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Winter hiking in Pitztal

Winter hiking in Pitztal

Enjoy unspoilt Tyrolean winter scenes

Hike through a nature park, to a catered mountain hut or take a short turn in the ski resort: discover the winter hiking highlights of Pitztal and experience the tranquillity and peace of your snowy, natural surroundings.

Regions:
Whole Pitztal
Hochzeiger
Gletscher
Rifflsee

Winter hiking Pitztal

Winter hiking in Kaunergrat Nature Park - Pitztal

There are several marked winter hiking routes to be discovered at Kaunergrat Nature in Pitztal. Enjoy the landscape covered in deep snow and take in the panoramic views with tall and mighty peaks all around. The beautiful Harber pond circular route can be started straight from the car park of the Nature Park Centre. Here, the thrilling viewing platform, Gacher Blick invites guests to discover impressive insights into the region’s natural and cultural history. This makes for a perfect starting or end point of your winter hike!

Winter hiking to a catered mountain hut

The alpine pastures of the catered mountain hut Gogles Alm offer breath-taking scenery in winter too! Take in the wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding snowy mountain scenery from the hut’s terrace. Gogles Alm is open and awaits with regional delicacies on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the winter months. Enjoy your well-earned reward after an ascent of 500 metres to this mountain hut!    

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Hiking in the snow
Hiking in the snow
Winter hiking at Hochzeiger
Winter hiking at Hochzeiger
Snow hikes along the cross-country ski trail in St. Leonhard
Snow hikes along the cross-country ski trail in St. Leonhard

Snow hikes along a cross-country ski trail

Winter hikes can come into their own on a 21 kilometre long cross-country ski trail along the valley connecting Mittelberg to Wiese in St Leonhard. Experience the enchanting atmosphere of this authentic winter adventure hiking through snow-covered meadows, forests  and roof-tops. You can access this winter hiking trail at every hamlet along the municipality of St Leonhard.

Go on a wonderful circular hiking route in the ski resort

A walk on the Zirben trail is an ideal alternative to skiing at Hochzeiger ski resort. The starting point of this 700 metre long winter hiking route is Zeigerrestaurant at Hochzeiger intermediate station. In winter you can also take a walk from there to the Stalderhütte or Hochzeigerhaus (hiking time ca. 30 – 40 minutes, approximately 1.5 kilometres).

On Pitztal Glacier you can take a short, ca. 10 minute walk to the Chapel of the White Light from the top station of the Glacier Express.

A circular walk around the snowy Lake Rifflsee is perfect at Rifflsee ski resort.

Switch off and unwind on one of Pitztal’s many other winter hikes.

Here in the interactive map you can find our winter hiking routes. Also in our folder Winter Hiking - Cross Country Skiing - Piste Tours you will find detailed winter hiking routes.

Alpine pasture hike Stalderhütte/Hochzeiger Haus

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Kaitanger (1433m)
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Kaitanger (1434m)

Start this hike from the bus stop Jerzens/Kaitanger. Follow the signposts through the forest until you pass the Stadlerhütte or reach the Hochzeigerhaus which is another 5 minutes' walk. After taking some refreshments continue to your starting point via the same route.

Fire station – Ritzenried

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Bus stop Jerzens fire station (1098m)
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Bus stop Jerzens fire station (1097m)

Starting point is on the opposite side of the fire station, on the right hand side of the Mühlbach stream. There is an easy ascent at the start of the walk, otherwise there are only minor gradients. At the first fork, follow the path on the right to the hamlet of Schön and then continue to Ritzenried. Follow the same way back to the starting point or take the Regiobus Pitztal. There are several options for a pub stop only a few minutes' walk from the starting or end point of this walk (Pitzloch, Restaurant Zirm and Hotel zum Lammwirt).

fishpond - Ritzenried hamlet

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Bus stop Jerzens Fischteich (964m)
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Bus stop Jerzens Fischteich (957m)

Starting point for this hike is the fishpond in Jerzens. From there, follow the road towards Kienberg until you reach a bridge. At the bridge, the winter hiking trail forks off, follow it towards Schönlarch and then the district of Schön (please be careful when crossing the country road) and follow the valley hiking trail to Ritzenried. Here you may return via public bus to the fishpond or return via the same route. Walking time: 3 hrs (1.5 hrs one way). Fischteich Jerzens at the start is an ideal place to have a break.

Fishpond - Schön - Jerzens

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Jerzens Fischteich (fishpond) (965m)
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Jerzens Fischteich (fishpond) (965m)

Starting point is the fishpond in Jerzens. Follow the path in the direction of Kienberg until you reach a bridge. At the bridge, the winter hiking trail forks off towards Schönlarch, follow it and continue through the district of Schön (please be careful when crossing the country road). Continue to walk on the forest path all the way to Jerzens (bus stop at the fi re station). Here, you may return via public bus to the fishpond or you may also return via the Niederhof hamlet to the fishpond (an extra 30 min walk). 

Walking time: 1 hr to the bus stop at the fire station.

Walking time: 1.5 hrs round trip from/to fishpond

Wassertal trail

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Bus stop Jerzens Kaitanger (1433m)
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Bus stop Jerzens Kaitanger (1434m)

This beautiful winter hiking trail just below the natural toboggan run leads north for approx. 2 km from the starting point. Return to your starting point via the same route.

