Touching the Austrian- Swiss border, this area has a great ski touring potential. Moreover, Austrian huts are specifically adapted to comfort lovers as they are closer to mountain inns than huts. This tour is a perfect approach to ski-touring: a non-challenging route, over mountain passes, down glaciers, in a superb high alpine setting. Daily legs are non strenuous. Our program is extremely flexible and easily adaptable to group wishes and snow conditions.
Day 1 : Early in the morning, we leave Chamonix for a long drive across Switzerland to reach the Austrian Tyrol region.From Ischgl, we ride the lifts to Pauliner Kopf (2 864m). After a short ski run (average altitude is 2 500 m), we put our touring skins on our skis and “skin up” to Val Gronda pass (2 752 m). We ski down to the Heidelberger hut (2 264 m). The guide introduces the group to mountain safety and ski touring basics : uphill and downhill kick turning , learning how to use an avanlanche transceiver (DVA) a shovel and a probe.
Vertical gain: 250 m ± 825 ft / Vertical drop: 850 m ± 2 810 ft
Day 2 : An easy tour leads us to Kronen Joch (2 974 m). We ski over a small outcrop to ski to the summit of Breite Krone (3 079 m). After a long ski run we get to the Jamtal hut (2 165 m), a real alpine center. Vertical gain: 820 m ± 2 710 ft / Vertical drop: 950 m ± 3 140 ft
Day 3 : Carrying only our day pack, we ski tour up to Fuorcla Chalaus pass (3 003 m), with the Augstenberg Spitze (3 228 m) nearby. We ski back to the hut the way we came. Vertical gain = Vertical drop: 840 m ± 2 780 ft
Day 4 : We ski-tour up the alpine valley, and soon reach the Jamtal Ferner glacier, which we follow up to the Ober Oschenscharte pass (2 977 m), at the base of the Dreilander Spitze. We ski down the Vermunt glacier and to the Wiesbadener hut (2 443 m) Vertical gain: 820 m ± 2 710 ft / Vertical drop: 450 m ± 1 490 ft
Day 5 : We ski up the chaotic Ochsentaler glacier, just below the highest summit of the SIlvretta range, the Piz Buin (3 312 m). We stand on the Swiss-Austrian boarder at the Fuorcla da confin pass (3 043 m). At a short distance we can see the Bernina and Ortles ranges. We ski back to the Wiesbadener hut. Vertical gain = Vertical drop: 650 m ± 2 150 ft
Day 6 : We easily reach the Bieltal Joch pass (2 772 m), and enjoy a nice long run down the Bieltal valley to the Silvretta Stausee dam; we follow the valley to the village of Wirl (1 630 m). Ischql is only a few kilometres down the road. We return to Chamonix later in the afternoon. Vertical gain: 330 m ± 1 090 ft / Vertical drop: 1 140 m ± 3 770 ft
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Preparing for the trip : One week before trip departure, the head-guide will contact by to answer your questions, and provide complementary information (i.e. touring gear, clothing, specific equipment etc.)
Guiding policy :
The group is composed of 6 skiers maximum per guide. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding industry.
This program is a general guideline for the trip. The guide alone can decide and apply changes in the program during the trip, according to weather and terrain conditions, skiers physical condition and skills.
Accomodation :In comfortable mountains inns with showers.
Meeting : 5 a.m. at the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix or 1 p.m. in Ischgl . (Participants may leave personal belongings in our office until group returns).
Winter 2017 tour price :
Number of participant
Included in the package:
- Mountain guiding service,
- Half-board in mountain huts (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Lift access and shuttles during the tour,
- Private bus shuttle from Chamonix to Ischgl, return trip.
- Avalanche transceiver (DVA), shovel, probe and harness rental.
- Personal drinks,
- personal technical equipment,
Documentation : ID or valid passport.
Having a repatriation insurance is mandatory.
Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation (see booking form).
Extras : Bring some extra cash for personal expenses (Euros)
Equipment : Download "Equipment list"
We can organize and privatize this ski touring trip for you.
Thank you to contact our office to know the price and the availbilty:
Phone number: 0033 4 50 53 00 88