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Hoher Seblaskogel Main Ski Route

 
Hoher Seblaskogel Main Ski Route

Page Type: Route

Location: Tirol, Austria, Europe

Lat/Lon: 47.09520°N / 11.07490°E

Object Title: Hoher Seblaskogel Main Ski Route

Route Type: Skiing

Season: Spring, Winter

Time Required: A long day

Difficulty: Moderate Ski Tour

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Overview

 
Hoher Seblaskogel
Hoher Seblaskogel, upper part of ski route


Alpeiner Berge and Sellrain mountains within Stubai range are a sort of El Dorado for ski hikes, mainly in springtime. Lisens valley offers four ski hike classics: Lisenser Fernerkogel / Lisener Spitze, Zischgeles, Längentaler Weißer Kogel and

Hoher Seblaskogel.

On sunny weekends you will be not alone. The good news is that most of the ski hikers will not summit Hoher Seblaskogel; they head mainly for Lisenser Fernerkogel / Lisener Spitze.

The bad news is: The ski ascent route to Hoher Seblaskogel has an eastern exposition. So no excuses: you have to start early (I said: EARLY !) and you should be back early, too. Especially in springtime avalanche danger will rise during the day and there are some wicked slopes along that route.

Nevertheless Hoher Seblaskogel is a fascinating ski hike in a fascinating mountain scenery and can be recommended as an equal alternative to the mainly too crowded Lisenser Fernerkogel.

Getting There

 
Hoher Seblaskogel
Hoher Seblaskogel, Important signpost


The route starts at the parking area (parking fee) of Lisens.

From Munich



  • follow highway A 95 and road number B 2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Mittenwald

  • Proceed on road number 177 to Seefeld and Zirl

  • Follow the signposts “Sellrain” and “Küthai” to the village of Gries

  • Turn left on the road to Praxmar. Before reaching Praxmar turn left again and follow the signposts to “Lüsens”. Huge parking area (fee required, overnight stay possible).



  • From Kufstein, Innsbruck or Landeck



  • follow highway A 12 to the exit Zirl / Kematen

  • Proceed to Sellrain, Gries and Lisens as described above



  • Route Description

     
    Hoher Seblaskogel
    Routes overview - lower part
     
    Hoher Seblaskogel
    Routes overview - upper part


    Follow the forest road starting at the parking area in southern direction until you reach Fernerboden with the supply cablecar valley station for Westfalenhaus.

    Bear right, cross the glacier creek of Lisenser Ferner and follow the road to its end at a huntsmen cabin. Behind the cabin the track enters the woods on the orografic right side of the Fernau creek, coming down Längental.

    The ski track normally winds up steeply through the dense wood (about 100 meters altitude difference) and then traverses a bit more moderate on the north slopes of lower Längental, which is a tributary hanging valley of Lisenser valley (that is why the first slope is so steep). In later spring it is sometimes better to follow a trail by foot which bypasses the first steep slope and reaches the ski track above it - in this case just follow that trail which starts behind the huntsmen cabin, if the snow is not too deep or has already melted away.

     
    Hoher Seblaskogel
    Lower Längental ascent
    Hoher Seblaskogel
    Lower Längental ascent
     
    Hoher Seblaskogel
    Upper Längental ascent


    After the slightly more moderate traverse the track reaches the Längental Alm and impressive Längental stretches in front of you: Seblaskogel rises high in the skies and you now know why he is called Hoher (high) Seblaskogel: there is a lot of ascent work still lying in store for you.

    The track follows in a moderate grade the valley floor. Soon you will recognise Westfalenhaus high up on the south slopes of lower Längental.

    If you do Seblaskogel as a days hike it is not necessary to ascend to the hut; just follow Längental first in western and southwestern, then in southern direction.

    If you intend to stay a night in the alpine club hut, ascend the south slopes of lower Längental to the hut just before Längental turns to a southern direction. There should be a ski track up to the hut.

