Ski Bernese Oberland 4000m Peaks
May 6 - May 11
The Bernese Oberland is a magical part of the Alps. It’s vast glaciers feel more arctic than alpine in scale and provide the ski mountaineer with some truly impressive terrain to tour through. The areas peaks lend themselves perfectly to either logical ski ascents or ski mountaineering summits where you travel to a fine ridge on skis and tackle the final climb in crampons (and a number of the areas famous 4000m peaks can be tackled in this way).
This courses’ aims lie in the latter area and after a warm up day in Chamonix and transfer and ski approach day to the superb Konkordia Hut, the ascents of the big peaks starts, with the aim to ski & climb 4 x 4000m peaks in 4 days…
Ski Bernese Oberland 4000m Peak – Course Aims
- Enjoy 6 days ski mountaineering in the high mountains on varied terrain featuring long glacier touring journeys, technical mountaineering peaks & some brilliant skiing.
- Make ascents of some famous OBerland 4000m peaks including the Grünhorn (4044m), Finsterarhorn (4274m), Fiescherhorn (4049m) and either the Monch (4107m) or Jungfrau (4158m) to finish.
- Spend 4 nights in the superb Swiss Mountain Refuges, enjoying the ambiance & cuisine of high mountain hut life
- Meet up with like other like minded ski mountaineers for a memorable & sociable late spring ski journey
The Ski visitor to the Oberland has a wealth of appealing options and our inspiring but tough programme makes full use of the excellent Swiss Alpine Club huts & means you can traverse various peaks & cols going from hut to hut with a reasonable sized touring pack, not much bigger than you would need for a glacial day tour. Thus you can travel safe in the knowledge that a warm welcome, good meal & comfortable bed all await you at the next Base Camp!
This 6 day programme is a big & physical challenge and great goal to spend the winter training towards and finish the ski season with a fantastic climax. Or, if you are going really well and want to benefit from your hard won skills and acclimatisation, you can have a day off and then proceed directly to our Ski Mont Blanc summit programme.
Course Pre-Requirements Ski Mountaineering Experience & Fitness
This is a good tour for people with some existing ski mountaineering experience (if you don’t have any check out our introduction to ski touring weeks and weekends). A good level of general fitness is required, as whilst none of the individual days are huge, they are all sustained, at high altitude and contain around 1000m+ of ascent. An ability to comfortably maintain an ascent rate of 300m/hr on skins for up to 5 hours is required.
Very effective and controlled off-piste skiing is also required and this means the ability to make linked short radius turns in a wide variety of off-piste snow conditions and on steep slopes up to 35-40 degrees.
Whilst none of the objectives described in the itinerary include technical mountaineering ascents, ice axe & crampons will be carried and some prior experience in their use is required. Good efficient skinning technique, competent kick turns & effective use of ski crampons are all also essential skills to have prior to joining this high and remote ski tour.