Ski touring in Venosta Valley

Climbing the summit

outer Bärenbartkogel

3,475 m

Start/point of departure: From Graun extending to the Melag hamlet at the end of the Valle Lunga/Langtauferertal Valley (parking area)
Ascent: From the Melag hamlet, 1,915 m, a flat path leads to the Melager Alm. Keep on into the valley up to a distinctive rock barrier, which is bypassed to the left. After that, a basin opens up and, keeping to the left, you come to a steep moraine rib, which is overcome carefully via the cutting edge. A fascinating glacier terrain passes over the gentle slopes of the Bärenbartferner glacier. Towards the end of the glacier basin, you are then dragged to the right, high up the north crest, through which you reach the connecting crest between the inner and outer Bärenbartkogel, which then leads you rightward to the summit. The panoramic view of the Ötz valley and glacier ice giants, especially the Weisskugel, is magnificent - the all-commanding rises in front of us!
Descent along the ascent route.


Tour details

Elevation change: 1,560 m

Ascent time: 5 h

Difficulty: Demanding glacier ski tour with all the associated pitfalls, in the area of the rock barrier and in the basin with the steeper moraine rib, extreme caution is required.

Falbanairspitze (peak)

3,199 m

Start/point of departure: From Graun extending to the Melag hamlet at the end of the Valle Lunga/Langtauferertal Valley (parking area).

Ascent: From the Melag hamlet (1,915 m), a flat path leads to the Melager Alm. Keep on into the valley up to a distinctive rock barrier, which is bypassed to the left. About 100 meters further on here you find the signpost that indicates the Sommerweg trail to Planeilscharte (wind gap) and Freibrunnerspitze (peak). Continue further with the Sommerweg trail. Towards the south, high up at the foot of the north crest of Rotebenkopf where two valleys are shared: to the left, the Planeilscharte direction is traversed and the left, your summit. Continue further till the visible col, from here head eastwards; it starts rather wide initially, but then the ever narrowing crest (pay attention!) stretches high to the summit, which opens up a magnificent panoramic view for you.

Descent: along the ascent route


Tour details

Elevation change: 1,300 m

Ascent time: 4 h

Difficulty: mostly quite concise, on the crest just before the summit, the terrain is quite steep and narrow and caution is needed (ice crampons recommended!).

Glockhauser

3,021 m

Start/point of departure: From Graun extending to the Melag hamlet at the end of the Valle Lunga/Langtauferertal Valley (parking area).

Ascent: From Melag (1,915 m) northwest to the last post of an old T-bar lift. To the right on the route of the Sommerweg trail, across the steep slope above the hamlet, past a wayside cross and then in the left-hand bend in the valley of the Melager creek, which you follow up to 2,300 m. Route A through the Mitterkar: Across a ramp with a view to the western part of the Hennesiglkopf peak. After another steep slope, the view to the Glockhauser opens up for the first time. To the left from the south crest of the Western part of Hennesiglkopf (avoid the steep slopes!), you reach the slope summit, before you stand on the panoramic summit. Route B through the Schönkar: North-westerly upwards and left from the peak (2,735 m) through the Schönkar in a northerly direction to the summit.

Descent: along the ascent route.


Tour details

Elevation change: 1,100 m
Ascent time: 3 h
Difficulty: The tour requires safe conditions.

Habicherkopf (peak)

2,901 m

Start/point of departure: From Graun to Kapron, then right to the nearby lying Perwarg farmstead (1,687 m)

Ascent: From the "Perwarg" farmstead at Kapron, first of all eastwards and then southwards down a mountain path along the ascent to the Ochsenbergalm, at the entrance of the valley of the same name. Through the flat valley floor southwards until you reach an obvious narrowing. Right from the creek, after a few steep hairpins (pay attention), a shrine is reached, then south towards the direction of Mittereck. After reaching the wide troughs, which offer a view to the Mittereck and Habicher, turn right to the Ochsenberg col. (If desired, continue towards the direction of Mittereck up until the col at 2,775 m, to reach the summit). Through a south-facing slope (pay attention during snowdrifts!), you reach the Ochsenberg col (2,701 m); then follows the crest to reach the summit.

