Berner Oberland skitouring
In order for you to enjoy this trip (or any ski-touring trip), you will need to be reasonably fit. We will be moving for several hours every day and a large portion of this time will be spent skinning uphill.
On a typical day involves 800-1200 meters of vertical gain.
You should be confident skiing any piste at a ski resort in control and without excessive fatigue. Some experience with offpiste skiing in different kinds of snow is also needed. Some previous ski touring experience is advisable. If you are unsure if this trip is suitable for your abilities, you are welcome to contact Bluebird to learn more.
What's included in the price?
6 days of skitouring in one of the most impressing mountain areas of the alps, guiding and instruction, fantastic views, your guides expenses for huts, food and lifts as well as the necessary group safety equipment such as rope, carabiners, emergency gear etc.
What's not included in the price?
Travel to our meeting point in the alps and return, accommodation and mountain huts (expect to pay around 60-70 euro per night in the huts, which includes dinner and breakfast), lift tickets, personal equipment such as skis, boots, avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe etc.
Skitouring is quite demanding on the equipment. Clothes need to protect from the wind and insulate but also be adaptable to different levels of activity.
Bindings and boots need a walk mode, we need avalanche safety equipment, glacier equipment, backpacks etc. Read more about the equipment here!
Booking and payment:
Weather and conditions:
Ski touring, like other types of alpinism, requires an open mind and acceptance of changes. We need to adapt the program according to the weather and the conditions in the mountains. This means that our choice of route often changes during the week as required to optimize safety and enjoyment. Keep this in mind when you read the day-by-day description below.
We’ll meet in Interlaken the evening before our first day of touring to discuss the week and check the equipment. We spend the night in Interlaken.
We'll ride the Jungfraubahn up to Junfraujoch. This steep mountain railway is a marvel of engineering, winding it's way through tunnels bored through the world famous mountain Eiger to arrive on the glacier at more than 3400 metres. From here we'll ski to the Holländia hut, either via the Louwitor pass or the long glacier of Jungfraufirn depending on weather and conditions.
Today we'll attempt a ski ascent of the mountain Äbni Flue and then ski back down to the Aletschfirn before making our way across the impressive Konkordiaplatz - the meetingplace of several huge glaciers. We finish the day by climbing the long series steel stairs to the Konkordia hut.
Our goal for the day is to reach the Finsteraarhorn hut. We'll skin up the atmospheric glacier of Grüneggfirn at the top of which we'll cross the pass of Grünhornlücke. From here we can reach the Finsteraarhorn hut by a nice mellow ski descent and a short climb on the other side of the glacier. If we're feeling energetic, we can include do an ascent of Wyssnollen, a very nice ski mountain, on the way.
We'll do a daytrip from the Finsteraarhorn hut, to take advantage of the many options for skitouring in the area. There are several peaks and tours to choose from, all of which offer incredible scenery and good skiing.
We move on to the Oberaarjoch hut, the last hut on our traverse. we have several options for sidetrips on the way there, including the Gross Wannenhorn or a number of smaller tours.
If we have good conditions, we'll skin up to the summit of Vorderes Galmihorn and the ski down through a small pass which gives us access to a long descent towards the valley. Depending on conditions, we'll have to carry our skis on our backpacks for the last part of the descent. Finally, we'll catch the train back to Interlaken, a journey of a couple of hours as we have to go around the mountain massif we've just traversed on skis.