Oberstdorf Sports & Outdoors

  • Fellforn - view from the summit
    Fellforn - view from the summit
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    Adlerhorst
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    Ski path nearby Kanzelwand Haus
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    Ski area: Ifen

    by vtveen Written Mar 28, 2013
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    The ski area Ifen is more or less a kind of hidden gem, located at the end of a beautiful mountain road from Riezlern to Auenhütte at the end of the valley at an altitude of 1280 metres (with a lift for beginners).

    At the base station we took the chairlift to the intermediate station. Here we had to change, either to a ski tow or to another chairlift, which we took first. This turned out to be a very slow lift, but it feels like this matches with the art of the Ifen ski area. So we had lots of time to enjoy the wonderful landscape. Once at the summit nearby mountain restaurant Hahnenköpfle (2030 m) the views of the Hoher Ifen and the (snow)dunes of the Gottesackerplateau are really breathtaking.
    !!Non skiers - we did see a lot of them - will find two prepared hiking trails of 3 or 5 km’s through the snow dunes!!

    Two easy and very wide ski runs trough fantastic scenery will bring you back to the intermediate station. Next we went with the ski tow (about 1700 metres long). Two more ‘red’ ski runs are waiting for you. If possible I would recommend doing the Ifen run as early as possible, because quite soon (at least during our visit end of January) it is shadowed by the Hoher Ifen.
    For the down hill ski run back to the base station there are three possibilities: ‘blue’, ‘red’ and ‘black’ ski trails.

    ‘Bergrestaurant Hahnenköpfle’ didn’t look very inviting, so we had our lunch at the ‘Ifen Hütte’ on a lovely terrace with great views of the Kleinwalser Valley.

    Conclusion
    Ski area Ifen offers varied ski runs in a breathtaking mountain world.

    Information
    Opening times: mid December - first week of April
    Opening hours: 8.30 am - 4.00 / 4.30 pm
    Rates: ski pass Oberstdorf/Kleinwalsertal is valid
    http://www.bergfex.com/ifen/

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    Ski area: Kleinwalsertal

    by vtveen Written Mar 27, 2013
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    Although situated in the Austrian Kleinwalsertal I have added this tip on my Oberstdorf page, because it can be considered as one of the ski areas around that town. We found it quite a thrill staying in Germany and skiing in Austria, using just one combined ski pass.

    This part of the Kleinwalsertal ski area does exist of two completely different ski resorts: Heuberg Arena and Walmendingerhorn, which are connected by a ski path.

    We ‘always’ start in the Heuberg Arena with the Parsenn-Kombibahn, just outside Riezlern. This is the ‘strangest’ ski lift we ever have seen: it is a combination of a chairlift and a gondola. Lifts and ski runs in this area are rather short and quite easy, although a couple of them are intermediate. Ski runs are situated on the lower slopes of the valley and are winding around (farm)houses and crossing mountain roads.
    There are quite a lot of restaurants and mountain huts; the most idyllic is perhaps Max’s Hütte along the ski path from Mittelberg towards Hirschegg. Another starting point for this ski area.

    Walmendingerhorn has a base station in Mittelberg, where one can take a modern cable car to the summit at a height of almost 2.000 metres. The ski area itself is quite small with just two chair lifts, but has some nice varied slopes and the down hill run back to Mittelberg - more then 4 km’s - is quite challenging. The mountain station has a wonderful sun terrace/viewing platform with breathtaking views of the Austrian Alps.

    Conclusion
    Both ski resorts are not that big, but a combination of both ensures a nice varied ski day.

    Information
    Opening times: mid December - first week of April
    Opening hours: 8.30 am - 4.00 / 4.30 pm
    Rates: ski pass Oberstdorf/Kleinwalsertal is valid; there are separate tickets for the Heuberg Arena
    Extra info:
    http://www.bergfex.com/kleinwalsertal-talskigebiet/
    http://www.bergfex.com/walmendingerhorn/

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    Ski area: Söllereck

    by vtveen Written Mar 25, 2013
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    Söllereck calls itself ‘family Mountain’ and I think this is the right characterization of this ski area. Near the base station it has a lot of facilities for children and younger skiers (Sölli-Kinderland) and even a special lift for children. The main down hill ski run is also very suitable for families, being as ‘blue’ as a ski run can be.

    In the meantime we have been a couple of times to Söllereck, mostly when the weather wasn’t rather bad with snow and/or fog. Because Söllereck isn’t that high the conditions were still quite acceptable for skiing. Once we used it as a kind of warm-up for the next days.

    From the base station a - slow - gondola will bring you to the heart of the ski area nearby Berghaus Schönblick (1358 m). Either make the down hill ski run or use a couple of shorter ski tows to a little bit more difficult slopes. A little bit hidden – at ‘the other side’ of the mountain are two intermediate ski runs, which are quite challenging. We loved these ski ‘Höllwies’ runs, because it always very quiet and so nice to ski along tree-lined descents. The Höllwieslift is with about 2.000 metres the longest ski tow of Germany and brings you back to the main area. If specially interested in these runs be sure they are open; during our visits they sometimes were closed.

    Söllereck has - both near the base station and on the top of the mountain - a couple of restaurants; Berghaus am Söller is our favourite and Alpe Schrattenwang is a real mountain hut.

    Fondest memory
    Our fondest memory was a downhill quite late in the afternoon when we didn’t see any other skiers on the slopes and the fog was covering the valley.

