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Ski tour to Hochwurzen

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  • Skitour auf die Hochwurzen - Aufstiegsspur
    Skitour auf die Hochwurzen - Aufstiegsspur
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The Hochwurzen ski tour is a popular ski tour along a groomed and preset route.

Distance 6 km
1:30 h
720 m
720 m
1,852 m
1,135 m

On this popular tour you follow the ascent track along piste no. 33 and then continue to climb to the left (east) of the piste towards Hochwurzen. Past the mountain station of the Obertalbahn and the Seiterhütte, you reach the summit at 1,850 m - including the popular Hochwurzenhütte.

Fee for ski touring

You can find the prices HERE. You can get your ticket at the ticket machine directly at the start of the ascent track or at the ticket office of the Gipfelbahn Hochwurzen. There is also a touring combined season ticket available for Planai, Hochwurzen, Galsterberg, Rittisberg and Fageralm. Holders of a valid ski pass do not need a separate ticket. The ticket machine only accepts ATM & credit cards with NFC function as well as coins and does not give return money! The ticket must be carried on the ascent, as checks are carried out on the slopes.

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Gerhard Pilz
Update: January 23, 2023
Risk potential
Highest point
Hochwurzen summit, 1,852 m
Lowest point
Hochwurzen cable-car valley terminal, 1,135 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

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Rest stops

Alter Stadl
Seiterhütte & Celtic Bar

Safety information

Outside the opening hours of the pistes (from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), the pistes are generally closed due to the risk of serious accidents during the preparation of the pistes (winch, etc.). It is forbidden to drive on or enter the closed pistes. Climbing along the ski slope outside the operating hours is not permitted. There is a danger to life due to the use of winches to prepare the slopes!

GPS data and orientation aids
Available GPS data - like hiking maps - are only an orientation aid, as they can never represent an exact image or the level of detail of a trail in reality. Particularly in the case of danger spots, it must therefore always be decided in the end on the basis of the conditions on site whether and what the further course of the path will be.
In case of emergency, please dial the following emergency numbers:
No. 140 - for alpine emergencies - Austria-wide
No. 112 - Euro emergency call GSM emergency call service

Please take the warnings seriously and use a headlamp in the evening for your own safety! In winter, caution is advised even on supposedly easy tours. The ground can be slightly icy in shady places and there is a risk of avalanches on slopes. Mountain sports - even more so in winter - are above all subject to personal responsibility.

As a general rule: Before every ski tour or snowshoe hike, it is essential to check the current weather and avalanche report - available at

Tourism associations, mountain railways or avalanche warning services do not accept any liability based on the information provided. The Planai-Hochwurzen lifts and the Schladming Tourist Association thank you for your understanding!

Tips and hints

General tourism information:

Info about buses and ski lifts:

Lift pass - in case you are holding a valid lift pass, otherwise you will have to buy a ticket on-site.


Hochwurzen cable-car valley terminal (1,124 m)
47.375617, 13.654836
47°22'32.2"N 13°39'17.4"E
33T 398452 5247783



Turn-by-turn directions

The ascent route runs along the eastern edge of piste n° 33. From the valley station of Hochwurzen cable-car you follow a separate route on the left (East) border along the slope until you reach the mountain terminal of Obertalbahn. From there, the route leads you across the small plateau to the edge of the forest, and once in a while at the edge of piste n° 33 until you reach the summit of Hochwurzen. Up through the forest a couple of hairpins are waiting for you, which lets you train your ski touring technique.

Descent route

During the day, you can use every open ski piste. In case of evening operation at Hochwurzen, you can you piste n° 33 for getting back down to the valley in the evening. If you are skiing down between 5 and 7 pm, you have to use the route via pistes nr. 31/35/36 without any exception. Please adhere to these rules. On days without evening operation ALL pistes are closed from 5 pm until 8.30 am the next morning. Trespassing or skiing the pistes during this time is prohibited.

Public transport


Ski buses of the Planai-Hochwurzen lifts from Schladming to the valley station of the Hochwurzen summit lift.

By road

From Schladming towards Rohrmoos via the L722 "Rohrmoosstraße" road. At the roundabout after about 2.5 kms you keep going straigt on through the village center of Rohrmoos. After 2 more kms you reach the valley station of the Hochwurzen cable-car.


Parking is available at the valley station of the cable-car.


47.375617, 13.654836
47°22'32.2"N 13°39'17.4"E
33T 398452 5247783
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Ski touring folder Schladming-Dachstein

Author’s map recommendations

Ski touring folder Schladming-Dachstein


  • Ski touring equipment consisting of skis/splitboard, skins and poles
  • Avalanche transceiver (LVS), shovel and probe
  • Change of bodysuit & bonnet
  • Sunglasses for the ascent, ski goggles & helmet for the descent
  • Warm gloves, possibly light gloves for the ascent
  • Thermos flask with a warm drink, e.g. tea and muesli bar


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6 km
1:30 h
720 m
720 m
Highest point
1,852 m
Lowest point
1,135 m
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