If you go ski touring in Hochsteiermark, you can look forward to splendid views across the snow-covered green heart of Austria. With countless routes at Mürzer Oberland Nature Park, in the Hochschwab and Mariazellerland regions and around the Fischbach Alps, there’s something for every taste and skill level. You can find routes for beginners and more accomplished skiers there, with options ranging from long, easy routes to short and challenging ones.
The “Tagesklassiker” route in the Mürzer Oberland region takes you right up to Schneealm, where you enjoy amazing views across Hochsteiermark and up to the Dachstein. During ski tours in the Hochschwab area, you’re also rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views from the top of the high plateau. From Hochschwab summit at 2,277 metres above sea level, you can see all of Styria. Our tip: Make sure to catch the impressive sunset from the top of the mountain!
Most routes in the Hochschwab area are fairly challenging. Easier, more family-friendly options include the routes up to Heukuppe and Wetterin.
Mariazeller Bürgeralpe is the perfect place for your first attempts at ski touring. On three signposted trails, beginners can try their hand at the popular winter sport. If you don’t have your own equipment, you can rent top-class gear from SportRedia or Amigos Snowsports ski school.
For an active start into the weekend, you can join likeminded winter sports fans every Friday for an afterwork ski tour to the summit until 20:30.
Aflenzer Bürgeralm is a varied ski touring area for all skill levels. While beginners might want to stick to the avalanche-safe, groomed slopes, experienced ski tourers can enjoy the region’s more challenging routes and pristine powder descents.
Our tip: During a guided ski tour you get to meet other ski touring fans and benefit from the guides’ expert knowledge.
No matter which route you choose, there’s bound to be an inviting mountain hut or restaurant along the way, offering sweet and savoury delicacies to fuel up for the rest of your tour.
Ski touring is a fascinating outdoor sport. However, to enjoy it to the fullest, you should keep a few things in mind:
To be on the safe side, stick to the ten tips for safe ski touring!
Joining a guided ski tour is a particularly safe way of exploring the mountains. After all, the qualified mountain guides know the region like the back of their hand. They are happy to share their local knowledge with you and are bound to have a few secret tips up their sleeves. If you join a guided ski tour, you might just get to discover the best-kept secrets of Hochsteiermark!
Our tip: At the new Ski Touring Beginners’ Centre in the natural snow paradise of Aflenzer Bürgeralm in the Hochschwab region, beginners can go ski touring with a professional guide or on their own. If you’re looking for rental equipment for ski touring, we recommend dropping by Hochschwabsport.