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Ski touring trend: equipment, the most popular ski tours & tips for beginners

The climb to lofty heights, the blissful silence on the mountain and the unique moment when you finally reach the summit: Ski touring puts the world at your feet. You can only experience this on ski tours during the winter.

Especially in times when ski holidays had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, ski touring has become a really popular sport. Its appeal lies not only in not having to rely on gondolas, ski lifts and the like. In addition to the ascent, the descent also makes touring a holistic experience.Here you and your physical condition are called upon: You alone conquer snow-covered peaks and are rewarded with a magnificent view. Your descent down untouched paths and snow-covered slopes also makes your ski-touring adventure something very special.

Whether it's the ascent through the picturesque snow-covered winter world or the descent through the fresh powder snow or carving on the classic ski slopes – ski touring gives you complete freedom. Ski touring is to experience of nature at its purest and at the same time have an insane adventure!

Why is ski touring so much fun?

- You can enjoy the skiing experience without the need for gondolas and lifts.
- You can go ski touring at any time of day or night.
- You will find in Austria beautiful mountains and slopes that are just perfect for touring.
- You will experience winter nature like no other winter sport.
- You will keep fit.
- You get to know and assess the mountains, slopes and weather conditions better.
- You experience a dynamic group cohesion while touring.

 

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Cross-country skiing is becoming more popular year after year. Especially in the times of Corona, cross-country skiing has experienced a real boom. Do you also want to get back on the cross-country track this winter? Use the cross-country ski rental service from SPORT 2000 rent.

Whether cross-country skis, cross-country poles or cross-country boots - so that you too can enjoy the winter from the most beautiful and sporty perspective, you will find top maintained equipment for the whole family at SPORT 2000 rent! Our experienced teams in the local rental shops will be happy to advise you and find the cross-country skiing equipment that is optimally adapted to your needs - size, weight and experience in cross-country skiing.

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The most beautiful ski tours in Austria

 

Ski touring entices you with the feeling of pure freedom and the enjoyment of the unique nature in winter! Away from the hustle and bustle of the big ski resorts in Austria, you can experience skiing in its purest form. Whether in Vorarlberg, Tyrol, Salzburger Land, the Hohe Tauern or Carinthia – Austria has numerous routes for ski tourers just waiting to be discovered.

The following ski tours are known as destinations for ski tourers:

Tyrol: Rofanspitze (2,259 m)

The starting point is the base station of the Roffan cable car in Maurach am Achensee. From there you can walk up the toboggan run or trek across the slopes towards the mountain station at the Erfurter Hütte. Alternatively, you can also take the lift.

From the mountain station, you can climb up to the hill of the Mauritzalm and on to the west summit of the Rofanspitze. From the summit cross of the Rofanspitze, you can look forward to a spectacular descent of around 1600 metres in altitude to Rofansiedlung in Wiesing. You can shorten the return journey to Achensee by bus.

  • approx. 1,300 metres in altitude
  • approx. 3.5 hours ascent time

Carinthia: Hohen Sonnblick (3,106 m)

 

The starting point is the car park of the Mölltaler Gletscherbahnen. Take the Stollenbahn and then the six-seater gondola up to Eisseehaus. From here, you ski down the slope to the Klühspies base station and then descend in the direction of the Knappenhaus.

Once you have reached an altitude of 2,300 metres, continue in the direction of the Rojacherhütte with a view of the glacier. After you have reached the Zittelhaus, the descent follows along the same path or alternatively via the Rojacher Rinne.

  • approx. 1,300 metres in altitude
  • approx. 4 hours ascent time

Upper Austria: The Rumplerrunde on the Dachstein

This ski tour starts in Obertraun. Here you take the cable car up to the Krippenstein mountain station. You can ascend to the Schladminger Glacier via the Dachstein plateau.

The descent is via the Hallstätter Glacier to Simonyhütte. From here, you can reach the next hut – Gjaidalm. The final descent is via the Krippenstein valley descent.

  • approx. 1,400 metres in altitude
  • approx. 7 hours in total

Salzburg: Hohen Tenn (3,317 m)

The starting point is the Wimmhof in Fusch an der Glocknerstrasse. First the ascent leads along a forest road, then across some forest aisles to the north slope. From here, you reach the Zwingkopf via the ridge.

  • 2,200 metres in altitude
  • approx. 5.5 hours ascent time

Styria: Geierhaupt (2,417 m)

You start at the Hochreichhart car park. From here, you walk along the forest road – past the Ingeringsee and the Hofalm. After the Donnerofen, you reach the ski depot via the ridge. From there, the route goes over the summit ridge to the Geierhaupt.

  • approx. 1,270 metres in altitude
  • approx. 4.5–5 hours ascent time

Vorarlberg: Haagspitze (3,037m)

The starting point for this ski tour in Vorarlberg is the Naturfreundehaus Silvrettahütte Bielerhöhe. The ascent is via the Bieltal valley and the Totenfeldscharte. Once you reach the Haagspitze, take the spectacular descent over the summit cornice.

  • approx. 1,300 metres in altitude
  • 4.5 hours ascent time

Lower Austria: Schneeberg (2,076m)

This ski tour starts at Klostertaler Gscheid. Via the summer path, you reach the Tränkwiese. Continue via the Fadenweg along the Hoyosgraben over the Schauerstein to the Fischehütte. Once you have reached the Schneeberg plateau, continue up to the summit. The descent is via the same path.

