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Ski tours • St. Johann in Tirol region

Tips for using the pistes and ski tours in the St. Johann in Tirol region!

The St. Johann in Tirol region is an ideal starting point for your ski tours in the Kitzbühel Alps. Thanks to the central location right at the Wilder Kaiser, you enjoy access to the loveliest areas for your ski tours. Explore the natural winter landscape during a ski tour in the St. Johann in Tirol region. In the Kitzbühel Alps ski tours can be done with the first snow fall (Bichlalm), in the middle of winter (Kelchsau & Spertental) and right into the spring (Wilder Kaiser & Kelchsau). The Harschbichl on the Kitzbüheler Horn in the SkiStar St. Johann in Tirol ski area is a popular destination for ski tourers. In the new "Dynafit Ski Tour Park" in St. Johann in Tirol piste goers can head to the signposted routes during opening hours - 08:30 to 16:30 and on tour evenings. Experience the unique winter landscape in the St. Johann in Tirol region while ski touring!

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  • Going on ski tours - St. Johann in Tirol region
    The Harschbichl and the Wilder Kaiser area is perfect for ski tours in the St. Johann in Tirol region.
  • Going on ski tours - St. Johann in Tirol region
    The Harschbichl and the Wilder Kaiser area is perfect for ski tours in the St. Johann in Tirol region.
  • Going on ski tours - St. Johann in Tirol region
    The Harschbichl and the Wilder Kaiser area is perfect for ski tours in the St. Johann in Tirol region.
  • Going on ski tours - St. Johann in Tirol region
    The Harschbichl and the Wilder Kaiser area is perfect for ski tours in the St. Johann in Tirol region.
  • Going on ski tours - St. Johann in Tirol region
    The Harschbichl and the Wilder Kaiser area is perfect for ski tours in the St. Johann in Tirol region.
  • Going on ski tours - St. Johann in Tirol region
    The Harschbichl and the Wilder Kaiser area is perfect for ski tours in the St. Johann in Tirol region.
  • Going on ski tours - St. Johann in Tirol region
    The Harschbichl and the Wilder Kaiser area is perfect for ski tours in the St. Johann in Tirol region.

Routes for piste-goers

Ski tour map for the St. Johann in Tirol region!

Ski tour map St Johann in Tirol

Route 1: from the Harschbichl valley station to the Harschbichl mountain station
Altitude difference: 920m | Route length: 4.5 km | Walking time: 2.5 hours
Piste goer ticket at Pay and Display machines at the Harschbichl valley station, and at the cash desk during opening hours

Route 2: from the Eichenhof valley station to the Harschbichl mountain station
Altitude difference: 920m | Route length: 4.7 km | Walking time: 2.5 hours
Ticket available at the cash desk for the Eichenhof valley station

Route 3: from the valley station Valle’s Tauwiesen lift to the Bassgeigeralm
Altitude difference: 340m | Route length: 2.5 km | Walking time: 1 hour
Ticket machine at the valley station for Valle’s Tauwiesen lift

Prices for piste goers

Prices Adults Youth Child Available
By car 6.00 5.00 0.00 Cash desk, Harschbichl & Tauwiese ticket machines
Without a car 3.00 2.50 2.00 Cash desk, Harschbichl & Tauwiese ticket machines
Season ticket 99.00 83.00 75.00 Cash desk
Surcharge 3LFA, Snow Card Tirol, Super Ski Card 49.00 42.00 38.00 Cash desk

Piste-goer season tickets are available at cash desks and entitle the holder to max. 5 hours parking per day/evening during the winter season!

Tour-goer evenings

Tour-goer evenings take place on the following routes and there is a fee payable by everyone (including day and season ticket holders, except piste-goer season ticket holders): Route 1: Wednesday and Friday until 22:00 / Route 3: Wednesday until 22:00 (from 22:00 the pistes are closed and no activity is permissible)

Guided ski tours

Experience the snow-covered natural landscape in the St. Johann in Tirol region with a guide!

Every week, Schneesportschule Eichenhof offer guided ski tours. Together with a guide, experience the winter landscape in the St. Johann in Tirol region. Whether beginner or pro ... there is something for everyone.

Mountain guide

Fully qualified mountain guide in the St. Johann in Tirol region!

Let the pros show you the various ski tour areas in the Kitzbühel Alps! We recommend you head out on a guided ski tour with a mountain guide who knows the area. The mountain schools know the loveliest slopes and ascent routes, and have plenty of insider tips for you. The mountain guides also have special training to take you through the landscape safely. This means you get to enjoy the unspoilt winter landscape in the St. Johann in Tirol region at its loveliest.

Equipment

You ought to bring this items of equipment on a ski tour!

A ski tour in the St. Johann in Tirol region is a unique experience. So you get to enjoy a perfect, fun experience, information on the right equipment is available here. Safety comes first. Along with knowing the dangers the open terrain might present, it is also recommended that you have a working avalanche detection device, an avalanche shovel, avalanche probe and a First Aid kit with you.

