Val Senales Glacier

The Val Senales Cable Car takes you to the Val Senales Glacier at 3,200 m asl in the Oetztal Alps.

How does an Alpine glacier look like from close quarters? And what about nature in 3,000 m asl? The answers are no longer reserved to Alpine athletes with kilter. The Val Senales Cable Car (Schnalstaler Gletscherbahnen) connects the village of Maso Corto in Upper Val Senales (2,011 m asl) with the Croda delle Cornacchie/Grawand mountain station at 3,212 m asl. The funicular ride up to the highest mountain station in South Tyrol, close to the place of discovery of Ötzi, takes about 6 minutes! The summit, only 50 metres higher than the mountain station, can be scaled in a walk of a few minutes only.

There the Giogo Alto Glacier extends on a surface of about 185 hectares from the Punta delle Cornacchie (3,251 m asl) and the Punta di Finale (3,514 m asl) to the Giogo Alto (2,750 m asl) and the Rofental valley in the surroundings of Vent in the Oetztal valley. An amazing view of 360 degrees can be admired! Far away on the horizon the Ortles and the Tessa mountain group, almost within one’s grasp the summits of the Oetztal Alps. In the south west there is the Finale Lake.

The landscape in this altitude is rather sparse, but at a second look in this stone desert you might discover some heralds of the high Alpine flora, that use the short summer season for thriving. In summer, from the mountain station several Alpine tours start, such as to the Finale Lake, or to the Bellavista mountain hut. Those who seek a real challenge can walk to Vent in the Oetztal valley via the Giogo Alto, which takes you at least 7 hours. From autumn to late spring, however, the Val Senales Glacier offers a skiing area with 35 km of well-groomed ski slopes for every level.

Suggested accommodations

  1. Hotel Oberraindlhof

    Hotel Oberraindlhof

  2. Hotel Waldhof

    Hotel Waldhof

  3. Berghotel Tyrol & Firn

    Berghotel Tyrol & Firn

  4. Preidlhof


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