Andermatt may not have the glitz of St. Moritz, the massive lift network of Davos, or the hip modernity of Crans-Montana, but this resort and surrounding region in Central Switzerland is well served by the brilliant Swiss rail system! A popular destination with hardcore skiers who prefer alpine excitement to disco action. With only 56 km of prepared slopes the piste skiing in Andermatt cannot, in any way, be described as big, the off-piste and touring on the other hand...The intermediate level hut-to-hut ski tours are aimed at newcomers to multi-day hut-to-hut ski touring. However participants should have completed some day tours and have basic ski touring experience – e.g. familiarity with using skins and skinning technique, conversions/kick-turns. You need to be confident walking uphill on steep and exposed slopes with boot crampons. You need to be a competent off-piste skier capable of skiing 10-12 continuous turns off-piste on most slopes and with the confidence to tackle steeper pitches in tricky conditions. These tours differ from the beginner level tours in that ascents & descents will be more demanding – i.e. longer & steeper. You therefore need to be fit enough to enjoy skiing for 5-7 hours each day at a reasonable pace. Maximum skinning: 3-4 hours per day.
Day 1: Arrive in Andermatt. There will be an initial meeting and briefing with the guide in the early evening.
Day 2: Warm up on the slopes of the Gemstock. A two-stage gondola rises 1,600 m (5,249 ft) above the valley floor, giving access to excellent long off-piste runs on the Gletscher, the Gurschenstock, and across the other side of the glacier is the Felsental (Cliff Valley), the best-known off-piste area.
Day 3: We start the introduction to ski touring in the wild country on the back of the Gemstock, we run through all the basic techniques and have an opportunity to ascend either the Rotstock or Piz Centrale before the excellent descent of the Guspis valley to Hospental
Day 4: We check out the local trains and with your ski pass take the short ride on the Glacier Express route to Oberalppass and skin up 700 m on to the Pavolastock. An excellent descent to the station at Tschamut a ride on the train to Sedrun and back to Oberalppass using lifts
Day 5: An off-piste day exploring some of the less known gems from the top of the Gemstock
Days 6-7: We introduce you to Swiss mountain huts with a two day tour from Realp to overnight in the Albert Heim hut and the following day climb the Tiefenbach glacier to the summit of Galenstock 3586 m and descending all the way back to Realp an awesome 2000 m.
Day 8: Depart after breakfast. Itineraries vary depending on the composition of the group and the weather and snow conditions.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- All guide fees and expenses;
- 6 nights half-board hotel accommodation (twin rooms) and 1 night half board in a mountain refuge (dormitory-style).
- Lift pass, local transport, lunches, beverages;
- Personal insurance, equipment hire;
- Travel to/from Andermatt.
Single room occupancy in the hotel may incur an additional charge.
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