Ski tour - on the Zahn via the Kolbensattel Hut

Back-country skiing

A combined tour featuring slope runs and open terrain and offering great views

  • Type Back-country skiing
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 1:48 h
  • Distance 5,9 km
  • Ascent 675 m
  • Descent 675 m
  • Lowest point 861 m
  • Highest point 1536 m


This demanding ski tour is one of the classics in the Ammergau Alps. 

A combination of slope runs and ski touring sections across Alpine terrain, a wild rocky gorge offering fantastic views of the Graswang and Ammer Valleys and the final stop-off at the Kolbensattel Hut all serve to make this such a desirable route.

The course was developed in 2015 by the German Alpine Association working in conjunction with local representatives (forestry, hunting and farmers) as part of the “Environmentally friendly mountain skiing and climbing” project.

The tour begins at the car park at the Kolbensattel in Oberammergau. Start by following the signposted ski tour route on the edge of the ski slope up to the Kolbensattel Hut.
After a short stop at the hut, leave the secured ski area to climb up to the rocky gorge. The route will initially take you in a south-westerly direction before later turning directly South via an easily visible, broad and steep forest cutting.
At the end of the cutting, turn left and proceed in a south-easterly direction via a narrow path. After a few minutes, another clearing with a thin population of trees will open up. Briefly ascend to the left up into the forest and return to the clearing when you reach the summer pathway. From here, traverse in a westerly direction to pass under a rocky knoll and then climb steeply for a few metres to reach a small wind gap in the ridge.
This is the location of the ski station, where the tour will end for many touring skiers. Experienced Alpine skiers can proceed westwards below the rocks and undertake a rocky climb to the top ridge.
The descent to the Kolbensattel Hut is via the route used for the ascent. When you reach the ski area, proceed via the slope to your starting point at the car park.

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For beautiful ski touring in the Ammergauer Alps we recomend the following equipment:
  • Backcountry Skis or Snowboard
  • Avalanche Transceiver
  • Snow Shovel
  • Poles
  • Climbing Skins
  • Avalanche Probe
  • Sunglasses / Sunscreen
  • Headlamp / Flashlight
  • Food
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Long Underwear
  • Tops / Bottoms (synthetic)
  • Gaiters
  • Fleece
  • Pants
  • Fleece
  • Vest
  • Outer Shell
  • Pants
  • Gloves / Mittens
  • Synthetic Outer Socks
Nach dem ersten Abfahrtsteil durch freies Gelände empfehlen wir eine Pause auf der Kolbensattelhütte bei warmen Getränken und bayerischen Köstlichkeiten. 

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A95, B23 via Ettal to Oberammergau
Car park at the Kolbensattel (charges apply)
bus stop: Oberammergau, Bahnhof
9606 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Oberammergau - Wieskirche - Füssen
9622 Oberammergau - Ettal - Linderhof (Schloss)
train stop: Oberammergau Bahnhof
Murnau - Oberammergau

Guests in the Ammergauer Alps Region can use their electronic guest pass or the "KönigsCard" to obtain free bus travel. 

Kartenmaterial erhalten Sie im Onlineshop der Ammergauer Alpen GmbH unter oder in den Tourist-Informationen vor Ort.

Map and arrival

Elevation profile