Touring from Chamonix to Zermatt is commonly known as the Haute Route - it is an absolute classic. First skied in 1924 by Doctor Payot and his friends it is quite possibly the world’s most famous ski touring journey.
These days there are multiple route options. But the classic seven day route begins in Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc and ends in Zermatt in the shadow of the Matterhorn. Along the way it passes through some of the Alps most spectacular scenery, crosses famous passes and through untouched wilderness.
We overnight in fairly basic but comfortable huts, which after a day on the mountains will feel like a home from home. While you shouldn’t expect fine dining you will be very well fed with large tasty meals.
The Snowbusters Chamonix to Zermatt Ski Tour is possible for intermediate and advanced tourers. You will need a good level of fitness and be capable of climbing 1000+ metres in a day. We spend up to seven hours touring each day so you need to be in good shape.
Ski touring is the traditional way of skiing and the only way to experience the Haute Route in winter. Not only is it a great way to explore this part of the Alps but along the way we should find plenty of untouched powder.
The Snowbusters Chamonix to Zermatt ski tour is led by fully certified UIAGM guides. Safety is always the top priority when touring, but we’ll also coach you along the way to help improve your touring skills and efficiency.
With safety the number one priority we’ll teach you how to use avalanche safety equipment and spend time practicing rescues and learning the key skills that are required if something bad happens. This includes group rescues, multiple backfilling, digging victims and some useful first aid.
But the most important thing to learn is how to avoid an avalanche in the first place. For this you need to understand the conditions, read snow profiles and perform snow stability tests. While there is a little theory to understand Snowbusters teach this in real life situations on the mountain.
In the end it all comes down to good trip planning. Avoiding potential problems – be they human, conditions or terrain – before they become an issue is paramount to staying safe.
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The Snowbusters Chamonix to Zermatt Ski Tour is much more than a classic alpine journey. The Haute Route is almost a pilgrimage for those who like to tour. But rather than just follow in others footsteps you will be part of the planning, will learn about staying safe and performing a rescue. But as with all Snowbusters trips it will also be fun, we love the mountains and will be stoked to pass some of our passion onto you.
Coffee, tea, breakfast, morning yoga, jogging, ... or what ever morning routine you are use to.6 - 8 am
Heading off to the adventure of the day.
Time to tour up and ride it deep and steep.8.30 am - 5 pm
Après-ski beer / vine. Planning the next day (avalanche forecast, route planning, ...)
Possibly meeting for communal dinner.7 pm
Drinks, bit of party, sleep. But it is only a suggestion ;)
Shared accommodation in mountain huts.
You will be able to purchased food in the huts. Some specialities you will need to cary though.
You should bring your personal ski or snowboard freeride touring equipment (skis with touring bindings, splitboard, skins, telescopic poles, ...), avalanche set and ski or snowboard clothing.