Checklist

  • checkFunctional tour clothing

  • checkTour skis with skins, possibly ski bindings

  • checkTelescopic ski poles

  • checkFirst Aid set, possibly bivvy bag

  • checkSki helmet, ski goggles, possibly sunglasses

  • checkRucksack with snack and plenty of fluids

  • checkFully charged mobile phone with emergency numbers stored

  • checkMap, altimeter, compass, possibly a GPS device

  • checkAvalanche detection device, possibly an ABS avalanche airbag, Avalanche Ball and AvaLung

  • checkAvalanche shovel and avalanche probe

Hire points for ski tour equipment

Hire your ski tour equipment in the St. Johann in Tirol here!

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Areas for ski tours

Ski tour areas in the Kitzbühel Alps!

Wilder Kaiser

Many ski tours in the Wilder Kaiser are often possible right through to May (Schneekar, Griesner Kar). Quite a lot is available in the middle of winter too and the rugged rock formations of the Kaiser mountains inspire on every single tour. The starting point for Wilder Kaiser tours are the Wochenbrunneralm, the car park beneath Graspoint-Niederalm and Kaiserbach valley (the toll road is only open in the spring).

Kelchsau

Kelchsau is a long north-south valley, that branches off at Hopfgarten im Brixental. At the toll area, the valley splits into the "Kurzer Grund" (right) and the "Langer Grund" (left). Even on the ascent there are lots of lovely tours, on both sides (Lodron – 1925m, Schwaigberghorn – 1990m). The bases that offer several options are Gasthof Wegscheid (1148m), Neue Bambergerhütte (1761m) and Erla Brennhütte (1213m). From the summits in the Kelchsau (Schneegrubenspitze, Salzachgeier, Schafsiedel etc.) you get to enjoy a superb view to the Hohe Tauern, including the Großvenediger.

Windau

The Windau valley (‘Die Windau’, as the locals call it) is a not quite so long north-south valley, branching off from Westendorf and running parallel to the Kelchsautal. Gasthof Jagerhäusl (815 m) is at the mid-way point. This is the starting point for tours to the Lodron (1925m) and the Brechhorn (2037m), in the winter Gasthof Steinberghaus (878 m) is the finish point. From there, ski tours proceed to the Gerstinger Joch (2035m) and to the Steinbergstein (2215m). Anyone who is not filled with dread by longer, flat sections, will find other rewarding destinations at the head of the valley, including the Gamskogel (2206m) and the Geige (2084m).

Spertental

Spertental, which proceeds from Kirchberg in Tirol to the romantic town of Aschau, is the third north-south lateral valley in Brixental. Shortly after Aschau the valley splits into the "Oberen Grund" (right) and the "Unteren Grund" (left), there is also a big car park (1025m) here. The Brechhorn (2037m) and Gerstinger Joch (2035m) can be tackled from Windau, and also from the east. Further down in the valley there are a number of other lovely summits too. The Große Rettenstein (2366m) can be tackled on skis too.

Auracher Graben

Auracher Graben is very popular with locals since it is easy to get to, snow-assured and variety-packed. At the only right-hand turn on the road from Aurach to Aurach Wildlife Park there is a big car park (1045m). From there it is about 30 minutes on a forest trail until the terrain becomes more open and there are then lots of summits to choose from: Gebra (2057m), Bischof (2127m), Sonnspitz (20262m), Staffkogel (2115m) or the Saalkogel (2006m).

Safety & avalanche report

Latest weather forecast, safety information and avalanche warning level!

For a ski tour in open terrain special preparation is required. You need to be familiar with the area and the terrain. In addition, the weather and the avalanche situation have key roles to play. Get information about the latest avalanche warning level and get more information about the weather, safety and general rules for ski tourers. With proper planning, nothing stands in the way of you enjoying your ski tour!

Rules and safety notes for ski touring

Rules and safety notes for ski touring
Rules and safety notes for ski touring

Ski touring in harmony with nature and all animals, which are at home in the alpine world. All tips and rules of conduct on correct conduct in nature, ski touring on the pistes and much more can be found on this page!

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Rules for piste-goers

  • Pay heed to warning notices and local regulations.

  • Follow any instructions regarding the blockage of a pistes or sections of a piste. Extremely dangerous situations can arise when using piste devices - in particular cable winches - and during avalanche blasts, etc. For that reason, pistes may be blocked for the duration of this work, for safety reasons.

  • Only climb via the edge of the piste, one after another.

  • Only cross the piste at clear sections, leaving plenty of distance between one another.

  • Only walk at the edge area of freshly prepared pistes. Tracks that have frozen solid overnight considerably impair the quality of the piste.

  • Leave the pistes by 22:30 or at any time stated by the cable car company.

  • Be visible. When it is dark or visibility is poor, wear a head torch, reflective clothing etc.

  • For piste tours in particular, only use the dedicated ascent routes/pistes.

  • Do not take dogs on to the pistes.

  • Use designated car parks and pay any parking fees that are due.

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