Ski Touring in the Western Oberland

The Western Oberland has a wealth of ski touring opportunities for beginner and intermediate ski tourers as well as some more challenging descents. It is located above the Rhone Valley giving easy access from Geneva and a number of starting points for ski tours.  As many options exist this is a great area to visit time and time again.

Dates: March, April

Ratio: 1:4 Maximum.

Who’s it for: All competent on piste skiers who also have experience of off piste skiing. Experience of ski touring is useful but not essential. It is recommended that all skiers arrive at least one day early for the course and do a warm up ski day.

Instruction/Guiding Insurance (essential)
Harnesses & helmets Equipment other than harnesses & helmets
Personal hut fees Valley accommodation
Guides’ hut fees and uplift Personal Uplift
Guides’ lunches and drinks Personal lunches, drinks and drinks at huts
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Sample program

Day 1: After meeting in the morning to check equipment  we spend the day at Les Diablerets ski area on and off piste skiing and practising transceiver searches.  Additionally, we may ascend Les Diablerets (3041m).

Day 2: We begin the day in Anzere and travel to the Cabanne des Audannes to overnight.

Day 3: From the Cabanne we climb the Wildhorn (3247m) and ascend the Tungel Glacier to the Wildhorn Hut (2303m).

Day 4: From the hut we initially retrace our steps before branching off and climbing the Schnidehore (3297m).  The day continues with a descent to the Wildstrubel Hut (2791m).

Day 5: From the Wildstrubel Hut we cross the Glacier de la Plain Mort before climbing the Wildstrubel (3243.5m) and then skiing downhill past the Lammerenhutte to the Gemmipass lift station.  From here we use the lift and then public transport from Leukerbad to return to our start point.

Other Possible Objectives

The tour can be extended easily by one or two days allowing ascents of peaks such as the Daubenhorn (2941.7m), Roter Totz (2848m) and the Balmhorn (3698m).

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