Freeriding & Ski touring

The wild & quiet side of the Kaunertal

In the Kaunertal, skis are not just downhill, they also go up!

All alpine levels and varying levels of difficulty promise varied ski touring & freeriding in the nature park and glacier region. 

Learn more about the most beautiful routes and safety standards for ski tourers & freeriders in this Tyrolean mountain valley. 

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Freeriding - Freedom and a thirst for adventure on the Kaunertal Glacier

The wild side of the Kaunertal Glacier –or the excitement of bringing untracked slopes into harmony with a unique off-piste experience of nature. The Kaunertal Glacier is still something of a secret spot for freeriders. After driving up the approximately 26 km long access road into the glacier regions, you will find a ski area that is still an insider tip because of its location. The terrain is very spacious, interesting and you will always find untracked slopes to experience your freeride adventure individually.

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Freeride variants

At the Kaunertal Glacier, there are over 7 variants for freeriding in the back country.

The favorites in the area are the Nörderberg variant down to the Fernergries - from here you can hitchhike or take the ski bus (see bus timetable) back to the ski area. And of course the Langtaufers variant to South Tyrol/Italy - with this freeride run you should organize a return service to the Kaunertal, or book the glacier safari with experienced professionals. With the new Weißseejochbahn even more freeride descents open up - and they are not only reserved for professionals!

© Kaunertaler Gletscherbahnen-Freeride Testival-Lorenz Masser
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Begin: Nörderjoch (Ascent approx. 1/2 hour from the mountain station of the Nörderjoch lift)
  • End: Fernergries - Bridge - bus station- note the bus timetable in advance!
  • Height difference: 1.135 m

  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Begin: Einstieg bei Ochsenalmbahn Mittelstation
  • End: Fernergries - bridge- bus station - note the bus timetable in advance!
  • Height difference: 270 m


  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Begin: etry at Wiesejaggljoch
  • End: ends in the black descent to the Ochsenalmbahn middle station (here you bypass the black descent through the tunnel)
  • Height difference: 350 m

  • Difficulty: easy
  • Begin: Entry at Weißseejoch (ascent Weißseejoch ca. 1,5 h, ca. 300 altimeter)
  • End: Ochsenalmbahn Mittelstation
  • Height difference: 680 m

  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Beginn: Entry at Wiesejaggljoch or Weißseejoch (ascent ca. 1,5 h, ca 300 altimeter)
  • End: Ochsenalm valley station
  • Height difference: 895 m

  • Difficulty: difficult
  • Begin: entry at Karlesjoch (mountain station Karlesjochbahn)
  • End: Melag in Langtaufers – South tyrol/Italy - Attention organize return transport in advance!
  • Height difference: 1.360 m

  • Diffiulty: difficult
  • Begin: entry at Weißseejoch (ascent ca. 1,5 h, ca. 300 altimeter)
  • End: Melagg in Langtaufers – South tyroll/Italy
  • Height difference: 1.144 m

Overview of the freeride variants on the Kaunertal Glacier

New: glacier safari

Your new freeride adventure on the Kaunertal Glacier - Glacier Safari. Experience cross-border powder runs all the way to South Tyrol!

Your package includes:

  • Freeride guide
  • at least 4000 meters in altitude on powder runs
  • Brettljause in Melag (South Tyrol)
  • Transport back to Feichten
  • From € 106.00 per person.
  • Please send bookings and inquiries to
© TVB Tiroler Oberland-Kaunertal-Daniel Zangerl
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Safety first in the nature park and glacier region

The right equipment

In addition to the right clothing, every freerider and ski tourer should have complete safety equipment that they can also use:

  • avalanche beacon
  • probe
  • shovel
  • mobile phone
  • ideally also an airbag avalanche backpack

Then nothing stands in the way of a freeride adventure in the Kaunertal.

Good to know: In free avalanche awareness courses you will learn important practical tips and the professional handling of avalanche equipment. The creation of snow cover, the right choice of route and avalanche awareness are also part of the multi-day Snow and Avalanche Awareness Camp.

Avalanche Workshop

Emergency App & Avalanche App

If you want to increase your security, you can download the Tyrolean mountain rescue emergency app directly to your mobile phone. A check of the current avalanche situation goes without saying.

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Ski tours in the Kaunertal

The most beautiful ski tours in the Kaunertal

Can't wait to get going? These ski tours are among the most beautiful in the Tyrolean nature park and glacier region! Powder, glittering and untouched snow slopes at the foot of the most beautiful peaks in the Tyrolean Kaunertal.

Probably the most popular ski tour in the Kaunertal is to the Glockturm. The highest elevation on the right ridge - the Glockturmkamm. With its impressive 3,355 m, it is one of the most popular three-thousanders in the Kaunertal. But the Kaunergrat - the mountain range on the left that frames the Kauneral - also has plenty of ski tours to offer.


© TVB Tiroler Oberland-Kaunertal-Stefan Straeter-Haglöfs-X-Sporthaus Schuster
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Begin: from Falpaus (1,430 meters) - district in Kaunerberg - at 2,558 or 2,779 meters, worthwhile tour destination at the entrance to the Kaunertal, with a fairly safe ascent and a great view, for beginners and families
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  • Difficulty: medium
  • Begin: Wiesenhof (1,610 meters) in the Kaunertal above the Kaltenbrunn pilgrimage church - in the direction of the Falkaunsalm to the Stupfarriköpfle at 2,808 m above sea level
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  • Difficulty: medium
  • Begin: Wiesenhof (1,610 m) in the Kaunertal above the pilgrimage church of Kaltenbrunn - through the Gallruth tunnel to the Gallruth Alm (no service in winter) to the pilgrimage joint (2,766 m) on the front Kaunergrat. A tour for experienced ski mountaineers.
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  • Difficulty: medium
  • Begin: right on the Kaunertal Glacier Road at the Riffltal car park. The Glockturm (3,253 m) is the highest peak in the more than 20 km long Glockturmkamm, which separates the Kaunertal from the Upper Court. The summit is in the rear of the Kaunertal and can be reached relatively quickly thanks to the Kaunertal Glacier Road and is one of the easier three-thousanders that can be reached on skis.
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Piste ski tours in the Fendels ski area

Ski touring on secured pistes - a ski touring park with marked routes and tours is available at the Winterberg Fendels. Together with more safety and togetherness on the slopes! Please note the piste ski tour rules.

Winterberg Fendels
Skitouring park Fendels
Tour overview

Travel safely with the mountain professionals on every tour

Kaunertal mountain guides & Florian Schranz

With the Kaunertal Mountain Guides, you'll make it to your destination safely on every ski tour! Also with Florian Schranz from the Top Alpin alpine school. He offers a five- or seven-day Ötztal tour across the Eastern Alps; from € 595.

In principle: safety is the utmost priority, no matter if you have a professional guide or are travelling alone! Therefore check the current avalanche and weather conditions before each ski tour. Suitable safety equipment is mandatory.

Ski tour courses with Kaunertal mountain guides

Top Ski School Kaunertal

Prefer to have a guide over going it alone? Then you are in the right place at Top Ski School Kaunertal-Fendels. Varied ski tours, freeride tours in pristine powder snow slopes in all levels of difficulty, and even convenient pick-up directly from the accommodation: any of the snow sports instructors at Top Ski School can organise this for you.

Freeride & ski touring programme at Top Ski School Kaunertal
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