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Ski touring

The ski tours in and around Au-Schoppernau are typified by steep wooded ascents, mostly following alm roads. Above the tree-line the countryside is perfect for ski touring, displaying the very best high alpine characteristics. The best ski tours are often on north-facing slopes.

Touring suggestions

If you decide to go it alone, please bear in mind the following points.

  • Expect changes in the weather, even if these could not be foreseen prior to setting our on the ski tour.
  • Do not cut corners as regards the quality of your ski tour clothing; whether underwear or anorak, choose only the best. And don’t forget to take back-up items and spare clothes.  
  • A good touring rucksack should contain: spare clothes, bivouac bag, silver foil emergency blanket, first aid kit, head lamp, compass, altitude meter, touring map, full drinking flask (or even two), toilet paper, sun cream, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel, possibly two ropes and snap hooks. Avalanche transceiver and mobile phone should be kept on your person.

Kanisfluh 2,044m

Composed of hard Helvetic limestone, this broad, imposing mountain is the symbol of the Bregenzerwald. Reaching a height of 2,044 m, the highest peak on the ridge is the "Holenke". The Alemannic word "Fluh", or cliff, refers to the near vertical north wall with its tortured rocky clefts and fissures. This contrasts dramatically with the gentle south side, which is perfect suited for ski tours.

Difference in altitude: 1,250 m

Category: Medium
Starting point: Heading towards Damüls, cross the Argenbach bridge at the village boundary of Au.

Walking time: approx. 3.5 hours
Ascent: Approx. 100 m after the Argenbach bridge, head off to the right, climbing up the gentle slopes of the Auer Ried until you reach the rapidly thickening forest. Keep right here, and continue along the track, which joins the forestry road. It’s now an easy walk to the Alpengasthof Edelweiss. To the right of the hut follow the summer path, then turn right and cross the stream. Continue in a northerly direction up a steep rocky spine to reach the saddle. Follow the broad ridge up to the summit.
Descent: Same route as the ascent

Kanisfluh 2,044m
Kanisfluh 2,044m

Lug 1,667m

An easy, very worthwhile tour; ideal for those new to ski touring!

Starting point: Au council offices
Ascent: Follow the drag-lift to the top station then proceed 40 m to the left to join the cart track. Follow this through the wood as far as the pastures of the Godlachen Alpe (1,232m). A gradual swing to the left across increasingly steep slopes brings you to the plateau above the Brendler Alpe. Following the signs „Respektiere deine Grenzen“, requesting you to respect the local wildlife, continue the gentle climb along the ridge in a south-westerly direction, through a scattering of fir trees, to the summit.

Walking time: approx. 2.5 hours

Difference in altitude: 950 m
Descent:

  1. Same route as the ascent
  2. Ski down via Argenvorsäss to Au
Lug 1,667m
Lug 1,667m

Falzerkopf 1,968m

The fabulous south-facing slopes of the Falzerkopf are most impressive.

Starting point: The Neuhornbachhaus goods cable-lift on the village boundary of Schoppernau.
Ascent: Follow the prepared track (beware of tobogganers!) up to the Neuhornbachhaus (1,700m). Head north up the approx. 300m high slope to the Falzerkopf.

Difference in altitude: 1,100 m

Walking time: approx. 3 hours
Descent: Same route as the ascent

Variation: Take the gondola to the top station of the Diedamskopf cable car, then ski down past the middle station to the Breitenalpbahn. Ride up on the chairlift. Exit to the left and cross the west–facing slope. Put on your skins for the short ascent. After the saddle keep to the left and continue to climb along the ridge to the Falzerkopf.
Descent: Down the lovely south-facing slopes to the Neuhornbachhaus and down the track back to Schoppernau, or back into the Diedamskopf ski area.

Falzerkopf 1,968m
Falzerkopf 1,968m

Toblermanskopf 2,010m

Thanks to its propensity for excellent snow conditions, the Toblermanskopf is also a very popular destination among ski tourers.

Category: easy to medium

Starting point: Going towards Schröcken, some 2 km after Schoppernau, there is limited parking at a small electrical sub-station, approx. 300 m after the tunnel.  

Walking time: approx. 3 hours

Difference in altitude: 1,100 m
Ascent: Behind the sub-station take the forestry road through the woods to the first open slopes, and bear slightly right over a promontory. Continue through picturesque countryside, passing to the right of the Gräsalpe (1281m), and then straight on through a slightly flatter area to the west to the start of the next climb. Cross these slopes by traversing up in a westerly direction (close to a ridge of land which falls steeply back down to Schoppernau). When the land flattens out markedly, proceed underneath the Hochalpe and make a curve to the left to access the wide ridge.  Follow this to the pre-summit (1,911m) and then further along the rapidly widening ridge to the main summit.
Descent: Same route as the ascent

Toblermanskopf 2,010m
Toblermanskopf 2,010m

Üntschenspitze 2,135m

The views from the top of the pyramid-shaped Üntschenspitze are breathtaking. Spread out before you are all the peaks of the Bregenzerwald; at your feet lies the glittering silver ribbon of the Bregenzerach stream and the idyllic village scene of Au-Schoppernau.

Category: medium

Starting point: Gasthof Bad Hopfreben, Schoppernau

Walking time: approx. 3 hours
Difference in altitude: 1,150 m
Ascent: Leaving the car park, cross the road and the neighbouring meadow, and join the summer track, which is clearly visible cut into the forest. Follow this through a series of clearings until you reach the summer settlement of the Üntschenberg Vorsäss, and then proceed past the tree line to the Vorderen Üntschenalpe (1,759m). Keeping slightly to the left at first, you cross a lovely south-facing slope up to the Häfnerjoch (1,979m). Continue along the ridge, parts of which may have snow overhangs, to the summit.

Descent:

  1. Same route as the ascent
  2. Across the Pisi-Alpe. From the summit, return to the Gipfel Häfnerjoch and then ski down a series of fabulous east and north-facing slopes until you have reached an altitude of approx. 1,550 m. Then cross the Häfnerbach stream, keep to the left along the foot of the Üntschenspitze to the old Pisi Alp hut, which is located approx.  400 m further down the valley. Descend to the Schreckbach and then climb back up approx. 50 m to join the Pisi alp track, on which you can ski back down to Schoppernau.
Üntschenspitze 2,135m
Üntschenspitze 2,135m