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ISTA ST1

Deepen your knowledge of avalanche awareness  Get the basic skills and knowledge of avalanche awareness and risk management during 2 days. You learn how to deal with the necessary equipment to save someone and how you should behave in an emergency. The course takes place directly on the snow, so you have the best chance to deepen your knowledge.   When Sunday-Monday and Wednesday-Thursday Duration 2 days Price CHF 770 per person* *The ISTA ST1 course is taught by ISTA-certified mountain guide. The price includes climbing harness, the avalanche rescue equipment (avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe), course documents and 499 ISTA points that can be redeemed at selected ISTA partners. Ski or snowboard equipment and ski pass are not included.    Upgrade Option 1: Freeride Day  Book an ISTA ST1 course and pay only CHF 160 for the Freeride Day instead of CHF 185 (avalanche rescue equipment and taxi transports included)!    Upgrade option 2: Backcountry Experience Extend your ISTA ST1 course with the 2 days of the Backcountry Experience Package for CHF 355 (avalanche rescue equipment and taxi transports included)!    Upgrade option 3: Gorge Alpine  Book an ISTA ST1 course and add the winter via ferrata Gorge Alpine for only CHF 70 instead of CHF 85.- (equipment and taxi transport included)!    Conditions of participation: The participants need good to very good ski/snowboard skills. Accident insurance is the participants’ re-sponsibility. Unaccompanied minors need a written permission from their legal guardian. We reserve the right to adjust the program to the prevailing conditions.

ISTA Discovery

Off-piste pleasure without fail - 1 day freeride safety course Do you enjoy mountains, powder and skiing? Do you want more freedom, pleasure and safety? Do you care for yourself and for your friends? If you have ever wanted to know how you can recognize the risks on deep snow runs and ski touring and how you should react in critical situations, then the ISTA DISCOVERY avalanche training is the right course for you. Here you have the possibility to strengthen your knowledge and skills, minimizing the risks but getting the most enjoyment out of your skiing or snowboarding.   When Monday and Thursday Duration 1 day Price CHF 350 per person * *The ISTA DISCOVERY course is taught by ISTA-certified mountain guide or winter sports instructor. The price includes the rescue equipment (avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, harness), course documents and 229 ISTA points that can be redeemed at selected ISTA partners. Ski or snowboard equipment and ski pass are not included.   Upgrade option 1: Freeride day Book an ISTA DISCOVERY course you pay only CHF 160 for the Freeride Day instead of CHF 185 (avalanche rescue equipment and taxi transports included)! Upgrade option 2: Backcountry Experience Extend your ISTA DISCOVERY course with the 2 days of the Backcountry Experience Package for CHF 355 (avalanche rescue equipment and taxi transports included)! Upgrade option 3: Gorge Alpine Book an ISTA DISCOVERY course and add the the winter via ferrata Gorge Alpine for only CHF 70 instead of CHF 85 (equipment and taxi transport included)! Conditions of participation: The participants need good to very good ski/snowboard skills. Accident insurance is the participants’ responsibility. Unaccompanied minors need written permission from their legal guardian. We reserve the right to adjust the program to the prevailing conditions.

Ski Safari

Guided Ski/Snowboard Tours  With the lead of a local expert you will explore the best slopes, ride the coolest off-piste runs and lunch in the cosiest mountain restaurants of the Saastal and Zermatt. Additional activity days available at reduced prices!   When Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Duration 3 days Price CHF 790 per person* *The price includes 3 days of guided skiing/snowboarding, ski pass and transports. Ski/snowboard equipment and lunch is not included. Reduced prices for kids and teens up to 16 years on request. Daily activities can be booked separately.   Skiing/Snowboarding level: Good to technically advanced. Groups of similar level arranged if possible.   Upgrade option 1: Freeride Day  Extend your Ski Safari with a freeride day for only CHF 160 instead of CHF 185 (avalanche rescue equipment and taxi transport included)!    Upgrade option 2: Taster ski tour / Ski-Snowboard Plus  Combine your Ski Safari with a taster ski tour for only CHF 180 instead of CHF 205 (avalanche rescue equipment and taxi transport included)!    Upgrade option 3: Gorge Alpine  Book a Ski Safari and add the winter via ferrata Gorge Alpine for only CHF 70 instead of CHF 85 (equipment and taxi transport included)!    Conditions of participation: Accident insurance is the participants’ responsibility. Unaccompanied minors need a written permission from their legal guardian. We reserve the right to adjust the program to the prevailing conditions.  

Nadelhorn 4327m from Mischabel Hut

The Nadelhorn is aptly named as in German the term refers to a great needle as when viewed from the Southwest, the peak appears sharply pointed with a hole just below the summit. Its is the easiest climb in the dramatic Mischabel Group but still requires very good physical fitness and solid footwork in crampons. The climb is varied in different conditions and the final summit push requires some easy scrambling in rock and ice. The proximity and views of the other dramatic peaks in the Mischabel Group is spectacular. The day begins with an early morning alpine start at the Mischabel Hut. Under the light of our headlamps we follow a rocky path to reach the Hohbalm Glacier. We traverse the glacier and ascend up a steep snow slope to the Windjoch at 3850m. Here an amazing sunrise with endless views awaits. We reach the summit by following a snow ridge that is the ideal and direct line to the highest point in the sky. The 360 degree view from the summit is vast and nothing short of breath-taking. It is only interrupted by the nearby Lenzspitze and the mighty Dom. The descent is via the same route.   ++  Tour of medium difficulty, easy rock.  ++  Good average athletic fitness.   Ascent 1000m in 4hrs Descent 1000m in 2hrs     Group tour CHF 310 per person (excl. the overnight stay in the hut) Private tour from CHF 830 (excl. the overnight stay in the hut)   Equipment required: climbing harness crampons with antibott ice axe hiking pole head lamp windproof and warm clothing (possibly gaiters) gloves beanie or hat sunglasses and sun protection Equipment hire:  CHF 25 for climbing harness, crampons, ice axe & hiking pole

The Dom 4545m from the Dom hut

At 4545 meters the Dom is the highest peak entirely within Switzerland and the third highest in the Alps. Summiting the highest peak in the imposing Mischabel group remains a goal for many an ambitious mountaineer. While less travelled than the other famed high peaks like the Mont Blanc and Dufourspitze the splendid feeling of being underway on one of the most beautiful snow peaks in the Alps with stunning panoramic scenery. Even though its technically not difficult, the elevation as well as the length of the trip are very demanding due to no cable car access. It is therefore advisable to prepare yourself accordingly and it is ideal to arrive 1-2 days prior to acclimatize.  This climb requires a very early morning alpine start. From the Dom hut a trail continues along a moraine to the Festi Glacier. We ascend along the northern edge of the glacier and finally scramble up some easy rocks to the Festijoch and the Hohberg Glaciers. After an initially flat section, the steep route takes us to the saddle between the fore-summit and the main summit of the Dom before we reach the top. Up here, the world is at your feet and the 360 degree view is extraordinarily impressive. The descent is via the same route.   ++   Snow tour of medium difficulty. +++  Very good athletic fitness. Acclimatisation advantageous   Ascent 1600m in 6hrs Descent 1600m in 3hrs     Group tour CHF 425 per person (excl. the overnight stay in the hut) Private tour from CHF 1140 (excl. the overnight stay in the hut)   Equipment required: climbing harness crampons with antibott ice axe hiking pole head lamp windproof and warm clothing (possibly gaiters) gloves beanie or hat sunglasses and sun protection Equipment hire:  CHF 25 for climbing harness, crampons, ice axe & hiking pole