The epitome of snowshoeing in Kitzbühel, © artfabrik
The epitome of snowshoeing in Kitzbühel, © artfabrik

Snowshoe Walk
Seidlalm - Hahnenkamm

With enough elevation gain to be great exercise, this steep and rewarding snowshoe route traverses Hahnenkamm Mountain and represents the epitome of snowshoeing in Kitzbühel: a 2.5-hour long, steady, often-steep climb that may have asked a lot of you to get here, but it will have more than held up its end of the bargain—it’s a wonderful chance to get so close to the unforgiving grade steeps of the Streif downhill course, a wicked, twisting, insane snake of a run. But this 6.5-kilometer trail isn’t all work. Plenty of rewards await the dedicated athletes who point their snowshoes toward the destination of this walk, notorious Seidlalm Lodge, sitting below Seidlkopf Peak at an elevation of 1,200 meters. This is the very place where the idea for the legendary Streif downhill race was born in 1966, the scariest, most elating ski race in the world. Today, this is the perfect place to take a break and gather new strength over hearty Tirolese delicacies.

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Starting point  

Base of Hahnenkamm Gondola

Finishing point

Base of Hahnenkamm Gondola

Mountain chain

Kitzbühel Alps

Length

6.4 km

Approximate hiking time

3h

Features

  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

difficult

Altitude

1,240m 770m

Elevation uphill 530m
Vertical metres downhill 530m

Trail description

Snowshoers who like to climb will love this demanding route, which has its trailhead at the car park of the Hahnenkamm Gondola Base. The first section follows Trail No. 47 toward Gasthaus “Waldwirtschaft Einsiedelei”. This short walk adds 300 meters of elevation gain and continues to climb along old Seidlalm Trail (No.46) to Seidlalm Lodge. The rustic cabin sits at Streif run’s daredevil Seidlalm jump. Once replete and replenished, strap on your snowshoes once again, reverse direction and follow your tracks back down the slope.

If you wish, the snowshoe trip can further be extended to Zenzeralm, Neuhausalm (Trail No. 46a) and Koglern. As Seidlalm is the highest elevation on this trek, it’s all downhill. Destination end of this alternative route is the car park at Rasmushof and/or the base of Streifalm Gondola. From there, it’s a ten minute walk to the original trailhead, the car park at the base of Hahnenkamm Gondola.

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