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A long approach, 350 meters of altitude on the first five kilometers and technically as well as conditionally crisp. But at the summit it's clear what you've done it for: this amazing view over the Wölzer Tauern.
Distance 20.7 km
6:00 h
1,300 m
1,300 m
2,375 m
1,057 m
If you want to dive deep into the mountain world of the Wölzer Tauern, you have a perfect goal with the Hochweberspitze in Donnersbachwald, but it needs to be worked hard beforehand. The very long approach and the technical difficulties on the summit ridge require stamina, climbing skills and some experience. The last steep step and the summit ridge can be heavily blown off and in this case can only be mastered with crampons. And even if the snow quality should not be the best, this is countered by a mountain and landscape experience that compensates you for all that.

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Update: January 23, 2023
Risk potential
Highest point
Hochweberspitze, 2,375 m
Lowest point
1,057 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Track types

Asphalt 0.12%Forested/wild trail 19.83%Unknown 80.04%
0 km
Forested/wild trail
4.1 km
16.6 km
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Safety information

Mountain sports and the assessment of the situation on site are - even more so in winter - primarily subject to personal responsibility. Tourism associations or avalanche warning services do not assume any liability based on the information provided.   


  • Check the weather and avalanche situation at before each ski tour.   
  • The use of the tour description is at your own risk and responsibility.    
  • Do not go on a ski tour alone. It's more fun together anyway!   
  • Always behave risk-conscious and react to danger signs!   
  • Respect existing regulations, such as hunting and game protection areas, reforestation or young growth areas.   
  • You should always have your cell phone well charged. Do you have the emergency numbers saved? Mountain rescue: 140. If you have no reception, take out the sim card and dial 112.

Tips and hints

Tourism information:

Tourism blog:


Tourist Office Schladming-Dachstein

Ramsauerstrasse 756

8970 Schladming

T: +43 3687 23310

Garbage on meadows and paths can not smell mountain and valley. Please take it with you. Agriculture and forestry are important partners for Berg und Tal. They allow you to walk and drive on many of their paths. Be aware that only good cooperation will guarantee your recreational enjoyment in the future.


Sport Scherz
At Riesneralm, Planneralm and in Wörschach
+43 (0)3682 22383


Sport Schöttl
At Planneralm and in Irdning
+43 (0)3682 22952 0


Guided ski tours and freeride courses also at


Barrier Riedleralm (1,057 m)
47.357060, 14.151656
47°21'25.4"N 14°09'06.0"E
33T 435935 5245193


Barrier Riedleralm

Turn-by-turn directions

From the barrier you start on a flat forest road in the direction of Riedleralm. You can expect a very flat 2.7 km to the Riedleralm. Now you follow the left forest road and turn right after about 200 meters - so you avoid the wildlife feeding. Afterwards, again on the forest road, you will pass the Beireut Alm. One kilometer after the mountain pasture, keep to the right and stay on the forest road for another 2.3 kilometers. On your right is now an open forest area, over which you climb to a flat ground. Below the Schattenkogel again to the right, you climb in hairpin bends up to the first ground at 1850 meters above sea level. Now, keeping to the right, you bypass the steep step in front of you and track flat towards the south. The second steep step can be bypassed on the right in icy conditions. Steepening you climb up to the ski depot - depending on snow conditions - at about 2280 meters. Do not lay the ascent track too far to the south. There is usually a very large cornice that is not immediately visible. From the ski depot it's now an easy, but exposed climb to the summit. Here crampons may be necessary.

The descent is the same as the ascent.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Unfortunately, there is no public transport to the starting point of the ski tour.

Getting there

From the Ennstalbundesstraße (B320) turn off at the Trautenfels junction in the direction of Irdning, Donnersbach, Donnersbachwald. Through the village of Donnersbach and another 12 km to Donnersbachwald. Past the Riesneralm and about 3.5 km to Hinterwald to the barrier Riedleralm.


Approx. 10 parking spaces next to the road just before the timber yard. Larger groups please park at the Riesneralm parking lot and drive to the starting point with as few cars as possible. Do not park at the timber yard!


47.357060, 14.151656
47°21'25.4"N 14°09'06.0"E
33T 435935 5245193
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

GRIMMING-DONNERSBACHTAL Hike & Bike Map (1:31.000). Available free of charge at the tourist offices of Berg & Tal.


KOMPASS Map 68, Ausseerland-Ennstal 1:50.000, Hiking, Biking, Ski tours


  • In addition to food and warm drinks, pack spare clothing and a first aid kit in your backpack.   
  • Choose your clothing according to the onion layer system.   
  • An avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel are a prerequisite in alpine terrain.   
  • You should also pack maps and/or tour descriptions. GPX tracks on your cell phone or GPS device will also help.   
  • Ski touring and safety equipment can be rented at Sport Scherz and Sport Schöttl.

Questions and answers

Question from Paul Matt · February 02, 2021 · Community
Setz man irgendwo vor dem Gipfel ein Skitdepot oder geht man meist mit den Ski auf den Gipfel ? Ich vermute das der letzte Teil oft abgeblasen ist und daher eine Skiabfahrt garnicht möglich ist ?
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Answered by Roland Gutwenger · February 03, 2021 · Tourismusverband Grimming-Donnersbachtal
Genau, kurz vor dem Gipfel wird ein Skidepot errichtet. Der kurze Grat zum Gipfel ist felsdurchsetzt meist abgeblasen und auch manchmal vereist.
Question from Charly Mauthner  · January 14, 2021 ·
Servus Roland, coole Tour - auch schon gemacht. Wie sind die Verhältnisse zur Zeit? Cha. M.
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Answered by Roland Gutwenger · January 15, 2021 · Tourismusverband Grimming-Donnersbachtal
Servus Charly, ja danke. Verhältnisse momentan sind ganz okay. War nicht am Hochweber aber in der Gegend unterwegs. Mit dem jetzigen Neuschneezuwachs und den Windverfrachtungen sind die Verhältnisse sicherlich um einiges heikler und mit Vorsicht zu genießen. SG Roland
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6:00 h
1,300 m
1,300 m
Highest point
2,375 m
Lowest point
1,057 m
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