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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

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.

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.

Strahlhorn from Britannia hut

Spring at the bottom - winter feeling in the hights. Enjoy best ski touring conditions in April/Mai. From April, 23rd the Felskinn cable-car is running daily at 4.30 pm, saturdays also at 7.30 am and bring you up to the Britanniahut. Strahlhorn - the perfect touring mountain for all well-trained ski mountaineers. After an overnight stay in the Britannia refuge, the tour can start in the early morning. The mountain guide will accompaigne you over the Allalin glacier until you will arrive at the Adlerpass (3789m) where you can enjoy a first look at the Monte Rosa group. The last ascent to the peak leads over a broad ice field to the summit ridge. Only a few metres to the summit cross left and the spectacular panoramic view over Northern Italy to the Po Valley on clear days will reward you for the hard physical work before.   +    Technically easy. Minimum gradients. Prior knowledge with diffrent snow conditions required. + +  Good, average athletic fitness.   Ascent Descent 1100m in 5hrs 2420 altitude difference to Saas-Almagell*     Group tour   CHF 425 per person incl. overnight stay, dinner and breakfast cable-car ticket not included (additional 40 CHF) Private tour   CHF  980 for 1 person CHF 1080 for 2 persons CHF 1295 for 3 persons CHF 1560 for 4 persons CHF 1780 for 5 persons CHF 1850 for 6 persons incl. overnight stay, dinner and breakfast cable-car ticket not included (additional 40 CHF) *Provided that the snow conditions allow it. Equipment required: avalanche rescue set (avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe) climbing harness touring skis / splitboard with touring bindings and skins crampons for the skis evtl. crampons and ice axe   Equipment hire: CHF 15 for climibing harness and avalanche rescue set

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

Fluchthorn from Brittania hut

After the snowfalls on the turn of the months april and may, the conditions are like in high winter – just with more sunshine. Whether with skis, snowboard or telemark skis - this technically easy tour will inspire you. Although this summit doesn't reach 4000m, the views to the Monte Rosa East face and the surrounding peaks are just as breathtaking. The long and diverse descents to Mattmark/Saas-Almagell offer a fantastic off-piste adventure. Update may 2 2017: Due the current great conditions, this tour is still practicable with snow equipment. The Felskinn gondola brings us the evening before on the mountain. With a 45 minutes easy march we reach the Brittania hut. After a overnight stay we have breakfast with a breathtaking sunrise. Then, we start our tour.   +     Technically easy. Minimal gradient. Prior knowledge in deep snow required. + +  Good average athletic fitness   Ascent Descent 700m in 3.5hrs 2150m to Saas-Almagell     Group tour Private tour CHF 260 per person (incl. taxi transport) (excl. overnight stay in Brittania hut CHF 76) (excl. gondola up to Felskinn CHF 40) from CHF 730 (incl. taxi transport) (excl. overnight stay in Brittania hut CHF 76) (excl. gondola up to Felskinn CHF 40)   Equipment required: avalanche rescue set (avalanche course, shovel, probe) touring skis with touring bindings and skins /splitboard or snowshoes if snowboarding   Equipment hire: CHF 15 for climbing harness and avalanche rescue kit