Ski touring to the Zwingscharte
At good conditions, one of the longest ski tours of the eastern Alps
That's what you can make of the ski tour to the Zwingscharte - you certainly do not have to. High above Fusch, behind the huge "Schmalzgrubenkar" there are amazing summits and alpine climbs waiting. You need a good set of experience and endurance for this tour. For the most of you, the end of the tour will be the Zwingscharte. Experts could continue to the Schneespitze and the Hoher Tenn.
The way to the Zwingscharte
From Fusch you follow the way to the "Schmalzgruben-Grundalm" - a nice pasture. After the Schmalzgruben-Hochalm you will reach the massive Schmalzgruben-corrie, which you will follow in southwest direction. After many vertical meters you will reach the Zwingscharte, which is located south of the Zwingspitz-Summit. Up to this point, the ski tour takes about 4-5 hours and for the most the tour ends here.
The way via the Schneespitz-summit to the Hoher Tenn is manageable only at really good and stable conditions. After the Zwingscharte you will reach the Zwingkopf at about 3.108 meters. Over the massive ridge you follow your way towards the Schneespitze at 3.317 meters and finally to the Hoher Tenn at 3.368 meters. You will set up a ski-depot along your way, depending on the conditions.
|Best time for touring:
Spring, too much hazard for avalanches in peak season
approx. 1.900 hm
approx. 1.900 hm
approx. 6 hours
High alpine surroundings, plan accordingly, up to the Zwingscharte not difficult
|Endurance & shape:
highly demanding tour in alpine landscape. Long and exhausting
Yes, after the Zwingscharte exposed, only for experienced mountaineers.
Amazing skiing in the Schmalzgrube, perfect snow until spring time
|Parking, drinking, eating:
Park at the power-station in Fusch, drinking/eating in the Hotel Lampenhäusl
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
- If you continue towards the Hoher Tenn, Crampons & rope
- Safety equipment Peacon, shovel and avalanche pole
- Enough food and drinks
- Weather forecast and avalanche report
- Maps and touring information
- Mobile phone and camera
The ski tour to the Zwingscharte and especially the tour towards the Hoher Tenn is highly alpine. Good weather and perfect snow conditions are crucial. You should be experienced and in good shape. For the most the tour will end at the Zwingscharte - from there the descent is some of the best backcountry skiing you can get.
If you really want to make the tour to the Schneespitze and the Hoher Tenn, we are happy to organize mountain guides for you. When you come back from this long and exhausting ski tour, there is the Lampenhäusl sauna- and sauna area waiting for you. Later on the restaurant has the right food for you, in order to get back the energy.