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TouringTip | Rosskogel crossing with Rosskogel gully

Striking summit above the Inn Valley with an appealing gully descent

by Alex Schober 02/13/2020
The striking and beautifully shaped Rosskogel to the west of Innsbruck catches the eye again and again on the approach through the Inntal valley. In the right conditions, this ski tour not only offers a magnificent view and an appealing, alpine ascent, but also a spectacular descent through the north-east facing Rosskogel gully.


To shorten the ascent to the 2646m high Rosskogel, it is best to take the Rangger Köpfl gondola lift and the T-bar lift to just below the summit of the Rangger Köpfl (1939m). From there, ski or skate in a south-westerly direction to the Krimpenbachsattel. In fresh snow, it may also be advisable, especially for splitboarders, to put the skins on at Rangger Köpfl.

The ascent continues from the saddle in a south-westerly direction towards the north ridge of the Rosskogel. While powder snow will hopefully still be waiting in the Rosskogel gully, the ascent to the ridge of the Windegg can often be very blown off and may even require you to put on crampons. Once at the ridge, ascend on skis as far as possible and without losing altitude to the start of the north ridge and unbuckle at a suitable point.

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Depending on the conditions, crampons may not be necessary, but surefootedness is a must. The ascent on the north ridge mostly runs directly along the ridge, but there are also occasional detours to the side. In the upper section, rocky passages often have to be negotiated. After a final steep section, you get to see the magnificent view over the entire Inntal valley and the surrounding mountains.


From the summit of the Rosskogel, there are several descent options, which are more or less steep. The direct summit access into the gully is very rarely skiable and not recommended. The "better" alternative to entering the Rosskogel gully is reached after a short descent to the east. After a few meters, the entrance to the gully is in a northerly direction.

Another option is the saddle that you passed on the ascent via the north ridge to the summit. From there, you can also ski down into the gully.

Depending on the snow conditions, there is a narrow section in the gully that can be passed at the edges of the gully. The run-out there is not optimal and should therefore not be underestimated.

From the narrow section, the gully becomes increasingly flatter and wider before it leads into wide, open slopes. From here, you ski in a wide arc back to the Auffellplatz and from there continue in a north-easterly direction back to the ski resort. The traverse back to the ski resort can be unpleasant, especially for splitboarders. Depending on the conditions, it may be smarter to take a short walk towards Rangger Köpfl and ski down the piste to the gondola from there.

Alternative for the descent

In poor conditions in the gully, you can also descend from the summit via the wide south-east ridge and turn off after approx. 300 m through the Schartl towards Auffellplatz. This alternative is especially recommended if the entrance to the gully is very hard and not skiable. Of course, you can also ascent the Rosskogel via this route. In my opinion, however, the ridge is more rewarding.

Explanation of the route in the picture

  • Blue: Ascent route via the ridge

  • Red: Actual descent line through the gully

  • Green: Alternative entry into the gully shortly before the summit

  • Brown: Alternative for poor/unsafe conditions

Tour details:

Altitude meters uphill | downhill: 700 | 700

Incline: approx. 40 °

Exposure: N - NE

Duration: 3h

Best time of year: December to March/April

Access: Rangger Köpfl ski resort

Costs: Touring ticket €19

Map: Alpine Club map no. 31/5 "Innsbruck and surroundings"

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