Hike from Falsterwies to Gischlewies

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bus stop Jerzens Hotel Jerzner Hof (1180m)
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bus stop Jerzens Hotel Jerzner Hof (1180m)

The trail sets off at Hotel Jerzner Hof bus stop and leads uphill to the hamlet of Falsterwies. Once there, continue on a wide forest road to the hamlet of Gischlewies. Return to the starting point via the same route. There are several options for a pub stop only a few minutes' walk from the starting and end point of this hike (Pitzloch, Restaurant Zirm and Hotel zum Lammwirt).

Zirben Trail

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Zeigerrestaurant at middle station Hochzeiger mountain lift (2025m)
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Zeigerrestaurant at middle station Hochzeiger mountain lift (2024m)

Thiscircular winter hiking trail starts and ends at theZeigerrestaurant at the intermediate station of the Hochzeiger gondola. The approx. 700 m long hike leads in the direction of Zollberg through a pine forest and returns to the intermediate station. The first opportunity to have a break is the Zeigerrestaurant and the catered mountain hut Tanzalm  which is equally inviting is only a few minutes' walk. 

Short hike through Jerzens village

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Bus stop Jerzens Dorf (village centre) (1116m)
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Bus stop Jerzens Dorf (village centre) (1115m)

From the centre walk in the direction of the church and on to Gasthof Jägerhof. Simply continue to follow the path to return to your starting point at Jerzens village centre. There are several pub stops inviting for a break in Jerzens (Pitzloch, Restaurant Zirm and Hotel zum Lammwirt). 

Winter hike intermediate station - Hochzeigerhaus/Stadlerhütte - Kaitanger

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Zeigerrestaurant (2024m)
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Kaitanger (1434m)

Starting point for the 5.3 km winter hiking route is the Zeigerrestaurant at the intermediate station on 2,000 m.  You can reach the Hochzeiger Haus/Stalderhütte at 1,840 m within 30 minutes. Continuethe road downhill for ca. 4 km to the hamlet Kaitanger (approx. 1 hr).

Liss - centre of Jerzens

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Car park Liss/Hochzeiger Bergbahnen (mountain railways) (1462m)
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centre of Jerzens (1122m)

Starting at the hamlet of Liss follow the signs downhill to the village centre of Jerzens. This walk leads through the hamlets of Larchwies, Haag, Breitwies and Oberfeld to the village centre. Once there, several pubs and restaurants invite to take a break (Pitzloch, Restaurant Zirm and Hotel zum Lammwirt).

Region: Hochzeiger

Winter Hiking Hochzeiger

Pine trail: circular winter walk 

Winter hiking at Hochzeiger in Pitztal is closely connected to the pine. The pine, also known as the “Queen of the Alps”, is a high-alpine tree. It is said to promote well-being and have harmonizing properties. Some pine trees can be up to 700 years old. There are very beautiful pine forests at Hochzeiger in Pitztal.

The pine trail circular winter hike leads trough a beautiful pine forest with views of the sun-kissed ski slopes at Hochzeiger. The starting point of this winter hike is the Zeigerrestaurant at the intermediate station. The winter hike (approximately 700 m long) follows a path in the direction of Zollberg through a pine forest and ends at the Zeigerrestaurant at the intermediate station. You can enjoy the impressive panoramic views from the viewing platform of the twelve metre high pine cone adventure tower. Single trip tickets are available for winter hikers and walkers at the gondola ticket office. The Zeigerrestaurant is particularly inviting.

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For all winter hikers there is a special offer at Hochzeiger: The Zirbenweg - the winter hiking round trip at the middle station.

Winter hike from the intermediate station to the bottom station

There is a sun-kissed winter hiking trail with panoramic views that starts at Hochzeiger intermediate station, then on to the mountain huts Tanzalm, and then further on to the Stalderhütte or Hochzeigerhaus. The starting point for this winter hike (with numerous options for a break at the mountain huts) is the mountain station of the gondola at 2,000 metres. It is only a few metres to the Tanzalm and the Hochzeigerhaus or Stadlerhütte are only about 1,500 metres further away. Take a leisurely stroll back to the intermediate station and spare your knees by taking the gondola back down to the bottom station. Or continue to walk to the hamlet of Kaitanger (car park at Hochzeiger mountain railways) from the Hochzeigerhaus or Stadlerhütte. This section of the walk will take approximately an hour.

Winter hiking Hochzeiger Pitztal
A winter hike in the Hochzeiger ski area promises great views
Region: Rifflsee

Rifflsee Winter Walking

A both relaxing and highly romantic winter walking tour in the snow-blanketed Rifflsee area creates memories staying with you forever.  
First you take a panoramic mountain gondola ride while indulging in the magnificent mountain world of the Pitztal Alps. On a lovely hiking tour towards the snow-covered Rifflsee mountain lake or Rifflseehütte you inhale the crisp and clean Alpine air, accompanied by uninterrupted vistas of 3,000 m high summits.

The quaint sun terrace of Restaurant Sunna Alm invites sun worshippers to take a rest and restore energy also in winter. 
 

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Coffee-Break at the Restaurant Sunna Alm Rifflsee
Coffee-Break at the Restaurant Sunna Alm Rifflsee
Restaurant Sunna Alm in the Rifflsee Ski Area in Pitztal
Restaurant Sunna Alm in the Rifflsee Ski Area in Pitztal
Winter Hiking at Rifflsee
Winter Hiking at Rifflsee
Rifflsee Ski Area and Restaurant Sunna Alm
Rifflsee Ski Area and Restaurant Sunna Alm

Special Recommendations:

  • Winter walking trail towards Rifflsee mountain lake (5 kilometers)
  • Rifflseehütte mountain inn and back again  (3 kilometers)
Sunna Alm Mountain Lift in the Rifflsee Area
Sunna Alm Mountain Lift in the Rifflsee Area
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