Oberperfuss – Rangger Köpfl Ski Area

17/10/2018 - SnowTrex

Idyllic rural settings, family-friendliness and ideally prepared slopes. Oberperfuss in the Rangger Köpfl ski area is a true dream destination for winter sport enthusiasts. The resort is located in the Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck region, and offers its visitors a wide range of winter sport opportunities, breathtakingly beautiful views over the Tyrolean mountains and cultural treasures in the neighbouring city of Innsbruck.

Family-friendly piste at Rangger Köpfl.

1) General information about the Rangger Köpfl ski area

  • Pistes located at 820–2,000 metres above sea level
  • 17 km of piste, including 2.5 km night-lit runs
  • Four tow lifts and an 8 person gondola

Located at a distance of only 15 km from the Tyrolean state capital, Rangger Köpfl’s peaceful ski area offers winter sport fun for the whole family. Regardless of if you prefer skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, snowshoe hiking or winter hiking, you are sure to get your money’s worth. The predominantly easy to intermediate slopes are extra suitable for beginners, families and fans of relaxed skiing. The ski area has a total of 17 km of perfectly prepared pistes, of which 8 km are marked blue, 7 km red and 2 km black. The pistes are located at altitudes of 820–2,000 metres, and they are served by an 8 person gondola and four tow lifts.

Romantic forest piste at Rangger Köpfl.

A special attraction in Oberperfuss is the floodlit night run, measuring 2.5 km. Thanks to snow making machines and its high altitude, the whole of the ski area – from the Rosskogelhütte mountain hut down to the valley – is snow-reliable. During winter season (December to March), the average snow depth is 51 cm at the top of the mountain and 17 cm in the valley of Oberperfuss. December and January have an average of 2 sunshine hours per day, whereas February and March offer an average of 4–5 sunshine hours per day.

If you prefer a change of scenery every now and then, there are more ski areas to explore in the area around Oberperfuss. The Rangger Köpfl ski area is part of the Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck ski region, which is a union of nine ski areas around the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck. All ski areas can be accessed with the free ski bus. Surrounded by the beautiful Alpine mountains, winter sport fans can enjoy a total of 214 km of piste in the region.

Our team of experts has awarded the Rangger Köpfl ski area with four out of five stars in the top rating categories “Lifts & cable cars” and “Reliability for snow”.

2) Rangger Köpfl piste map

3) Skiing in the Rangger Köpfl ski area

Rangger Köpfl is the local ski area of the sunny mountain village of Oberperfuss, and here, you can enjoy skiing while admiring the beautiful panorama offered by the Tux Alps, the Kaiser mountains, the Karwendel and Wetterstein mountains as well as the Stubai glacier and the Mieminger mountain range.

The pistes, not being very steep, are optimal for beginners and children. Owing to that, our team of experts have given the Rangger Köpfl ski area a three star rating in the “Families & children” category. For those still a bit unsure about their skiing ability, the resort has ski schools with educated ski teachers who offer support and training through either individual classes or group classes. Children can take their first steps in a designated children’s area with a magic carpet lift, before joining their parents in the real pistes.

Wide piste with a view of the Inn valley.

The ski area’s longest piste runs from Rangger Köpfl to the Oberperfuss valley station, and offers pleasant skiing along a total length of 6 km. Four tow lifts and a modern and comfortable 8-person gondola, leading up to Stiglreith, help bring skiers up the mountain. The lifts open at 09.00 in the morning, and the tow lifts stop operating at 16.00, whereas the gondola keeps going until 16.30. In other words, there is plenty of time for both skiing and for taking well-deserved breaks at the traditional Rosskogelhütte mountain hut. Its sunny terrace is a perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal. In addition to alpine skiing and winter hikes, cross-country skiing is a popular winter sport activity in Oberperfuss. Fans of cross-country skiing can look forward to a total of 6 km of tracks, the longest of which measures 2 km. The neighbouring municipality of Gries has a 4 km long track which is also open for night skiing.

4) Expert rating

In the top rating categories “Lifts & cable cars” and “Reliability for snow”, our expert team has given the Rangger Köpfl ski area a rating of four stars. Also worth noticing is that the ski area has earned ratings of four and five stars respectively in the two categories “Orientation” and “Getting there & Parking facilities”. The average rating of the ski area is 3.2 stars.

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5) Activities outside the slopes

Two special highlights in the Rangger Köpfl ski area is the 10 km natural toboggan slope, and the night time skiing offered along a 2 km piste, equipped with floodlights. Snowboarders can go wild in the fun par, which offers a perfect mix for beginners with its kickers, boxes and rails.

Rangger Köpfl is a paradise not only for skiers and for snowboarders. Fans of winter hiking and snowshoeing can also look forward to a real treat: the area has a seemingly endless network of roads leading through the untouched winter landscape. A hike through the quite nature offers a well-deserved moment where you can forget the everyday life and clear your mind. A good recommendation for some of the trails is to bring a toboggan with you, and use it to head back down to the valley. Fun guaranteed – for children and adults alike!

