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Your Gesäuse in the heart of Styria

Ski touring

The Gesäuse has a lot to offer. And some things it doesn't. Above all, no lifts. That means, especially in winter: If you want to go up, you need your very own drive. No gondola, no chairlift - the only way to reach the summits, even in winter, is by muscle power. No pain, no gain. Or also: The Schnapserl must be earned.

When it comes to ski touring in the Gesäuse, the mountaineering village of Johnsbach comes into play right away, as it is considered a ski touring El Dorado thanks to its good snow and mountain location. That's why the Kölblwirt had the idea of setting up a real touring ski test center (with equipment to try out). So Johnsbach: a popular starting point for winter mountain tours! By the way, due to its great popularity, a trip during the week or outside the vacation season is a hot tip!

Another special feature in the Gesäuse are the selected National Park ski tours, which feature winter markings that are always visible, ensuring that you don't snatch the wildlife from their well-deserved winter rest and that you don't get lost yourself. Also special is the quality of the descents in the Gesäuse and the view into a nature full of small and large winter wonders. 

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IN winter nature

A mountain tour in winter is a completely different story than in the hot summer. At the cold time of year, green turns to white and lively to quiet and gentle. It is the time when the experts venture all alone into the Gesäuseberge and the Haller Mauern, and when beginners call the friendly mountain guide or book a ski touring BaseCamp to find out and learn everything about ski touring. The only question that remains is: Which tour do I do next?

Skitouring in the Gesäuse


Our mountains are more than their legendary peaks. They are a daily lived whole of Gesäuse nature and Gesäuse man. We have summarized our absolute highlights around the topic of ski touring for you here. What is missing in this work of art is you.


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reichenstein GrOUP

Klinkehütte and Mödlingerhütte have one thing in common: they are both located in the Reichenstein group, which is also called the "small Gesäuse". It lies south of Admont and is bordered on the other side by the Paltental valley.


Haller mauern

More than 20 peaks, seven of them over 2000 m, form the Haller Mauern, the northern border to Upper Austria. Many peaks of the Haller Mauern are versatile hiking, climbing and skiing mountains.


johnsbachtal valley

Johnsbach is located in the middle of the National Park, hidden in a side valley, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, on the south side of the Hochtor Group. This makes Johnsbach a starting point for ski tourers, especially in winter.


salzatal valley

Steep gorges, impressive rock formations and colorful vegetation. This is the setting for the Salza and the valley around it. But also in winter this landscape convinces with beautiful ski tours.


all mountain guides

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to know

Before you and the Gesäuse really get going, we have compiled the most important tips and information for you on the subject of ski touring. If you still have questions, just contact our team - we will be happy to help you personally.


Eat & Sleep

They are rustic and outspoken, the Gesäuse inns.  And "regional" is not a code word in the Gesäuse, but a duty. In their backpacks they have a selection of Styrian classics to delight the palate. The traditional preparation awakens a thousand and one memories and, on balance, simply makes you blissful.

And restful sleep is possible in the Gesäuse anyway. Hotels, guesthouses, huts and campsites are scattered all over the Gesäuse. Everyone is sure to find a comfortable bed for the night. That's a promise!