Climbing the Reisachspitze through the ski-friendly Gritschmulde is among the classics in Hochpustertal and is also very much recommended for those who are new to ski touring. The steep wooded belt at the start is tempered on the descent by a forest trail which means that tourers who have less experience are very well catered for. This lovely area, coupled with the superb views to the Lienzer Dolomites, are what makes this tour especially stylish. Starting point is Gehöft Warscher (1510 m) in the district of Assling. From Thal, street signposts bring us to Assling Wildlife Park, where we bear right into Wilferner Tal and after 2 km, park just before the farmstead (goods route, barriers). We follow the forest trail for just a few metres, before we leave it on the left-hand side via a steep narrow pass which goes into a protected forest. The well-used ski track brings us, steadily climbing, up to another forest trail, which we now cross to climb up to the wooded belt on an old path opposite. This section is not really signposted and requires a bit of flair, in particular when you are first to cross the tracks and do not know the area. The terrain soon becomes lighter and we once again enter a forest road which we later use on the descent. Passing interesting wood carvings, we use the rutted road and come to the Soldererkaser lodges (1900 m, 1 – 1 ½ hours). The ski track now swings west, through the wide Gritschmulde and after 45 minutes comes to the traditional Gritschhüttel (2300 m). With the summit in sight, we cross a base area and get to the ridge in a left loop. In the final hairpin bends we access the highest point from the north, which has a small wooden signpost (3 - 3 ½ hours from the valley). Descent along the ascent track to the forest limits and via the broad forest trail into Wilfernertal. From there 1.4 km ‘skating route’ to get back to your car. When there is not much snow in the forest area you can also ascend via the forest road (yellow route signposts at the junction in Wilfernertal).
Additional ski tour tips can be obtained in the ski tour guides by Thomas Mariacher. These are available here: http://www.grafikzloebl.at/verlag/buecher/