The winter environment brings its own set of hazards. A primary concern for the backcountry skier is avalanche hazard. Learning the how, where, and when hazard develops as well as avalanche rescue, are key skills that must be developed by all backcountry travelers. Also important is choosing the right equipment, orienteering, and all the intricacies of both uphill and downhill travel that allow for full enjoyment of skiing off-piste.
The Haute Route is the most famous ski traverse in the world. It follows near the crest of the Alps from Chamonix and the Mont Blanc Massif to Switzerland following an alpine hut system. The Haute Route ends with a dramatic descent past the north face of the Matterhorn into the famous village of Zermatt. The excellent hut system in the Alps allows one to go light and enjoy the amazing ski terrain with small packs. The Haute Route is ski mountaineering terrain at its finest, some of the ascents require steep climbing using ice axe and crampons and short sections of the descents might require rappels to gain access to the long and impressive glacial descents that makes the Haute Route such a classic tour. Our week long ski tour allows for many variations including summits and a variety of long ski descents into other famous Swiss alpine villages like Verbier and Saas Fee.
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