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Dachstein Crossing - Austria's National Ski Tour

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  • Dachstein Überquerung Österreichs National Skitour
    / Dachstein Überquerung Österreichs National Skitour
    Photo: Tourismusverband Schladming-Dachstein, Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing GmbH
  • / Blickrichtung Dachstein
    Photo: Tourismusverband Schladming-Dachstein, Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing GmbH
  • / Dachstein Überquerung nach Obertraun
    Photo: Tourismusverband Schladming-Dachstein, Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing GmbH
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The Dachstein Crossing is one of the classic long-distance ski crossings of the Alps.
moderate
Distance 18.3 km
4:30 h
340 m
2,421 m
2,741 m
587 m
"The roof of Styria" is calling you! Austria's National Ski Tour is the most spectacular way to experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dachstein. Depending on the snow conditions, you can enjoy this classic crossing of the Alps with touring skis or alpine skis between February and April.From the mountain station you follow a wide track down to the Dirndl-Kolk and on towards the Simonyhütte.The descent over the ski and Hiking trail no. 650 to the Gjaidalm. A short lift makes it easier for you to access the downhill run to Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt. Tip: There are tours organized by the local mountain and ski guides several times a week, including a return transfer. Information at: +43 3687 23310

Author’s recommendation

One of the alps hidden treasures! 

 

 

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Tourismusverband Schladming-Dachstein
Update: March 28, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Dachsteinwarte, 2,741 m
Lowest point
587 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Cardinal direction
NESW

Rest Stop

Simonyhütte

Safety information

Carefully read the avalanche report at www.lawine-steiermark.at

All information has been collected with the utmost care. The use of this information is exclusively at your own risk!  We take no responsibility and assume no liability for accidents or damages of any kind.

Tips and hints

For detailed descriptions it is best to contact a local alpine school and mountain guide office.

Alpine school Herbert Raffalt

Phone: +43 664 898 08 95
e-mail: herbert@raffalt.com
website: www.raffalt.com

 

Mountain and adventure school Heli Rettensteiner

Phone: +43 6454 76 24
Mobile: +43 664 950 53 63
e-mail: helirettensteiner@aon.at
Website: www.bergundabenteuer.at

 

Mountain guide office Ramsau am Dachstein

Phone: +43 664 522 00 80
E-mail: info@bergfuehrer-dachstein.at
website: www.bergfuehrer-dachstein.at

 

Private ski school Monte Krah - mountain & ski guide Gerhard Resch

Phone: +43 664 140 04 39
e-mail: info@monte-krah.com
Website: www.monte-krah.com

 

 

WM Schischule Royer - Manfred RoyerTelefon: +43 664 445 86 88

E-Mail: info@wm-schischule-royer.at

Website: www.wm-schischule-royer.at

Start

Dachstein Gondola Mountain Station (2,679 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.467780, 13.626220
DMS
47°28'04.0"N 13°37'34.4"E
UTM
33T 396473 5258063
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Destination

Obertraun or Hallstatt

Turn-by-turn directions

From the mountain station, follow the wide groomed track, below the top station of the Schladminger lift, down to the Dirndl-Kolk. Then, head uphill, for approximately 100 meters, towards the Dachsteinwarte. From there, the turnoff towards Simonyhütte follows, this is where the descent begins. From the Simonyhütte to the Gjaidalm, the ski run follows the ski and hiking trail #650. Here, you will pass through the transition from high mountains to the high alpine pasture region. The Dachsteinalm (former Schilcherhaus, 1.739 m) on the Gjaidalm is a popular resting place for ski tourers. A short lift (free of charge for tourers) facilitates access to the downhill ski run to Obertraun next to Lake Hallstatt. Via Krippenbrunn, a groomed and snow-covered downhill run goes down to the valley station of the Dachstein cable car in Obertraun.

Variant: as a variation of this tour, you can take the track from Dirndl-Kolk down to the lower rocky outcrop of the Eisstein. From the Eisstein, cross the middle tongue of the Hallstätter Glacier down to the lake called obere (upper) Eissee. There, you will have to climb up to the Simonyhütte for approx. 200 metres. Gentle glacier slopes lead down from the Simonyhütte (2.203 m).

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

With the public ski bus of the Ramsauer Verkehrsbetriebe from Schladming via Ramsau to the valley station of the Dachstein cable car. In addition, the Planai shuttle bus will bring you back safely and carefree from Obertraun to Schladming or to the Dachstein valley station on TUESDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY if the WEATHER is FAIR. More information is available HERE.

Getting there

  • Bus - Transfer Ennstal
    Guests and locals can take the RVB shuttle service from Trautenfels to the Dachstein Gondola. You can buy your gondola ticket and register for return transfer, from Obertraun or Hallstatt, directly on the bus. That way, there is no unnecessary waiting time at the cable car ticket office.  You must make a reservation for the return shuttle under +43 3687 81870. 

    HERE to Obertraun and Hallstatt.

    HERE to Obertraun.

  • Arrival by car

    From the west: Tauern Autobahn (A 10) to Knoten Ennstal - turnoff direction Graz/Schladming - stay on the Ennstal-Bundesstraße (B320) for approx. 20 km until Schladming - take the turnoff for Ramsau - via the Dachsteinstraße to the Dachstein Gondola Bottom Station

    From the north: Pyhrn Autobahn (A 9)  direction Liezen - take the Ennstal-Bundesstraße (B320)  to Schladming - turnoff Ramsau - via the Dachsteinstraße to the Dachstein Gondola Bottom Station

     

Parking

Even though there are parking spaces at the Dachstein Gondola Bottom Station, it is recommended that you take the public bus from Schladming or Ramsau to use the gondola.

Coordinates

DD
47.467780, 13.626220
DMS
47°28'04.0"N 13°37'34.4"E
UTM
33T 396473 5258063
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

- Freytag & Berndt, WK 201, Schladminger Tauern, Radstadt, Dachstein. 1:50.000. - Kompass, WK 031, Der Dachstein. 1:25000.

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Equipment

To go on a tour without proper preparation and equipment is reckless. Not only your own life is easily risked, but also that of your fellow mountaineers in the same region.

Must-haves: avalanche transceiver, mobile phone, shovel, avalanche probe, first aid kit, sufficient food and drinks, possibly additional clothing to change.

On the day of the tour: Read the avalanche situation report and weather forecast and check what effects it will have on your planned ski tour: possibly adjust or cancel the ski tour. Are all participants fit and healthy enough to go on the tour? If not, change or cancel the ski tour.


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Rating

4.5
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Franz Drobits
March 31, 2018 · Community
Aufstieg bis zum Randkluftsteig. Den hohen Dachstein nicht gemacht, da Nebel und Sturm. Danach Abfahrt bis nach Obertraun. Nach unten hin besseres Wetter und Sonnenschein. Lange Tour, zahlreiche Gegenanstiege und nicht zu unterschätzen ist die Abfahrt auf der Skipiste.
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When did you do this route? March 30, 2018
Christian Neuper 
March 30, 2018 · Community
Super Erlebnis
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Karl-Heinz Krifka
March 19, 2016 · Community
Tolle Aussichten bei Kaiserwetter
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When did you do this route? March 17, 2016
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
18.3 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
340 m
Descent
2,421 m
Highest point
2,741 m
Lowest point
587 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic High-altitude ski tour Insider tip Linear route
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1600 m 1800 m
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