Municipality: Tux

Wonderful valley crossing with the Splitboard or touring ski - many downhill runs for experienced explorers. Since one moves in little frequented high alpine terrain and the one or other somewhat steeper downhill part is with it, I have described the tour with quite difficult. Finally, there is a somewhat annoying section out of the valley. Nevertheless, the tour is worthwhile if you are not deterred by repeated skins on and off.

Splitboard Skitour - Rastkogel to Hochfuegen
Difficulty SAC: ZS
Summit altitude: 2.762m
Start altitude: 2.460m
Vertical height: 700m
Walking time h:min: 4:00
Exposition: Northeast,Northwest,
Best season: Late winter
How to get there:

Leave the Inntalautobahn (A12) at Wiesing, then head south through the entire Zillertal valley to Mayrhofen; from there to the west into the Tuxertal valley and to Vorderlanersbach to the Rastkogel cable cars, drive up to Hoarbergjoch with the lifts.

Route description
Starting point:

At the bottom of the Rastkogelbahnen ski area or top station of the Hoarbergjoch lift.


Ascent 1: If you don't want to take the lifts, you can walk up the piste to the top station of the Hoarbergjoch lift. This is where the actual journey begins. From the top station we walk with our splitboards and skis briefly on the slope to the north, soon the Hoarbergjoch is recognizable (in some maps also called Grindscharte). We walk slightly towards the NW into the steepening gap. Once we have reached this point, we continue on the ridge towards Rastkogel, it is already clearly visible. The uppermost 40-50 meters of altitude difference is a very steep slope, which should only be walked on in safe conditions. We saved ourselves from the summit because of the avalanche situation, crossed the flank and went further to the northwest.

2. ascent: After having reached the Rastkogel Lakes after a pleasantly lonely descent in not too steep terrain (two short steep steps), past the steep eastern flanks of Dreispitzkopf (2604m), Breitenkopf and Rosskopf (2576m), we once again head for the Joch (2231m) between Rosskopf and Sidanjoch (2127m) in the direction of Northwest and then North. Shortly before reaching the pass, a small detour to Rosskopf can be made.

If the weather is fine, orientation is relatively easy and there are many downhill options.

If you are in Hochfügen at the valley station of the gondola, take it uphill and then return via the ski slope back to Kaltenbach, where it is best to leave a car in advance.


From Rastkogel you can ride a steep flank directly from the summit in direction east-north-east, after approx. 50-100 HM you take a turn to the left in direction north-west to the Sidanalm, in order to reach the actual descent.
Afterwards it goes on over relatively gentle slopes, past the steep east-flanks of Dreispitzkopf (2604m) Breitenkopf and Rosskopf (2576m) to the Roßkogelseeen (unlisted in the map).

Here we are once again mount our skins and as described above, we continue to work on the second ascent. After we have climbed the pass, we continue our way north-east to the Pfundsalm Mittelleger.
You can either keep to the left (riders view), with caution because of the steep eastern flank of the Kleiner Gilfert and the Pfaffenbichl, or stay as far up on the right side of the river as possible to cross the stream at a suitable place. Signs from the Sommerweg can be seen in good visibility. In winter, the path from the Pfundsalm is a toboggan run, which you then descent to the Hochfügen bottom station.
Here you take the gondola on the right-hand side uphill and then to ride down to Kaltenbach via the pistes from Hochfügen (we were too late, so we missed the last gondola/lift and took the ski bus at 4.35 p. m. to the terminal station Bahnhof, then into the slow train and back to Kaltenbach, back to the car).

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