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"Rachen" ski route

"Rachen" ski route

"Rachen" ski route

Page Type: Route

Location: Vorarlberg/Graub├╝nden, Austria/Switzerland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 47.01410°N / 9.83080°E

Object Title: "Rachen" ski route

Route Type: demanding ski route

Time Required: One to two days

Difficulty: SGS

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Page By: Mathias Zehring

Created/Edited: Feb 8, 2004 / Apr 18, 2004

Object ID: 159986

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This is a famous and difficult ski tour that requires really safe conditions and has some very steep sections in the lower part. The popularity of this trip comes a bit from the intimidating name "Rachen" (german for "throat" or "abyss")

Getting to the hut

To Tschagguns in the austrian Montafon valley see main page. At the upper part of the village called Latschau (994 m) there is a parking at the reservoir of the hydroelectric power station and the station of the cablecar to the Golmer Joch.
Along the Gauertal valley leads a gentle ascent along the little road (Ratrac trail in winter). The last part is in the forest where you can shorten the bends.
Time to Lindauer hut (1764 m) (details see also main page) is about 2,5 h from Latschau. In spring the hut is probably not guided or perhaps only on weekends. then you can use the open self-service room with 20 places.

Route Description

Best is to follow the road back and down until the first meadows. (Going directly through the Porzalenga forest has man ups and downs and does not spare time). At P. 1684 (swiss map) east of the lowest rocks of the Sulzfluh the ascent starts very steep to the upper right above these rocks. Then turn left and climb between some bushes the steepest part (shortly 40 degrees, I would estimate), then a bit less steep until you reach the plateau at the bottom of the "Rachen". Climb this steep slope between the walls and turn right at the upper part to reach the upper gentle slopes and the backside of the fore-summit of P. 2710. The last ascent brings you to the ridge where ski are left. The final meters to the summit cross are easy rocks
4 h from Lindauer hut


downhill on the same route. Other possilbilies are through Gemstobel to St. Antoenien in Switzerland (most popular ski route)

Essential Gear

normal equipment for a ski trip: ski, sticks, furs, showel, avalanche transceiver
If the lower steep slope is hard, an ice axe and crampons may be useful.

best time

normally conditions for this trip are not safe enough before March. But exeptions are possible - so you have to decide according to the avalanche bulletin
- of Vorarlberg (Austria) or
- of Nord- und Mittelb├╝nden (Switzerland)

Miscellaneous Info

If you have information about this route that doesn't pertain to any of the other sections, please add it here.


downhill on the upper slopes....Plateau at the bottom of the...shortly before the summit...close-up view from the...in spring you will have to...steep section between bushes....when you have gained the...
At Lindauer hut. In the...