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Off-piste skiing around Hoher Ifen

Off-piste skiing around Hoher Ifen

A popular tour that can even be completed without skins: all ascents are via cable car, great ski runs in powder snow with a total descent of roughly 2,200 metres of elevation, and the magnificent final runs to Schönenbach and Bizau are known to be first-class.

Start

Diedamskopf Bahn cable car valley station in Schoppernau

Difficulty

medium

Difference in altitude

2,200 m

Ascent and descent

Take the cable car to the Diedamskopf mountain station and ski down to the Kreuzlelift valley station. Continue at this elevation to Gerachsattel, and from there you can reach the Hählekopf summit (2,068 m) (adds roughly 250 metres of elevation). Wonderful slopes take you down to the Schwarzwasserhütte hut (1,620 m, managed DAV hut; further tours to Grünhorn and Steinmandl possible). Take the usual hut access path across the pasture land to Melköde and continue on the flat trail eastwards out of the valley to the Auenhütte hut (Ifen ski area valley station). The lifts take you to the Hahnenköpfle mountain station and its summit (2,158 m) can be reached in few minutes. From Hahnenköpfle, descend at the left edge of the Gottesacker Plateau to an altitude of roughly 1,900 m (the rocky ridge ends). Then continue to the west down the steep Güntlerhang slope above the Kalbelegüntler Alpe mountain pasture and through a gap between rocks steeply to the gentle lower slopes a little to the north of the Tiefenifer Alpe mountain pasture. Staying more to the right, follow the open alpine pasture land near the agricultural path down to the Iferwies Alpe mountain pasture, and cross to Schönenbach (1,025 m). Exit onto the road to Bizau (681 m).

Source: Skitouren und Skibergsteigen – Bregenzerwald (Ski Tours and Ski Mountaineering – Bregenzerwald), Panico Alpinverlag 2004, Anton Kempf und Rainer Kempf

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