We had visitors last weekend and planned an outdoor weekend for that occasion. The weather played along and actually surprised us: a warm front came our way and we ended up skitouring in short sleeves. We started the ski tour a little later and by the time we reached the top Rotwand it was almost 2 pm. The snow was quite heavy and skiing down was a little challenging but OK : the idea of cold beer/radler was quite the motivation.
After some refueling at the hut we went to Auerspitz to watch the sunset (we did the same in summer) - the view from there is great. The snow was already a bit crusty on the south facing slopes from Rotwandhouse towards Auerspitz. We skied down from Auerspitz in direction Großtiefentalalm and skinned back up towards Rotwandhaus. By the time we were putting our skins on it was dark, but with moonshine so bright that headlamps were not necessary. The snow was pretty great on this side - loose, granual and not too heavy (some of us actually couldn’t resist this slope and skied down from Kumpfl Scharte just to come back up again). The last traverse from Kumpfl Scharte to Rotwandhaus was a bit tricky. The tracks were worn out and icy - ski crampons worthy. We got back to the hut just in time for dinner at 7 pm. There was quite a bit of beer, liquor and laughter afterwards.
The next day was equally pleasant - spring like weather and good mood. We left after breakfast, traversed towards Kumpfl Scharte, skied direction to Großtiefentalalm and skinned up via Kleintiefentalalm to Taubensteinhaus, where we took a beer & sunbathing break. From there its very close to the piste, which we took to get back to the parking lot where we started from. The last bit of the piste is the very last challenge - long, wide and very little inclined track which will most likely force you to skate or put your skins back on.
Overall, definitely recommended tour, doable in one day also. We are looking forward to return here on wheels in summer.
- 55 minutes
- Parking lot at Taubenstein lift, Spitzingsee, 5 euros for parking. Because it was sunny weekend, parking was quite limited.
- around 3:00 hours to Rotwand summit. The entire weekend tours were total 7 hours moving time (Spitzingsee-Rotwand-Rotwandhaus-Auerspitz-Rotwandhaus-Spitzingsee via Taubenstein)
Spitzing see - Rotwand - Rotwandhaus
Rotwandhaus - Spitzingsee via Taubenstein