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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.

Osterstein tour (big)

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Car park Arzl football field (863m)
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Car park Arzl football field (863m)

The circular hiking trail around the Osterstein starts from the Arzl football field. Follow the farm and forest road to the left of the football field. At the junction follow the road uphill in the direction of Ostersteinsiedlung for about 400 m. Then return viathe "Diemersteig" path back to the starting point. Tip: If you turn off the Diemersteig path in the direction of Arzl, you can reach the village's centre after a few minutes and there are two opportunities to take a break (Restaurant Herz As and Pizzeria Die Post).

Circular route Mandarfen - Tieflehn

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Bus stop Mandarfen (1679m)
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Bus stop Mandarfen (1678m)

The winter hike starts at the Mandarfen-Rifflseebahn bus stop. From there, hike past the Rifflsee gondola valley station and cross the bridge. Then turn right and walk along the winter hiking trail to the next bridge. Then follow the groomed winter hiking trail in the direction of Tieflehn and from there, continue in the direction of Plangeross. Just before reaching the hamlet Plangeross, cross the main road and follow the trail on the right back to Tieflehn. There are several opportunities to take a break along this route before returning to the starting point: Siglu bar at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Café Bistro at Platzl/Panorama Stüberl Mittagskogel, Pitztaler Alm, Hotel Zirbenhof and Schwalbennest bar at Hotel Wildspitze. 

Mandarfen - Pitztaler Schihütte

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Bus stop Mandarfen (1677m)
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Bus stop Mandarfen (1677m)

Starting from the bus stop Mandarfen-Rifflseebahn walk past the Rifflsee gondola valley station and cross the bridge. Then turn left and follow the winter hiking trail up to the catered mountian hut Pitztaler Schihütte. Caution: You will have to cross the ski slope! After taking a break for refreshments return via the same route to your starting point.

Eggenstall - Enger circular route

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Busstop St. Leonhard i. P. Gh Sonne (1341m)
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Busstop St. Leonhard i. P. Gh Sonne/Liesele (1341m)

Starting point is St. Leonhard i. P. Gh Sonne/Liesele bus stop in Eggenstall. Cross the bridge and turn right to follow the winter hiking trail to Innerwald. Once there, follow the trail to Außerwald before crossing a bridge once again. Then turn right in the direction of Hotel Alpenhof before turning left into a moderately steep in the direction of Bichl. Walk past the partially frozen Bichl waterfall and follow the trail along the edge of the forest back to Eggenstall. Two cozy restaurants along the way invite for a cozy stop – Hotel Alpenhof and Sonne-Liesele Restaurant.

Circular route Fuchsmoos

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Car park Fuchsmoos (1353m)
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Car park Fuchsmoos (1353m)

From Fuchsmoos bus stop or car park this hike follows groomed trails past Piller Pond and pretty soon into a forest, which usually looks very wintry as it is on the shady side of the valley.  After ca. 1.5 km cross Piller country road and after another 1.5 km you will reach Jausenstation Fischteich Piller (fish pond restaurant). Here you can enjoy ice skating or stop at the cozy restaurant for a drink or snack. Return via the same route to the car park or bus stop in Fuchsmoos.

Osterstein tour (small)

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Car park Arzl football field (863m)
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Car park Arzl football field (863m)

Walk for approx. 200 m along the tarmac road from the starting point towards the playground. Just before the playground turn right onto a farm and forest road in the diretion of Osterstein. Walk through the estate and via the Diemersteig path back to the starting point. Tip: Turn off in the direction of the village on the Diemersteig path to reach the village centre of Arzl with two optional refreshments stop within minutes (Restaurant Herz As and Pizzeria Die Post).

Winter hiking path Galtwiesen

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Car park Galtwiesen lift (1196m)
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Car park Galtwiesen lift (1197m)

Starting at the Galtwiesen car park follow a road past the Jausenstation Waldeck to the hamlet of Krabichl in Leins. Hiking time: 45 minutes return. The Jausenstation is a perfect place for a refreshment stop on your return.

Winter hike along the Rifflsee cross-country ski trail

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Rifflseebahn mountain station (2287m)
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Rifflseebahn mountain station (2262m)

Once you have arrived at the starting point, take in the beautiful view of Rifflsee mountain lake before setting out. This easy winter hike follows the outline of the Rifflsee cross-country ski trail past Rifflsee Lake, covered in snow crystals. Sunna Alm catered mountain hut is located at the starting point and offers an inviting and cozy opportunity to have a break. Another optional stop for refreshments is Rifflseehütte, located just a few minutes' walk from Rifflsee Lake. Please note that hikers will require a valid ski lift pass or hiking lift pass for the gondola ride.

 

Circular route fishpond Piller

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Car park Fuchsmoos (1358m)
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Car park Fuchsmoos (1356m)

From the car park Fuchsmoos walk for approx. 50 m along the Pillerstraße road in the direction of PIller. Then turn left to Fuchsmoos and continue to Jausestation Fischteich Piller. After a pub stop continue refreshed on the road down to Oberpiller. Once there, follow the Pillerstrasse road for approx. 500 m on the right to return to your starting point.

Circular route Scheibe - Piösmes

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Bus stop Piösmes Scheibe (1391m)
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Bus stop Piösmes Scheibe (1392m)

Starting point is the bus stop Piösmes-Scheibe. From there, walk out of the valley in the direction of the pub Gasthof zur Einkehr. Then cross the bridge and turn left and follow the groomed winter hiking trail into the valley to Piösmes and then continue to Stillebach. After crossing the bridge in Stillebach you can take a break at Grünzeug restaurant at the organic Hotel Stillebach. Refreshed, you can continue to walk back to Piösmes on the other side of Pitze river. At the end of Piösmes, cross the bridge and hike back on the same route to your starting point. In Scheibe Gasthof-Restaurant offers another opportunity for a break. 

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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