    The valley ski track ascends the upper Längental now in southern direction. Bear right at some significant rock outcrops in the middle of the upper valley and look for a steep slope to your right which raises up to the southeast cirques of Hoher Seblaskogel. At the bottom of that slope there is a signpost for the summer trails to Hoher Seblaskogel and to Längentaler Weißer Kogel.

    If you start at Westfalenhaus you can traverse the south and east slopes of Längental above the valley ground to reach the bottom of the above mentioned slope. It depends on the snow cover and the avalanche situation how easy or tricky that traverse is. If there is not much snow you better descend into the valley to reach the ascend route.

     
    Hoher Seblaskogel
    Ascent to the summit cirque / chute
    Hoher Seblaskogel
    Summit and Grüne Tatzen ferner
     
    Hoher Seblaskogel
    Summit view


    Zigzag up that steep slope to its upper end; the lower part is threatened by avalanches, so watch out! At the top of the slope the upper cirque of Hoher Seblaskogel stretches in front of you. A sort of broad chute leads up to the rests of a little glacier, the Grüne Tatzen Ferner (which means “green paw glacier”, named after green tufts of gras growing during summer above that glacier). There is no danger of crevasses nowadays, I don´t know if that little glacier exists any more.

    Ascend steep to the lowest part of the east ridge, which drops down from the already visible summit. Then follow the ridge crest or stay below it to reach the summit; the last part has to be done by foot, it depends on the snow cover and your abilities where you leave your skies.

    The summit offers marvellous views especially to Ötztaler Alpen and to the Stubai Alps / Sellrain.

    Downhill is the same route. With good snow conditions - e.g. good corn snow in springtime - the ski descent is highly delightful.

    Gear & Mountain Condition

     
    Hoher Seblaskogel
    A view to Schrankogel, Schrandele



    Hoher Seblaskogel is a winter and spring ski tour.

    Difficulty

    Advanced (Beginners in company)

    Reasons

    A nice altitude difference of 1600 m and a long route which needs some experience in evaluating the avalanche situation. Beginners with experienced company can extend their know-how.

    Grades

    Beginners: easy ski-hikes with moderate altitude difference, easy routes and simple downhill slopes

    Advanced: Ski hikes for the more experienced, due to higher altitude differences and/or longer and more demanding routes including steep or exposed parts and steeper downhill slopes

    Difficult: Only for experienced ski hikers and mountaineers; high altitude differences (> 1.500 m), long and demanding routes including steep and difficult route parts and/or rock scrambling and/or parts with crampons / ice axe to get on a summit; steep, exposed and / or narrow downhill slopes

    The difficulty rating shall give you a first advice about how demanding the ski route is. It is my personal rating. The reasons for the rating are given in the description. They are effective for “normal conditions” like good weather, normal snow conditions and a moderate avalanche danger. Due to bad conditions (weather, snow, avalanches) a lower grade can tend to be more difficult.

     
    Hoher Seblaskogel
    Afternoon avalanche over ascent route
     
    Hoher Seblaskogel
    Afternoon "avalanche waterfall" at Fernerboden


    Full avalanche gear is required.

    Check the Tirol avalanche bulletin here.

    Check the weather forecast here or here.

    Maps & Guide Books

     
    Hoher Seblaskogel
    View below summit



    Maps


    Alpenvereinskarte 1 : 25.000
    Blatt 31/2, Stubaier Alpen / Sellrain
    Deutscher Alpenverein 2009

    Österreichische Karte 1 : 50.000 UMT
    Blatt 2228, Neustift im Stubai
    Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen, Wien, 2005

    Österreichische Karte 1 : 50.000 BNM
    Blatt 146, Ötz, 1998
    Blatt 147, Axams, 1997
    Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen, Wien

    Guide Books


    Alpenvereinsführer
    Stubaier Alpen, alpin
    Bergverlag Rudolf Rother, München, 2006

    Rother Skitourenführer
    Sellrain / Küthai
    Bergverlag Rudolf Rother, München, 2007


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