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Ski tour: From Baad to the Grünhorn

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m 2400 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 8 6 4 2 km Grünhorn (2039 m) Starzelalp (unbewirtschaftet) Gasthof Starzelhaus
A nature experience for experienced tourers in the Duratal with a route entirely in the spirit of "experiencing nature consciously".
moderate
Distance 9.5 km
4:15 h
945 m
945 m
2,037 m
1,220 m
On this sunny ski tour, an early ascent must be observed, due to its south-facing location, the Grünhorn gets a lot of sun in the early morning hours & of course you want to enjoy the descent in good snow conditions.

In the summit area there are very beautiful slopes facing east to south. In the lower part you have to overcome an approx. 200 meter long forest stretch, so the tour is more pleasant when there is high snowfall.

Arrived at the summit there is a wonderful view of the Kleinwalsertal, the Großer Widderstein, Walmendinger Horn and Schoppernau.

Baad is also popular with winter hikers in winter. Particularly on the first section up to the Inner Turaalpe, a little more consideration for the other winter sports enthusiasts is required on the ascent and descent. Then enough space and enjoyment of nature is guaranteed for everyone.

Consciously experiencing nature stands for a respectful coexistence among winter sports enthusiasts and towards nature. The route described takes into account the protected area in the Dura Valley in winter.

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Update: January 25, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
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Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
2,037 m
Lowest point
1,220 m
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Rest stops

Gasthof Starzelhaus

Safety information

In particular the steep grass slopes in the upper area require a safe avalanche situation, so take the avalanche report into account! The specified GPS track is only a suggestion. No liability can be assumed for the correctness of the information. Away from secured pistes, everyone is responsible for finding out about alpine dangers, especially avalanches. Ski touring in alpine terrain is always at your own risk. Weather and snow conditions may make changes to the route necessary. For experienced ski tourers.

 

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

  •  140 Alpine Emergencies Austria wide 
  • 144 Alpine Emergencies Vorarlberg 
  • 112 Euro-Emergencies (works with every mobile network)

www.vorarlberg.travel/safety-tips

Tips and hints

How do you consciously experience nature?

 

Nature is so much more than the backdrop for unforgettable mountain experiences. It is a habitat for animals and plants. It provides drinking water and supplies us with high quality food. Not only does it provide valuable raw materials such as wood, it also protects against avalanches and mudslides and regulates the climate. It is up to us to support nature in everything that it does for us. One thing is certain, together we can achieve more:

 

Smart in NATURE

CONSCIOUS together

EXPERIENCE foresight

 

Smart in NATURE

Take a deep breath and recharge your batteries, be outside and feel free. When we enjoy nature, we are guests in the living room of shy animals and rare plants. If you behave smart, they will be happy to share their living space with you in the future too.

 

Stay on paths and marked routes

If you follow the marked paths and routes, you are sure to come to new favorite places. In this way you also respect protected areas, because many animals and plants need special protection. Especially in winter, any disturbance unnecessarily costs the wild animals the strength they need to survive.

 

Avoiding twilight times

Standing on a mountain at sunrise is a special experience. The morning and evening hours are also the time when most wild animals are in search of food. If they are disturbed, they get stressed. If it cannot be avoided, please stay on the marked path, do not use a bright headlamp and enjoy the silence.

 

Stay clean & take rubbish with you

It goes without saying: You take rubbish with you again, on the mountain and in the valley. Please also organic waste, because it is composted much more slowly at altitude. You can dispose of the rubbish properly at home or in your accommodation - please remember that there are no rubbish bins in public spaces in Kleinwalsertal.

 

On the natural toilet

If you are looking for a quiet place, please be at least 50 m away from water. Bury excrement or cover it with a large stone. Use fallen leaves or recycled toilet paper and put the paper back in the trash bag.

 

On tour with a dog

Are you always in control of your four-legged partner, even if he gets his nose for marmots, deer or other wild animals? You are both on the safe side on a leash. Keep dogs on a short leash near grazing cattle. If an attack by a grazing animal is foreseeable: leash off immediately. There are numerous dog stations in the valley for the disposal of dog bags. The farmers and alpine farmers thank you because manure in meadows and fields contaminates the feed and makes grazing cattle sick.

