View on a snowy mountain
View on a snowy mountain
ski tracks and ski mountaineers in a snow field
ski tracks and ski mountaineers in a snow field

Sellrain Ski Tour Region

Sellrain has a long tradition as a ski tour region. With this project, the mountaineering villages of Sellrain, Gries im Sellrain and St. Sigmund im Sellrain want to develop an environmentally-friendly form of ski mountaineering which takes into account the needs of all nature users in this area.

© Tyrolean regional Government
Übergang von Hellblau auf Weiß.
Map of protection zones.
Map of protection zones.

Digital map

The exact location of the officially decreed game rest areas (green) and the voluntarily agreed protection zones for forest and game (pink) in the Sellraintal can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

Man passes a signpost in snowy forest.
Man passes a signpost in snowy forest.

Ski touring aisles

Many traditional ski tours lead in the lowest part also through forest. Especially the sparse forests at the forest border are habitats for some species of animals that are particularly sensitive to disturbance (e.g. black grouse). The Sellraintal working group has tried to find clear lines on which we want to direct the ski tourers through this critical area. Ski touring corridors - these are mostly artificial clearings in the forests - guide ski mountaineers through the forest on the path of least resistance. Such corridors are now available on the following tours:

  • Grieskogel (from Praxmar)
  • Schöntalspitze
  • Roter Kogel (from Moos)
  • Roter Kogel (from Fotsch)

 

 

 

 

Protected sites and species

Based on the principles of the “Tyrolean Ski Tour Guidance Plan”, the partners to the “Sellrain Ski Tour Region” project have marked out conservation areas which ski mountaineers should voluntarily avoid. Near the feeding stations there are also officially prescribed wildlife retreats where visitors must keep to the paths and which are best avoided altogether.

Portecting sign on a tree and a deer in the background
Portecting sign on a tree and a deer in the background
Graphic with evaluation of the ski track density
Graphic with evaluation of the ski track density

Evaluation of the steering measures

In the winter of 18/19, members of the working group reviewed the success of the steering measures in the field. In doing so, we assessed the density of traces in protected areas according to a uniform scheme and documented it on a smartphone in an APP specially designed for this purpose. The results show that in the majority of the protection zones no or only isolated ski tracks were detected and that only individual areas are more intensively used.

In the current winter, we will concentrate on these areas in particular and further improve the measures here.

LVS-Checkpoints

Since winter 2015/16 4 LVS Checkpoints are available in Sellrain:

  • Lüsens Inn - Schöntalspitze mountain
  • Praxmar - Zischgeles, Lamsenspitze and Grieskogel (run by Luis Melmer)
  • Haggen - Zwieselbacher Rosskogel, Schöllekogel, Pockkogel
  • Fotsch Bergheim - Windegg, Auf Sömen, Hühnereggen, Roter Kogel


In addition to the safety aspect, the stations also provide us with figures about how many ski mountaineers are using the respective tours.

 

 

Close shot of a LVS-Checkpoint.
Close shot of a LVS-Checkpoint.
Ski tour statistik.
Ski tour statistik.
© Tyrolean regional Government
Map of Praxmar.

Orientation boards

We have installed orientation boards at all the important car parks and huts in the Sellraintal valley These give a clear description of the route, the most important information on the ski tours and the location of the conservation areas. The QR codes provide all the information and background stories about our 4 protected sites and species so that you can understand why you should bypass the conservation area shown.

The information about emergency equipment, the emergency APP and the link to the avalanche report come from our partner Tyrol Mountain Rescue.

 

 

 

Picture of a signposting. In the background there are three ski tourers.
Picture of a signposting. In the background there are three ski tourers.

Signposting

Conservation areas are marked in open country only at locations where there is direct contact with a ski tour. The directional arrows, which make it possible to bypass or go round, are only used very sparingly. The signs in general are restricted to the area below the tree line. Of 42 ski tours we have designated in Sellrain, this year only 6 are signposted in the forest  in order to indicate conservation areas.

The direction signs do not mean that the proposed routes are safe from avalanches and other natural hazards. It is the ski mountaineers’ responsibility to make this assessment themselves.

 

Juifen

Map of Juifen.
Map of Juifen.

St. Sigmund

Map of St. Sigmund.
Map of St. Sigmund.

Potsdamerhütte mountain hut

Map of Potsdamerhütte.
Map of Potsdamerhütte.

Praxmar

Map of Praxmar.
Map of Praxmar.

Haggen

Map of Haggen.
Map of Haggen.

Eisbrücke

Map of Eisbrücke.
Map of Eisbrücke.

Moos

Map of Moos.
Map of Moos.

Westfalenhaus mountain hut

Map of Westfalenhaus.
Map of Westfalenhaus.

Bergheim

Map of Bergheim.
Map of Bergheim.

Lüsens

Map of Lüsens.
Map of Lüsens.

Pforzheimer H. mountain hut

Map of Pforzheimer Hut
Map of Pforzheimer Hut

The "Sellrain Ski Tour Region” working party

With the Tyrolean Ski and Snowboard Tour Plan, it has been particularly important to us that all stakeholders should have an equal say about all measures and be able to voice their concerns. In the Sellrain working party we have so far been very successful in achieving this and hope that, by virtue of the wide range of stakeholders, all interests have been considered in a balanced way.

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Contact:

 

Anna Koch

Province of Tyrol - Department for Forestry Conservation

Bürgerstr. 36, 6020 Innsbruck

info@bergwelt-miteinander.at

Tel.: +43 512 508 4609

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