The Strassboden, which mostly goes by the name of Strasskopf, is a popular ski tour to the eastern foothills of the Schober group. The summits which provide plenty of views are dominated by the Winklerner and Roaner Alm and with its gentle hills slopes provide the perfect destination for beginners and newcomers alike. At the halfway point is Winklerner Hütte run by the ÖAV (1843 m). It is open at the weekend for business. A refreshment stop during the descent makes for any possible exertions.
Starting point for our ski tour is the little St. Benedikt church (1375 m) with its interesting bulbous spire, located in the parish of Penzelberg. We get here via a narrow road, which begins at the Iselsbergpass, fifty metres after the Defreggerhof coming from Lienz and heads to the sunny side (pay heed to the route signposts for Winklerner Alm). At the church (not many car parking options available) we follow a forest trail which we then leave on the right, after 100 metres. The ski track swings up via lovely glades and disappears intermittently in the forest. We cross a goods route several times which serves as a lodge shuttle service. After 1 ½ hours we get to Winklerner Alm and the Strasskopf is already almost within touching distance. The further ascent keeps to the not very prominent ridge, which proceeds in moderately steep pasture terrain. After 1 – 1 ½ hours we come to the flat summit which has a cross (3 – 3 ½ hours by car). Descent along the ascent track and later via the forest trail to Penzelberg.
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/