Ski mountaineering to Wildspitze, Austria’s second highest mountain

Mountain guide Alberto De Giuli presents the ski mountaineering route to Wildspitze in Pitztal, Tyrol, at 3,772 m, Austria’s second highest mountain.

December is upon us and the snowfall in the Dolomites is reminiscent of last year, except that the peaks are white, giving a slightly wintry appearance. Last week’s Föhn munched on the snow in Marmolada, the only place where it’s currently possible to do some ski mountaineering. So on Saturday I crossed the Austrian border and the glaciers above the Pitztal are in pretty good condition.

We took the ski lifts to Mittelbergjoch and then climbed to Wildspitze, the highest mountain in Tyrol and the second highest in Austria after Großglockner. We climbed the classic Mittelbergjoch route which, with 700m of elevation gain, leads to the summit. We went down by the same route, then we went up 100m to reach the slopes and go back down into the valley by the ski lifts. At the start of the season, you usually have to descend via the ascent route, but in spring and with a good layer of snow, the 20 km descent of the Taschachtal, with a vertical drop of 2000 m, is simply not to be done. to lack.

by Alberto De Giuli

TOPO: Wildspitze, Ötztal Alps, Austria