  • approx. 1,370 metres in altitude
  • approx. 4 hours ascent time

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Tips: Things to consider when ski touring

Powder snow at its best, breathtaking views on the peaks of the Alpine Republic or the pleasure of solitude – you can experience all this on a ski tour in Austria. Away from the hustle and bustle of the slopes in the ski hotspots, the winter landscape and unforgettable deep-snow descents await ski tourers. Here we tell you what you need to bear in mind and what technique and equipment you need for ski touring:

Preparation: How do I prepare for ski touring?

Before you embark on a ski-touring adventure, you should be well prepared. Your main focus must safety. From planning and checking your equipment to choosing the right ski tour for you – there are a lot of things to consider when preparing your next tour:

  1. Draw up a detailed plan for the ski tour.
  2. Make sure the tour is appropriate for your level of fitness and health.
  3. Check the avalanche situation in advance.
  4. Check the functionality of your equipment carefully.
  5. Drink and eat plenty during your tour.
  6. Always keep an eye on the weather. In the Alps, snow and wind can rapidly intensify.
  7. Keep a sufficient distance from other skiers – especially on the descent.
  8. Wear a helmet for your safety.
  9. Pay attention to nature, too. After all, we are only guests in the mountains!

The general rule for ski touring is: you can only go off-piste if you are familiar with the area and know about avalanches. If you are relatively new to winter sports, it is advisable to seek advice from a guide.

We at Sport 2000 rent are happy to advise you: You can rent safety sets from our local rental shops.

Find the right tour: which mountain should you conquer for your next ski tour?

If you are planning a ski tour, you should carefully consider the difference between two areas: organised ski areas and free ski areas.

  1. Organised ski areas:

Organised ski areas include all ski slopes designated as such. These include the classic ski slopes, but also fun parks and snow parks. You are in an organised ski area wherever the ski company has indicated this on its maps.
FIS rule no. 7 tells you which rules you should observe when ski touring within the organised ski area.

  1. Free ski areas:

Free ski areas therefore include all areas that are not part of an organised ski area. Here, the access to the forest area as well as the additional freedom of movement in the alpine terrain above the tree line is specifically regulated for ski tourers.

How does touring become easier?

Do you find touring interesting and would you like to be swept up in the fascination of this very special winter sport? As a ski touring beginner, tips on correct handling are certainly helpful. Even if you are already an experienced alpine skier, you should familiarise yourself with the technique and equipment before your first ski tour.

After all, the bindings and design of touring skis work very differently from those used in alpine skiing. In our SPORT 2000 rental shops, we are happy to give you important tips for touring and other winter sports. This guarantees an unforgettable and above all safe experience on the mountain.

Our sports experts will be able to answer these and other questions on site:

  • How do you attach and detach the skins from your ski?
  • How can you adjust your ski touring binding from ski to walk mechanism?
  • What equipment do you need for your ski tour?
What equipment do I need for ski touring?
  • Skis, bindings, boots and skins: Lightweight touring skis with the right touring binding form the basis for ski touring. With the special skis, you can climb the mountain even in the snow and cold temperatures. You can fix the binding to the boot during the descent. The appropriate ski touring skins prevent you from sliding backwards on the ascent. Ski touring boots that you can rent at Sport 2000 rent are particularly flexible and can be fixed for the descent.
     
  • Clothing: If you want to go ski touring, you should layer your clothes. This way you can wear a thinner layer during the ascent and put on a warming windbreaker when you reach the top. To keep your hands warm, you can wear thinner gloves under ski gloves or mittens.
     
  • Goggles and helmet: Sunglasses and ski goggles are just as much part of the equipment for a ski tour as a protective ski helmet. Especially on off-piste descents, but also on your ascent, a helmet can be a lifesaver.
     
  • Backpack: If you want to take along drinks, snacks and other provisions, but also spare clothing and equipment, you should not forget a backpack on your ski tour.
     
  • Beacon: An avalanche transceiver – also know as a beacon – also belongs in the backpack on every ski tour. An avalanche shovel and probe are also vital in case of an avalanche.

You can rent all of this equipment in our SPORT 2000 rent shops on site and reserve it online in advance!

What is the difference between a touring ski and a classic alpine ski?

Touring skis are generally suitable for both the ascent and the subsequent descent. This is made possible by the special design of the ski:

  • Skins for adhesion: These are hooked onto the front of the shovel of the skis and are stretched over the underside of the skis. These make it possible to walk up slopes without slipping.
     
  • Binding with climbing aid: With this special binding, the shoes are only fastened at the front with two pins. With this, you can turn your foot as usual and fight your way up the mountain. The walk mechanism allows for maximum comfort and mobility – even on steep terrain.
     
  • Boots: These are available either with classic lacing or with the modern Boa® system.
     
  • Lighter than alpine skis: Touring skis are primarily designed to be lightweight. Due to the low dead weight, a fluid pace can be maintained even uphill.
Functional clothing: what do I wear when touring?

In order not to sweat excessively and to be sufficiently protected from the cold and wind on your ski tour, you should attach importance to suitable functional clothing. When climbing, your clothes should be light and breathable. Protective, insulating clothing is required for the rapid descent. Therefore, combine several layers that can be put on or taken off individually.

Where can I rent the right ski touring equipment?

Do you want to try something new and are not yet sure whether ski touring is the right winter sport for you? If this is the case, you are best advised to rent your equipment first.

In the SPORT 2000 rent shops, we also offer advice on the selection of suitable touring skis or touring ski boots to suit your individual needs:

Whether you are a beginner or a ski touring pro – depending on whether you are doing a ski tour for the first time or strap on your touring skis every chance you get, you should use different equipment. The ski length, for example, is important. There is also a lot to consider when choosing a ski touring binding.

Our professionally trained experts in the SPORT 2000 rent shops will show you which ski touring equipment suits you and your style!