The nexus of Italy and Switzerland
February 23-28, 2019
The Italian ski station of Gressoney offers a perfect prelude to the alpine slopes of Monte Rosa, the second highest peak in the European Alps. Our tour includes a day of in-area skiing before we launch on our exploration of this spectacular mountain. We will ski the glaciers and slopes in Italy and Switzerland, passing through Zermatt on our way past the peak's many facets – lodging and dining each night in the mountain's superlative alpine huts.
We will greet your flight in Milan and transport you two hours to the Italian ski stations of Gressoney and Alagna. Warm Italian hospitality and delicious food await you this first night as we transition to the alpine huts high above the following day.
Equipment & Guiding
We provide you with all backcountry safety equipment and a morning's lesson on its use. Backcountry skis, poles, boots and climbing skins are availbale for $200. We've arranged all lodging and meals and our UIAGM certified guides are intimately familiar with the glaciers, routes and weather alternatives of the mountain's environs.
- Ground transport from Milan's Malpensa airport
- Six nights lodging in private alpine hotels and the huts of the Italian and Swiss Alpine Clubs
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner and packed snacks during the day
- Use of backcountry safety gear
- UIAGM-certified professional guides
Day 1 We meet your flight at Milan's Malpensa airport and transport you to either the villages of Gressoney or Alagna depending on the prevailing conditions. Lunch and an afternoon of getting acquainted and acclimatized while skiing in-area at the expansive Monte Rosa ski area network. Dinner and a night's hotel lodging in the village.
Day 2 We will spend the day experiencing the "free-ride" terrain of Gressoney-Alagna, taking advantage of the extensive lift network to gain altitude and getting aquainted to our backcountry equipment to then access remote runs off-piste. A day of much vertical descents! That night we will dine and lodge at the Gnifetti hut.
Days 3 Our tour this day will bring us to the Balmenhorn (4,167m) and Piramide Vincent (4,215m). We will practice glacier safety skills, enjoy the spectacular scenery, get acclimatized and return to the Gnifetti hut for dinner and our night's lodging.
Day 4 We will ascend the Gnifetti (4,554m) and descend the Grenz glacier into Switzerland and dine and lodge at the Swiss Alpine Club's Monte Rosa hut.
Day 5 Our day's descent of Furi will bring us into the ski resort of Zermatt and the ability to experience this alpine mecca (as transient ski mountaineers) and ascend the Klein Matterhorn via the spectacular tramway. From the summit we will climb the Breithorn and make our way to our night's accommodation at the rifugio Guide di Ayas.
Day 6 Our descent for the day will traverse wild slopes as we reach the Italian ski station of Gressoney, climb to Bettforca via cable car and descend to our final night's hotel lodging and dinner in a classic alpine trattoria.
Day 7 Transportation back to Milan's Malpensa for departure.