Skitour Patscherkofel – Am Schutzhaus
23 March 2019
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“Servus Makro.”
“Hello Micro.”
Broad grin.
What sounds like a secret language is the common greeting of two student friends whose paths have crossed in the vastness of political economy. Today the sun is also smiling and our piste ski tour up the Patscherkofel starts around 10:30.

The Patscherkofel – a legend

The Patscherkofel is not just a mountain. It is a legend. Franz Klammer defined the history of downhill skiing here in 1976 in his orange overall. The Olympic community has already gathered here three times: also in 1964 and 2012 at the Youth Olympic Games. Then as now, this mountain inspires. It is not for nothing that it is the home mountain of all Innsbruckers. In addition, the restaurant at the valley station is also called: a resourceful idea.

Skitour Patscherkofel Start der Skitour auf das Schutzhaus

Here we go: macro and micro. We’re beaming with the weather and touring Innsbruck’s local mountain, the legendary Patscherkofel, on skis: © Marco Wegleiter

From the Patscherkofelbahn valley station to the top station

We follow the signposted route for ski tourers along the slope. Like every mountain around Innsbruck, the Patscherkofel is steep. The ascent track is only slippery in a few places, otherwise we both have good grip. We walk up the mountain at a leisurely pace, casually walking side by side and behind each other. It’s like jogging, only higher up. Enjoying nature, reminiscing and thinking about the future. After half an hour, thirst makes itself known.

What a panorama for the first break. After a good 300 metres in altitude, the view of Innsbruck widens. © Marco Wegleiter

Next stop mid station

And when you think it’s not possible anymore, it gets even steeper. Of course, the more ski tours you do, the more you develop a resistance to steep slopes. But it’s always surprising how fast it goes uphill. But we are rewarded with incredible views.

Skitour Patscherkofel - Blick aufs Leintuch

In the background the sheet. A sensational slope in spring on the east side of the Nockspitze. © Marco Wegleiter

At the middle station we are already at 1,716 metres above sea level, knowing that we will soon have reached our destination for today.

Skitour Patscherkofel - Mittelstation

Middle station of the Patscherkofelbahn at 1.716 meters above sea level. © Marco Wegleiter

And I looked at the calendar,

heit geht da Wind. Attwenger, the interpreter of this song, is an Upper Austrian. Presumably he was inspired to write this text on the Patscherkofel. It really whistles. Yes, this is also our local mountain, the Patscherkofel. The wind blows over the Wipptal to the volcanic looking mountain. But we wouldn’t be Innsbruckers if that bothered us. I think it simply belongs to it. And besides, that’s when you really feel yourself.

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Considered and immediately discarded. The wind whips at the summit of the Patscherkofel. We stop at the refuge. © Marco Wegleiter

The last view of our ascent is also special. The Patscherkofel shelter defies wind and weather and is the institution on the local mountain. since 1887! By now it is storming. We stop immediately. The skinning has time.

Skitour Patscherkofel - Das Schutzhaus

The Patscherkofel shelter: cosy atmosphere and very good home-style cooking. © Hartmut Müller

Incredible widths

Because the wind has turned into a storm, the gondola remains out of service for today. This means we can max out the waist of our carving skis and use the whole slope. The snow picks a bit, so always stay deep to avoid crashes.

Skitour Patscherkofel - Abfahrt

Marco Wegleiter following in the footsteps of Egon Zimmermann (Olympic downhill champion 1964) © Hartmut Müller

Skitour Patscherkofel - Alleine Abfahren

Hartmut Müller in the footsteps of Franz Klammer (Olympic downhill champion 1976) © Marco Wegleiter

TOURDATES SKITOUR Patscherkofel Schutzhaus

  • Start: 1,009 m // parking lot Patscherkofelbahn valley station (daily fee 6 euros).
  • Destination: 1,965 m // Schutzhaus
  • Distance: 3,36 km
  • Altitude difference: 965 m
  • Difficulty: easy to medium
  • Walking time: 02:12
  • Period: weekdays and weekends until 16:00, after that the slopes are closed for safety reasons.
  • Night ski tours: every Thursday slopes open until 22:00 hrs
  • Variants:
    • Route 1 – The training circuit: from the Patscherkofelbahn valley station via the piste to the mountain station
    • Route 2 – The vitality trail: from the middle station of the Patscherkofel lift via the Patscher Alm, Hochmahdalm to the top station
    • Route 3 – The summit striker: From the top station of the Patscherkofel lift to the summit
  • Stop for refreshments: Patscherkofel Gipfelstube, Das Kofel Restaurant, Patscherkofel Schutzhaus, Hochmahdalm, Patscher Alm

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