Descent: along the ascent route.


Tour details

Elevation change: 1,220 m

Ascent time: 3 ½ h

Difficulty: Avalanches will hardly be a danger with a sensible choice of route. Tricky locations are located possibly shortly before the shrine and on the south-facing slopes of the Ochsenberg col.

Hennesigl Spitze (peak)

3,131 m

Start/point of departure: From Graun extending to the Melag hamlet at the end of the Valle Lunga/Langtauferertal Valley (parking area).

Ascent: From Melag (1,925 m) parking area, northwest through the rolling land up to the last post of an old T-bar lift. To the right (west), across the steep slope above the hamlet, past a wayside cross and then in the left-hand bend in the valley of the Melager creek, which we follow up to 2,400 m (on the left side of the creek). The V-valley, which traverses in a northwards direction, is to be avoided in unfavourable conditions. Continue almost exactly further north in a heavily changing slope through the "Schichkar" until the col (steep!) between Hennesigl head and Hennesigl peak. Follow the demanding crest (pay attention!) to the summit.
Descent: along the ascent route.


Tour details

Elevation change: 1,200 m

Ascent time: 3 ½ h

Difficulty: Challenging tours, danger points in the steep sections above the hamlet and in the V-valley as well as on the steep summit slope: ice crampons are extremely helpful.

Mittereck

2,908 m

Start/point of departure: From Graun to Kapron, then right to the nearby lying Perwarg farmstead (1,687 m).

Ascent: From the "Perwarg" farmstead (1,687 m) at Kapron, first of all eastwards and then southwards down a mountain path along the ascent to the Ochsenbergalm, at the entrance of the valley of the same name. The route is quite manageable here. Through the flat valley floor, always southwards until you reach an obvious narrowing. A shrine can be reached by going right from the creek resp. the ditch after a few steeper switchbacks (pay attention!); the path from here is again to the south. The summit is now visible and you can easily climb upwards keeping right over the wide troughs. You can get to the rather steep summit slope over the broad crest.
Descent: along the ascent route.


Tour details

Elevation change: 1,250 m

Ascent time: 3 ½ - 4 h

Difficulty: Avalanches will hardly be a danger with a sensible choice of route. Tricky locations are located possibly shortly before the shrine and on the south-facing slopes of the Ochsenberg col.

Großer Schafkopf

3,001 m

Ascent: At the end of the Gschwell hamlet in the Langtauferer valley, you ascend over a meadow in the direction of a mountain barn. To the left, you follow a well laid out military road up to the forest boundary. You come across some avalanche defences at the forest boundary: In this area, you must carefully bypass the steeper slopes (danger of avalanches) until you arrive at a rather flat crest to the right. Climb ever so slightly to the left over several troughs and beautiful slopes to Wölfelesjoch (ridge). The slope to the col is steep and lee-sided, therefore there is a danger of avalanches in unfavourable conditions! The western crest from the ridge to the summit is taken on foot: safe walking is required among some short passages.

Descent: as ascent


Tour details

Elevation change: 1,200 m

Ascent time: 3 ½ h

Difficulty: This ski tour must be absolutely avoided in unfavourable conditions, especially in snowdrifts; see danger points in the description.

Weisskugel

3,739 m

Start/point of departure: From Graun extending to the Melag hamlet (1,915 m) at the end of the Valle Lunga/Langtauferertal Valley (parking area)

Support point: Weisskugelhütte (2,544 m)

Hut ascent: From the Melag hamlet, a path leads to the Melager Alm (Alpine hut). From here there are two variants depending on snow conditions: 1) Continue into the valley to the right of the Karlin creek to the moraine barriers to around 2,400 m, then left to the hut. 2) Across the steep southern slope, roughly along the Sommerweg path (only in safe snow conditions).
Ascent: From the hut, the route traverses initially south-easterly across the moraine slopes to the glacier (Fernerzunge). Bearing left, you now come upwards across the Langtauferer glacier (be careful of the ravines), then at the foot of the Langtauferer peak, continue towards the deepest dip of the Weisskugeljoch (col at 3,368 m). Here, upwards to the right across the very steep eastern flank (only in absolutely safe snow conditions - crampons mostly required). From Weisskugeljoch to Hintereisjoch (col at 3,469 m), across the southern flank (ascent of Matscher & Schnals valley) up until the rocky ridge; continue to the summit via this.
Descent: along the ascent route

