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TouringTip | Gartnerkofel

Short ascent from the lift and long north descent

by German Wehinger • 01/04/2020
The Nassfeld ski resort on the border with Italy in the south of Austria usually benefits from the südstau. Extreme amounts of snow are not uncommon here and are not a problem as long as they are acceptable for the environment.

The Nassfeld ski resort offers extensive slopes with sparse forest and interesting gullies. The terrain also offers the opportunity to do a few warm-up laps before starting the tour.

Ascent and descent

At the FIS lift, the skins are put on and it's a leisurely walk to the Gamskarscharte, which can be reached in half an hour. If you feel like it, you can also climb the Gartnerkofel from there. In any case, the descent is on the reverse side and is therefore often still untracked.

During our visit, we were able to enjoy the sight of a bizarre winter landscape before setting off from the saddle towards the Kühweger Alm in fine, set and untracked powder. Be sure to keep left to get from the Felshorn into a wide, steep gully, the small Gamskar. The houses of the Kühweger Alm can already be seen from here.

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But first there are almost 500 meters of altitude with guaranteed flow. Once you reach the bottom, you can grin broadly as you head to the alpine pasture, which invites you to linger when the weather is nice.

Then you head back down into the valley via farm tracks and short sections of forest. This part is tough, you often have to follow the paths as the steep, light forest leaves no other options in poor snow conditions. However, if there is enough snow down to the valley, you can take a shortcut through the forest.

Once you have arrived in the valley, you can take the bus from Postran back to the valley station of the ski resort.


Altitude meters uphill | downhill: XXX | XXX
Incline: max. up to 35°
Exposure: NE
Duration: 4-6 h
Best time of year: January to March
Directions: From the north via the Felbertauern (B108) or Raststättertauern highway (A10) to Tröpolach; from the south via Bolzano and Lienz or via (A23) Coccau Valice and (A2) Arnoldstein to Tröpolach (B111).
Topographical maps (online):OpenSlopeMap
Book tip:Die schönsten Freerides in den Österreichischen Alpen

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