The area boasts several high, modern cable car and Gondola systems up to a spectacular altitude of 3500m. This is one of the highest top stations in the whole of the Alps! Using the lift system and touring equipment unlocks the incredible potential of this area. The proximity of Saas Fee's famous neighbour Zermatt has meant the area has been overlooked by some, but the Saas region has just as much to offer, is much quieter and also boasts excellent, modern resort facilities.
Saas-Fee is surrounded by a crown of 4000m summits. These are called Mischabel peaks and offer outstanding potential for the experienced ski-tourer, in fact the area boasts the highest concentration of 4000m peaks in the Alps! Descents are long and varied, always beginning at significant altitudes and descending through high glaciated terrain and eventually through mature forests. Many of the ski tours provide vertical descents of over 2,000m, and there are four 4,000m peaks attainable by skis.
This is a superb area for the big mountain skier looking for long powder descents from the high summits all the way to the valley floor. This area offers ample scope for all levels of ability to enjoy. Every day of this touring week offers a new challenge and a different location. However, the highlights are the ascent of the Alphubel and Strahlhorn. These are amongst the very best 'ski peaks' in the Alps and are coveted objectives.
We stay in a comfortable hotel near the centre of Saas Fee for the duration of the trip with one additional night spent in the Britannia hut.
Travel day. You should aim to arrive in Saas-Fee during the afternoon. There will be a welcome meeting kit check and briefing with the guides in the evening. Stay overnight in Saas Fee.
You have a warm up day in the Saas-Fee area where no guiding is provided. Fantastic opportunities to ski powder immediately from the lift system within the resort area, or alternatively, get to know the pisted area and focus on warming the legs up.
The village of Saas Grund, well known to summer alpinists is located a few kilometres down valley to Saas-Fee. Here we have an efficient 2 stage Gondola taking us to 3100m immediately below the impressive North face of the Weissmies. From here we begin a beautiful and remote tour which makes its way through the complex West face of the Trifthorn.
Firstly we descend the Triftgletscher before making a relatively short climb over the rocks of the Triftgrat which then gives us access to the long west facing slopes of the Trifthorn, which are continuous all the way to the valley base. This is a picturesque and quiet trip, beginning in high glacial terrain and finishing in snow covered meadows.
Today we'll enjoy a classic tour above Saas Almagell which makes for a wonderful and remote round-trip. We begin by traversing from the ski domain to the Britannia Hut. After a coffee break, we journey up the huge glacial expanse of the Allalingletcher before making a spectacular north facing descent into the main Saastal valley. Return tp the hotel by taxi.
The ascent of the Alphubel is a significant ski mountaineering journey and a prized objective. Beginning from 3000m just above Langflue, we ascend and descend the huge glaciated East face. If the ascent of the peak is not possible then instead we travel to the Alphubel pass at 3800m.
Today we climb the Allalinhorn 4027 m. This is a great opportunity to climb a famous 4000m peak on skis. We start by using the high Felskinn lift to 3600m from where the ascent to the summit takes approximately 2.5 hours. The ascent leads over a large crevasse zone en route to Feejoch (‘joch’ means pass or col) and from there over a steep shoulder to the summit. Crampons are used for a short ridge to attain the true summit. The postcard views of Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and Piz Bernina are truly a delight to behold. Overnight in the Britannia hut.
The Strahlhorn is a perfect ski tour mountain, and certainly preferable on skis than on foot! The tour starts from the front door of the Britannia hut with a short ski down to the Hohlaub-glacier. This is followed by a long but beautiful ascent over the Allalin-glacier to the Adler pass at 3789m. After the Adler pass we follow a steep passage over the northwest flank of the Strahlhorn. If the conditions are good and the firn not icy it is possible to ski the whole way. However crampons are necessary in icy conditions. We ski down the Allalingletcher back past the Britannia hut and back to Saas.
The group departs after breakfast.
The price includes 5 days guiding and expenses, 6 nights B&B accommodation in Saas-Fee, 1 night HB in the Britannia hut.
The price does not include lift pass, lunches, evening meals in Saas-Fee, equipment hire, travel to/from Saas Fee.
Single-room occupancy is subject to availability and will incur an additional charge. Contact us for details.
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This is an extensive list of the equipment you will need if you are coming on one of our Day Ski Touring trips
During the trip you will be staying most nights in comfortable chalet or hotel accommodation on a half board or B&B basis. You will just need to carry a day pack with your avalanche safety equipment and a few personal items.
On some of our trips you will stay 1 night out in a mountain hut. Huts in the Alps are comfortable but very basic with limited facilities – running cold water, European-style toilets and dormitory-style accommodation. All the huts provide ‘hut slippers’ – these days they are usually Crocs - and so you will not need to carry additional footwear. You will need to have a sleeping bag liner for any hut nights; huts provide a duvet or blankets plus a pillow for sleeping so its not necessary to carry a sleeping bag.
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.
Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country consisting of 26 Cantons, with Bern as its main federal city.
It is boarded by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Its a landlocked country with the mountainous regions occupying a greater part of its territory.
Home to around 8 million people (2013) the country has many pretty villages, lakes and mountains. The highest mountain in Switzerland is the Monterosa (specifically the Dufourspitze) at 4,634m. The country has the highest concentration of 4000m peaks at 48.
Its 2 largest cities of Zurich and Geneva are global economic centres and gateways to the Alps from countries across the world.
Its main languages are French, German, Italian and Romansh.
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.
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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.
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.