Descent variant: South-facing up until Hintereisjoch, across the Matscher Ferner (glacier) to the west, continuing to Bärenbartjoch (3,300 m), descent via the Bärenbartferner glacier.


Tour details

Elevation change: Weisskugehütte Lodge 1,300 m | Melag 1,800 m

Ascent time: Weisskugehütte Lodge 4 h | Melag 6 h

Difficulty: Demanding glacier ski tour with all the associated pitfalls, requires absolutely safe snow and visibility conditions, particular caution over the east face must be paid, complete glacier equipment necessary.

Outer Nockenkopf

2,769 m

Start/point of departure: At the north end of Resia/Reschen, the road "102“ leads via Pitz to the high-altitude hamlet of Rojen (1,973 m).
Ascent: Upwards from the parking area to the hamlet, continue up until the mouth of a ditch, which is crossed to the right. After overcoming a steep slope, the route passes over gentle slopes and troughs in a northerly direction down to below the south slope of the Nockenkopf. Across the slope here, keeping effectively towards the right, upwards, and across the mountain ridge to the summit. If the slope is not safe of avalanches, you can also ascend left through the col of the Nockenkopf (outer col 2,636 m), which provides for great views of the Lower Engadin.

Descent: along the ascent route


Tour details

Elevation change: 850 m

Ascent time: 2 ½ h

Difficulty: No dangers should be present upon a sensible choice of route. The summit slope should be avoided in unsafe conditions, especially in snowdrifts (LEE-slope!).

Inner Nockenkopf

2,772 m

Start/point of departure: At the north end of Resia/Reschen, the road "102“ leads via Pitz to the high-altitude hamlet of Rojen (1,973 m).

Ascent: On the right side of the valley, the initially flat path traverses inwards, to the southeast. Before you get to the cluster of idyllic mountain barns, you should delicately climb across the gentle slopes of the mountain meadows, keeping towards the right, before you then ascend through an almost treeless mountain ridge to the right. The first slope is rather steep and requires caution; continue across the mountain ridge further over wide, slightly steep slopes, until you arrive at a weather cross. The prominent summit section is climbed via the S-ridge, where you can delicately avoid the steep slopes in unsafe conditions for the most part.

Descent: along the ascent route.


Tour details

Elevation change: 900 m
Ascent time: 3 h

Difficulty: If conditions are good and the route choice reasonable, you are in for an easy enough tour. The steeper mountain ridge in the lower part as well as the summit section require absolutely safe conditions!

Spi da Rusenna "Seablöcher"

2,741 m

Start/point of departure: At the north end of Resia/Reschen, the road leads via Pitz to the high-altitude hamlet of Rojen (1,973 m).

Ascent: The Outer Nockenkopf is reached along the visible ascent track. This track initially heads right in the direction of the Rojen hamlet from the parking area. Continue up until the mouth of a ditch, which is crossed to the right. It traverses further to the vast troughs over gentle slopes, where the outer col is found to the left of the Spi da Rusenna slope and the outer Nockenkopf to the right. From here to the left, slightly rightwards over two gentle crests, wherein you should avoid the steep eastern flanks. On the "Fulgaköpfl" 2,600m, the dome summit is apparent, which you reach through terrain that isn't so difficult. The main peak, 2,741 m, is located southwest from the long crest and gives you a glimpse of the inner Rojen mountains, with the Inner Nockenkopf, Grionkopf and Piz Schalamberg.
Descent: along the ascent route


Tour details

Elevation change: 850 m

Ascent time: 2 ½ h

Difficulty: With any sensible track setting, such a tour is unproblematic. One should remain far away from the east and southeast slopes of the Spi da Rusenna, especially in unfavourable conditions.

