Ski touring

Introduction to ski touring

If you’ve been thinking about going on a ski tour for some time, but don’t have either the necessary equipment or sufficient knowledge of the mountain terrain and the challenges it presents, then an introductory course conducted by a mountain guide is just what you need. Equipment can be hired locally. A number of destinations offer this service, including the Aletsch Arena, Blatten-Belalp, Lötschental, La Tzoumaz, Nendaz, Grimentz, Crans-Montana, Val d’Hérens and Pays du St-Bernard.

Guided ski tours

If you want to enjoy the sense of freedom that comes from skiing off-piste, be sure to hire an experienced local mountain guide for your own safety. More than 450 professional mountain guides are available to accompany visitors through the snow-covered winter landscape to the most beautiful natural sites in Valais. A mountain guide can help you choose a route whose difficulty level is best suited to your abilities. The following tours, lasting several days, are particularly popular with local mountain guides and the skiers they accompany. The tours can be booked directly through the Valais Mountain Guide Association.

Equipment

Patrouille des Glaciers from 17 to 21 April 2018

The Patrouille des Glaciers from Zermatt via Arolla to Verbier is a cult event among ski mountaineering racers and requires a sporting tour de force from the teams battling it out. Each patrol is a team of three, as stipulated by the rules. It’s a distance of over 100 kilometres, up and down over 4,000 altitude metres in total. Only the toughest and fittest make it through to the end. This legendary race was first organised by the Swiss Armed Forces in 1943. The aim of the race back then was to test and increase the army’s operational readiness. For a long time only military patrols took part, but the high-altitude mountain race has long since become the ultimate test of strength and stamina. In 2018, the race will take place from 17–21 April

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