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Austria’s Pillersee Valley – hiking in Tyrol’s snowiest region

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Austria’s Pillersee Valley – hiking in Tyrol’s snowiest region

8

Tours

20:30 h

45.3 mi

7,100 ft

Icicles hang from trees, snow crunches under your shoes and fog rises above Pillersee lake as the first rays of sun warm your cheeks. Before you lies the Pillersee Valley. Blanketed in glistening snow, the valley opens the doors to a white winter wonderland. The 100 kilometres (62 mi) of cleared hiking trails are perfect for your own winter adventure.

Snowfall in the Pillersee Valley in winter is as certain as blossoming mountain flowers in spring. This area is the snowiest part of Tyrol in Western Austria. Each year, around 7metres (22 feet) of fresh snow falls. During this time, you can experience the incredible feeling of infinite space as you hike along loney paths and through silent forests.

We’ve put together winter hikes for every level of difficulty in this Collection so that everyone can experience this valley’s winter wonderland, no matter how old, fit or snow-averse you are. The eight Tours range in distance from 2 to 25 kilometres (1.2 to 15.5 mi). They take you up high and also along flat paths through the dreamlike snowy landscape.

At the end of some Tours, you find one of the region’s four natural toboggan runs. It’s worth taking a sled with you on these hikes so that you can descend through the snow at lightning speed. You can also do the hikes as part of a guided snowshoe hike: kitzbueheler-alpen.com/en/pital/wi/snowshoes/holidays.html

The winter hikes begin in one of the valley’s villages or directly at a lift station so reaching the starting points is quite easy. The Pillersee Valley’s paths are far away from any hustle and bustle, especially in winter. You can fully immerse yourself in the nature around you. Surrounded by snow, you can set off on your hike and start to unwind.

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    Intermediate
    02:03
    4.25 mi
    2.1 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Is your sled ready? Then you can start - from the small but fine winter village of Waidring up to the Almgasthof Oberweissbach with its natural toboggan run. Equipped according to the temperatures, you start at the parking lot in the center of Waidring, the municipal office bus stop is also nearby.You leave the village in a southerly direction …

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  • Intermediate
    02:09
    5.14 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    No matter what time of year, the Pillersee is always worth a visit. But especially in winter, the “jewel of the Kitzbühel Alps” has an almost magical atmosphere. You can immerse yourself in them on this hike around the lake. To do this, you lace up your shoes in Ortisei am Pillersee and set off along the west bank.With …

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  • Easy
    01:27
    3.12 mi
    2.1 mph
    325 ft
    600 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    St. Jakob and Fieberbrunn are connected by an almost level and easy-to-walk winter hiking trail. You can either cover it in this variant and take the ski bus back to St. Jakob after the hike. Or, you can combine this tour with the way back via Obwall and make a detour to the Jakobskreuz: komoot.de/tour/520543072.In any case, you start …

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    5.38 mi
    2.3 mph
    2,400 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    One of the most unique buildings in Austria is probably the Jakobskreuz on the Buchensteinwand in the Kirchbergstock. The accessible summit cross has a cross shape and gives you a magnificent view of the PillerseeTal. From Fieberbrunn, this tour takes you to the valley station of the Buchensteinwand mountain railway, with which you can comfortably reach the cross, floating high up the mountain.

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  • Intermediate
    04:05
    8.23 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you have ever wondered about the name of the extraordinary winter sports resort Fieberbrunn, you will find out where this name comes from right at the beginning of this winter tour from Fieberbrunn to the Streuböden-Alm. And: Two admirable lakes await you on the way to Streuböden.You start the hike near the church of Fieberbrunn. There you will …

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  • Easy
    00:36
    1.43 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the middle of nature and far away from tourist places, this specially created winter hiking trail on Streuböden takes you. As soon as there is snow, a path is created through the absolutely quiet and lonely winter wonderland that you can walk with or without snowshoes.To do this, you simply take the lift to the Streuböden Alm and …

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  • Easy
    01:13
    2.53 mi
    2.1 mph
    650 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The natural toboggan run of the Hoametzl hut is one and a half kilometers long at 1,200 meters. The special thing about the toboggan run: Here you can not only set new toboggan records during the day, but also make the slope unsafe in the glow of the floodlights.You can combine the tobogganing fun with this four kilometer long, …

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  • Difficult
    06:35
    15.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,175 ft
    575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With almost 25 kilometers, this winter hike takes you to numerous fairytale views and places. The tour is part of the KAT-Walk Winter long-distance hiking trail and is the last of the four stages that lead you through the wintry Kitzbühel Alps.On the hike you will cross the entire PillerseeTal in one day. The starting point is St. Johann …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    45.3 mi
  • Duration
    20:30 h
  • Elevation
    7,100 ft

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