Right from the Falknerhof hotel, you can set out to varied and impressive ski tours around Niederthai. At your own pace through the fantastically snow-covered and untouched winter landscape and high up - after an arduous ascent a feeling of happiness emerges with wonderful panorama views of lonely summits and you look forward to unforgettable descents in the fresh powder snow.
If you deeply inhale fresh air, feel your pulse and every muscle of your body completely conscious. If you concentrate on the moment, listen to the crunching snow and immerse yourself into the pristine and beautiful alpine mountain world in the Ötztal. Discover places you have so far only dreamt of and, for this instant, be wholly concentrated on yourself.
Ski touring is more than a mere sport or leisure activity. Ski touring rather is a philosophy, an attitude towards life and a priceless experience. Discover the magic of this sport in your vacation in Niederthai and venture on a discovery journey.
Hohe Wasserfalle (3,003 m)
The ski tour to the Hohe Wasserfalle in the Stubai Alps is an absolute classic that ski tour lovers should experience at any rate. A great, somewhat winding ascent awaits you with a steep summit slope and a fantastic descent area.
From our hotel, you first ascend to the Schweinfurter Hütte. From there, you briefly descend to the Horlachalm along the toboggan run. After a short forest segment, the Finstertaler Sennhütte (2,147 m) can be reached. Before reaching the Gaiskogel you take a turn in SW direction across stepped terrain towards the broad Wannenkar, which lies southeast of the Wasserfalle. Here you can already catch a glimpse of the impressive summit and the steep slope rising up to it. At the final destination an enormous view is offered as reward.
You descend as you ascended. When taking the skis all the way up the summit, you can ski down right from the summit in the second steep trench that lies west of the first.
In weather conditions with poor visibility, an ascent is not recommended. When the snow is hard, crampons are useful in the steep trench near the summit.
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
Difference in altitude 1,075 m
Breiter Grieskogel (3,287 m)
Conquer one of the most brilliant ski mountains of the Western Stubai Mountains right from the hotel. You can choose whether you want to mount the Grieskogel as an extensive day-tour or with overnight accommodation at the Gubener or Winnebachseehütte.
Two very beautiful tours are available to you:
> Through the Grasstalltal
The ascent begins at the large meadow with the cross-country skiing trails, slightly diagonally through a small valley that directly takes you to the Grasstalltal. The trail leads past a moated castle, up to a red bank and then following the signposts to the Sommerweg that takes hikers straight up to the valley access. Those who prefer the flat route, opt for the forest trail with several turns. You will reach the Grasstallsee, where you follow the creek that eventually takes you to the free slopes above the lake that appear on your right. You walk around the lake and reach the glacier tongue. The ascent to the edge of the Grasstallferner glacier is relatively steep. You might arrive there exhausted, but when reaching the summit with the skis, you will be rewarded by a fantastic panorama view.
> Through the Larstigtal
Equally exciting and challenging is the second tour. You follow the trail to the Horlachtal all the way to the Larstighöfen and to the Gubener Hütte. On its right side the slope leads up to the Larstigtal. At the end of the valley, the trail leads across the Larstigscharte, where you change to the south side and to the summit.
Duration: 5 - 6 hours
Difference in altitude: 1,750 m
Hochreichkopf (3,010 m)
Another one-day tour for trained professionals or with overnight stay at the Guben-Schweinfurter Hütte.
Ascend along the Horlachbach, where you will find a well-groomed ski and tobogganing trail that leads past the Larstighof up to the Klein-Horlachalm. The Guben-Schweinfurter Hütte is already in sight when you follow the fork into the Finstertal, all the way to an Alm and/or a hunting lodge. The Hochreichkopf now lies well visibly in front of you.
To make the tour accessible to beginners, a skidoo transport is an option. This way you can shorten the two-hour ascend to the lodge to 20 minutes. Inquire with the owner of the lodge.
Duration: approx. 4 hours
Difference in altitude: 1,470 m