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Gemmi Pass Ski Touring Weekend – March 2019
March 16 - March 17
This is a dynamic & action packed weekend designed to give you a great progression in the magical world of ski touring and an opportunity to explore the superb ski touring in the Swiss West Oberland. We run 4 separate weekends in January, February, March & and this course is designed to offer a technical and physical progression from the previous winter weekends.
With rapid access from Leukerbad we enter this middle mountain sanctuary of ski touring easily and are able to enjoy the fine ski summit tours from the superb base camp of the Gemmi Pass Mountain Hotel.
March West Oberland Ski Touring Weekend – Course Aims
- Enjoy 2 days in the ski touring Mecca of the Swiss West Oberland
- Do some inspiring ski mountaineering journeys & ski summits, find the best snow possible and do some memorable turns and fresh tracks
- Refine the essential skills for ski touring whilst also progressing to longer & slightly steeper tours
- Use ice axe and crampons to ascend to a peak / col
- Spend an enjoyable night in a comfortable mountain hotel at the Gemmi Pass
- Become more familiar with hut to hut touring to prepare for longer tours in future
- Spend a sociable long weekend in the mountains and meet other like minded skiers
Each of our intro touring weekends blend a great mix of satisfying ascents on skins, fun & remote off piste skiing and completing some fine journeys whilst undertaking some important training along the way…
Plan A itinerary for this weekend..
Day 1. After an early morning meet in Chamonix, there is the 1hr45m transfer to Leukerbad to take the ski lift to Gemmi Pass (2350m). From here we warm up with a short ski and long traverse of the Lammeren plateau. We can even stop for a brew at the friendly Lammeren Hut before continuing up the valley for some steeper and sustained skinning up to the Daubenhorn (2942m) which has an easy but exposed summit ridge where we use crampons and ice axe. Some fine north facing pitches on the descent lead us back to the traverse of the plateau and short skin back to the Gemmi Pass Hotel (2350m) for the night.
Day 2. This day provides a great opportunity to ski the major peak of the West Oberland. The Wildstrubel (3244m) is a fantastic and logical ski peak with interesting winding valleys on the approach leading to a high & exposed glacier plateau and steep summit pyramid. The views across the Rhone Valley to the giants of the Swiss Valais are superb and there is some equally good ski terrain to play with on the descent to the the Lammerenhutte (2502m)*. From here we work back across to Gemmi Pass for the lift descent and late afternoon return to Chamonix.
Fitness, Off Piste Skiing & Touring Experience Required
This early spring weekend provides both a physical and technical progression from the earlier courses. Both longer days with more ascent and steeper terrain will be encountered. So skiers need to be physically fit in order to cope with 1000m+ days of skinning at a pace of at least 300m/hr. Previous touring experience is also required for this weekend with the ability to manage your own ski touring equipment during transitions and do effective kick turns whilst skinning efficiently.
Steeper terrain is also encountered on the ski descents so guests need to be competent & confident skiing steep slopes of around 35 degrees in varied snow conditions. This does not necessarily mean linked short radius turns as these won’t be on steep and narrow slopes, but using effective strategies for dealing with steeper ground in variable snow conditions.
Crampons and ice axes are generally used on this course and whilst, no former experience is required, you need to have a head for heights and willingness to train and apply these basic mountaineering techniques whilst doing a short amount of easy mountaineering with skis on packs and crampons on ski boots.
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