Bernese Oberland Hut to Hut Ski Touring

The Bernese Oberland is the biggest Alpine Massif in the Western Alps. It has the longest glaciers, huge areas of glacier expance in the Concordia Platz and has many of the highest and remotest 4000m peaks in the Alps. It is a ski touring challenge fro any direction and offers wild remote ski tours and generally long days. There are many different tours that cross the region. Here are a sample to wet your appetite.

Central Bernese Oberland ski tour, Switzerland
Suitable for: Intermediates
HIGHLIGHTS The Bernese Oberland range, located in central Switzerland, has some of the best scenery you’ll find in the Alps, with classic views of the Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger mountains.
Typically attempted over a week, this tour crosses the Jungfrau massif from north to south. Most of the tour is on huge, tumbling glaciers, and there are opportunities to make ski descents of several summits including 4000m peaks. The trip is especially rewarding late in the season, as the whole journey stays high up in the mountains, with no need to descend to the less snowsure valley bottoms.
NEED TO KNOW This is for very fit, intermediate off-piste skiers and above. Previous ski touring experience is essential, and skiers should be able to handle skinning for four to five hours each day. Most of the descents are not particularly steep, but high mountain dangers are present.

 

Bernese ‘West  Oberland Haute
This is a wonderful quiet ski tour with good and some really  really good huts  and great skiing and staggering views pretty much every step of the way.

Day 1 Meet in Les Diablerets check equipment briefing/ training and an ascent of Les Diablerets the most westerly mountain in the Bernese Oberland. Stay the night in either Cabannes Les Diablererts
Day 2 Catch the first lift to the summit of Les Diablertes at 7.00am
Make the long beautiful ski down to  the col du Sannetch.  Climb the up the ridge opposite . If there is time climb one of the most spectacular mountains in the area the Wildhorn.  Ski down to the Cabannes Audannes  6,7hours. A Stunningly situated Hut. http://www.audannes.ch/index.htm

Day 3 Traverse to the Wildstrubel Hut.  5 to 6 hours straight forward with no scary glaciers.  This hut is one of the best we know in the whole of the alps. http://www.wildstrubelhuette.ch
Day 4 Magnificent traverse of the Wildstrubel 3244m down to the Laemmeran Hut.  This hut even has draft beer.  It is known as a two beer hut . The first beer for the thirst the second for the pleasue  6 hours http://www.laemmerenhuette.ch 
Day 5 Ski to Kandersteg and return by train.

<p>To find a Guide for your chosen adventure please fill in the enquiry form, at the bottom of each page. Please include your contact details and some specifics information about what you are after. Once the form is submitted all Guides will receive the enquiry. Guides who are available will respond directly to yourselves with an email</p>

<p>As we all work independantly each Guide has their own pricing structure. This will vary depending on the seriousness of the climb and mountain, The length of the day and the numbers of clients involved.</p>

Ski experience is, of course, necessary if you would like to engage in any of these trips or courses. Since the levels of the trips vary so does the experience and skill required. At entry level, a good basic ski ability of parallel on red runs and some experience playing about in the off-piste is all you need. If this is backed up with a certain level of physical fitness, robustness and a good sense of humour. Then you are ready to start dipping your toes into the world of off-piste skiing and ski touring. at this level, it is best to be with a group of this level or to hire a guide privately for one to one tuition. As we progress up through the levels, we expect skiers to be able to ski all black runs in good balance and with a solid stance ( even if the style is not beautiful). This would be the level for Intro to off-piste and ski touring courses and beyond. At improvers level, you should have already had some off-piste skiing experience. Then as we get into off-piste ski trips. You would be expected to be able to ski parallel in powder and have some combat ski techniques and a level of fitness for dealing with difficult snow conditions. After that, depending on the level of difficulty of the trip there may be some other fitness, skill and experience considerations. This would include having proper up to date avalanche and rescue education.

Beginner – Parallel on red runs and some playing about at the side of the piste
Intro to off-piste and ski touring – Ski black runs in good balance with a solid stance. some experience of “side country” skiing
Off-piste trips – Parallel in powder. Combat ski techniques for difficult snow conditions
Ski tour trips – ability to climb minimum 500m per day ( 1000m for multi-day trips) and an appropriate ski level for the trip
Ski tour and off-piste trips avalanche education is a prerequisite. (See our avalanche courses)

<p>Fitness can make up for some lack of technique. But good technique combined with fitness is the way to go. Technique conserves energy. Off-piste skiing with poor technique really burns energy. Even with good technique, a day of off-piste or touring can require quite a few calories. Ski touring, in particular, requires the participants to be able to walk uphill on their skis while carrying a pack. A good benchmark for entry-level fitness would be the ability to climb 500m of cumulative ascent in a day. For most of the multi-day touring trips, you should adjust this upwards to 1000m per day ( if you don’t want to find it too challenging). Hillwalking cycling or running can be good training substitutes if you don’t happen to live in a mountain area.</p><ul><li>Intro level – Fitness always helps. the combination of good technique and fitness is ideal. Good sense of humour</li><li>Improvers – Ski Black runs some off piste and ability to climb 500m per day</li><li>Multi-day and off-piste trips. Ability to ski to ski all snow types in balanced stance and good climbing ability</li></ul>

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