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Liebenerspitze ever summit

Ski Touring · Oetztal
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  • Wenn dieser Hang im Aufstieg gehalten hat, dann sollte er dies grundsätzlich auch in der Abfahrt tun.
    / Wenn dieser Hang im Aufstieg gehalten hat, dann sollte er dies grundsätzlich auch in der Abfahrt tun.
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  • / Schwungvergnügen ohne Ende
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  • / Der lange und flache Anstieg durch das Gaisbergtal in Richtung Süden
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  • / Blick gegen Norden
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  • / Man steuert im Aufstieg nun nicht auf die Mitte des Gaibergferners zu, da man dort möglichen Eislawinen aus der marakanten Eiswand des oberen Gaisbergferners ausgesetzt ist. Deshalb hält man sich im Auftsieg ganz links, auch wenn sich hier der Gletscher auf teils mehr als 40° aufsteilt und die Spaltengefahr nicht zu unterschätzen ist.
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  • / Am steilen, spaltenreichen, orographisch rechten Rand des Gaisbergferners.
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  • / Wir haben nun auf dem Gaisbergferner genügend Abstand von den Sturzbahnen der Eislawinen.
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  • / Noch befinden wir uns im spaltenreichen Bereich des Gaisbergferners.
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The ski tour to the Liebenerspitze-Hauptpipfel 3400m is an absolute highlight in the surroundings of Obergurgl.
Distance 15.7 km
4:30 h
1,481 m
1,481 m
An absolute must for all ski touring lovers is the tour to the Liebenerspitze-Hauptpipfel. It is an absolute highlight in the surroundings of Obergurgl and offers everything a high alpine ski tour in the Ötztaler Alps can offer. The scenic scenery is as always overwhelming at the Ötztaler Hauptkamm, the descent belongs to the most beautiful what the tour region around Obergurgl has to offer.

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Die Liebenerspitze durch das Gaisbergtal bestiegen.
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Update: July 30, 2018
Highest point
3,389 m
Lowest point
1,906 m
Best time of year

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Safety information

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!


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Tips and hints

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



Obergurgl (1,905 m)
46.869330, 11.026490
46°52'09.6"N 11°01'35.4"E
32T 654438 5192637



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This has everything to offer in the ascent as well as in the descent, what a high alpine ski tour on the Ötztal main ridge has to offer. This includes a long ascent into a troy-like side valley the Gaiberg valley, with a glacier, which at its end is huge and in this case very clefty, the Gaisbergferner. In addition there is a huge and equally threatening ice break from the upper Gaisbergferner, which is an additional danger for the tour. This area is often marked by remnants of ice vigils and should therefore be bypassed in the ascent to the left, even if you are then in a clefty, more than 40 ° steep glacier zone. It is here just the lower evil to choose. In the descent, however, you can still be in the middle of the Gaisberg River, as soon as the threatened zone is quickly overcome. The most delicate ape awaits you at Pt. 3150m, where you have to change from the Gaisbergferner to the upper Gaisbergferner. The short, but more than 40 ° steep northern slope represents a last great danger moment. If one has overcome this, the 30 ° to 35 ° steep, but extensive summit slope should be hardly a problem. In addition, you can climb the summit up to the last few meters with skis. Rather an exception at the Ötztaler Hauptkamm. The last meters to the summit are then quite easy to cope with. The scenic scenery is as always overwhelming at the Ötztaler Hauptkamm, the descent belongs to the most beautiful what the tour region around Obergurgl has to offer. Starting in Obergurgl at the valley station of the Hohenmuhlbahn 1915m so to the summit to about 9.4 kilometers approximately 1500 height meters to be covered. If you use the Festkogelbahn as an ascent aid and drive to the valley entrance of the Gaisberg valley, the climb decreases to approx. 6.9 kilometers, or 1100 meters of altitude.


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Public transport

Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in 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


Getting there

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at https://www.google.at/maps



In Obergurgl-Hochgurgl the following parking facilities are available:
  • Car park Village center Obergurgl (in front of the church on the right, behind the multi-purpose building where the information office is located)
  • Parking lot with coin entrance Parking Place entrance - valley station Festkoglbahn, free of charge
  • Parking Hochgurglbahn valley station, free of charge - no parking at night
  • Parking Top Mountain Crosspoint, free of charge
  • Parking Hochgurgl, free of charge (very small parking)


46.869330, 11.026490
46°52'09.6"N 11°01'35.4"E
32T 654438 5192637
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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).

Basic Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 pairs of Gloves: lightweight, breathable and windproof for going uphill, regular ski gloves for downhill
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
  • Additional warm jacket
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Lightweight wind- and waterproof ski pants
  • 20 to 28 liter rucksack, preferably backcountry type
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski touring boots
  • Ski touring bindings to fit boots
  • Ski touring skins to fit skis
  • Skis
  • Ski poles, preferably telescopic type
  • Avalanche safety equipment to consider: beacon, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel
  • Ski touring crampons
  • Crevasse rescue kit
  • Ski touring harness
  • Light ice axe
  • Ski touring ropes
  • Avalanche airbag backpack
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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15.7 km
4:30 h
1,481 m
1,481 m


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