Ski Touring: “Ebenstein from Jassing”

Demanding but very promising ski tour up to the Großer Ebenstein (2123m) with its amazing scenic panorama view, starting from Jassing (right after the amazing Grüner See) and then through the beautiful Sonnschienalm.

Demanding but promising ski tour up to the Ebenstein from Jassing via the Russenstraße through Sonnschienalm

This long but extremely promising tour starts at the parking Jassing after passing by the beautiful Grüner See (a karst lake surrounded by an impressive mountain scenery that is slowly filled with melt-water) and first follows the hiking trail along and sometimes shortcut the Russenstraße up towards the beautiful Sonnschienalm mountain pasture. It then follows the trail up towards the impressive Ebenstein providing an amazing surround view on the area and especially down to Sonnschienalm. The descent is mainly done like the ascent but depending on snow conditions some detours (more direct way downwards to Sonnschienalm) are needed. It is also recommended to downhill following the Russenstrasse without shortcuts back to the parking.

The tour is also amazing and worth doing it only till the Sonnschienalm and then much easier.


Depending on snow conditions, snow chains might be required on the street between Grüner See and the parking Jassing!

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Jassing (GPS: 47.558703, 15.031689). Please note a ticket is required (EUR 4,00) that needs to be purchased at the parking Grüner See!!!.
First follow the small trail for a few meters towards the Jasuenstation Jassing.
00:01 At the crossing, put on the touring skis and start the tour follow the right trail/forest street (Russenstraße) upwards.
00:20 Keep right and follow the red-white-red marked trail (Russenstraße) upwards.
00:30 Either turn right (if snow conditions allow) and follow the red-white-red marked trail (shortcut) through the forest (you will cross the forest street several times) or optionally continue following the forest street (easier but longer).
01:15 Follow the Russenstraße upwards Take extra care at the Lawinengang (danger of avalanches).
01:35 Turn right and follow the marked hiking trail northwards directly towards the Sonnschienalm.
02:00 Enjoy the view towards the beautiful Sonnschienalm. Find your route along the trails directly towards the Sonnschienhütte.
02:05 Well deserved break ( ) at the Sonnschienhütte (strongly recommended to regain energy for the upcoming demanding ascent!).
02:35 Follow the trail westwards and keep right (straight ahead) after leaving the Sonnschienhütte.
02:55 Depending on the snow conditions, leave the trail by keeping right and following visible marks of other skis. Use the Kleiner Ebenstein as orientation and head towards it!
04:00 Enjoy the view from Kleiner Ebenstein and continue following the track (northwestwards) up to its bigger brother.
04:15 Final ascent towards Großer Ebenstein. Find your way through the rocks as far as possible. The last ascent to the summit cannot be done with skis (leave them somewhere safe on the track).
04:50 Enjoy the amazing view from the summit of Großer Ebenstein. Best enjoyed with some self-brought refreshments (). Then climb back down to your skis.
05:15 Put on your skis and downhill first towards Kleiner Ebenstein.
05:35 Enjoy the awesome panorama view from Kleiner Ebenstein. Continue downhill finding your way back to Sonnschienhütte (recommended to keep left through the channel/ditch).
06:20 At the crossing, turn right and drive directly towards the Russenstraße.
06:25 Downhill via the Russenstraße which brings you directly back to the parking (avoid shortcuts as the snow might be difficult or the track is to narrow to bypass other ski tourers)
07:00 U-turn at the Finstertal-Reit and continue following the Russenstraße downwards.
07:20 Back at the parking, end of the tour.
General Tour Data

Area: Hochschwabgruppe, Styria, Austria
Distance: 18km
Ascent: 1222m (4h 25min)
Descent: 1222m (2h 00min)
Highest Pt: 2123m
Lowest Pt: 885m
Duration: 6h 50min (without breaks)
7h 20min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Sonnschienhütte (1523m)
Gasthof Grüner See (776m)
Equipment: Touring Skis & Equipment (skins, sticks)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Optionally: crampons for boots
Food, Snacks and plenty of water
1x Gipfelbier  
Sun & Weather protection
  Download GPX
O   Tour at

At a glance

Level  medium-difficult 
Shape / Fitness
Best time in the year  

Tour Diary

2022-03-02 09:15

Weather: Sunny, perfect
Participants: Stefan
Activity: Strava
Comment: I did not have crampons with me this time but the last few and very exposed meters to the summit of Großer Ebenstein were covered with ice and very slippery. Thus I was not able to make it to the top and had to turn around 20 meters before the summit.

Leave a Reply