Villgratental is the valley for tourers. Rightly so, since Villgratental sets to out to cater a great deal for ski tours in the winter. The reason for this is clear from the first moment – whereas elsewhere one lift facility after another has been constructed, Villgratental has been steadfast and has taken another path. Your search for hustle and bustle in all things skiing, gigantic pistes and après-ski will be in vain in Villgratental.
What you will find are non-stop ski tours. All ski-tourers are delighted that Villgratental is the way that it is – original, authentic and far removed from the prominence of mass tourism. From a Hochpustertal ski tour to a tour to the “Rote Kinkele”, you will come across a few tours here which will set your heart racing. Ski-mountaineers have always been among one another in the piste-free
Villgratental. No, they haven’t missed out. They just didn’t join in when one village after another began building ski lift facilities. Today Villgratental is the only place in Austria to have snow metres-high and giant mountains, without the ski ‘circus’. “80 percent of our guests are tourers”, says Arthur Bucher from the tourist information office in Innervillgraten.
30 years ago when ski mountaineering was no longer trendy, pioneers turned a blind eye and went out on their skis. Guests still hold a high regard for traditional Innervillgraten, with its 1000 inhabitants and even more tranquil Außervillgraten with its 860 souls; their incomparable peacefulness and romance; exclusive adventures in the mountains; the secluded natural surroundings. The 25 best routes are described in detail on 104 pages in the ski touring guide – which is hot off the presses. The booklet, which also has lots of useful tips and information, costs 9 Euros.