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Ski tour – Kolbensattel

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    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, Ingo Wilhelm
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    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, Ingo Wilhelm
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    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, Best of Winter CC Thomas Bichler
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    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, AktivArena am Kolben CC Matthias Fend
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    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, Best of Winter CC Thomas Bichler
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The slope tour to the Kolbensattel has become known as the first ski tour in Germany with a snow covered slope. A separate snow-covered upwards trail has been established at the edge of the slope for hikers.
Distance 4.3 km
1:00 h
420 m
420 m
1,276 m
860 m
A separate upwards trail has been created at the edge of the slope to avoid conflicts and risks between hikers and skiers. A special tunnel has been built at one spot where the upwards trail crosses the slope.
The probability of snowfall means that snow is guaranteed. There is no risk of avalanche on the designated upwards trail. Descent is via the ski slope.
The climb ends at the level of the Kolbensattel Hut. There is the possibility of ascending as far as the Zahn across open country.

Author’s recommendation

Vor der Abfahrt unbedingt auf der Kolbensattelhütte vorbeischauen. Hier können Sie in der Umkleide Ihre Kleidung wechseln und sich mit warmen Getränken und bayerischen Schmankerln für die bevorstehende Abfahrt stärken.

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Thorsten Unseld
Update: December 20, 2021
Risk potential
Highest point
1,276 m
Lowest point
860 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Safety information

Only in the second part of the tooth is avalanche danger in appropriate proportions . Please note this the avalanche report :

Tips and hints

Prospektmaterial ansehen und/oder bestellen


Bottom station Kolbensattel (860 m)
47.597496, 11.048893
47°35'51.0"N 11°02'56.0"E
32T 654020 5273599



Turn-by-turn directions

Vom obersten Stufenparkplatz am Kolbensattel folgen Sie dem ausgeschilderten Skitourenlehrpfad hinauf zur Kolbensattelhütte. Der Pfad führt auf der linken Seite der Skipiste hinauf bis zu einem Tunnel. Nachdem Tunnel geht es hinein in den Bergwald bevor Sie dieser wieder kurz vor der Hütte in freies Gelände leitet.

Die Abfahrt ins Tal führt über die Skipisten des Familien-Skigebietes Kolbensattel.



all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Bus stop: Oberammergau train staion - (15 Min footpath to the starting point)
9606 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Oberammergau - Wieskirche - Füssen
9606 Füssen - Wieskirche - Oberammergau - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
9621 Oberammergau - Saulgrub - Bad Kohlgrub - Murnau

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

Getting there

B 23 towards Oberammergau (northern entry of the valley). Immediately after the turnoff to the right to Oberammergau Kolben chairlift .


Car park at the Kolbensesselbahn ski lift.


47.597496, 11.048893
47°35'51.0"N 11°02'56.0"E
32T 654020 5273599
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

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


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

Basic Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 pairs of Gloves: lightweight, breathable and windproof for going uphill, regular ski gloves for downhill
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
  • Additional warm jacket
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Lightweight wind- and waterproof ski pants
  • 20 to 28 liter rucksack, preferably backcountry type
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski touring boots
  • Ski touring bindings to fit boots
  • Ski touring skins to fit skis
  • Skis
  • Ski poles, preferably telescopic type
  • Avalanche safety equipment to consider: beacon, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel
  • Ski touring crampons
  • Crevasse rescue kit
  • Ski touring harness
  • Light ice axe
  • Ski touring ropes
  • Avalanche airbag backpack
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Rolf H.
September 12, 2021 · Community
Super Tour für Einsteiger. Was echt super war in Coronazeiten, die Toiletten waren geöffnet und die Piste prepariert.
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When did you do this route? March 29, 2021
Georg Pendzialek
March 11, 2021 · Community
Super Einsteigertour, leider war die Hütte wg.Corona geschlossen.
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Holger Büchele 
December 26, 2013 · Community
Nette Skitour auf der wenig befahrenen, breiten Piste. Geht auch bei wenig Schnee wie zur Zeit.
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When did you do this route? December 26, 2013

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4.3 km
1:00 h
420 m
420 m
Highest point
1,276 m
Lowest point
860 m
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