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PANORAMIC TOUR OF THE SEISER ALM
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  CHARACTERISTICS AND VARIATIONS
Characteristics
This panoramic tour of the Seiser Alm promises stunning mountain views without any great effort. The Seiser Alm cable car that takes bikers from St Ulrich to an altitude of almost 800 m, makes this possible. The route on either well-built secondary roads or on gravel paths also contributes to making this trouble-free for first-timers to mountain biking and for those less well trained. A few short sections of trail and cosy refreshment facilities, for example at the Rauchhütte (mountain cabin), complete this easy tour.
From the starting point in St. Christina you roll alongside rio Gardena at first nearly always only downhill as far as St. Ulrich. Here the Seiser Alm cable car with its round cabins that take two bikes and two bikers without any difficulty is already waiting for you. Just a few minutes later you reach the highest point of the tour at almost 2,000m above sea level. Already here at the mountain station you are in the midst of the most beautiful panorama of the Dolomite Mountains. The view of the Schlern, Rosszähne, Plattkofel and Langkofel mountains cast no doubts on the name given to this tour.
An easy descent on gravel with a subsequent ride on tarmac ends at Gasthaus Icaro, the first stop for refreshments. Only a few kilometres further, now downhill again, the traditional and quaint Rauchhütte with its excellent cuisine is located on the left of the road to Saltria. You can enjoy the scenery to the full on its beautiful terrace or spacious sunbathing lawn.
Fully refreshed, you reach Saltria a few minutes later. There then comes the only climb of the tour worthy of mention on the gravel road leading to Monte Pana. With the Langkofel and Plattkofel mountains right under your nose these 170m of difference in altitude are also quickly completed. From now onwards the slope is almost only downhill.
From Monte Pana to Ciaslat a few very beautiful trails feature some changes in riding technique in this otherwise very easy tour. You roll along via Wolkenstein and the cycle path on the former railway line to La Pozza, change over to the other side of rio Gardena and in this way reach the starting point of the tour in St. Christina.

 
 
Variations
1. Muscular strength instead of the cable car: you can of course see the panorama and get to the refreshment facilities on the Seiser Alm by honestly pedaling. To do this do not bear right downhill at waymarker 12, but bear left uphill into the Jender valley and continue towards Saltria. By doing this, you join the tour described here at waymarker 32. In order not to miss the fantastic refreshments at the Rauchhütte, you can first of all turn right and at just under 1.8km and 160m in altitude difference you reach the mountain cabin.

2. Extension via Tirler and Zallinger: at waymarker 31 in Saltria turn right uphill in the direction of Tirler. Either take refreshments there or go on straight to Zallinger and take refreshments on its unbeatable panoramic terrace. From Zallinger go north where at waymarker 34 you join the tour described here.

3. Shorter tour: at waymarker 51 do not go straight on to Wolkenstein, but go sharp left down in the direction of rio Gardena. After a few minutes you join the tour again at Haus Paladina, waymarker 70.
 
 
  TOUR INFORMATION
Tour information
% of distance
Total distance
28,61 km
100 %
Height variation uphill
435 Hm
Height variation downhill
1216 Hm
Maximum altitude
2001 m
Tarmac
1,00 km
3,5 %
Tarmac cycle path
14,92 km
52,2 %
Gravel
9,00 km
31,5 %
Hiking trail
1,10 km
3,9 %
Single track
0,76 km
2,7 %
Carrying / pushing
0,00 km
0,0 %
Cable car / transfer
1,80 km
6,3 %
 
Riding times
Riding time without pauses
Riding time at 10 km/h
2 hrs 52 min
Riding time at 12 km/h
2 hrs 23 min
Riding time at 14 km/h
2 hrs 03 min
Riding time at 16 km/h
1 hr 47 min
Riding time at 18 km/h
1 hr 35 min
Riding time at 20 km/h
1 hr 26 min
   
   
   
   
   
   
Physical condition
Overall condition
2,6
Total height variation
2,0
Total distance
3,0
Maximum altitude
4,0
Riding technique
Overall riding technique
2,4
Surface
2,5
Average climb gradient Ø
2,0
Average descent gradient Ø
3,0
   
Tour evaluation
Overall difficulty
2,5
Climb difficulty
2,2
Descent difficulty
2,9
Emotional experience
Panorama
5,0
Riding fun
3,0
     
   
  GETTING THERE AND STARTING POINT
Getting there
Take Brenner motorway A22, coming from the north via Innsbruck-Brenner, or from the south via Verona-Bozen.
The best motorway exit is Klausen/Gröden. From there in about 20 minutes you can reach St Ulrich and a few kilometres further on St. Christina and Wolkenstein on a clearly signposted mountain road.

Starting point
The tour begins at the car park Center Iman South in S. Cristina.
 
