St. Anton am Arlberg is home to Tyrol’s only winter via ferrata. Alpine, ambitious and challenging – and therefore exactly what a mountaineer’s heart desires from a winter holiday at the Arlberg! If you intend to accept the challenge of the “Arlberger Klettersteig” and experience an unforgettable adventure, please check out all necessary information below.
Location: St. Anton at the valley terminal Riffelbahn at 1,304 metres.
Starting point: Riffelscharte at the mountain terminal Riffelbahn 2 at 2,645 metres.
Ascent by cable car: St. Anton valley terminal Rendlbahn – ascent to Rendlalm – descent on skis to Riffelbahn I – ascent with chairlift – descent to Riffelbahn II and ascent to mountain terminal – the access to the via ferrata lies behind the operating cabin.
Duration: 90 mins
Maximum altitude: 2,816 metres above sea level
Altitude of starting point: 2,645 metres above sea level
Length: 850 metres
Difficulty level: C & D
Avalanche risk: high (on both ski-run options)
Recommended season: from mid-March to late April
Tyrol’s winter via ferrata lies within the ski area of St. Anton am Arlberg. Over a course of approx. 850 metres you move along the snow-free rope, usually close to the mountain ridge, up to the summit.
The Arlberg winter via ferrata requires absolute surefootedness, a head for heights and prior experience in high alpine surroundings. The level of difficulty does not only depend on climbing-specific requirements, but also on the present conditions. We recommend you to bring an additional sling (1.5m), crampons and an ice pick.
After arriving at the highest point, you will be treated to a breathtaking mountain panorama and a beautiful descent on skis – on the left-hand side to Pettneu and on the right-hand side to St. Anton. Please take note that the winter via ferrata is located within high alpine surroundings at 2,700 metres above sea level. Also, the descent on skis leads through off-slope terrain. For the most up-to-date information, we therefore urgently ask you to consult the avalanche warning service.
The basic gear consists of a via-ferrata kit and a helmet. At “icy” temperatures we recommend you to bring an additional sling (1.5m) to extend the via-ferrata kit in challenging situations, crampons and an ice pick. In addition to this, safety equipment (avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe) is mandatory.