Snow Queen (Schneekönigin) takes you to the Alpine Center and has 474 vertical meters to offer. The Ice Breaker (Eisbrecher) starts at the Langwiedboden as well and takes you to the top-station of the Maurer-lift at 2.875 meters. Therefore you have to do 899 vertical meters.
Both routes are located sideways of the ski-piste. Please be careful and do not go side by side. Take special care below ridges and jumps - there is normal skiing during the day. Skiers and ski tourers co-exist at the Kitzsteinhorn. The restaurants are used to the ski tourers and you will find special food and drinks in the skyline bar at the Alpine Center. The bar has a special menu for ski tourers, who care about effectiveness of their workout.
|Best time for touring:
Fall, when the Kitzsteinhorn is the only option for touring
approx. 474 / 899 hm
approx. 474 / 899 hm
approx. 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours
The route is next to the ski piste, no technical difficulties
|Endurance & shape:
Mid-difficult in terms of shape. Due to the high elevation - good effects
No technical difficulties
|Parking, drinking & eating:
Parking at the base of the glacier cable cars. Drinking & eating at the Langwiedboden
Do not forget
- Warm first and second layers
- Hard shells for bad weather
- Dukes, gloves and ski helmet
- Sunglasses and goggles
- Sun screen for the skin
- In Spring - maybe crampons
- Safety equipment Peacon, shovel and avalanche pole
- Enough food and drinks
- Weather forecast and avalanche report
- Maps and touring information
- Mobile phone and camera
Who likes to go on-piste ski touring and wants to start touring in fall, the Kitzsteinhorn is the right place for you. The area offers great opportunities for basic endurance due it's high elevation. Please make sure you care about the piste rules, even if you are touring - you are next to the ski piste. There can be some danger from snow cats and machines.
If you are a super expert and are in real good shape, you can skip the cable car and start your tour in the valley. There is a hiking trail from the "Wüstlau", which takes you up to the Langwiedboden. There you can put on your skis and continue the ski touring routes, as mentioned before. Starting in the valley, you can make more than 2.000 vertical meters, which is a really good ski touring workout - looks like you are in quite good shape.