Sparkling white powder snow during
ski mountaineering and ski touring

Discover snow-covered mountains

In Werfenweng, you will find a wide range of opportunities to explore the surrounding mountains on touring skis. The Tennengebirge in particular offers different routes for beginners and pros alike and will fill every ski mountaineer’s heart with elation. Whether on the Eiskogel, to the Werfener Hütte or on a crossing of the Tennengebirge, when you put on your skins, you can enjoy the sparkling white snowy landscape in Werfenweng to the full.

Please always pay attention to the avalanche warning level and carry the appropriate equipment with you!

You can find information on the avalanche situation here.

Eiskogel 2.321 m

The tour starts at the parking lot in Wengerau. From there, head towards the Dr.-Heinrich-Hackel-Hütte, which is also an inviting place to stop for refreshments. The route continues past there to the Tauernscharte, which is crossed. Caution: the crossing can be very icy! Once you reach the plateau, the trail continues briefly downhill and then leads uphill again to a beautiful wooden cross at the summit of the Eiskogel.

Elevation gain: 1,400 m
Length: 11.7 km
Duration: approx. 4 hours
Difficulty level: difficult

Alternatively, you can also choose the Napf as your destination.

Werfener Hütte 1.967 m

The starting point for this tour is once again the parking lot in the Wengerau. From there, you pass the Wengerau Alm, which invites you to stop off at any time, and the Gamsblickalm (not open). At the end of the prepared hiking trail, it is better to keep to the left of the stream ditch to be on the safe side, as avalanches from the steep flanks of the Werfener Hochthron can be expected, depending on the snow conditions. Continue through the sparse forest to the Elmaualm (closed in winter). The tour then leads over the Tanzboden to the destination – the Werfener Hütte (not open) at 1,927 m.

Elevation gain: 1,000 m
Length: 11 km
Duration: approx. 3 hours
Difficulty: demanding

Crossing the Tennengebirge in winter

One way to cross the Tennengebirge plateau on skis is from Werfenweng via the Scheiblingkogel to Oberscheffau.

The tour starts at the parking lot in Wengerau and passes the Dr.-Heinrich-Hackel-Hütte and the Tauernscharte. At the foot of the Tauernkogel, Eiskogel and the Schartwand, the route continues towards Schubbühl. From there, the trail continues gently up and down across the Tennengebirgs plateau to the Scheiblingkogel. Pay attention to the marker poles! Once you reach the Scheiblingkogel, you can then take the descent via the Röth, Schwer or Wies cirques to Oberscheffau.

The tour is 21.5 km long and includes 1,750 meters of ascent. It is therefore only suitable for experienced ski tourers. For good orientation, this tour is only recommended in good weather!

The Erztrophy

After Werfenweng stepped in as host in January 2023, the Bischofshofen Ski Club decided to organize the Erztrophy in Werfenweng in the future as well.

The results of the Erztrophy also count towards the “European SKIMO Tour”, which in addition to the Erztrophy also consists of the Jennerstier in Berchtesgarden, the Mountain Attack in Saalbach and the Sellaronda Ski Marathon in the Dolomites, as well as the “SKIMO Alpencup”, where two top-class races from Austria and Germany join forces to crown the “Ski Mountaineering King of the Alps” – the Erztrophy in Werfenweng and the Jennerstier in Berchtesgarden.

Further information can be found here.