Matrei in East Tyrol – an Eldorado for ski mountaineers

The conifers stretch toward the sky, the landscape glistens enticingly and the sun blinks through the thicket – scenes like this attract lots of ski mountaineers to Matrei in East Tyrol every year. It’s no surprise as the region offers snow reliability and lots of hours of sunshine. Thus, the area of the Grossglockner Resort Kals-Matrei is a genuine Eldorado for ski mountaineers. One of the highlights: the daily illuminated slope of the valley piste.

Easy ski tours for beginners

Best head towards the top with a pro – there are many specialised guides and agencies throughout the region. One easy beginner tour, for example, leads from the Weiler Bichl on the Pustertal High Mountain Road to the Compedal ski hut at 1,920 metres. Set aside 1.5 hours for just under 400 altitude metres and a little over two kilometres of walking. Snacks and treats await you in the hut.

Another option is the cosy ski tour from the Wallhorn chapel parking ground to the Bodenalm. Gorgeous winter scenery along the Timmelbach stream is on the itinerary. Again, the hut innkeepers have culinary treats in store. Set aside two hours for this route, covering two kilometres and 500 altitude metres.

Paar beim Skitourengehen im Villgratental in Matrei in Osttirol

Routes for more experienced mountain aficionados

Those who feel the passion for ski mountaineering in East Tyrol can look forward to several routes for advanced alpinists. For example, you can reach the Berger Kogel from the Welzelach parking ground in four hours having overcome five kilometres and 1,288 altitude metres. The reward: a wonderful view of Prägraten and Virgen.

Scaling the Mittlere Malhalmspitze at 3,360 metres is another popular ski touring classic starting at the Essener-Rostockerhütte. Six hours, twelve kilometres and 2,000 altitude metres later you can enjoy the breathtaking summit panorama.

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The classic for true mountaineers: Grossvenediger

Enthroned on 3,657 metres and regarded as a particularly impressive majesty – it is, of course, the Grossvenediger. Mountaineers almost have to conquer this summit once. The starting point for a ski tour to the peaks is the Wiesenkreuz parking ground in Hinterbichl in Prägraten. The first stop is possible at the Johannishütte on 2,121 metres, another one at the Defreggerhaus on 2,964 metres. The finish line is here after a total of 13.3 kilometres and 2,168 altitude metres. This difficult route takes seven hours.

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Reliving impressions in the holiday accommodation

Scenic forests, glistening snow crystals and rustic alpine huts – you’re hit with many impressions during ski tours. You can relive them in the relaxed ambiance of the rooms and studios of AlpenParks Montana Matrei. A cup of tea, a cosy bed and the pleasant anticipation of the next mountain experience will accompany you.

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