The journey is the destination – the Tyrolean Wipptal holiday region with its five unspoiled side valleys is a magical mountain world and a total insider tip for all those who are fans of ski touring and for those who want to try it. The untouched valleys provide limitless freedom on the mountains.
The Wipptal holiday region is nestled between the Ziller Valley and Stubai Alps and stretches from Innsbruck up through the Brenner Pass to South Tyrol (Alto-Adige). The unbelievable variety in the difficulty levels and the scenic highlights, as well as the guarantee of snow due to the favourable location on the meteorological divide between North and South Tyrol, make the Wipptal one of the absolute hotspots of the Tyrolean ski touring scene.
Premium location, very diverse mountaineering adventures
The Tux / Zillertal Alps, which includes the side valleys of the Navis, Schmirn and Vals aligned to the east, offer an abundance of alpine touring options. The simple and virtually risk-free Vennspitze, with its 800-metre ascent, is a ski touring classic for those who visit from Innsbruck, the Wipptal and South Tyrol. As a legendary touring mountain, the high-alpine Olperer also stands impressively with its glacier overhang. Breathtaking views overlooking the entire Eastern Alps region open up from the summit cross at 3,476 metres – you can almost imagine yourself being able to see the curvature of the Earth from here. The Gschnitz and Obernberg Valleys situated to the west of the Stubai Alps also impress with their untouched slopes as well as unspoiled and unique natural environment. A sustainable and eco-friendly form of ski tourism has especially developed in the Obernberg Valley, far away from the masses: Information brochures and maps indicate the protected areas in which, for example, black grouse and capercaillie are to be left to live undisturbed.
Mountaineering villages — a paradise for alpine enthusiasts
A further highlight for alpine lovers: St. Jodok with the Schmirn and Vals Valleys has ranked among the most elite of Austrian mountaineering villages since 2013 – these are selected sites that have committed themselves to eco-friendly and sustainable tourism. They are selected based on strict criteria. The mountaineering villages offer guests a wide range of mountain sports away from the tourist masses – the focus of the mountaineering villages in the Wipptal region during the winter is on ski touring and snowshoe hiking. A winter tour transfer brings guests to the starting points of some of the most beautiful tours on a daily basis. Even the accommodations in these villages have been tailored to a class of guests that demands a certain level of requirements. A hearty meal for early hours or thermos flasks for rental with tea for the tours have now become commonplace – together with the energising snack packages. Members from Alpine associations receive an additional 10 percent discount on the accommodation price with all partner businesses of the "Mountaineering village" scheme.
Safety on the mountains - avalanche checkpoints & avalanche park
The commencement of the ski touring season in the Wipptal region generally depends on the snowfall and the weather conditions. The first alpine tours are usually offered after the first snowfalls in November and December – grooves and flanks for corn snow and “figl” (short-ski tours) can often still be seen right into the spring. Almost 70 detailed ski touring routes are waiting to be traversed – nevertheless, safety on the mountains is one the top priorities of the Wipptal holiday region. As part of the "tyrol.alpin competence centre" project, 15 checkpoints were set up for avalanche transceivers – so-called avalanche check points - at different neuralgic starting points for ski tours in the Wipptal. An avalanche park was erected in the high alpine mountaineering village of Schmirn at the end of the valley (hamlet Toldern), where training on how to respond to an avalanche can be undertaken with probes and shovels.
Expertise on the mountains
We recommend the Wipptal-Alpin mountain guide office to be your first port of call if you are an inexperienced skier or a beginner. In addition to daily guided tours (with guest card for a discounted price), weekly courses are also offered, which include safety training with avalanche awareness as well as moving about in the open terrain for those "transferring" from the slopes.
Please always find out the latest avalanche risks in advance in whichever region you will be traveling in. We also recommend those tour seekers with less experience to hire a ski tour guide to start with - your safety is our priority.
Free ski bus
The ski bus is free throughout the region for all guests during the winter. Don’t forget to bring your guest card with you!
In the "Bergsteigerdorf St. Jodok, Schmirn- und Valsertal" there is a daily transfer for ski tourerer which is bringing you and picking you up later at start- and end-locations of skitours. At every stop there is a hut or a inn, where you can warm up and have a drink afterwards. Bookings are possible per phone the day before until 8.00 pm.
Departure daily at 08.30 am at Gasthof Lamm, St. Jodok:
MO & THU: Padaun – Berggasthof Steckholzer
TUE, FR, SUN: Schmirn/Toldern – Gasthaus Olpererblick
WED, SAT: Schmirn/Muchnersiedlung – Schmirner Stadl
Pick up at 2.00 pm
It's for free with your guest card, otherwise it's between € 3,- and € 5,- per drive
Booking: 0043-664-7880540 Taxi Mader Christoph