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Ski tour - on the Zahn via the Kolbensattel Hut

Back-country skiing · Zugspitz Region
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  • Skitour - Am Zahn über Kolbensattelhütte - am Gipfel
    / Skitour - Am Zahn über Kolbensattelhütte - am Gipfel
    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, AktivArena am Kolben - Matthias Fend
  • / Skitour - Am Zahn über Kolbensattelhütte - am Gipfel
    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, AktivArena am Kolben - Matthias Fend
  • / Skitour - Am Zahn über Kolbensattelhütte - kurz vor der Hütte
    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, AktivArena am Kolben - Matthias Fend
  • / Skitour - Am Zahn über Kolbensattelhütte - am Gipfel
    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, AktivArena am Kolben - Matthias Fend
  • / Skitour - Am Zahn über Kolbensattelhütte - am Gipfelgrat
    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, AktivArena am Kolben - Matthias Fend
m 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 800 5 4 3 2 1 km Sporthaus Mühlstrasser - Oberammergau Sportzentrale Papistock Sportzentrale Papistock Kolbensattelhütte
A combined tour featuring slope runs and open terrain and offering great views
Distance 5.9 km
1:48 h
675 m
675 m
1,536 m
861 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.

Author’s recommendation

Nach dem ersten Abfahrtsteil durch freies Gelände empfehlen wir eine Pause auf der Kolbensattelhütte bei warmen Getränken und bayerischen Köstlichkeiten. 
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Thorsten Unseld
Update: December 20, 2021
Risk potential
Highest point
1,536 m
Lowest point
861 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Rest Stop


Safety information

Bitte beachten Sie IMMER den Lawinenlagebericht:

Im Notfall verständigen Sie bitte die nächstgelegene Rettungsleitstelle. Unabhängig vom Standort erreichen Sie diese deutschlandweit unter der Telefonnummer 112.

Tips and hints

Prospektmaterial ansehen und/oder bestellen


Car park at the Kolbensattel (861 m)
47.597432, 11.048836
47°35'50.8"N 11°02'55.8"E
32T 654016 5273591



Turn-by-turn directions

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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Public transport


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. 

Getting there

A95, B23 via Ettal to Oberammergau


Car park at the Kolbensattel (charges apply)


47.597432, 11.048836
47°35'50.8"N 11°02'55.8"E
32T 654016 5273591
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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5.9 km
1:48 h
675 m
675 m
Highest point
1,536 m
Lowest point
861 m
Public-transport-friendly Out and back Refreshment stops available Summit route suitable for snowboards Forest roads Clear area Forest Naturally on tour (DAV-initiative)


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