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Western Oberland Ski Tour, Switzerland

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination(s): Switzerland  
Specialty Categories: Skiing & Snowboarding  
Season: March
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 725 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 725 Pound Sterling (GBP)

The Swiss ski resort of Leysin is is part of the Glacier-Alpes Vaudoises Ski Area which also includes Villars, Les Diablerets and Gstaad amongst others. The village is at 1300m and the highest lifts take you to about 2200m. Given its aspect and location, Leysin is renowned for excellent snow cover and lots of sunshine. The resort itself is small but has a variety of friendly bars and restaurants. Accommodation is mostly provided in 2 and 3 star hotels. Leysin is the starting point for the excellent "Wild" Western Oberland Ski Tour! This quieter corner of Western Switzerland often has excellent conditions when higher areas have bad weather and wind affected snow.

There are many alternatives, and flexibility is the key to getting the most enjoyable ascents and best snow for the week. We will make every endeavour to carry out the itinerary below but alterations may have to be made owing to weather and snow conditions.

Day 1: Arrive in Leysin and meet up with your guide for an initial briefing and review of the itinerary. Stay overnight in Leysin.

Day 2: A day of off-piste skiing with a short tour around Leysin. Stay overnight in Leysin.

Day 3: From the Col du Pillon in canton Vaud we take the Glacier 3000 lift and descend to the Col du Sanetch. We then climb the Arpelistock (3035 m) by the elegant crest of the Arete de L'Arpille. This is followed by a long run down north facing slopes to the Gelten hut (2003 m) on the canton Berne side of the range.

Day 4: From the hut we make our way back up to the Gelten glacier to cross onto the canton Valais side and traverse around to the Wildhorn (3247 m). From here we make a long descent north-east via the Tungel glacier to the Wildhorn hut (2303 m).

Day 5: The following day we make a traverse of the Schnidehorn (2937 m) and descend into the remote snow plateau of the Alpage du Rawil, to finish at the Wildstrubel hut (2791 m).

Day 6: From the hut we cross the Glacier de la Plaine Morte, and then ascend to the summit of the Wildstrubel (3243 m). We descend the Wildstrubel glacier to the Lammeren hut (2504).

Day 7: From the Lammeren hut, depending on conditions, we make an ascent of one of the nearby summits (e.g. Steghorn 3146 m, Daubenhorn 2941 m). After our final descent, we use the lifts to take us down to Leukerbad or Kandersteg, and transport links back to Leysin.

Day 8: Depart after breakfast.

Supplemental Tour Information:
Skill: 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.

Stamina: Most of our progression-level & advanced-level off-piste weeks and intermediate ski tours are of this level of strenuousness. You must be able to cope with continuous, long days out on the hill. On a ski touring week you need to fit enough to cope with up to 3-4 hours of mountain walking or ski-touring up-hill carrying a backpack with all you need for a week staying in mountain huts.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 6 days guide fees & expenses
- 3 nights half-board hotel accommodation (twin rooms)
- 4 nights half-board accommodation in mountain huts.

Price Excludes:
- lift passes and transfers
- lunches
- beverages
- equipment hire
- personal insurance
- travel to/from Leysin.

Single room occupancy may incur an additional charge.

We exclude the cost for lift tickets and transfers because our use of these may vary depending on weather and snow conditions. Based on the standard itinerary, the cost of transfers and lift tickets will be around 210 CHF per person.

About This Supplier
Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Aug 2003

We are one of the UK's leading teams of mountain professionals specializing in guided mountain adventure. Our worldwide program includes in winter: off-piste skiing, hut-to-hut ski touring, ice-climbing and avalanche awareness; in summer: alpine mountaineering (Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, 4000m peaks) and multi-day...

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