Ski tours on the Ronachkopf

Ski tours on the Ronachkopf

An inside tip for ski tourers

An early morning look out the window will tell you right away: It’s time to put your touring skis on. With the weather in the Zell am See-Kaprun region presenting itself from its best side again, it’s high time for a ski tour on the Ronachkopf! 

Ronachkopf: a ski-touring paradise in Zell am See

Across from Zell am See, at about 1,350 metres above sea level, there’s a true paradise for all those craving a ski tour away from the perfectly groomed slopes of the Schmittenhöhe. The Ronachkopf in Thumersbach offers a varied tour for beginners and advanced ski tourers. Winter sports enthusiasts can also look forward to an incredible view of the Schmittenhöhe, the Hohe Tauern range and Zell am See. 

To sum it all up: A ski tour on the Ronachkopf in Zell am See combines the best of two worlds. 
 

Facts about the ski-touring mountain in Thumersbach

  • length: 2.5 km 
  • elevation gain: 500 m 
  • snow grooming: if needed 
  • duration of the ascent: approx. 1 to 1.5 hours 
  • suitable for: beginners and advanced ski tourers 
  • opportunity for a break: Enzian hut at 1,260 m 
  • event tip: the Ronachkopf Ski-Touring Challenge
  • opening hours: depending on snow conditions from the beginning of December to mid-April; guaranteed descent in the snow all the way down into the valley until spring

Ronachkopf in Zell am See: the route

The starting point of your ski tour up Ronachkopf is the district of Thumersbach in Zell am See. Before coming into the town centre (from Zell am See), take a left onto Talstrasse and proceed for about 1.5 kilometres to the car park for ski tourers. 

From the car park, the route leads through lift lines, across steep terrain and across the slope. Once you’ve reached Enzian hut at 1,260 metres above sea level, the summit is within reach. You should definitely climb it while you’re there – a breath-taking view of Lake Zell, the Schmittenhöhe and the Maiskogel all the way over to the Hohe Tauern range awaits you!  

History of the ski-touring mountain

Until its shutdown in 1998, the Ronachkopf in Thumersbach was a popular mountain for skiing among locals as well as holiday guests. In 2014, the mountain was reopened as a ski-touring mountain. It offers ski tourers the possibility to practice their sport away from the slopes. 

Going ski touring one day. Skiing down the slopes of the Schmittenhöhe the next. And exploring the wintry hiking trials of Zell’s landmark mountain on yet another day. Whether it’s for a day trip, a weekend or a holiday. For families or for pleasure-seekers. The Schmitten is the perfect destination for all those who want to add some variety to their leisure time! 

Ronachkopf | © Schmittenhöhebahn AG

For Skitouring-Enthusiasts!

On 21 February 2020 the 5th Ronachkopf Skitouring Challenge is taking place. Participants can compete either in the Hobby- or Sprint class. After the race: Presentation ceremony and dinner at Enzianhütte. 
 

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