Winter Walking in Austria part 1 Leutasch

At the end of January we took ourselves off for two weeks of winter walking in the Austrian Alps. There are two ways you can go walking in the deep snow at this time of the year, walking on groomed trails or snowshoe walking. As I have been having problems with my heel and had been laid up for six weeks we left the snowshoes behind. It’s worth taking some micro spikes in case there are several sunny days without further snow, as the freeze thaw cycles can leave the groomed surfaces icy. We did not have this problem this time but have needed spikes in the past.

Our first week was in Leutasch 6k from Seefeld in Tirol. To get there we flew to Munich from Manchester then got the train to Seefeld. Details of our excellent apartment can be found at he end of the post.

Map showing Leutasch
Map showing Leutasch

Our first walk was on the Sunday. The clouds were quite low and as I wanted to build things up gradually we opted for a short walk, getting the bus to Klamm and walking back. The map can be viewed on Social Hiking here

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The Church at Kirchplatz
The Church at Kirchplatz

The following morning the weather had improved, I grabbed the camera and took some pictures near the apartment, one of which, below, turned out to be by far my most viewed photo on Flickr with over 20,000 views. Click on the photo be be taken to the higher resolution image on Flickr.

Snowy Leutasch
Snowy Leutasch

So as the weather was good there was no excuse not to get going. We decided to get the bus to just passed Klamm and to climb up to Rauthutte for great views across Leutasch and of course refreshments. The map on Social Hiking can be found here

Its steep going up to Rauthutte, and you need to watch out for toboggans!
Its steep going up to Rauthutte, and you need to watch out for toboggans!
Nearly there...mind the icicles
Nearly there…mind the icicles
The view was worth it
The view was worth it

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Cross country skiing
Cross country skiing
Nice lunch spot at Moos
Nice lunch spot at Moos

The following day we had low clouds so we went off to Seefeld in Tirol for the day. The forecast was for snow overnight and lots of it, with sun in the morning. So the alarm was set so that I could get up early and in position with my camera and tripod to try and get some good photos. Multiple layers were put on and I fought my way up the steps from our apartment, we had had at least a foot of snow! I think it was worth it and I hope you do to when you see the photos. All are on Flickr so clicking on any photo will take you to a higher resolution image.

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My favorite photo of the holiday
Turning round 180 degrees from the previous photo this is the view
Turning round 180 degrees from the previous photo this is the view
The previous two photos are taken from a bridge, this one is taken from the side
The previous two photos are taken from a bridge, this one is taken from the side Note the walking path on the LHS has been cleared at 8.00 am
...and the view across the bridge
…and the view across the bridge

After such a fine start to the day we set off for the bus to Klamm. We wondered how late it would be, a foot of snow back home in a small village would have probably meant no bus at all. It was late nearly ten minutes late, pretty impressive. Our walk was from Klamm up the Gaistal valley where the groomed trail ends in a hut/restaurant…perfect for lunch 🙂 The map of our route can be found on Social Hiking here

Anyone for a picnic?
Anyone for a picnic?
Sian sets the pace
Sian sets the pace

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Gaistralalm...lunch
Gaistalalm…lunch

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Clouding over on the way back
Clouding over on the way back
Looks like there are some good walks here in summer
Looks like there are some good walks here in summer

The following day my heel was hurting so I decided to take the day off, Sian had a walk up to Hammermoos

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Or maybe she had transport?
Or maybe she had transport?

The good news for our final day in Leutasch was that my heel felt better so we decided to walk up to  Katzenkapfhutte a hut/restaurant at the top of Leutasch’s ski slope. Lunch there, as it was on about half the days on the holiday, was a large bowl of Goulash Soup! The map of our route can be found on Social Hiking here

View from below the hut just after you have to take your life into your hands by walking across the ski slope.
View from below the hut just after you have to take your life into your hands by walking across the ski slope.

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At the start I promised to tell you some more about the excellent apartment that we stayed in. Its called Happy Mountains and there web site is here and our apartment on TripAdvisor is here. Run by Emily and Steve who are extremely helpful. This is our second visit which says a lot and we will in a few years time go back in summer.

Leutasch is in winter primarily a cross country skiing “resort” although in reality its a nice village. You can see what its like on this excellent webcam. For 12€ you can get free unlimited bus travel across the area for a week.

Happy Mountains
Happy Mountains
Our apartment after the snow
Our apartment after the snow
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The view out the back of Happy Mountains

Last year we stayed in March. We had more sun but less snow. Below are a few photos from then. Next we moved on to Pertisau the other side of Innsbruck, more about that in part 2.

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7 thoughts on “Winter Walking in Austria part 1 Leutasch”

  1. Enjoyed reading the blog and looking at your stunning photographs. Can’t wait to see that gorgeous scenery in the summer! Look forward to part two of the Austrian blog 🙂

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