Breakfast & Dinners
Ski Touring Trip: the Bernese Alps West Haute Route.
Are you a fan of ski touring?
Or has it forever been on your bucket list?
Then you’re in the right spot! Join My-Mountains for an unforgettable mountain experience in Central Switzerland as we tour the Bernese Alps on the West Haute Route.
Switzerland is arguably one of the most exciting places to go ski touring. Breathtaking Alpine vistas, excellent signposting on trails, and fantastic infrastructure make it a true ski touring heaven.
This exciting ski touring trip is a 5-day, 4-night tour across a little-known, underappreciated mountain range with beautiful ascents and descents. The varied landscape of the Bernese Alps, with its hills, valleys, and Alpine streams, blends seamlessly into the magnificent backdrop of Eiger, Monk, and Jungfrau.
Ski Touring off the beaten path.
While the ‘classic’ ski touring Haute Route leading from Chamonix to Zermatt is better known among ski touring enthusiasts, its Bernese equivalent doesn’t fall inferior to it in any way. On the contrary! Thanks to the fact that it is less known, the Bernese haute route is much quieter and less crowded. Additionally, it’s at a slightly lower elevation than the Chamonix classic one, making it easier to breathe and sleep.
Let yourself be amazed.
The Bernese Alps Ski Touring route provides a stunning Alpine experience: sky-high mountain peaks towering over you, snow-capped hills gently undulating to the horizon, secluded refuges, and blessed silence wrapping you up in a cozy cocoon. This route is appropriate for beginner and intermediate ski tourers: easy access, mild ascents, and descents make for a fantastic first experience. Additionally, you will have a chance to learn glacier travel techniques and develop the knowledge and decision-making skills needed to ski tour on your own safely. Last but not least, this route is accessible through public transport.
Why My-Mountains? With over 20 years of experience as a ski and mountain guides, we’ve got the mountains down to a science. We will ensure that you’re well-prepared, safe and that our routes are appropriate to your fitness level. We will share our knowledge about the subject, point out the key elements to pay attention to, and prepare you for future escapades on your own.
Meeting in Villars at 09:00 we will check equipment and then head into the ski system to warm up our legs and revive our skiing skills. We will swing by the avalanche training venue to practice transceiver searching . We will then traverse the skis area, skiing on and off-piste to Les Diablerets and pick up the bus to Col de Pillon. From there we will take the Glacier 3000m cable car, enjoy the Peak Walk before a skinning ascent of Les Diablerets summit,the highest point in Canton Vaud. We will then descend to the Diablerets Hut for dinner and our first night on the mountain.
An early start will allow us to take the first lift back to Sex Rouge. Then we will ski down to the foot of the Tsanfleuron glacier to the Col de Sanetsch. We will be following the ridge of Arete de l’Arpille. This is a very varied ascent with skinning, and some ice axe /crampon hiking to reach to the stunning Arpelistock (3035m).
We will then be rewarded with a wonderful North facing descent to the Gelten Hut (2002m).
The day starts with reclimbing our descent from yesterday for 500m. A nice morning warm up! Before we turn away towards the Col du Brochet, on to the Audannes glacier and then up to the Wildhorn summit (3247m).
Descending on the East side will ski around the crevasses to reach the hut at Wildhorn refuge at 2303m.
This day has two peaks in it but has some of the least climbing of the tour.
The Schnidehorn (2937m) is our first objective. We need to carry skis and probably put on crampons for this short ascent. More skills to develop and learn.
From the summit, we can ski nicely to the Plan des Roses and on to the Rawil alpage. This leads to the Wlidstrubel Hut (2791m) where we can refresh before knocking off the Weisshorn (2948m).
This day has several options depending on the weather, conditions and energy of the group. However, the aim is simple, make the most of it before descending to one of the resorts on the Northside of the Rhone Valley before catching the bus back to Sierre and the train home to complete a fantastic tour.