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Dachstein Crossing - Austria's National Ski Tour

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The Dachstein Crossing is one of the classic long-distance ski crossings of the Alps.

The National Ski Tour is one of the classic long-distance ski crossings of the Alps. Austria's National Ski Tour is the most spectacular way to "experience" the UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage Dachstein.

The ascent is via the Dachstein Glacier cable or Edelgrieß, depending on equipment and expertise. For the descent, follow the markings to Obertraun. Depending on snow conditions, different variations of this tour are possible. You will finish the ski tour at the valley station of the Krippenstein cable car. From there Planai- and RVB busses offer a shuttle service from Obertraun back to the Dachstein bottom station. 

Characteristics

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Result
Scenery

Best season

May
June
July
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September
October
November
December

The tour in numbers

medium
Level of difficulty
18,3 km
Route
4:30 h
Duration
340 hm
Ascent
2421 hm
Descent
2741 m
Highest point
587 m
Lowest point

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  • Bus - Transfer Ennstal
    Guests and locals can take the RVB shuttle service from Trautenfels to the Dachstein Gondola. You can buy your gondola ticket and register for return transfer, from Obertraun or Hallstatt, directly on the bus. That way, there is no unnecessary waiting time at the cable car ticket office.  You must make a reservation for the return shuttle under +43 3687 81870. 

    HERE to Obertraun and Hallstatt.

    HERE to Obertraun.

  • Arrival by car

    From the west: Tauern Autobahn (A 10) to Knoten Ennstal - turnoff direction Graz/Schladming - stay on the Ennstal-Bundesstraße (B320) for approx. 20 km until Schladming - take the turnoff for Ramsau - via the Dachsteinstraße to the Dachstein Gondola Bottom Station

    From the north: Pyhrn Autobahn (A 9)  direction Liezen - take the Ennstal-Bundesstraße (B320)  to Schladming - turnoff Ramsau - via the Dachsteinstraße to the Dachstein Gondola Bottom Station

     

From the mountain station, follow the wide groomed track, below the top station of the Schladminger lift, down to the Dirndl-Kolk. Then, head uphill, for approximately 100 meters, towards the Dachsteinwarte. From there, the turnoff towards Simonyhütte follows, this is where the descent begins. From the Simonyhütte to the Gjaidalm, the ski run follows the ski and hiking trail #650. Here, you will pass through the transition from high mountains to the high alpine pasture region. The Dachsteinalm (former Schilcherhaus, 1.739 m) on the Gjaidalm is a popular resting place for ski tourers. A short lift (free of charge for tourers) facilitates access to the downhill ski run to Obertraun next to Lake Hallstatt. Via Krippenbrunn, a groomed and snow-covered downhill run goes down to the valley station of the Dachstein cable car in Obertraun.

Variant: as a variation of this tour, you can take the track from Dirndl-Kolk down to the lower rocky outcrop of the Eisstein. From the Eisstein, cross the middle tongue of the Hallstätter Glacier down to the lake called obere (upper) Eissee. There, you will have to climb up to the Simonyhütte for approx. 200 metres. Gentle glacier slopes lead down from the Simonyhütte (2.203 m).

One of the alps hidden treasures! 

 

 

You can take RVB public bus service from Schladming, via Ramsau, to the Dachstein Gondola Bottom Station.

Dachstein Gondola Operating Hours

Even though there are parking spaces at the Dachstein Gondola Bottom Station, it is recommended that you take the public bus from Schladming or Ramsau to use the gondola.

For detailed descriptions it is best to contact a local alpine school and mountain guide office.

Alpine school Herbert Raffalt

Phone: +43 664 898 08 95
e-mail: herbert@raffalt.com
website: www.raffalt.com

 

Mountain and adventure school Heli Rettensteiner

Phone: +43 6454 76 24
Mobile: +43 664 950 53 63
e-mail: helirettensteiner@aon.at
Website: www.bergundabenteuer.at

 

Mountain guide office Ramsau am Dachstein

Phone: +43 664 522 00 80
E-mail: info@bergfuehrer-dachstein.at
website: www.bergfuehrer-dachstein.at

 

Private ski school Monte Krah - mountain & ski guide Gerhard Resch

Phone: +43 664 140 04 39
e-mail: info@monte-krah.com
Website: www.monte-krah.com

 

 

WM Schischule Royer - Manfred RoyerTelefon: +43 664 445 86 88

E-Mail: info@wm-schischule-royer.at

Website: www.wm-schischule-royer.at

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