The participation in Rüfi 900 2018 was one of the big highlights in the winter season at the Arlberg. It is a truly breathtaking challenge to master the Long Train on foot uphill. I'm sure I'll be there again next year for this spectacle.
“Rüfi 900” is the Uphill Challenge in Lech Zürs am Arlberg. The steepest ski route – the legendary Long Train – has to be conquered uphill. It’s up to you how you want to conquer the given route. The equipment is freely selectable, but motorized help is not permitted.
This makes the “Rüfi 900” a special competition for everyone. Ski tourers, mountain runners, hikers or even cross-country skiers can prove themselves and master the ascent up to the mountain station of the Rüfikopf cable car.
Rüfi 900 - route information
Rüfi 900 has 960 metres of altitude to overcome. The race starts at the parking lot of the Schlosskopf lift and leads over the Long Train to the viewing platform at the top station of the Rüfikopf lift. To reach the goal of reaching Rüfikopf at 2,350m, you must, among other things, overcome a section (300m) with an average gradient of 78%. From start to finish, you have to master 960 meters of altitude difference. The best equipment paired with the best condition wins!
Rüfi 900 - route guidance
Route guidance & equipment
Lech – Wöstertäli – Langer Zug – Schafalpe – Rüfikopf Berg
Start: 1.444 m
Ziel: 2.350 m
Difference in altitude: 960 m altitude difference
Length of route: 5.5 km
Max./Min. Incline/Incline: 80 % / 2 %
The equipment is freely selectable (permitted are e.g: Touring skis, running shoes with spikes, cross-country skis, snowshoes) The chosen equipment must be taken to the finish from the start! All participants must wear a helmet! Climbing aids are mandatory and will be checked at the start (e.g. crampons, snowline, spikes and poles or similar)! No motorization and no material depots are allowed on the course! All participants are obliged to wear long trousers as well as long-sleeved clothing!
- Women Individual Ranking RÜFI QUEEN
- Men Individual Ranking RÜFI KING
- Hillclimb Ladies Scoring
- Hillclimb scoring men
- Minimum participant age 18 years!
The race meeting / participant briefing takes place 10 minutes before the start – i.e. at approx. 8.50 a.m. – at the Schlosskopf parking lot.
Rüfi 900 – participant information
Starter package incl. free descent with the Rüfikopf cable car for all participants (deposit for ski pass EUR 5,-)
Refreshment station: Start Hillclimb / Destination Hillclimb
After the race at the Postgarage Lech – the food and drink vouchers are included in the starter package.
For all finishers there is a practical and very high quality gift
Shower facilities are available at sport.park.lech
PS: Everyone has the chance to win a prize – attractive prizes will be raffled among all participants!
In the finish area the panorama restaurant Rüfikopf is at the disposal of all companions and activities (large sun terrace, tiled stove, home cooking and Austrian specialities).
Most of the race action can be followed from the viewing platform at Rüfikopf.
And on the track? The Wöstertäli can easily be reached on foot via Stubenbach (local bus line 1) and offers a good view of the most spectacular part of the route: the Langer Zug.
After the sporting performance, a grill & chill with musical accompaniment will take place in the afternoon at the Tanzcafe Arlberg in front of the Lech post garage. DJ Fritz heats us up again in the evening and we celebrate one of the most glamorous parties in Lech – the Rüfi 900 Party in the Postgarage Lech!