    Information
    Opening times: mid December - first week of April
    Opening hours: 9.00 am - 4.00 / 4.30 pm
    Rates: several tickets and ski passes
    Extra info: http://www.bergfex.com/soellereck-hoellwies-oberstdorf/

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    Ski area: Fellhorn/Kanzelwand

    by vtveen Updated Mar 16, 2013
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    The Fellhorn/Kanzelwand area is the main (and largest) ski area of Oberstdorf, although the base station is located in Faistenoy, about 8 km’s from town. There is enough parking space (free of charge with a guest card, the so called ‘Allgäu Walser Card, which you get from your host when staying in Oberstdorf) and also a frequent shuttle ski bus service.

    A modern fast gondola brought us to the middle station (1.780 m). There are two possibilities to reach the summit of the Fellhorn: another cable car, which wasn’t in operation during our visits, so we had to go downhill to the Scheidtobellift first. This turned out to be an old and very slow chairlift; not quite comfortable when it is snowing, as we had a couple of times.
    The main ski area offers a couple of medium ski runs, all are not very long (around 1 km). The Zweiländerbahn (Two Countries lift) opens the ski runs on the Austrian side of the mountain around the Kanzelwand, including the long down hill run of about 4,5 km’s to the village of Riezlern in Kleinwalsertal. It is a nice a run, but rather narrow and when we used it (nice weather) quite overcrowded.
    Another cable car brings you back to the border between Austria and Germany.

    The area has mountain huts and restaurants in both Germany and Austria. We loved the terrace of the Adlerhorst in Austria with its marvelous views most.

    A ‘ski path’ - not very well signposted - starts just opposite the base stations of Scheidtobel and See-Eck Bahn and leads along Kanzelwand Haus and through a nice pine forest. It is absolutely not challenging, but a nice variation of the regular ski runs. After reaching the intermediate station you can take either the down hill ski run, or in case of bad weather, the gondola back to the valley.

    At the base station is the NTCski rental shop, where you can store your equipment for the next day.

    Conclusion: a nice varied ski area (about 25 km’s) with mostly well groomed medium slopes and two challenging down hill ski runs.

    Information
    Opening times: first week of December – first week of April
    Opening hours: 8.30 am - 3.30/4.00 pm / to the valley 4.00 /4.30 pm
    Rates: several tickets and ski passes
    Extra info: http://www.bergfex.com/fellhorn/

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    Ski area: Nebelhorn

    by vtveen Updated Mar 12, 2013
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    The ski area on the slopes of the Nebelhorn is the closest one to the town. The base station of the cable car is situated in the town and for day-visitors accessible by a ski bus from either the railway station or some parking lots at the outskirts of the town. There is also a parking lot nearby the base station.

    We where staying in Oberstdorf and could reach the cable car on foot; if further away you have to use your car, which can de quite annoying with a lot of one-way roads in town. Although visiting during low season (end of January) we had to wait for quite a while before travelling to the top. This is a rather spectacular ride; first directly over the ski jumping stadium and then climbing onto a steep cliff to the Seealpe station. After changing cabins we were gliding over the main downhill ski run and were really impressed by its steepness.
    Station Höfatschblick is the centre and starting point for the ski area. There are two chair lifts and the cable car to the top of the Nebelhorn (2.224 m). The Koblat (chair) lift opens a couple of nice and wide ski runs, which are rather short. From the top of the Nebelhorn (with great views) are two runs: one rather steep and another ‘red’ ski run. The Sonngehren run is VERY steep (for us too much) and also part of the run towards Oberstdorf.

    We went back by cable car to the intermediate Seealpe station and from there further to the valley on skis along a nice 3 kilometre long down hill run, which offers some great views on Oberstdorf. It ends quite far away from the base station and you will have to walk back on your booths to pick up a bus or your car.

    All together: the ski area isn’t very large and doesn’t offer many possibilities. On the other hand it is situated in an overwhelming landscape with stunning views. Weather depending an absolute ‘must do’ ski experience.

    Information
    Opening times: mid December - late April
    Opening hours: 8.30 am - 5.00 pm
    Rates: several tickets and ski passes
    Extra info: http://www.bergfex.com/nebelhorn-oberstdorf/

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    Hiking Nebelhorn

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 21, 2011

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    For example one of our tours has been the roundtrip Rubi. Muehlenbruecke - iceskating-rink –after the conviction to the right, following the trail through the woods –Dummelsmoosbruecke – Illerursprung – Rubi (4 km) – going back through the meadows – Dummelsmoosbruecke. Altitude: 786 – 814 m Roundtrip: 7 km.

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    Digital Online-map for Oberstdorf region

    by gubbi1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Online hiking map, Oberstdorf, DE

    If you want to hike you can check the official page of Oberstdorf for an online-hiking-map. This will still make a papermap neccessary to take with you, but can help to plan before starting your hike.

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    Webtip - hiking page 'gipfelsüchtig.de'

    by gubbi1 Written Jul 25, 2009

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    gipfels��chtig.de, Allg��u, Bavaria, DE

    Looking for impressions of your next hiking tour? Looking for inspiration? Then you can have a look at the following page wihich I found on the web. It is in German. The page features great hiking trails in the Allgäu region.

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    Webtip - hiking page Jürgen Seine

    by gubbi1 Written Jul 25, 2009

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    http://juergenseine-berg.heim.at/index.htm

    Looking for impressions of your next hiking tour? Looking for inspiration? Then you can have a look at the following page wihich I found on the web. It is in German, but has many beautiful photos of the area around Oberstdorf. The page features hiking trails in the Allgäu region.

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    Hiking options (German only)

    by gubbi1 Written Jul 22, 2009

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    Hiking around Oberstdorf, Oberstdorf, DE

    If you want to go hiking around Oberstdorf, you can check the official webpage for ideas. It is in German only. You will find options for dayhikes, connecting trails between huts or just walks in the valley. In Oberstdorf definitely everyone will find something for his interests resp. skills.

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