Ski Touring in the Salzburger Saalachtal
On a different Track
In recent years ski touring has developed into a trend sport. More and more people are deciding to ski off the beaten track to carve their own tracks in the snow and to get back to skiing's original roots.
The special attraction of ski touring is that the ski tourer can take in the unspoilt nature during the ascent and enjoy each moment. Once the destination has been reached, the skis and skins are taken off, the bindings altered and the boots laced-up tighter. „Click-clack“, in the binding and it is time for the descent through the finest powder – an indescrible feeling of having the snow-covered slopes to yourself as you carve short turns in the powder.
The Saalachtal is one of the most beautiful areas for ski touring in Salzburger Land. Beginners can try a tour to the Wildalm in the Unkener Heutal or the Almenwelt Lofer.
The ascent follows the side of the piste and is only permitted during the day. Intermediates can attempt the tours to the Hochalm and the Sontagshorn in Unken while experts will be well-challenged by the Skihörndl in the Loferer Steinberge as well as the Seehorn or the Kammerlinghorn in the Mountain Climbers' Village Weißbach.
Please be aware that ski-touring off-piste should only be attempted with sufficient alpine experience and the right equipment. Therefore we recommend that beginners contact one of our local mountain guides.
Rules Ski touring
The appropriate equipment for your own skitour
You can rent or buy your touring skies and poles at the ski rental shops in the region.
Guided ski tours
A ski tour with the experts? Different ski tours are offered by the mountain guides of the Naturpark Weißbach, by the skischools and the outdoor providers.
What to consider in advance
We consider wearing a wind and waterproof jacket and hat and gloves are also compulsory. Obviously a so-called “LVS device“, an avalanche transceiver, is absolutely essential. In an emergency it helps to locate avalanche victims as quickly as possible because in such a situation every second counts. Avalanche transceivers can be hired if you don't want to buy your own straight away. There is space in every rucksack for a map of the area, either in electronic form on your mobile phone or in time-honoured tradition as a paper map.
Our ski touring checklist: what should you take with you on a ski tour?
- Something to drink
- Sunglasses and suncream
- Hat and gloves
- Avalanche transceiver
- Windproof and waterproof jacket
- A change of clothing
- Map of the area
- A cereal bar or similar to top up the energy reserves
- A camera to record all the wonderful moments