SWITZERLAND - IMPERIAL HAUTE ROUTE SKI TOUR
Suitable for advanced off-piste ski-tourers preferably with basic alpine mountaineering experience.
A hut to hut tour on a grand scale traversing between the famous alpine centres of Zermatt and Zinal into the heart of the Imperial Crown. If ever there was a majestic ski tour this is it.
• 2 Hotel nights - Bed & Breakfast in Zermatt and Zinal.
• 4 hut nights - half-board in Schönbiel, Grands Mountets, Arpitettaz and Tracuit
ITINERARY - this is the aim - subject to change depending on weather and conditions. Day 1 - Meet in Zermatt stay overnight in a hotel. Day 2 - We take the ski lift to Schwarzsee, ski down to Stafal and then skin (2-3hrs) to the Schönbiel hut. Day 3 - After a short descent we skin up onto the Hohwäng glacier crossing the Col Durand before the long descent of the Durand Glacier and final, sting in the tail, skin to the Grands Montets hut. Day 4 - One of the Alps best ski-mountaineering days; we skin up the Mountet glacier and gain the Arête du Blanc which we traverse on foot (crampons) to the Blanc de Moming before descending the Moming glacier and skin to the Arpitettaz hut…wow! Day 5 - We skin from the hut to the Col de Milo, descend the backside and skin to the Tracuit hut. Day 6 - We ascend the Bishorn 4’153m before a 2’300m descent to Zinal where we stay overnight in a hotel (and celebrate!) Day 7 - Depart after breakfast