  ROADBOOK
No
km
Next
Hm
Sym
Location
Direction
Route
Time 22 km/h
Time 10 km/h
1
0,00
0,04
1397
Car park Center Iman South
Bear left
R 5%
00:00
00:00
2
0,04
0,05
1399
Junction near roundabout (to centre)
Straight on
R -0%
00:00
00:00
3
0,09
0,04
1399
Junction after bridge over stream
Bear right
S 1%
00:00
00:00
4
0,13
0,04
1399
Intersection after bridge over the Rio Gardena stream
Right downhill
S 0%
00:00
00:00
5
0,17
0,29
1399
Junction after subway under main road
Straight on
R -3%
00:00
00:01
6
0,46
0,77
1389
Bottom of Monte Pana chairlift
Straight on along stream
S -5%
00:01
00:02
7
1,23
0,06
1349
Bridge over stream (towards waterfall)
Straight on uphill
R 10%
00:03
00:07
8
1,30
0,26
1355
Hofer Group
Bear left
R 1%
00:03
00:07
9
1,56
0,21
1356
Crossing with main road
Bear left onto main road
A -5%
00:04
00:09
10
1,77
0,32
1346
Junction
Left into Via Mulin d’Odum
R -10%
00:04
00:10
14
4,12
0,54
1257
Junction Streda Furdenan
Straight on
R -6%
00:11
00:24
15
4,66
0,47
1224
St. Ulrich/Ortisei playground
Bear left on path along stream
R -2%
00:12
00:27
16
5,13
0,12
1214
Raiffeisenkasse Kastelruth (bank)
Straight on along stream
R 0%
00:13
00:30
17
5,25
0,08
1214
Residence Oswald
Straight on uphill Alpe di Siusi cable car
R 8%
00:14
00:31
18
5,33
1,81
1220
Bottom of Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi cable car, St. Ulrich/Ortisei
Take cable car
X 11%
00:14
00:31
19
7,14
0,08
2001
Top of Alpe di Siusi cable car
Left to Saltria
S -7%
00:19
00:42
20
7,22
1,02
1995
Wayside cross
Bear right downhill
S -10%
00:19
00:43
21
8,24
0,11
1898
Transformer station
Straight on
R -9%
00:22
00:49
22
8,34
0,82
1888
Junction to Saltria
Straight on to Compatsch/Compaccio
R 4%
00:22
00:50
23
9,16
0,45
1907
Junction to Sanon
Straight on
R 2%
00:24
00:54
24
9,62
0,35
1920
Crossroads (to Sanon)
Straight on to guesthouse Icaro
R -1%
00:26
00:57
25
9,97
0,61
1918
Junction to guesthouse Icaro
Bear left to Monte Piz
R -9%
00:27
00:59
26
10,58
0,11
1868
Junction towards Sanon Hut
Straight on
R -5%
00:28
01:03
27
10,69
0,14
1862
Junction towards Monte Piz
Bear left
R 1%
00:29
01:04
28
10,83
0,90
1864
Intersection with road to Compatsch/Compaccio
Sharp left to Saltria
R 0%
00:29
01:04
29
11,73
0,47
1862
Crossroads with bus stop
Left to Rauch Hut
R -6%
00:32
01:10
30
12,21
1,74
1836
Junction towards Rauch Hut
Bear right follow road
R -8%
00:33
01:13
31
13,95
0,05
1678
Junction towards Hotel Saltria
Right towards Val Gardena, Monte Pana
R -9%
00:38
01:23
32
14,00
0,76
1674
Bus turning place, Saltria
Straight on to Florian chairlift
S 7%
00:38
01:23
33
14,75
2,26
1724
Junction to Zallinger
Bear left Monte Pana
S 4%
00:40
01:28
34
17,01
0,35
1815
Junction to Zallinger
Straight on to Monte Pana
S -7%
00:46
01:42
35
17,36
0,46
1788
Junction to Langkofelscharte gorge
Straight on downhill
S -1%
00:47
01:44
36
17,82
0,69
1782
Junction to Langkofelscharte gorge
Straight on
S -4%
00:48
01:46
37
18,51
0,83
1760
Junction to Jender Valley
Bear right to Monte Pana
S -6%
00:50
01:51
38
19,33
0,40
1702
Junction (towards Strena)
Straight on downhill
S -9%
00:52
01:55
39
19,73
0,39
1662
Junction to ski jump
Straight on downhill
S -10%
00:53
01:58
40
20,13
0,09
1624
Crossing with bottom of Monte Pana lift
Straight on
R 2%
00:54
02:00
41
20,22
0,33
1625
Top of chair lift
Straight on S. Cristina, Wolkenstein/Selva
W-18%
00:55
02:01
42
20,55
0,26
1561
Junction with hiking trail
Bear right to Wolkenstein/Selva 30b
P -2%
00:56
02:03
43
20,82
0,08
1555
App. Prensanueva
Straight on to Wolkenstein/Selva 30b
R 9%
00:56
02:04
44
20,90
0,50
1562
End of tarmac
Straight on
P 5%
00:56
02:05
45
21,40
0,09
1581
Beginning of gravel path
Straight on
S 9%
00:58
02:08
46
21,49
0,12
1590
Ciaslat (towards Sellajoch/Passo Sella)
Straight on
S -1%
00:58
02:08
47
21,61
0,04
1587
Fork
Straight on
S 12%
00:58
02:09
48
21,65
0,89
1592
Beginning of tarmac