Oberperfuss offers winter hike trails of all lengths. “Haggenweg” is a pleasant 1.5-hour long trai, and thanks to its length of only 4.1 km, it is also suitable for less experienced hikers. It stretches from the valley station of the lift in Oberperfuss to Stiglreith. From there, you can take a bus back to Oberperfuss. A more demanding trail is the Sellraintaler Höhenweg, leading from Oberperfuss toward St. Sigmund. The 15 km long trail awards you with fantastic panoramic views of the Alpine mountain ranges. Thanks to several exit/entry points along the trail, you can choose to only walk a smaller portion of the trail.

Cosy cottage atmosphere on the sun terrace.

A popular resting place for winter sport fans, winter hikers and locals alike is the Rosskogelhütte – a cosy wooden cabin with a sun terrace. It is located on the outskirts of the the Rangger Köpfl ski area at 1,776 metres above sea level. The mountain hut offers relaxing moments and wonderful views of the Inn valley and the surrounding mountains. The hut’s traditional atmosphere gives the delicious traditional dishes an extra spice. In addition to game meat, the hut also offers Knödel and Schlutzkrapfen, providing you with well-needed energy for the remainder of the day, regardless of if you prefer hiking or winter sports. Further restaurants offering excellent food in the ski area include the Stiglreith panorama restaurant, with its “Familienparadies” playground, a large sun terrace and a fantastic view over the Inn valley, as well as the traditional Tyrolean-style “Sulztisch” self-service restaurant.

No mountain village is complete without traditional après ski, and the village offers a cosy and social atmosphere for all holiday-goers. For further lively mountain hut-experiences and live music, you should definitely explore the lively après ski scene in Innsbruck. Bars are filled with partygoers until the early morning hours. One of the most popular après ski stops is “Cloud 9” on Innsbrucker Seegrube. It is an igloo located at 2,000 metres, with room for up to 400 guests.

6) Resorts in the ski area

Oberperfuss is situated only 15 minutes by car from Innsbruck, the capital of the federal state of Tyrol. The municipality is home to 3,000 inhabitants and is located at an altitude of 812 metres. The sunny resort offers numerous opportunities for sporty activities during both summer and winter, and is a popular destination for active holiday-goers.

If you want to spend a day or two away from the slopes, a visit to the Tyrolean state capital of Innsbruck is highly recommended. Thanks to the tram network, getting around town to enjoy shopping, art and culture is easy. Innsbruck has numerous sights to visit, and attracts visitors from all over the world. Popular sights include Goldenes Dachl (or Golden Roof), the Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage located in an old Franciscan monastery, the awe-inspiring castle of Ambras and the Roman-Catholic court church. The number one activity for children is the Alpenzoo theme zoo. It is Europe’s most highly located zoo, and has specialised in Alpine animals. Cultural events such as concerts, parties and theatre plays are common in Innsbruck.

But not only large cities offer exciting activities outside the slopes. In the villages surrounding Oberperfuss, you can enjoy historical buildings, museums and spa treatments. Oberperfuss is home to Tyrol’s oldest village museum, the Anich-Hueber museum, depicting the lives of cartographers Peter Anich and Blasius Hueber.

In the municipality of Kematen in Tirol, tourists with an interest in culture can admire beautiful architecture and renovated buildings. The St. Victor parish church with its onion dome, for example.

Owing to its attractive activity centre, Axams is a popular destination for families with children. The combined indoor- and outdoor pool complex is surrounded by the impressive mountain ranges of the Tyrolean Alps. There is a special area for children, and adults can relax their muscles in the cold-water pool, or with massage nossles in the heated pool. A steam bath and various saunas offer all-round relaxation after an active day in the ski area. Gries im Sellrain has a wide range of winter sports to offer its guest, including everything from ski tours and snowshoe hikes to tobogganing. Taking a hike up to Juifenalm is a real treat, not only because of the beautiful scenery, but also thanks to homemade Alpine products such as Tyrolean grey cheese.

7) Getting to the Rangger Köpfl ski area

Oberperfuss is conveniently located close to the A12 Inn valley motorway. Coming from the motorway, take the Zirl-Ost/Kematen in Tirol exit in the direction of Sellraintal along the L13. In the roundabout, take the exit toward Oberperfuss. The ski area has a parking lot right next to the ski lift. If you go by train, you will need to get off in Innsbruck and change to a regional bus or hire a car to get to Oberperfuss. If you go by plane, your closest airport is Innsbruck, located approx. 15 km away. The Rangger Köpfl ski area is located within two hours driving time from the airports of Salzburg (170 km) and Munich (175 km).

8) Weather, snow depths and webcams in Rangger Köpfl

Do you want to keep up-to-date with current weather conditions in the ski area? Visit SnowTrex for information about weather, current snow depths and webcams.

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