Elferspitz & Zwölferkopf

2,925 m & 2,783 m

Start/point of departure: At the north end of Resia/Reschen, the road "102“ leads via Pitz to the high-altitude hamlet of Rojen (1,973 m). Parking area of the ski lift at the end of the valley to the left.

Ascent: A: From the parking area, upwards to the left across the ski piste, bypass the north slope of the Zwölferkopf, right to the tree line, then further upwards across moderately steep slopes in the left bend up until the north crest, which leads directly to the summit of the Zehnerkopf. By going across the crest to the south, initially slightly descending, you will reach the summit of the Elfer after a climb over the rather steep north slope.
B: Continue to the col from the parking area to the left, directly over the ski piste, always crossing the troughs and slopes between the Zehner- and Zwölfer peaks. Continue to the right and across the steep slope to the summit.

Descent: along the ascent route


Tour details

Elevation change: 1,000 m

Ascent time: 3 - 3 ½ h

Difficulty: Both variants require absolutely safe avalanche conditions. In particular, the steep slopes and the lee-slopes must be avoided!

Grionkopf

2,896 m

Start: At the north end of Resia/Reschen, the road leads via Pitz to the high-altitude hamlet of Rojen (1,973 m).

Starting point: Small car park (1,920 m) at the end of the valley, just to the left of the Rojen creek.
Ascent: From the parking area, over the bridge and right of the creek running through the flat valley floor. Continue slightly ascending uphill before the fork to the Vallung valley in the right bend. Just north of the Vallungspitze (peak), you should always bear to the right from the creek till the valley opens up again. Continue across gentle slopes and troughs to the west till you reach a wide col, then continue along the crest till the summit is reached.

Descent: along the ascent route


Tour details

Elevation change: 950 m

Ascent time: 3 h

Difficulty: The narrow point north of the Vallungspitze (peak) and steeper slopes are dangerous in unsafe conditions

Piz Lat

2,808 m

Start/point of departure: At the north end of Resia/Reschen, the road leads via Pitz to the hamlet of Rojen (1,973 m). The junction (1,792 m) to the Reschener Alm, a good 1 km before Rojen, where you can park the car on the bridge.
Ascent: The forest road along to the Reschener Alm (2,252 m). Just north continuing up to a striking mountain ridge, to the left leading upwards to the hill with the weather cross. The ascent route continues up the steep southern flank.
Further ascent possibilities: With enough snow, from the Gasthof Etschquelle/Reschen across the Pofel lift to the Reschener Alm and continue as described above. Magnificently, you conquer 1,400 m!
Descent: along the ascent route

 

Tour details

Elevation change: 900 m

Ascent time: 3 h

Difficulty: The ski tour presents no particular difficulties in good conditions and reasonable route selection. Avoid completely in disadvantageous visibility conditions (orientation difficulties!)

Grionplotten

2,851 m

Start/point of departure: At the north end of Resia/Reschen, the road "102“ leads via Pitz to the high-altitude hamlet of Rojen (1,973 m).
Ascent: On the right side of the valley, the route traverses inwards, south westerly, then you ascend across the gentle slopes of the mountain meadows bearing right without any problems, before you then ascend over a mountain ridge. The first slope is rather steep and requires caution; continue across the mountain ridge further over slightly flat slopes, until you arrive at a weather cross (south towards the Innerer Nockenkopf). Continue further west across gentle troughs. A little bit of care should be taken over the final peak slope, which is overcome by going from left to right.
Further ascent: You can also go further into the valley and follow the first part of the route to Griankopf, always delicately avoiding steep slopes and V-points, bearing right upwards to the direction of Grionplotten.
Descent: along the ascent route

 

Tour details

Elevation change: 900 m

Ascent time: 3 h

Difficulty: The ski tour presents no particular difficulties in good conditions and reasonable route selection. Avoid completely in disadvantageous visibility conditions (orientation difficulties!)

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