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Ski tour to Hochwurzen

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    Skitour auf die Hochwurzen - Aufstiegsspur
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A popular ski tour along a groomed and preset route to the summit of Hochwurzen.
moderate
Distance 6 km
1:30 h
720 m
720 m
1,852 m
1,135 m
On this popular tour you follow the ascent track along piste no. 33 and then climb to the left (east) of the piste towards Hochwurzen. Past the mountain station of the Obertalbahn and the Seiterhütte you reach the Duden summit at 1,850 m - including the popular Hochwurzenhütte. There are a total of five places to stop for refreshments on this tour. Please note that the ski tour is only possible during the opening hours of the slopes. Subject to a fee - ticket required! Ticket price : € 10.00 day ticket (also valid on the Planai and Galsterberg)
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Gerhard Pilz
Update: March 15, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Hochwurzen summit, 1,852 m
Lowest point
Hochwurzen cable-car valley terminal, 1,135 m
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Cardinal direction
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Rest stops

Alter Stadl
Tauernalm
Hochwurzenalm
Hochwurzenhütte
Seiterhütte & Celtic Bar

Safety information

The route is basicall open during regular pist opening times (8:30 am to 5 pm) Outside these times the pistes are groomed under the assistance of heavy machinery and cable winches, which are a danger to life! Trespassing or skiing the pistes outside opening times is prohibited. On days without evening operation at Hochwurzen also those pistes are closed that otherwise can be used for ski touring ascent between 5 and 11 pm.

Please take warning signs seriously and use a head lamp for your own safety! Mountain sport is always carried out under personal responsibility - in winter even more than in summer. Tourist offices or avalanche warning services do not take any responsibility in respect to information provided. Planai-Hochwurzen lift company and the tourist office of Schladming thank you for your understanding!

Before each and every ski tour or snow shoe walk you should check the most recent weather conditions and avalanche warnings which can be found at www.lawine-steiermark.at.

Tips and hints

General tourism information: www.schladming.com

Info about buses and ski lifts: www.planai.at

Start

Hochwurzen cable-car valley terminal (1,124 m)
Coordinates:
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47.375617, 13.654836
DMS
47°22'32.2"N 13°39'17.4"E
UTM
33T 398452 5247783
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Destination

Hochwurzenhütte

Turn-by-turn directions

The ascent route runs along the eastern edge of piste n° 33. From the valley station of Hochwurzen cable-car you follow a separate route on the left (East) border along the slope until you reach the mountain terminal of Obertalbahn. From there, the route leads you across the small plateau to the edge of the forest, and once in a while at the edge of piste n° 33 until you reach the summit of Hochwurzen. Up through the forest a couple of hairpins are waiting for you, which lets you train your ski touring technique.

Descent route

During the day, you can use every open ski piste. In case of evening operation at Hochwurzen, you can you piste n° 33 for getting back down to the valley in the evening. If you are skiing down between 5 and 7 pm, you have to use the route via pistes nr. 31/35/36 without any exception. Please adhere to these rules. On days without evening operation ALL pistes are closed from 5 pm until 8.30 am the next morning. Trespassing or skiing the pistes during this time is prohibited.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

There is a regular bus schedule between Schladming and the valley station of Hochwurzen cable-car. From Christmas to mid of March the buses do also run in the evening: www.planaibus.at

Getting there

From Schladming towards Rohrmoos via the L722 "Rohrmoosstraße" road. At the roundabout after about 2.5 kms you keep going straigt on through the village center of Rohrmoos. After 2 more kms you reach the valley station of the Hochwurzen cable-car.

Parking

Parking is available at the valley station of the cable-car.

Coordinates

DD
47.375617, 13.654836
DMS
47°22'32.2"N 13°39'17.4"E
UTM
33T 398452 5247783
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Equipment

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Lift pass - in case you are holding a valid lift pass, otherwise you will have to buy a ticket on-site.


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
6 km
Duration
1:30 h
Ascent
720 m
Descent
720 m
Highest point
1,852 m
Lowest point
1,135 m
Public-transport-friendly Out and back Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cableway ascent/descent Summit route suitable for snowboards Forest
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Morning
1600 m 1800 m
Afternoon

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