Straight on
R -3%
00:59
02:09
49
22,54
0,25
1572
Junction to Fischburg
Straight on
R -3%
01:01
02:15
50
22,79
0,51
1567
Transformer station, bus stop
Bear left Strada la Selva
R -7%
01:02
02:16
51
23,30
0,18
1535
Junction with hiking trail
Straight on following road
R 3%
01:03
02:19
52
23,48
0,43
1541
Junction with path Signpost 30
Straight on
R -0%
01:04
02:20
53
23,91
0,08
1540
House of Culture
Bear right along stream
R 4%
01:05
02:23
54
23,99
0,20
1543
Fire station
Straight on
S 3%
01:05
02:23
55
24,19
0,06
1548
Beginning of tarmac
Straight on
R 4%
01:05
02:25
56
24,26
0,05
1550
Casa Elisabetha
Sharp left over bridge over stream
R 8%
01:06
02:25
57
24,31
0,05
1554
Café Mozart
Sharp right uphill to main road
A 6%
01:06
02:25
58
24,36
0,17
1557
Tourist information office in Wolkenstein/Selva
Straight on uphill
A 5%
01:06
02:26
59
24,53
0,09
1566
Bottom of Ciampinoi lift
Straight on
A -0%
01:06
02:27
60
24,61
0,11
1566
Hotel Krone
Sharp left
A 3%
01:07
02:27
61
24,72
0,29
1569
Pizzaealtro
Bear left following main road
A -3%
01:07
02:28
62
25,01
0,10
1561
Wolkenstein/Selva primary school
Straight on to
St. Ulrich/ Ortisei
A 1%
01:08
02:30
63
25,11
0,08
1562
Villa Gran Baita
Straight on
R -1%
01:08
02:30
64
25,19
0,48
1561
Beginning of cycle path
Straight on
R -4%
01:08
02:31
65
25,68
0,58
1542
Hotel Sporting
Straight on over road and follow cycle path
R -4%
01:10
02:34
66
26,25
0,28
1518
Crossing at Hotel Welponer
Straight on S. Cristina
R -5%
01:11
02:37
67
26,53
0,15
1505
Crossing at Haus Lambolt
Straight on over the zebra crossing
R -4%
01:12
02:39
68
26,69
0,15
1500
Crossroads
Left Strada La Poza
R -7%
01:12
02:40
69
26,84
0,12
1489
Bar Adelaide, Crossing with main road
Straight on Strada La Poza
R -2%
01:13
02:41
70
26,97
0,35
1487
Haus Paladina
Bear right Fischburg 22a
W -3%
01:13
02:41
71
27,31
0,43
1471
Junction with hiking trail
Straight on
W -8%
01:14
02:43
72
27,74
0,11
1438
Crossroads
Straight on downhill
R -8%
01:15
02:46
73
27,84
0,08
1430
Wooden bridge
Bear left along stream
R 1%
01:15
02:47
74
27,93
0,29
1432
Junction before subway
Bear left along stream
S -8%
01:16
02:47
75
28,22
0,13
1409
Intersection with bottom of Sasslong lift
Bear left along stream
S -3%
01:16
02:49
76
28,35
0,13
1405
Junction
Bear left over the Rio Gardena stream
R -4%
01:17
02:50
77
28,48
0,04
1399
Junction
Left over the Rio Gardena stream
S -1%
01:17
02:50
78
28,52
0,05
1399
Intersection after bridge
Bear left
R 0%
01:17
02:51
79
28,57
0,04
1399
Junction near roundabout
Straight on
R -5%
01:17
02:51
80
28,61
0,00
1397
Car park Center Iman South
End of tour
R 0%
01:18
02:51
  EXPLANATION OF EVALUATION FACTORS, SURFACE AND SLOPE
Explanation of evaluation factors
• Overall difficulty based on climb difficulty (60%) and descent difficulty (40%)
• Climb difficulty based on total distance uphill (30%), overall height variation uphill (30%), surface uphill (10%), average slope   uphill (25%), highest altitude reached (5%).
• Descent difficulty consists of total distance downhill (10%), overall height variation downhill (10%), surface downhill (50%),   average slope downhill (30%).
• Physical condition based on total distance (40%), with overall height variation (50%) and highest altitude reached (10%).
• Riding technique based on surface (50%), with average slope uphill (30%) and average slope downhill (20%).
• Writer’s subjective evaluation of panorama and riding fun.

Explanation of surface and slope
A = Tarmac road
steep uphill
from + 15%
R = Tarmac cycle path
uphill
up to + 14%
S = Gravel
level
ca. +/- 4%
W = Hiking trail
downhill
up to - 19%
P = Path, Single Trail
steep downhill
from - 20%
T = Carrying / pushing
X = Cable car / transfer

Route: the percentages indicate the average climb (+) or the average descent (-) to the next waymarker.
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