 

CONSCIOUS to each other

 

Consideration for other athletes and those looking for relaxation

Everyone loves to enjoy a special piece of earth for themselves. But most of the time we are not traveling alone. No problem, because there is enough space. Allow time, open the way in an accommodating manner, provide support when someone needs help and always give a smile. So nothing stands in the way of friendly cooperation and relaxed enjoyment of nature.

 

Appreciating the preservation of the cultural landscape

Alpine landscapes are touching with their contrast: Imposing peaks and natural forests alternate with gentle valleys, well-tended meadows and pastures. In the Kleinwalsertal too, this delightful landscape at three altitudes is no coincidence, but the result of an interplay of natural and cultural landscapes. Behind this is the work of farmers, alpine and forestry as well as hunters. With their work, they ensure that the attractiveness of the recreation and leisure area and the diversity of species are preserved. We already say thank you if we stay on the marked trails and enjoy regional products.

 

EXPERIENCE farsighted

 

Safe on tour - for you and others

Whether on a ski or snowshoe tour in winter or on a mountain tour in summer, anyone who is out and about in alpine terrain has to be well prepared. This includes careful information and tour planning as well as the right equipment. Correctly assessing alpine dangers requires a lot of knowledge and experience. Why not learn from professionals and go on tour with one of the experienced guides?

Start

Baad (1,220 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.309411, 10.122217
DMS
47°18'33.9"N 10°07'20.0"E
UTM
32T 584823 5240159
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Destination

Baad

Turn-by-turn directions

Ascent

The tour starts in the mountain village of Baad, which can be easily reached by bus (Walserbus from Oberstdorf). First we follow the road to the Starzelhaus inn. From here we follow the winter hiking trail in the direction of the Duratal until we reach the inner Turaalpe, after approx. 300m we come to a wide clearing in the forest, which we follow up the slope (keep left). After about 30 minutes we reach a free pasture area (at about 1,700m). From here we climb slightly towards the Ochsenhofer Scharte. Keeping slightly to the left until we are under the Ochsenhofer Scharte, now we climb over the eastern slope of the Grünhorn to the summit.

 

Descent

We enjoy the descent to the Starzelalpe, then we climb to the inner Stierhofalpe. We do not follow the descent into the Turabach valley because the descent is not nice to drive. We continue through the southern forest from clearing to clearing down to the valley. From here we follow the winter hiking trail towards Starzelhaus & enjoy the last slopes in the village of Baad itself until we get back to the starting point.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Leave the car where it is!

The Walserbus is a convenient way to reach your starting point. Line 1 takes you to the village Baad. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Baad - final stop".

>>> Timetable Walserbus

Getting there

When arriving by car, form car pools.

Most routes from Germany meet in Ulm and continue on the A7. At the Allgäu motorway triangle via the section of the A980 to the Waltenhofen junction and on the four-lane B19 via Sonthofen and Oberstdorf into the Kleinwalsertal.

From Austria (Vorarlberg) and Switzerland you can reach the Kleinwalsertal via the Bregenzerwald (Hittisau) - Riedbergpass - Fischen - Oberstdorf.

Coming from Tirol, the quickest route is via the A7 to Kempten and further on the B19 towards Oberstdorf. You do not need a motorway vignette to drive into the valley.

Parking

There are chargeable parking spaces near the starting point. 

Parking along the main road is not permitted.

Coordinates

DD
47.309411, 10.122217
DMS
47°18'33.9"N 10°07'20.0"E
UTM
32T 584823 5240159
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

For the planning of ski tours we recommend the maps of the German Alpine Club.

Equipment

Careful planning, study the avalanche report:(https://www.vorarlberg.at/web/land-vorarlberg/contentdetailseite/-/asset_publisher/qA6AJ38txu0k/content/lawinenwarndienst), for an avalanche emergency: avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe (standard), risk assessments on site always undertake, complete ski touring training.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.5 km
Duration
4:15 h
Ascent
945 m
Descent
945 m
Highest point
2,037 m
Lowest point
1,220 m
Public-transport-friendly Out and back Scenic Refreshment stops available Summit route Forest roads suitable for snowboards Clear area Forest Naturally on tour (DAV-initiative)

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