Particularly influenced by the increasing discourse on anthropomorphic climate change within public media (ALEAN 2010, p. 13), glaciology has gained importance amongst other geosciences as stated by LIEB & SLUPETZKY (2011, p. 14). Due to their proximity to the melting point, glaciers are considered among the best natural indicators of global climate change (ZEMP 2006). Furthermore, they follow relatively simple rules when it comes to their paleo climatological interpretation. In addition to alpine glaciers, permafrost and processes associated with permafrost like rock glaciers or perennial snow patches have been given more and more attention within the last years, due to their suitability as an indicator for climate change and hazardous influence on alpine environments in the context of melting and destabilization processes of mountains within high alpine regions (HUGGEL, 2010). The aim of this thesis is to quantitatively describe and evaluate the development of the snow patches on the south and south-east side of Mount Grimming over a time period of approximately 170 years (1850-2016). As obtained from the analysis, the distribution and existence of the snow patches and their associated landforms are mainly controlled by the dominating winter wind direction, associated snow transport processes and the amount of precipitation in the form of snow, with aspect as well as summer temperature having much less influence on its development. This makes them a valuable source of information on environmental change. Thus knowledge of the combination of geomorphological processes and forms that result from their existence is essential. Glacier inventories, in-situ measurements and correlations (based on relationship between precipitation, temperature and visual information about the snow patches) are used in combination with a digital elevation model and GIS calculations to analyze the snow patch fluctuations. While a fragmented set of data made a continuous quantitative analysis of the snow patch development impossible, the obtained information about associated landforms and processes largely contribute to the understanding of the genesis of the snow patch and have set a foundation for further analysis of the study object.