Excellent hut to hut guided ski tour across the exceptional Silvretta range; an ideal trip for intermediate to advanced ski tourers and those looking to do their first hut-to-hut trip.

SILVRETTA SKI TOUR

6 day ski tour with Chamex mountain guides

From 1,590.00€

Price per person for a group of 6

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Intermediate tech level

 

6 days of skiing

 

Location: Ischgl, Austria

 

7 nights in huts and hotels

 

Groups of 6 maximum

 

High fitness level

Austrian ski touring is a great introduction to hut-to-hut touring. The mountain refuges are very comfortable and the terrain allows for all levels of ski touring - from beginner to expert.

The Silvretta tour mixes Austrian and Swiss huts and mountains, and is the perfect first week-long hut tour offering endless options of ascents, descents and 3000m summits to ski.

An apple strudel or a kaiserschmarrn (a sort of pancake with preserves or apple sauce) are unforgettable treats after a long day in the mountains. Throw in a hot shower and a weissbier - you may briefly forget you’re at 2400 meters and miles away from the nearest town.

There is a plethora of great skiing routes in this region - multiple day tours from any of the huts allow us to find the best snow and/or climb a classic summit. The overall package keeps guests returning to the Austrian alps for years!

Prices

2950€ per person for a group of 2

2250€ per person for a group of 3

1920€ per person for a group of 4

1690€ per person for a group of 5

1590€ per person for a group of 6

Dates

Silvretta Ski Tour dates - 2019

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April 14, 2019
1,590.00€
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Itinerary

Arrival day - Welcome meeting in Chamonix

You should organise your travel to Ischgl to be in your hotel by 6pm. There will be evening meeting and dinner at the hotel - a briefing about equipment and the general itinerary, and a chance to meet and eat together. We’ll generally go over everyone’s backpacks (don’t bring too much!) and study the maps a bit.

Day 1: Ischgl to Heidelberger Hutte

A good breakfast and we’re off! The first day has us leave from the hotel in Galtur, with a quick bus to Ischgl. From there we’ll use the lifts to get warmed up, verify equipment and ability levels, and iron out any last minute organization. We’ll employ the Funivia Val Gronda up to the summit of the same name, and descend across the border, into Switzerland, toward the Heidelberger Hutte (2264m), stopping along the way to perhaps do a quick tour. A snack at the hut and some review of companion rescue- for avalanches and crevasses- gets everyone prepared for the week ahead.

Ascent 200m -300m / Descent 750m - 950m / Time 4-5 hours

Day 2: Heidelberger Hutte to the Jamtal Hutte

Ski touring over the Kronenjoch to the Jamtal hut (2165m)- a beautiful tour, with options along the way to look for more turns. The Jamtal hut has an indoor climbing wall and hotel style accommodation. Modern, service oriented ski touring- almost too good! This hut has the exceptional policy of not supplying hut slippers... No problem- a classy pair of Austrian wool slippers is 5€, and make faithful touring companions for years!

Ascent 700m / Descent 815m / Time 6 hours

Day 3: Jamtal Hutte to Wiesbadener Hutte by the Ochsenscharte pass

Another beautiful day in the Silvretta range- a high mountain feel as we traverse the Jamtalferner glacier and pass high alpine peaks along the Swiss border. The Wiesbadener hut (2443m) will serve as a basecamp for two nights- The warm welcome will quickly have us feeling very at home, and makes leaving difficult! The south facing terrace is a great place to appreciate the mountain atmosphere.

Ascent 800m / Descent 700m

Day 4: A day tour from the Wiesbadener Hutte

The terrain surrounding the Weisbadener hut offers many different ski tours - up to us to choose the best! The Vermuntpass, Tiroler Scharte, or the summit of the Ochsenkopf (3057m) are all adorable. This could also serve as a rest day or a more moderate outing. Day 5 and 6 are longer and more involved, so investing in the long term is helpful to maintain good energy levels over the end week.

Ascent / Descent / Time will be determined by conditions, group motivation, etc.

Day 5: The Piz Buin, and a return to Switzerland and the Silvretta Hutte

The Piz Buin (3312m) is the iconic summit topping the Silvretta range. The ski tour from the hut to the base of the peak is relatively straightforward. The ensuing climb requires more technical skill- an alpine ascent with crampons and ice axe, and an unforgettable top! The descent to the Silvretta Hutte requires a quick skin to the Fuorcla di Cunfini (3043m), or to the Egghornlucke (3047m). The latter lets us ski the mellow, north facing Ochsentaler glacier- often in good condition. Skiing down the Silvretta Glacier and out to the hut is a great decent, and with the Piz Buin in our pocket the rustic hut will be a welcome sight!

