skigebiet watles piste bei hoefer alm
skigebiet watles piste bei hoefer alm

Winter hike on the Watles

On the edge of a little skiing area in the west of Malles, a winter walking trail takes you to the summit of Mt. Piz Watles, providing great panoramic views on the Oetztal Alps and the Resia Pass.

Starting point of our walk is the lower terminus of the Watles skiing area in the mountain village of Pramajur (on the road from Burgusio to Slingia). From the parking space we follow the road back to the Pramajur farmsteads, where we stop for coffee and cake at the Kastellatz, before we really start our tour. Following the signpost no. 2B, we walk over the snow-covered meadow up to the larch forest. Soon the path joins the well-groomed winter walking trail to the Höfer Mountain Hut.

Short before reaching the mountain hut, we need to walk a short stage along the ski run, then again across a short stage in the forest, and finally we reach the centre of the Watles skiing area at the Plantapatsch Mountain Hut (2,140 m a.s.l.). From this path the place continues to the 2,550 m high Piz Watles peak. We decide, however, to walk back from the Plantapatsch Mountain Hut.

Otherwise you could walk to the highest point, which would take you about 90 additional minutes for the 3 km, each direction. By the way: The mountain station of the Watles Chairlift is within easy reach, if you would like to take the lift for the way back. It is recommendable to start this walk in the morning, as the slopes are sun-drenched at that time.

Author: AT

If you want to do this winter hike, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!

Starting point: Pramajur (Watles valley station)
Signposts: 2B, 3, "Winterwanderweg"
Distance: approx. 3.8 km (each way, Plantapatsch) resp. 6.5 km (each way, Piz Watles)
Walking time: about 1.5 hours (each way, Plantapatsch) resp. 3 hours (each way, Piz Watles)
Altitude difference: approx. 420 m (Plantapatsch) resp. 830 m (Piz Watles)
Altitude: between 1,750 and 2,140 m a.s.l. (Plantapatsch) resp. 2,550 m a.s.l. (Piz Watles)
Experienced in: February 2014

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