Winter hiking, ski touring and cross-country skiing in Dorfgastein

In Dorfgastein, winter sports fun doesn’t stop at skiing and snowboarding. The region also invites you to explore the snowy landscape at a more relaxed pace. From ski touring and winter hiking to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing: There’s an activity for every taste.

Tip for thrill-seekers: Paragliding in the skies above Dorfgastein gives you a bird’s-eye view of the region that’s simply marvellous!

Step by step

Explore the winter wonderland of Dorfgastein on foot

In Dorfgastein, hiking enthusiasts don’t stop for winter. They lace up their boots and head out on the winter hiking trails for amazing views of the picturesque snow-covered landscape.

Winter hiking in Dorfgastein

Leisurely tour to the Kieserlbahn mountain station

From the Gipfelbahn Fulseck mountain station, a well-groomed winter hiking trail takes you along the mountain ridge to the Kieserlbahn cable car station. After walking 1.2 kilometres, you can treat yourself to a break at Restaurant Wolke 7. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a stunning 360-degree view of the surroundings.

Snowshoe route to Fulseck at 2,033 metres above sea level

The tour to Fulseck starts at the middle station, where you strap on snowshoes and head up towards the summit via Heumoosalm and Arltörl. This route spans 4.8 kilometres and climbs nearly 600 metres in elevation. Once you reach the peak, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking scenic views and a break at the cosy Gipflstadl restaurant.

Tip: Those who prefer a more relaxed winter hiking experience can take the cable car to the Fulseck mountain station. From there, it’s a gentle walk back down to the valley.

Challenging ascents

Ski touring in Dorfgastein

If you would like to climb the summit on skis – either part of or all the way – Dorfgastein offers two ski touring routes.

Routes on Fulseck

Ski touring route from the middle station

Ski touring route 8 starts at the Gipfelbahn Fulseck middle station. During the tour, you’ll pass Heumoosalm and Arltörl. After a total of 4.8 kilometres and 600 metres in elevation gain, you’ll reach your destination: Fulseck’s summit, towering at 2,033 metres above sea level.

2-stage ski tour to Lake Spiegelsee

The first stage of the waymarked ski touring route starts at the valley station. From there, the route climbs almost 600 metres in elevation up to the middle station, leading you through the enchanting forest landscape. After covering another 400 metres in elevation gain, passing Wengerkapelle chapel, you’ll finally reach Lake Spiegelsee – the picturesque lake on Fulseck.

Active moments in the valley

Cross-country skiing in Dorfgastein

If you love cross-country skiing, you’re in luck! Down in the valley, two cross-country ski trails are waiting for you – perfect for both classic cross-country skiing and skating.

Beginner-friendly trails

2.5-km Mühlbachloipe trail

The Mühlbachloipe trail starting at Stoani (restaurant) is ideal for beginners. Good to know: Additional access points are located at Stoffbauer and in Maierhofen.

0.8-km cross-country ski trail at the Unterberg sports field

In winter, the sports field in Unterberg turns into a popular meeting place for cross-country skiers. The floodlights come on at 17:00, allowing sports enthusiasts to enjoy the trail until 20:00. Plus, guided cross-country skiing courses are held on Thursday evenings – the perfect opportunity if you’re curious about giving the sport a try.

See Dorfgastein from above

Paragliding for thrill-seekers

For a thrilling descent from the mountain to the valley, you can swap your skis for a paraglider. With Lois Grugger’s Parataxi, you can take a tandem flight that allows you to gently glide down into the valley while enjoying spectacular views of Dorfgastein.

Winter in Dorfgastein

Skiing & snowboarding
Skiing & snowboarding
Fun on Dorfgastein's slopes
Winter for families
Winter for families
Activities for all ages
Experience Dorfgastein
Experience Dorfgastein
Dorfgastein's diverse attractions