Across one of the most beautiful alpine pastures in the region
from World Cup Town to World Cup Town. Start in Flachau.
From the start of the stage in Flachau, it goes past the Flachau church uphill to the Sattelbauer mountain inn and on to the Lackenalmen at the foothills of the imposing Lackenkogel. The Lackenalmen with their huts are a real gem and it is no coincidence that they are among the most beautiful of their kind in the upper Enns Valley. This is followed by a long high-altitude section over several peaks. The views are dramatically beautiful and for many experienced Alpine trail hikers, this stage is one of the most beautiful ever. Nevertheless, you should not dawdle too much, especially not if you want to cover the last section to the stage finish at Zauchensee by summer cable car, as the lift operation ends at 4pm. Overnight stays are in the World Cup town of Zauchensee, home of the former downhill world champion Michael Walchhofer.
Alpine Trail Tip
The Lackenalmen owe their name to the dark, boggy ponds, which are also called sky ponds by the locals. They feed purely from rainwater and are important for the care of grazing animals. So, if you have enough time, you should treat yourself to a small break by the water, in which the sky with its floating cloud images is reflected. For swimming, however, Lake Zauchensee at the stage finish is best suited. It has a water temperature of 16 to 18 degrees in summer and it is a real fresh kick!
Alpine Trail History
Only around 50 people live in the World Cup town of Zauchensee during the summer months. One of them is the former ski racer Michael Walchhofer, who runs three hotels here with his extended family. It was also his grandfather who, as a simple farmer, proactively registered the first horse-drawn carriage transport in 1936 so that winter sports guests could be brought to Zauchensee with their luggage. For many years, the FIS Women's Ski World Cup Downhill has been held in Zauchensee at regular intervals.