|Start||Destination||Route||M in altitude|
(ascent, without lift)
|Stage 1||Katschberg||Innerkrems||18,3 km||886 m|
|Stage 2||Innerkrems||Turracher Höhe||15 km||1016 m|
|Stage 3||Turracher Höhe||Falkertsee||14,9 km||877 m|
|Stage 4||Falkertsee||Bad Kleinkirchheim||17,7 km||669 m|
If you set off on the Nockberge Trail without a certified guide, just like any other ski tour, the following recommendations and safety tips should be kept in mind:
- Plan your tour responsibly! Plan your ski tour very carefully according to the current conditions and your own abilities!
- Always consult the current avalanche report!
- Always carry a complete emergency kit with you (avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, first aid kit, bivouac sack and mobile phone)!
- Familiarise yourself with the emergency equipment and practise using it!
- Always be aware of the risks and react to signs of danger!
- Don’t go on a ski tour alone!
- Continually check whether your plan suits the current conditions!
How demanding are the stages of the Nockberge ski tour trail?
Technically, the individual stages of the Nockberge Trail are ski tours of moderate difficulty. For independent tourers (without state-certified guide), a high level of experience is necessary in order to recognise and correctly react to potential dangers (avalanche). In conditions of poor visibility (fog, snow) additional demands are made on orientation skills. For an enjoyable and care-free ski crossing we strongly recommend a guided tour with a state-certified ski guide.
What sort of fitness level do I need for the Nockberge ski tour trail stages?
Physically, the demands of the Nockberge Trail can be classed as moderate. The individual stages (ascents and descents) take from five to six hours on average and range from 700 to almost 1,000 metres in altitude.
Can I also do the tour in the other direction?
Yes, in principle, although the stages in this direction (Katschberg to Bad Kleinkirchheim) are considerably more attractive because of the rewarding descents. It should be noted that a booking via the Nockberge Trail info and booking centre is only possible in the direction from Katschberg to Bad Kleinkirchheim.
Can my dog accompany me on the ski tours?
Yes, in principle, although in the Nockberge Biosphere Reserve leashes are compulsory, even in winter, which means making the descent with the dog on a leash. It must also be noted that not all accommodation establishments along the Nockberge Trail accept dogs (ask in advance!) and booking via the Nockberge Trail info and booking centre is only possible without dog, due to the nature conservation reasons mentioned above.
Can I travel to the tour starting point by public transport?
The starting point of the Nockberge Trail is easily accessible by train and then station shuttle via the following IC/EC train stations (depending on where you are coming from): Spittal/Millstätter See; Bischofshofen and Unzmarkt. The station shuttle can be organised together with a booking via the Nockberge Trail info and booking centre.
What equipment do I need for the tour?
For the Nockberge Trail, you will need a complete set of ski tour equipment. You will receive a detailed equipment list in plenty of time before the tour begins. IMPORTANT: a complete avalanche set (Avalanche Rescue Kit) for the Nockberge Trail, including avalanche beacon, probe and shovel, is absolutely essential. In addition, an avalanche airbag is very strongly recommended.
What is the advantage of booking through the Nockberge Trail booking centre?
The Nockberge Trail is the first ski tour trail in Austria that can be booked online! A booking via the Nockberge Trail info and booking centre or the new Trail booking portal (online from 15.12.2017) opens up unlimited options and a comprehensive service: you start WHEN you want, WHERE you want, go WITH WHOMEVER you want and, above all, HOW you want! Along the Nockberge Trail you will find selected partner accommodation, a practical luggage and shuttle service and a Trail hotline (daily from 8am to 8pm!) at your disposal.
So if you are looking for an uncomplicated ski tour experience with a light rucksack on your back and overnight stays in comfortable hotels, then a booking via the Nockberge Trail info and booking centre is the thing for you!
Attention! During the main season, availability cannot be guaranteed along the Trail. So the Nockberge Trail is only bookable by request via the Nockberge Trail info and booking centre from 23.12. to 07.01. and from 03.02. to 25.02.
The Nockberge Trail info and booking centre recommends a state-certified ski guide for the Nockberge Trail. Online booking without a guide is only possible with agreement to the disclaimer.
Why should I be accompanied by a state-certified ski guide and how much does it cost?
Our state-certified ski guides are professionals with excellent knowledge of the territory. Especially in bad weather and when there is high avalanche risk, the state-certified ski guides can use their skills to assess the risks and bring you safely to your destination. With an online booking or a booking via the Nockberge Trail info and booking centre, all costs for the ski guide fall under “guiding”. If, however, you organise the Nockberge Trail yourself, you should plan in the following costs for the ski guide: € 320/day excluding accommodation and food, ski lifts and transport.