Austria - Ochsental

The valley in Austria on the north side of Silvretta

 

The Ochsental is a beautiful valley on the North side of the Silvretta region of Austrian Voralberg. It is an excellent ski touring area, with many summits accessible from the DAV Wiesbadener Hütte, situated at the head of the valley. Access is from Bielerhöhe at the south eastern end of of the Montafon valley. In winter the road to Bielerhöhe is closed, but a cable car runs from Partenen, and is linked with a regular bus that runs through several kilometres of tunnel to reach Silvretta Stausee. 

 

A tour that takes in four summits in it's fullest form, can be shortened to just one or two, or can be just a tour round the peaks. Here it is described in an anticlockwise direction

Start Altitude
2443m
Finish Altitude
3197m
Height gain
1500m
Difficulty
ZS+

Piz Buin is popular perhaps partly due to the sun tan cream that is named after it, but certainly also because it is a beautiful mountain. It requires grade II scrambling to get to the top and is accessible both from the South (the Swiss SAC Camanna Tuoi Hütte), or as described here from the Austrian side, the Wiesbadener Hütte. 

Start Altitude
2443m
Finish Altitude
3312m
Height gain
1000m
Difficulty
ZS
Skitour

A relatively short, but still challenging, tour from the Wiesbadener Hütte

Start Altitude
2443m
Finish Altitude
3101m
Height gain
700m
Difficulty
ZS

Silvrettahorn is situated on the border between Austria and Switzerland, and is accessible from both sides. The route described here is from the Wiesbadenerhütte. 

Start Altitude
2443m
Finish Altitude
3244m
Height gain
1000m
Difficulty
ZS+
Time to climb
3 hours to the ski depot, 90 minutes to the summit and back to the skis