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Austria, Otztal Ski Tour

The Otztal ski tour is a stunning link up of beautiful Austrian mountain huts and peaks in the wild Tyrol region of the Alps. The ski terrain in this region is suited for those looking to tackle their first 'hut to hut' ski tour or for those interested in mellower skiing compared to the Northern Alps (such as the Haute Route or Bernese Oberland). You can expect shorter ski tour days, more comfortable huts and a great introduction to the world of multi day ski touring.

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    Duration

    1 Week

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    Start Location

    Innsbruck, Austria

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    Date(s)

    March - April

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    Price

    From €1750.00

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OTZTAL SKI TOUR

The Otztal ski tour is located in the Tyrol region of Austria with easy access via Innsbruck. This 6 day, 7 night ski adventure is perfect for any ski tourer looking to explore some lesser known peaks and quieter routes. Linked up by comfortable mountain huts, this hut-to-hut ski tour covers a horseshoe shape across beautiful peaks including Mt Similaun, Fineil Spitze and Wildspitze; the highest peak in the Otztal region at 3770m. If you're not quite ready for a multi day ski tour, why not try our course below:

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YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE

WHO IS THIS FOR?

You should be fit enough for 6 hut to hut days of hard work (5-8h/day of uphill work out) and capable of skiing in different types of off-piste snow conditions. You will also need previous ski touring experience at the very least an introduction course. This is a tough but rewarding journey across one of the best ski routes in the Alps and it can only be enjoyed fully if you are well prepared.

If you're a confident off-piste skier but have never ski toured before then you can jump on to one of of our intro to ski touring courses (Learn more here ). If you're still not sure whether you're ready, no sweat! Get in touch and we'll be happy to talk it through with you.

    Adventure Overview

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    Duration

    1 Week

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    Start Location

    Innsbruck, Austria

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    Date(s)

    March - April

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    Guide Ratio

    6:1

  • Ability

    Level B

    Level B

    You have some previous experience in the outdoors, whether that’s hiking, skiing or climbing. You will either be starting to venture into more technical terrain or slightly more 'aggressive' environments. Let's dial it up!

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    Price

    From €1750.00

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ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

Great news! Your place on this adventure is carbon offset along with our footprint in creating it. To learn more about what we're doing head to our 'about us' page.

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LIVE THE ADVENTURE

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Adventure Base: Through our clients eyes.

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We asked our clients to let us know how their trips went. They decided to show us instead. Below is footage captured by our clients on some of our favourite adventures. Thanks guys.

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We have a rule that every month we get out of the office, away from the noise and in to the great outdoors. This month Olly decided ski touring was the ticket, so we headed off to the Refuge d'Argentiere. Very hot for February but a great way to escape the noise of office life. Enjoy.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR THIS SKI TOUR

Please note this is a guide and you may be required to rent or purchase last minute equipment on arrival dependent on the weather and changes in itinerary. Items can be rented or bought locally in Innsbruck.

For the full downloadable Otztal Ski Tour kit list please click here.

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FINER DETAILS

YOUR ADVENTURE PACKAGE 

On arrival day you meet with your guides and fellow skiers at the accommodation for a welcome briefing in the evening. Here you will have an opportunity to ask any last minute questions as well as share your pre trip excitement with your group.

What's Included?

  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 5 nights in mountain huts half board
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 2 nights in an Innsbruck hotel bed and breakfast
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  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. Adventure Base hand picked IFMGA ski guide
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. All taxi costs included within the trip
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 6 days of incredible ski touring

What's not Included?

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  • Group 20 Created with Sketch. Personal snacks, lunch and drinks in the huts
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This Trip is running on the following dates

march 2023
1 Date
Depart

Sat 18 Mar, 2023

Return

Sat 25 Mar, 2023

Availability

6 spots available

april 2023
1 Date
Depart

Sat 01 Apr, 2023

Return

Sat 08 Apr, 2023

Availability

6 spots available

march 2024
3 Dates
Depart

Sat 16 Mar, 2024

Return

Sat 23 Mar, 2024

Availability

6 spots available

Depart

Sat 23 Mar, 2024

Return

Sat 30 Mar, 2024

Availability

6 spots available

Depart

Sat 30 Mar, 2024

Return

Sat 06 Apr, 2024

Availability

6 spots available

What to expect from your accommodation

When not skiing we know the importance of having a comfortable base. The hotel in Innsbruck is the perfect spot to start and finish the trip. But don't let that nice linen and chocolate on the bed win your favour just yet. Wait until you've experienced a good old mountain hut with its basic, but charming amenities and friendly hosts. We bet you go home missing the huts more!

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Innsbruck

The hotel in Innsbruck is a great spot that is easily reached by a short taxi ride or bus journey from the Airport. We pair you up in comfortable twin and triple rooms, with single rooms available on request. There is a wellness area available to guests, as well as a great restaurant for your evening meals. You will spend your first and last night of the trip here with the guide and the rest of the group. The evening meal on the first night is included.

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    Duration

    2 Nights

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    Internet

    Wifi included

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    Beds

    Twin / Triple shared

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    Food

    Breakfast

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Mountain Huts

Along the Otztal Ski Tour we will stay in a variety of mountain huts including the Martin Busch Hutte, Similaun Hutte, Hochjoch Hospiz Hutte and the Vernagt Hutte. Beautiful, remote mountain huts that offer a warm welcome, tasty food and a nice place to sleep.

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    Duration

    5 nights

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    Internet

    Not included

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    Beds

    Dorm rooms

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    Food

    Half board

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WHAT TO EXPECT

HERE'S YOUR ITINERARY 

Please note this is a suggested itinerary only. While we try and stick to the tried and tested itinerary below, the mountain and the weather sometimes have other ideas. You must be capable of sticking to the required group pace in order to complete the tour. If ability or fitness is hindering the trip, you may be asked to drop out of the tour at your own expense. For the full Itinerary please click here.

