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Snowshoeing in Obertal valley

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  • Snow shoe tour in Obertal valley
    Snow shoe tour in Obertal valley
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
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Snowshoeing tour on the signposted route into the peaceful Obertal valley in Rohrmoos.

moderate
Distance 17.6 km
4:45 h
358 m
224 m
1,125 m
980 m
In the Obertal valley of Rohrmoos the sound of water is your constant companion - also in winter. The sparkling snow gives an additional charm to the scenery. The ruins of the historic Nickel smelting furnace at the valley head are open as a museum in summer.

Author’s recommendation

  • On snow shoes you have the advantage of not needing a trail all the time. However, out of respect for wildlife and its resting areas you should not just walk cross-country as you like.
  • We recommend a refreshment stop at Windbacherstube inn.

You can rent equipment at one of the following places:

  • Ski Lenz, Rohrmoos village
  • Sport Tritscher, Rohrmoos village
  • Ski Lenz, Gipfelbahn Hochwurzen valley terminal
  • Windbacher Stub'n inn, Obertal
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Author
Gerhard Pilz
Update: November 28, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
forestry road near Nickel Museum, 1,125 m
Lowest point
Windbacherstube inn, 980 m
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Cardinal direction
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 0.25%Path 1.37%Unknown 98.36%
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0.2 km
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17.3 km
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Rest stops

Wehrhofalm

Safety information

Before each and every ski tour or snow shoe walk you should check the most recent avalanche warnings which can be found at www.lawine-steiermark.at.

In winter time it is therefore important to also be careful on supposedly easy walks. Sections that are in the shadows can easily get icy, and slopes on the side of the trail may have avalanche hazard. Mountain sport is always carried out under personal responsibility - in winter even more than in summer. Tourist offices or avalanche warning services do not take any responsibility in respect to information provided.

GPS data and orienteering

Available GPS data - just like hiking maps - is only a guidance for orientation and can never depict a trail exactly with all its details. Especially at dangerous spots it is essential to judge on site how to proceed.

In an emergency please call:

  • 140 - for Alpine emergencies (all over Austria)
  • 112 - European GSM emergency number

Tips and hints

Tourist information & guided tours: www.schladming.com

Information about bus schedules: www.planaibus.at

Start

Windbacherstube inn, Obertal (994 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.381789, 13.667529
DMS
47°22'54.4"N 13°40'03.1"E
UTM
33T 399422 5248453
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Destination

Windbacherstube inn, Obertal

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting point for this tour to Obertal valley is in the village of Rohrmoos (next to hotel "Das Platzl") or alternatively the valley terminal of Gipfelbahn Hochwurzen cable-car. Next to the trail head there are various rental opportunities (Ski Lenz, Sport Tritscher).

From Rohrmoos you walk uphill, from the valley terminal downhill to the meadows of "Rohrmooser Frei" (below the valley terminal of Obertalbahn cable-car). From here you start your way into Obertal valley - just follow the signs "Obertal-Tour" with the snowshoeing symbol. You pass by the farms Sonnleitner, Holzbacher, Pocher, Finsterl, Talhammer and Hochegger until you reach the charming meadows near the Rojerhof farm. A couple of minutes further you reach Windbacherstube Inn (rental equipment available).

From Windbacherstube inn you follow a forest road into the valley. Walking along the Obertalbach creek you make your way towards the Bärnhofer farm and continue along the creek to the Wehrhofalm. At Wehrhofalm you take the bridge across the creek and along the pond and a small forest you reach the meadows that take you to the Hopfriesen area. At the valley head you make a small loop towards the historic nickel melting furnace (which is open as a museum in summer) and then follow the signs out of the valley. Along the Obertalbach creek you make your way back to the bridge at Wehrhofalm from where you follow the way you came back to your starting point.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

No public transport available to Windbacherstube in Obertal valley. The closest bus stop with regular service is "Untertal-Dorf" which is about 40-45 walking minutes away.

Getting there

From Schladming take provincial highway L722 (Rohrmoosstraße road) to Rohrmoos and at the roundabout continue on provincial highway L723 (Tälerstraße road) to the village of Untertal. At the end of the village make a right onto Obertalstraße road and continue for about 2.5 kms to the turn-off "Windbacherstube".

Parking

A few public parking lots are available at the turn-off Windbacherstube. More parking is available at Windbacherstube inn.

Coordinates

DD
47.381789, 13.667529
DMS
47°22'54.4"N 13°40'03.1"E
UTM
33T 399422 5248453
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Overview map "WiNTER GLiNT", available at the tourist office Schladming.

Author’s map recommendations

Overview map "WiNTER GLiNT", available at the tourist office Schladming.

Equipment

Snowshoes, poles, good winter shoes, warm clothing, tuque, and gloves. You might also want to carry a small backbag with a warm drink in a thermos jug.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
17.6 km
Duration
4:45 h
Ascent
358 m
Descent
224 m
Highest point
1,125 m
Lowest point
980 m
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