Great parts of the Rieserferner Group, or Vedrette di Ries, are situated on South Tyrolean territory, a small area, however, belongs to East Tyrol in Austria and forms the High Tauern.
Although the Rieserferner Group makes up a small part of the Central Alps, this area is an eldorado for experienced alpinists and climbers due to the ragged and striking mountain peaks. The name of the Rieserferner Group derives from the homonymous glacier on the northern slope of the mountain group.
The Rieserferner Group, along with the Ankogel Group, Goldberg Group, Glockner Group, Schober Group, Kreuzeck Group, Granatspitze Group, Venediger Group and the Villgraten Mountains, form the High Tauern. The highest mountain peak of the Rieserferner Group is called Collalto (3,436 m asl) and is directly situated at the border between Austria and Italy. The summit, however, belongs to Italian territory.
The boundaries of the mountain group are formed by the Passo Gola in the north, while the east boundary passes from the Arvental stream to the Jagdhausalm mountain pasture in the High Tauern National Park. In the south, however, it passes from Passo Stalle (2,052 m asl) to the Anterselva valley and Valdaora in Val Pusteria. The foothills of the Rieserferner Group reach the town of Brunico. The boundary in the west follows the Klammlbach stream to the confluence with the Knuttenbach stream.
Highest peak: Collalto (3,436 m asl), first ascent in 1868 by K. Hoffmann, V. Kaltendorff and the alpine guides G. Weiss and H. Oberarzbacher
Major mountains: Mt Nevoso, Collaspro, Sassolungo di Collalto, Cima del Vento Grande
Area: South Tyrol (Italy) and East Tyrol (Austria)