Piz Bernina is the crown jewel overlooking the Engardine Valley and, after Mont Blanc, has the greatest independent elevation in the Alps (from valley to summit). Despite the proximity to St. Moritz the area is one of the more isolated and quieter areas of the Eastern Alps. This tour takes in some spectacular glaciated scenery and has some big days at altitude in complex terrain. This is an exhilarating week for experienced ski mountaineers with great summits and superb glacier skiing.The objectives of the week are Piz Morternatsch 3751m, Piz Bernina 4048m and a traverse of the Piz Palu 3900m. We run this tour on a ratio of 1:2 to reflect it technical nature, we can accommodate up to 4 people with 2 mountain guides. Anyone considering this adventure must be a competent ski mountaineer with strong skiing and mountaineering skills plus a high level of fitness.
The price includes 6 full days guiding fees & expenses, 2 nights B&B hotel accommodation (twin rooms), 5 nights HB accommodation in high alpine huts
The price does not include equipment hire, personal insurance, travel to/from St Moritz, uplift costs, local transfers, 2 evening meals, lunches and beverages.
This is an extensive list of the recommended clothing and equipment you will need if you are coming to one of our Ski Tours.
During the tour you will be staying most nights in catered high mountain huts and will need to carry all the equipment and clothing you require for the duration of the tour. The huts are comfortable but basic with limited facilities.
Any clothing or other items not required on the tour can be left in a travel bag at your first hotel ready for your return on the final night.
We recommend keeping the weight of your pack as light as possible. If you are new to alpine multi-day ski touring, try taking your pack out on the slopes before the tour to see how it feels. You quickly realise the benefit of ‘skiing light’.
If you are uncertain or need further information, don't hesitate to contact us.
For all touring trips it is essential you ski with an all-mountain/freeride type skis, ski touring boots and ski touring bindings. If you have your own skis but they do not have ski touring bindings then you will need to rent skis. The same applies if you have downhill ski boots, you will need to rent ski touring boots.
For alpine ski touring we recommend an all-mountain/freeride touring ski that isn’t too heavy, a really lightweight ski comes at a cost to performance on the descents so are only recommended for really good off-piste skiers with a strong interest in ski touring.
There are plenty of great skis to choose from and we highly recommend skis from the following manufactures:
Dynastar Skis: www.dynastar.com
Movement Skis: www.movementskis.com
Black Crows Skis: www.blackcrows-skis.com
Trab Skis: www.skitrab.com/en-us
Scott Skis: http://www.scott-sports.com
Volkl Skis: http://www.voelkl.com
If you are planning on buying skis for ski touring and general skiing and have any questions do not hesitate to call us to discuss the options available to you.
It is essential that you have ski touring boots for all touring trips as walking up hill is much more comfortable in these types of boots with a walk mode and great flex. A dedicated touring boot or a hybrid freeride boot is best.
Avalanche airbag rucksacks can be used for touring but they are heavy, adding somewhere between 5-8kg just for an empty pack plus canister. So unless you are sure you can carry it and fit all you need in, we do not recommend you use one.
Over a long multiday tour every gram of weight is important as you have to carry and move it yourself. Carrying a heavy pack will hinder and tire all but the most experienced and fit ski tourer.
The “Safety Trilogy” - required on all our ski tours and off-piste courses.
Food and Water
We suggest you bring with you or buy in resort snack food that you can take out on the hill with you each day. Things like cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts, chocolate, sugary sweets or your favorite hill snacks. When you’re staying overnight in huts its best to take supplies for the days you are away. Huts do sell food but it’s expensive and sometimes stocks run low.
If you have any food allergies or dietary requirements especially if you are a Coeliac (Gluten free) or have a dairy allergy we strongly recommend you bring some food with you that you can supplement your dinners with. The huts are fairly good at providing for vegetarians but less so for other dietary needs.
You have to buy bottled water in the huts as usually any running water is non-potable. Bottled water is expensive in French and Swiss huts; you can be paying upto 12-16CHF per 1.5L bottle of water. So please ensure you budget for this cost.
St. Moritz in the Engadin Valley in Switzerland is synonymous with grand hotels and designer shops and the home of the famous Cresta Run toboggan course. It also hosts sports like snow polo and one of the largest cross country ski races the Engadine Ski Marathon.
Skiing is spread over the Corviglia, Corvatsch and Diavolezza areas. The Piz Bernina is the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps and of the Bernina area at 4,049m The area offers some excellent ski touring for advanced and expert level skiers and ski mountaineers with technical terrain, great summits and long descents.
Our top reasons for visiting St. Moritz
Resort Height: 1,822m
Highest Lift: 3,056m
Nearest Airport: Zurich
Transfer Options: We recommend you take the train from Zurich airport to St. Moritz. Connections are regular and the its takes between about 3 hours 45 mins for the journey; usually with 2 changes. To look up train timetables use this link Swiss Railway Timetables.
It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.
For more details and to purchase a policy online visit http://www.skiclubinsurance.co.uk/
If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.
The nearest airports are Friedrichshafen, Innsbruck and Zurich. Journey time from Zurich to Silvaplana is between 4 and 4 1/2 hours with changes usually required in Zurich Hbf, Chur and St Moritz.
The journey time from Friedrichshafen and Innsbruck is between 4 and 6 hours.
You should aim to arrive in St. Moritz sometime in the afternoon. There will be an initial briefing with your Mountain Tracks guide on the first evening. This is an opportunity to meet the guide and the rest of the party, to discuss the plans and objectives for the week and to ask any questions you may have relating to the week’s itinerary.
All our ski tours are led by our team of IFMGA Mountain Guides. The team is led by Olly Allen, Matt Dickinson and Nick Parks.
You will spend the first and the last night in a hotel in or near St. Moritz.
The rest of the time is spent in traditional alpine huts which all serve breakfast and evening meals.
It is possible to leave your luggage in the hotel whilst you are in the mountain huts as you will return there for the final night.
IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV
The IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV symbol is the logo of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.
Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
The International Ski Instructors Association is the world body for professional ski instructors.
The ISIA was formed in 1971 and there are currently 39 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.