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Ski touring at the Kölblwirt

Ski touring to powder and firn snow at the Kölblwirt Ski Touring Centre in Johnsbach

"The alarm wakes me really early. Perhaps too early, since I am on a holiday. But as soon as I glance out of the window I know this is going to be the perfect day for a ski tour. I start the day with a generous breakfast at the inn. Under these conditions, I’ll need energy that will last. When I apply the furs, I can see my own breath – it’s a marvellously cold winter day. The cold’s positive impact on the quality of snow is palpable after the first couple of metres. Powder over powder over powder. When I ski down the mountain after reaching the summit, I know all my efforts have been well worth it. The snow is like powder, the sun is shining and I simply couldn’t be happier."

This is a taste of what ski touring in Johnsbach feels like. When you choose the right tour and the right accommodation. The Kölblwirt Inn caters fully to both needs. We love our mountains and go on plenty of ski tours ourselves. We can give you valuable advice and only send you where the conditions won’t let you down. What else?

Oh, yes: eating, drinking, sleeping. At the Kölblwirt, we are real experts when it comes to this area of life. When you want to make your powder dreams come true during the day and enjoy a mountaineer’s life to the full at night, you had best come and stay with us at the Kölblwirt. And now, may we invite you to follow us to our favourite ski tours in the region? A great time awaits you there!

Our recommendations for ski tours in the region


Ski touring to the Gscheideggkogel

"The Gscheidegg Mountain always works", they say. And right they are. With an ascent duration of 2.5–3 hours, this is the ideal tour for beginners. It is also very suitable for tours early in the season, even when the weather is not perfect, since the peak barely projects over the treeline.

Leobner & Blaseneck

The last few steps towards the summit of Blaseneck

The Leobner and the Blaseneck Mountain are true classics. Who in the region hasn’t heard of the Saugasse to the Leobner or the Ploden Alm at the foothills of the Blaseneck? Located on the southern side of the valley, both summits feature marvellously shady slopes, providing powder snow bliss for superbly long stretches. If you’re in good shape, you will probably reach both summits ...


Amazing ski tour to the Tamischbachturm

The Tamischbachturm Mountain is not the most frequented ski tour peak amongst the Johnsbach mountains. NOT YET. It still is an insider tip for powder snow and firn enthusiasts. Perhaps the reason for this exclusive quality is the challenging ascent. The way to the summit passes the Ennstalerhütte hut and can be challenging and tiring ...


The mighty Lugauer in the Gesäuse

The ski tour to the Lugauer Mountain is something of an exclusive pleasure for ski tourers in the Gesäuse. First of all, the ascent to the Lugauer requires plenty of stamina and secondly, timing is everything. Due to an increased avalanche risk, the Lugauer may only be climbed in the right season and when conditions are right. The ascent route from Johnsbach is the classic one, even if it seems to be very long ...


Amazing view from the Festkogel

The Festkogel Mountain is undoubtedly one of the Gesäuse National Park’s ski touring highlights. Steep ascents, breath-taking views a midst the towering peaks of the Hochtor Mountains, a rush of adrenalin on the way up and absolute bliss when skiing all the way down. Doesn’t this sound like the collective dream of all ski touring fans?

And after the ski tour …

... it’s time to relax. When the snow is all powdery, what anyone is looking forward to most is a bowl of hot soup in the Kölblwirt Restaurant. In spring we cordially invite you to enjoy our culinary springtime classics and then take a seat on one of our benches out on the sunny terrace, where we serve you cool drinks, regional delights and sweet temptations. And if you’ve booked a room at the Kölblwirt, you’re especially lucky: You can get a wonderful rest and recharge your batteries for the next tour on the following day.

 Or give us a call now: Tel.: +43 3611 216