Hochgrat-Oberstaufen: The land of snow trails
The Hochgrat is located in the middle of Nagelfluhkette Nature Park, which came into operation in 2008, at the border between Austria and Germany. The ski resort at Hochgratbahn, 1833 meters (6013.8 feet) high is located at the highest peak of the Oberstaufen ski region and is breathtakingly beautiful. The free riders cherish the absolute delight of the Hochgrat at Neuschnee. The 6 kilometre (3.73 miles) long wide slopes are of pure paradise for ski lovers. There is also a panoramic view from the Sonnenterrasse at the mountain station.
Base Elevation: 2808 ft
Summit Elevation: 5604 ft
Vertical Drop: 2795 ft
The facilities available at the Hochgrat are a driveway with the gondola at 850 meters (2788.7 feet) altitude. The ascent to Hochgrat-Gifpel is at 1834 meters (6017.1 feet), whereas the departure in the Hochgratschlauch to Gutlealpe at 1570 meters (5151 feet). The ski trails that at Hochgrat Steins is 7 in number. They are Au-cross-country trail of 2.5 kilometers (1.55 miles), Christel-Cranz trail of 2 kilometers (1.24 miles), Hadrich trail of 3 kilometers (1.86 miles), Hormoos trail of 8 kilometers (4.97 miles), Ratholz-Loipe trail of 6.6 kilometers (4.1 miles). Apart from this, there is also Schwarzenbach-Liope trail of 3.7 kilometre (2.3 miles), cross-country ski trail of 6 kilometre (3.73 miles), Hochmoor trail of 1.8 kilometre (1.12 miles), Kalzhofer trail of 2.6 kilometre(1.62 miles), Constance course of 3 kilometre (1.86 miles), Moosloipe of 3.6 kilometre (2.24 miles) classic with skating, world championship track of 1.9 kilometre (1.18 miles) classic with skating.
There is one ski lift which is open and has a total capacity of 600 people per hour and extends to a length of 2.4 kilometres (1.49 miles). It is also a four-person gondola lift or one-cable orbit lift. The downhill slopes extend to a length of 15.5 kilometres (9.63 miles) with the difference in elevation of 852 meters (2795.3 feet), i.e.; valley 856 meters (2808.4 feet) and mountain 1708 meters (5603.7 feet). The downhill slopes are 74% medium difficulty and 26% heavy difficulty, i.e.; 11.5 kilometres medium difficulty and 4 kilometres heavy difficulty.
There are three slopes namely Lower-hose departure which is of 6000 meters (19685 feet) long, Maple tree which is of 4000 meters (13123.4 feet) long and Eibele departure which is 5500 meters (18044.6 feet) long. Free ski passes are provided for the longest downhill run at Hochgratbahn over an 1800 m (5.906 feet) meters that include sunset and full moon rides.
Day tickets – For singles adult costs 27.20 Euros, adolescent costs 23.10 Euros and children costs 19.00 Euros while the Kurkarte card costs 27.20 Euros, 22.30 Euros and 17.00 Euros respectively. Family with two adults and one child cost 68.90 Euros while that with one adult and one child cost 59.20 Euros. Day tickets from 11 am – For singles adult costs 24.50 Euros, adolescent costs 20.80 Euros and children costs 17.10 Euros. Family with two adults and one child cost 66.10 Euros while that with one adult and one child cost 58.70 Euros. Half day cards – For singles, adult costs 21.80 Euros, adolescent costs 18.50 Euros and children costs 15.20 Euros. Family with two adults and one child cost 58.80 Euros while that with one adult and one child cost 52.20 Euros. Afternoon tickets from 2 pm – For singles, adult costs 20.00 Euros, adolescent costs 16.20 Euros and children costs 13.20 Euros. Family with two adults and one child cost 53.30 Euros while that with one adult and one child cost 53.30 Euros. Ups and downs – For singles, adult costs 16.50 Euros, adolescent costs 12.90 Euros and children costs 10.70 Euros while the Kurkarte card costs 15.50 Euros, 12.10 Euros and 10.10 Euros respectively. Family with two adults and one child cost 41.10 Euros while that with one adult and one child cost 25.60 Euros. 6 Points card – It is not transferable and costs 43 Euros. Downhill – For singles, adult costs 11.40 Euros, adolescent costs 8.90 Euros and children costs 7.50 Euros while the Kurkarte card costs 11.00 Euros, 8.60 Euros and 7.20 Euros respectively. Family with two adults and one child cost 29.20 Euros while that with one adult and one child cost 18.20 Euros. Paragliding cards- Block of 5 costs 36.50 Euros while a block of 10 costs 70.30 Euros.
High Ridge Bergrestaurant – This is a restaurant in the mountain station of the Oberstaufen Alp Hochgrat Staufner House – This is in association with German Alpine Association and located in the serene environment of the Oberstaufen Alp region of the Hochgrat. Upper Alps – This is a mountain restaurant at the Alpgebiet Hochgrat
Courses for all people from beginners to advanced are available at the Oberstaufen ski resort. Sports experts climb down the challenging steep slopes on the Hochgrat while beginners are given the shallow regions of Sinswang. The various schools are namely Bergschule Mountainworld Oberstaufen, Kerstin’s Langlaufschule Oberstaufen, Cross-country school Oberstaufen, etc. Rental stations for winter sports The right winter sports equipment is available for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and tobogganing at Snowsports school Kehlhoffner, Ski-Stadl Matt Steins, Thomi fashion and sports in the centre of Oberstaufen, Oli’s ski and bakeshop Oberstaufen, Sports Hauber at Imbergbahn, etc. With so much on offer and so many things to enjoy at this amazing ski park, you cannot afford to miss out on all the fun. Go ahead and visit Hochgrat Oberstaufen with your friends and family and make the most of your winter vacations. Have fun!
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