Hoch-Imst Ursprungweg Snowshoe, © Martin Lugger
Hoch-Imst Ursprungweg Snowshoe, © Martin Lugger

Untermarkter Alm Lodge

Strap on snowshoes, and you’ll enjoy one of the best snowshoe treks in Imst Region: This beginner-friendly snowshoe along the “Ursprungweg” (literally ‘Trail of Origin’) ends at Untermarkter Alm Lodge, with remarkable views of Imst. On Wednesday nights, the Trail of Origin route is lit with torches, providing a truly memorable opportunity for snowshoers. Once you’ve had your fill of views and hearty delicacies up at Untermarkter Alm Lodge, conveniently ride the chair lift back down to the valley.

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Starting point  

Hoch-Imst Car Park, Imst

Hike to

Untermarkter Alm Lodge

Finishing point

Hoch-Imst Car Park, Imst

Mountain chain

Ötztal Alps


2.8 km

Approximate hiking time

2 h 30 min


  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating



1,500m 1,050m

Elevation uphill 450m
Vertical metres downhill 30m


Car Park at the Base of Hoch-Imst Ski Lifts


Trail description

From the car park in Hoch-Imst, the route meanders up to Untermarkter Alm through gorgeous winter wonderland. The route parallels the ski run and ascends the mountain with a gentle grade and a few brief steeper sections. Warm up at Untermarkter Alm Lodge before riding the chair lift back down to Hoch-Imst.

If you’re looking for a little further exploration, press on to Latschen Hut from Untermarkter Alm Lodge. This trip adds 30 minutes of climbing and roughly 150 vertical meters. Pause for a rest, relax and watch the snow fly with a warm drink at quaint Latschen Hut. Once replete and refreshed, retrace your steps to Untermarkter Alm and ride the chair lift down. Or, walk down to Hoch-Imst from Latschen Hut along beautiful Opferstockweg Trail. The descent takes some 2 hours to complete so be careful if you’re running low on daylight or time. Many snowshoers and other visitors take this route, tromping a path down the hillside. So unless you are visiting just after a big dump of snow, it’s likely there will be tracks as your route-finding source. If you don’t encounter tracks, you are strongly recommended to retrace your steps to Untermarkter Alm Lodge and ride the chair lift down to the valley.

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Your destination address: Hoch-Imst, Imst

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