Ascent 1000m / Descent 1000m

Day 6: Schneeglocke and descent to Galtur

The last day! Mixed emotions as we set out from the hut- Sad to know the trip is finishing, but excited to ski the Schneeglocke (3223)- favored by the local guides as the best descent in the Silvretta. A steep climb up to the Rote Furka (2688m) leads to the Klostertaler glacier, which is followed to the base of the Schneeglocke. A final, steeper headwall is the last uphill effort required to reach the top. Views of the Silvrettahorn and the Piz Buin allow one to retrace the week’s itinerary. A great descent awaits, following the Klostertaler Bach river to the Silvrettastausee lake. Skating across the lake on the cross-country ski piste seems eternal, but a big beer at the Silvrettadorf tastes all the better. From here one can skate the cross-country ski runs back to Wirl and take the bus to the hotel in, or arrange for a taxi/snowmobile.

The trip package ends at the end skiing today. 

Ascent 900m / Descent 1600m

Level Requirements

This is an introductory level hut-to-hut trip for intermediate to advanced level ski tourers. You have to have the following skills and experience to join this trip:

  • Very good off piste ski skills and experience. You have to be confortable and efficient skiing in all snow conditions (deep, heavy crusty snow).
  • You should have good ski touring experience (intermediate level) and be efficient in using the ski touring equipment.
  • Excellent level of fitness; you can expect up to 7 hour days with 700 -800m of climb per day. 

Equipment

Clothing

Warm hat

Warm hat

Thermal underwear

Thermal underwear

Fleece or woollen layers

Fleece or woollen layers

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Warm gloves

Warm gloves

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Sun hat

Sun hat

Technical gear

Ice Axe

Ice Axe

Harness

Harness

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles

Ski goggles

Ski goggles

Ski / splitboard skins

Ski / splitboard skins

35 - 45 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis or snowboard

35 - 45 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis or snowboard

Crampons

Crampons

Ski touring skis

Ski touring skis

Ski touring boots

Ski touring boots

Safety Equipment

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Extras

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Sleeping bag liner

Sleeping bag liner

Washbag and toiletries

Washbag and toiletries

Earplugs

Earplugs

Included or not

Included

Mountain Guide Fees

Our course includes 6 days of guiding and instruction by experienced UIAGM qualified mountain guide.

All our guides have been chosen for their lovely personality and high standard of skills.

Accommodation

All accommodation, as described in the itinerary.

Group Equipment

Ropes, safety equipment, etc will be provided when needed by your guide.

Local Transport

Any local transport that is required during your course.

Not Included

Personal Equipment

Please see the "Equipment" tab to find out what you will need. Anything that you do not already have can be rented here in Chamonix, if there is anything you need then please contact us and we will be happy to organise it for you.

For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your personalised kit list.

Food & Drink

The price does not include lunch or snacks. You can bring your own food and we can stop for a picnic, or there may be the option to buy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take our Search and Rescue mountain insurance - we can organise this for you on request.

Transport to and from Ischgl

Your travel to and from Ischgl is not included in the trip package. See our PRACTICAL INFORMATION tab for information on how to get there. 

Lift Passes

We will advise you on which lift passes you will need prior to your trip. If lift passes are required we can preorder them for you on request.

Practical Information

Travel to Ischgl

Nearest airports are Munich and Innsbruck. You can either hire a car or take a train/bus. You can find the time tables at www.oebb.at

Rental equipment

There is not a lot of available touring equipment for rent in Ischgl, despite it being a pretty good size ski town. We strongly recommend to check if the gear you want is available and reserve in advance.

Good shop is Sport Adler

Dorfstrasse 75, A-6561 Ischgl
Tel 0043 54
Email info@sport-adler.com
http://www.sport-adler.com/en/rent.html

Dates

Trips are available March / April. Please reserve this trip in advance, it maybe difficult to find places on hut last minute. 

Accommodation & food

You will stay in some of the best huts in the Alps; comfortable, cosy, good and plentiful food and some have showers (2€, bring small travel towel). Please note that the sleeping bag liners are obligatory. 

Food

The trip package includes breakfast (bread, butter, jam, tea, coffee and hot chocolate) and 3 course dinners (usually soup, meat dish with pasta or rice or potatoes and desert).

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 to supplement your hut dinners. The huts are fairly good at providing for vegetarians but less so for other dietary needs. The huts can provide a small basic packed lunch of bread, salami, cheese and chocolate that you can buy each day but it’s important that you don’t rely on this option only. You do need to carry some snack food for each day.

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 favourite hill snacks. When you’re staying overnight in huts it's best to take supplies for the days you are away. Huts do sell food but it’s expensive and sometimes stocks run low.

You will also generally stop for short breaks every hour where you should eat and drink something in order to maintain your energy levels throughout the day.

Extra expenses

  • Travel to / from Ischgl
  • Lift passes
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Equipment hire
  • Personal insurance

Your personal expenses during the ski tour should be about 250€. Bring cash as the huts usually do not accept bank cards.