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Silvretta Ski Tour

Enjoying fresh powder off the Haagspitze, Silvretta Alps, March 2012

The Silvretta lie on the Austrian Swiss border and form an arc of fantastic, 3000m peaks cleaved by glaciers. Served by clean and friendly huts and enjoying reliable snowfall this region remains a firm favourite of ski tourers of all abilities.

The Silvretta are a ski tourers paradise with many variations on the 'classic' tour possible. Easily reached from Innsbruck (or in fact by rail from anywhere in Switzerland) we meet in Landeck (45 minutes from Ischgl and on the main rail line).

Day 1. Meet in Landeck and hire skis if needed. Final kit check and dispersal of group kit.

Day 2. Travel to Ischgl. Either ski the resort in am or set straight off. A number of options are available but the Piz Davo Sasse (and its inviting north face) are a great start before descent to the Heidelberger Hut.

Day 3. Ascent of the Breite Krone 3079m before descending to the Jamtal Hut. In some conditions you can ski all the way to the summit but it is more normal to make a small depot and scramble the final 100m.

Day 4. Ascent of the Hintere Jamspitze 3156m. Another easyish ski peak. The access down to the true left bank of the Jamtalfirner is more difficult and can include a small abseil. We then head over the Ochenscharte and down to the Wiesbadner Hut.

Day 5. Ascent of the Piz Buin 3312m. This really is the Silvretta's jewel in the crown and provides a great mountaineering challenge at about F/PD. Return to the Wiesbadner for an extra night.

Day 6. We set out from behind the hut and climb steeply to the Bieltaljoch. From here an ascent of the Rauherkopf provides a fitting finale before the long descent all the way down to Galtur. A short bus journey takes us back to Ischgl.

For an account of a previous tour see SILVRETTA SKI TOUR 2012 or Silvretta Ski Tour 2013