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Ski Touring recommended route

Pollestalele Sölden

Ski Touring · Sölden
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  • Pollestalele - Skitour Sölden
    Pollestalele - Skitour Sölden
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SÖLDEN GIGGIJOCHBAHN --> Bergstation Giggijochbahn --> Skipiste Roßkirpl --> Pollestalele --> Hochsölden --> SÖLDEN GIGGIJOCHBAHN
Distance 3.2 km
1:30 h
485 m
1,390 m
2,770 m
2,280 m
From the mountain station of the Giggijochbahn, you start heading north, past the restaurant and then a bit along the Roßkirpl ski slope.

Then cross into the wide ski slopes heading north and finally steeply into the Pollestalele.

Continue through this small valley to the west to the saddle. The descent takes place over the slopes to the ski run above Hochsölden, then over the valley run to Sölden!

An ascent via the ski run is also possible from the Giggijochbahn valley station.

Author’s recommendation

The Giggijoch cabelcar opens at 8:00 in the morning. So you can save the first few highmeaters to the mountain station Giggijoch.
Highest point
2,770 m
Lowest point
2,280 m
Best time of year
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Rest stops

Wirtshaus Giggijoch

Safety information

Please note the current snow and avalanche situation report for the coming days:

https://www.oetztal.com/winter.html       &        https://avalanche.report/albina-web/bulletin/bulletin/bulletin/bulletin/bulletin/latest?lang=en


Avalanche Hazard Scale

1 (LOW)

Triggering is generally possible but only from high additional load in isolated areas of extremely steep terrain. Only small-sized sluffs and natural avalanches are expected. Snow layers are generally stable.


Avalanches may be triggered in case of truly heavy loads, especially on a few explicitly indicated, steep slopes. Large spontaneous avalanches are not expected. In general, the snowpack is well bonded except on some very steep slopes. Choose your route carefully, avoid the indicated slopes and exposed sections.


Triggering is very probable even from low additional loads, particularly on the indicated steep slopes. On some steeper slopes, medium or even fairly large spontaneous avalanches may occur. On most steepslopes the snow layer is only moderately or weakly stable. Expertavalanche knowledge is required. You must avoid the indicated steepslopes and highly exposed sections.

4 (HIGH)

Avalanches are likely to be triggered on many of the indicated steepslopes even if only light loads are applied. In some places, numerous medium-sized and also large-sized natural avalanches are expected.The snowpack is poorly bonded on most steep slopes. Choose your route according to these criteria, select only moderately steep terrain by avoiding the avalanche runout zones. Very expert avalanche knowledge is required.


Numerous huge or very large-sized natural avalanches are expected also in moderately steep terrain. Safe skiing is not possible anymore, not even in the marked ski area. The snowpack is poorly bonded and largely unstable. Don‘t go ski mountaineering at all!




Tips and suggestions

Ascending aid: Giggijochbahn


Ski Mountaineering Rules

  • If you enjoy activities amid nature always respect the local guidelines when you set out on a ski tour (for example: wildlife preserves, hunting enclosures, reforestation areas, information boards, etc.).
  • Don‘t enter protected wildlife zones or feeding areas amid naturelandscapes, and avoid noise.
  • Cross forest areas in winter only on sign posted trails or marked routes as wild animals can panic if they hear loud voices or noise.
  • Learn more about the habitat of wild animals in the mountains, avoid getting too close to them. Watch them only from a safe distance. Please put your dog on a lead, it is absolutely irresponsible to take dogs into the forest without leashing them because wild animals suffer from food deficiency and weakness in winter.
  • Excellent planning and time management: start your tour early enough and return before darkness. In spring you should be back on the hut or in the valley at 12 noon (avalanche hazard!) at the latest.
  • Never cross forestation zones and areas with young plants and trees.


Ötztal Tourismus doesn‘t take any responsibility for the suggested tours. It is strongly recommended to enlist a certified local mountainguide. Glacier crossings are allowed only in a group by using a rope.

Before you set out on a tour you should inform someone down in the valley about the tour‘s destination and when you plan to be back. Anavalanche transceiver is an absolute must for Alpine ski mountaineering tours.


More details about ski mountaineering tours in Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/skitouren




Giggijoch topstation - Sölden
46.975167, 10.974999
46°58'30.6"N 10°58'30.0"E
32T 650218 5204297


Pollestalele Sölden

Turn-by-turn directions

From the mountain station of the Giggijochbahn, you start heading north, past the restaurant and then for a bit along the Roßkirpl ski slope.

Then you cross the wide open ski slopes to the north, reaching finally the steep route into Pollestalele.

Continue through this small valley to the west to the saddle. Downhill you will ski via the slopes towards the run above Hochsölden and then continue on the valley run down to Sölden!

It‘s also possible to ascend via the ski run from the base station of Giggijoch gondola (6,3 km | 4:00 h).


Public transport


Enjoy a comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi.  The current bus schedule can be found at: http://fahrplan.vvt.at



The drive to the ÖTZTAL. Located in Tyrol, the ÖTZTAL branches off to the south as the longest side valley of the Eastern Alps. Arriving by car leads guests over the Inn Valley to the valley entrance and further along the Ötztal. In addition to the toll motorway can also be used on rural roads. With the route planner, the journey can be quickly and easily determined:

To the route planner: https://www.google.com/maps 


The following parking facilities are available in Sölden:
  • Parking lot at Sölden Postamt
  • Giggijochbahn + underground garage

 All parking is free during the day.





46.975167, 10.974999
46°58'30.6"N 10°58'30.0"E
32T 650218 5204297
Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

Author’s map recommendations

AV-Karte | Stubaier Alpen - Geigenkamm | 1:25 000


Recommended Ski Mountaineering Equipment

The „standard ski mountaineering equipment“ is: touring skis with touring bindings, telescopic poles, climbing skins, ski crampons, digital avalanche transceiver, avalanche shovel, avalanche probe, firstaid kit and mobile phone. A „complete glacier equipment set“ contains: sit harness, two prusik loops of different lengths and ascenders, two HMS biners, icepick, climbing irons and rope. Pack your rucksack carefully and don‘t forget extra clothes for the descent, sun protection/cream, cold protection, enough food and drink. If you stay overnight at a mountain hut take toiletry articles and a hut sleeping bag with you!



  • Easy: Short or moderately long tours, always easy, with ascents not steeper than 25° or slightly steeper only on short sections.
  • Intermediate: Moderately long or long tours of intermediate difficulty with ascents up to 35° or slightly steeper only on short sections.
  • Difficult: Very challenging and long or very long tours with ascents that can exceed 40°, comprising also climbing sections up to difficulty grade II (UIAA).

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1:30 h
485 m
1,390 m
Highest point
2,770 m
Lowest point
2,280 m
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