Arlberg winter climbing trail
Sundays like these…
The weekend was approaching rapidly and once again there was sunshine as far as one could see. So one thing was clear for us – the mountain is calling! So we set off for St. Anton in the morning. In no time we we landed at the other end of the Arlberg thank to the new Flexen gondola. Then we headed towards Rendl and finally took the Riffelbahn II to the start of the via ferrata, which is at an altitude of 2,650 meters. There we put on our via ferrata equipment, strapped our skis on our backpacks and finally checked everything once again. Then we set off and hooked the carabiners into the steel rope.
Right at the beginning of the via ferrata it was quite steep. You noticed immediately that the ascent requires strength as well as fitness and experience. After the first meters in the vertical, we already reached the first ridge. The sun was out and we were looking forward to everything that was ahead of us. Surrounded by a beautiful mountain scenery, we went over further ridges, hollows and hills. The view towards the Verwall Group and the Lechtal Alps was simply fantastic. The relieving feeling got bigger with every further step. Again and again we stopped to take in the beautiful surroundings.
In front of us, some tour hikers were already on their way. We followed them along the Riffelgrat, which was going up and down, to the highest point of the via ferrata, the Rendlspitze at 2,816 meters. The exit and thus our goal was to get to the Rossfallscharte at 2,732 meters. For the last time we went along on a relatively narrow ridge, before we finally reached the Rossfallscharte after a short ascent. At the top, it was of course time to capture the beautiful moment with our camera. After the selfie, we stow away our climbing equipment into our backpacks. Above 2.800 meters one thing should never be missing – a snack box full of delicious food! After our lunch break we enjoyed some more rays of sunshine before we left for the ski-run towards Pettneu through the Malfontal valley. In Pettneu we took the ski bus back to St. Anton and from there we skied back to Zürs. We took the gondola called “Schindlergratbahn”, which has been an ultra-modern and newly opened 10-person gondola. With full excitement and a big smile on our faces we finally arrived in Lech where we looked back on a wonderful day. Exhausted, but completely satisfied, we went back home to Zug.
Skitouring- and climbing equipment as well as very good skiing skills are required| ski guide is strongly recommended!