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Ski Tour to the Vordere Schöneck Peak

Back-country skiing · Vinschgau
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moderate
Distance 8.3 km
3:30 h
1,023 m
1,023 m
2,886 m
1,863 m
For those looking to experience the spellbinding Ortler panorama up close without having to complete a challenging ski tour, this excursion to the Vorderes Schöneck peak (2,886 m) is the answer. Not only does this tour feature a relatively easy ascent, it also boasts a breathtaking and unique all-round view of King Ortler and the surrounding peaks.
Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
2,886 m
Lowest point
1,863 m
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Start

Coordinates:
DD
46.529180, 10.585790
DMS
46°31'45.0"N 10°35'08.8"E
UTM
32T 621614 5154067
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Turn-by-turn directions

The ascent begins above the Hotel Marlet. Start by heading left and following the steeply ascending forest road until you come to a small clearing at 2,200 m. Keep heading left as far as the Kälberhütte mountain hut. From there, make your way straight up until you find yourself beneath the large slope above the tree line. Then head diagonally left to reach the cairn on top of the boulder at 2,370 m.
You now have two options:
 
Option 1
Head straight up to 2,500 m, then leave the slope on your left and head diagonally right towards the ridge – now at 2,700 m, you’re almost there. The trail heads left across the broad ridge, becoming slightly steeper as it leads you to the small subpeak. Go past the right-hand side of this subpeak to reach the end of the hike, which is denoted by another cairn on top of a large boulder.
 
Option 2
Starting from the first cairn, head left through the hollow until shortly before the boulder at 2,500 m. Bear right onto the ridge, then head left until you reach the fence above the boulder. As you traverse the remainder of the long ridge, keep heading straight on until just below the small subpeak. The end point of the hike is below and to the left of this subpeak, featuring a cairn atop a boulder. The peak, which takes the form of a gentle rise, is considered a sister summit to the Hinteres Schöneck peak.

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all notes on protected areas

Getting there

From Spondinig/Spondigna via Stilfserjoch pass road SS 38 to Gomagoi, then left to Sulden/Solda.

Coordinates

DD
46.529180, 10.585790
DMS
46°31'45.0"N 10°35'08.8"E
UTM
32T 621614 5154067
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 pairs of Gloves: lightweight, breathable and windproof for going uphill, regular ski gloves for downhill
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
  • Additional warm jacket
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Lightweight wind- and waterproof ski pants
  • 20 to 28 liter rucksack, preferably backcountry type
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski touring boots
  • Ski touring bindings to fit boots
  • Ski touring skins to fit skis
  • Skis
  • Ski poles, preferably telescopic type
  • Avalanche safety equipment to consider: beacon, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel
  • Ski touring crampons
  • Crevasse rescue kit
  • Ski touring harness
  • Light ice axe
  • Ski touring ropes
  • Avalanche airbag backpack
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.3 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
1,023 m
Descent
1,023 m
Highest point
2,886 m
Lowest point
1,863 m
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1600 m 1800 m
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