  • Day 1:
    Arrival Day in Innsbruck

    On arrival day in Innsbruck you meet your guides and fellow skiers at the accommodation for a welcome briefing and dinner in the evening. We'll discuss your equipment and the current weather and mountain conditions so that we all feel ready for the challenge ahead.

  • Day 2:
    Approach the Martin Busch Hutte (2501m)

    Transport to Vent (1hr15mins) and climb to Martin Busch Hutte. We will spend the afternoon skiing and doing a basic avalanche safety course to fully prepare everyone for the days ahead before we tuck in for the night after a delicious warm dinner.

    600m ascent (3hrs)

  • Day 3:
    Climb Hinter Schwarzen Joch (3393m)

    Today is our first full day in the mountains. After a hearty breakfast we set out on a ski tour above Martin Busch Hutte, to climb Hinter Schwarzen Joch (3393m). Its a great day out and we head back to the same hut so we can pack light for the day.

    900m ascent, 900m descent (5-6hrs)

  • Day 4:
    Climb Mt Similaun (3606m)

    Today we make our way onwards to the next hut, via a climb of Mt Similaun, 3606m, with a great ski descent down to the Similaun Hutte for a nice cold beer and overnight stay.

    1100m ascent, 1100m descent (6-7hrs)

  • Day 5:
    Hauslabjoch (3280m) and Fineil Spitze (3447m)

    Onwards today to climb Hauslabjoch, 3280m and ski down a great slope and then climb up towards Fineil Spitze 3447m for the second summit of the day. We then ski down and climb towards our next destination the Hochjoch Hospitz hut, 2417m, 500m, 5-6h

    750m ascent, 1250m descent (6-7hrs)

  • Day 6:
    Fluchtkogel (3500m)

    Today we climb Fluchtkogel (3500m), a long and steady ascent to a wonderful summit with great views. From here its a great descent down to the Vernagt Hut for the night.

    1100m ascent, 950m descent (5-6hrs).

  • Day 7:
    The big one: Wildspitze (3770m)

    Today is THE day. We climb the iconic Wildspitze, 3770m, the highest peak in the Otztal region. From here its a long and enjoyable ski down to Vent. We take our transport back to Innsbruck and celebrate our accomplishment of completing the Otztal Ski Tour.

    1100m ascent, 1800m descent (7-9hrs)

  • Day 8:
    Departure Day

    After a well deserved nights' sleep in the cosy hotel, its time for one last breakfast before the trip ends and you make your journey home.

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MEET THE GUIDES

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Miha

IFMGA Guide

Miha is an IFMGA guide from Slovenia based between the beautiful Julian Alps and Chamonix. He has been climbing for over 20 years all over the world, including expeditions to Nepal, Tibet, India, Pakistan, USA, Mexico and Peru. He summited an 8000er on his first expedition to the Himalaya, did a first ascent on the previously unclimbed Lasher peak in the Himalaya and climbed El Capitan and many routes over the Alps.

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Pablo

IFMGA Guide

Pablo is originally from a small mountain village in Spain and came to Chamonix with only one dream to become a mountain guide. Based in Chamonix since 2013, Pablo made the Alps his playground as a guide and as an alpinist and has climbed many of the classic alpine routes. He combines mountain guiding with helicopter rescue work in Spain during the off seasons.

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Fede

IFMGA Guide

"My favorite mountain is the Midi d’Ossau, in the Pyrenees. It is a volcanic and unique mountain, that a stands out from the other peaks around. It is a huge fortress with many different features that provides incredible rock climbing routes, and the most important thing is that is 20 minutes from my house ;)"

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Roger

IFMGA Guide

Roger has spent over 15 years guiding around the world. He is a Guide instructor at the Spanish School of Guides and is fascinated by discovering mountains with clients. Roger has a big passion about showing people his beloved mountains and sharing climbs and descents with skis.

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Jon

IFMGA Guide

"If asked about my favourite mountain or mountain range, it wouldn't be easy to answer since perfect places to climb, ski or explore can be found all over the world. But, if I had to choose one, I think I'd say the Pyrenees, not very high, but wild and still quite unknown: the mountains where I learnt when I was a child and where I can still live great adventures far from the crowd".

Are you ready?

Our adventures are attributed a difficulty level from A to E. This Austria, Otztal Ski Tour trip is rated Level B, for those with some prior experience We recommend you only book a trip that reflects your ability.

Level A

For beginners and newcomers

  • You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure.
  • Little / no prior experience
  • Usually less then a week in distance
  • No technical skills required
  • Basic level of fitness

Level B

For those with some prior experience

  • You have some previous experience in the outdoors, whether that’s hiking, skiing or climbing.
  • You will either be starting to venture into more technical terrain or slightly more 'aggressive' environments
  • Moderate fitness
  • Some basic skills
Think you've got this?

This trip is at this level

Level C

For accomplished adventurers

  • You have a fair amount of experience climbing, hiking or skiing more technical terrain.
  • You’re comfortable on sustained adventures and you call yourself a ‘hardened’ adventurer.
  • You're not quite George Mallory but you subscribe to his 'because it there' attitude.
  • Fit & Strong

Level D

For the pros

  • Ready to test those learnt skills on the next challenge
  • Comfortable in most types of environments
  • Very fit
  • Some level of technical skills

Level E

For the experts

  • You’ve been on more adventures than you've had hot dinners and you've built up a crafty skill set to tackle most challenges out there.
  • Good technical skills and knowledge
  • Good experience
  • Very fit

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