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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 roof of Styria" is calling you! Austria's National Ski Tour is the most spectacular way to experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dachstein. Depending on the snow conditions, you can enjoy this classic crossing of the Alps with touring skis or alpine skis between February and April.From the mountain station you follow a wide track down to the Dirndl-Kolk and on towards the Simonyhütte.The descent over the ski and Hiking trail no. 650 to the Gjaidalm. A short lift makes it easier for you to access the downhill run to Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt. Tip: There are tours organized by the local mountain and ski guides several times a week, including a return transfer. Information at: +43 3687 23310


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Best season

January
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June
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November
December

The tour in numbers

easy
Level of difficulty
18,3 km
Route
4:30 h
Time
242 hm
Uphill
2323 hm
Downhill
2741 m
Highest point

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  • 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! 

  •  Bus - Transfer Ennstal to Dachstein Glaciar Cable Car

Guests and locals (groups of 25 people or more) can take the Ramsauer Verkehrsbetriebe bus from Irdning sports ground to the Dachstein Glacier cable car. Please register on the bus for the return transfer from Obertraun. Registration is required by calling +43 3687 81870.

More information about the schedule of RVB

  • Bus - Transfer from Obertraun to Schladming, Ramsau and Dachstein Glacier Cable Car 

Planai buses provide safe and carefree return transport from Obertraun to Schladming. The buses run in good weather and against registration every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday at 15:30 from the valley station cable car Obertraun to Schladming, Ramsau and Dachstein valley station.

Registration is required at +43 3687 22042 117.

More information about the schedule of Planai Bahnen

With the Ramsauer Verkehrsbetriebe there is also a return transport from Obertraun to Ramsau am Dachstein at 15:30 at the Obertraun valley station cable car.

Registration is required at +43 3687 81870.

More information about the schedule of RVB

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 95e-mail: herbert@raffalt.com website: www.raffalt.com

Mountain and adventure school Heli Rettensteiner

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

Mountain guide office Ramsau am Dachstein

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

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

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

- Freytag & Berndt, WK 201, Schladminger Tauern, Radstadt, Dachstein. 1:50.000. - Kompass, WK 031, Der Dachstein. 1:25000.

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