Eagle Ski Club

Western Oberland Tour,
Leukerbad to Sion
28th March - 9 April 2014



Leukerbad to Schwarenbach Hotel

We all assembaled at the Leukerbad cable car and took it to the Gemmipass and then had an easy ski mainly down to the hotel. The top floor of the hotel has alpine bunks.

Schwarenback to Lammerenhutte via Roter Totx (2848m), 8km climb 788m

An hour or so into our assent we discovered there was a big ski touring race on and had to avoid speady competitors. we reached the sumit in good time and arrived at the hut at ?? We stayed here for two nights.

Lammerenhutte to Steghorn (3146m) , 9km climb 646m

As well as taking in some transceiver practice, snowpit assessment and crevasse rescue drill, we made a day tour up Steghorn (3146m). Plenty of stable snow cover but good stuff was hard to find. A binding heel came off in Neil’s hand, a worrying event that fortunately proved to be just a matter of adjustment.

Leukerbad, Gemmipass in background

Team on the Roter Tox
with the Seghorn in teh background

Lammerenhutte to Wildstrubelhutte via Wildstrubel (3244m) , 10Km climb 743m

We traversed the Wildstrubel (3244m) en route to the Wildstrubelhütte. The first pitch down was wind-blown bare so we walked down to where we could drop left into the steeper main south face. The crusty snow provided a challenging ski down but allowed us to skim half-way across the vast, flat Glacier de la Plaine Morte. The final leg was hot and wearying but the reward was to reach the delightful hut, with a resident lame fox that Daniela the guardian fed in the evening.

Wildstrubelhutte to Wildhornhutte via Schnidehorn (2938m) , 10Km climb 558 m

After a cold and hard descent, we made our way across complex terrain to find the canyon that leads up to Schniderhorn (2937m). The route off the south ridge towards the Wildhornhütte was not obvious at first and needed a backwards boot down the first few metres before skis could be put on for another mixed descent.

Wildhornhutte to Cab des Audannes via Wildhorn (3246m) . 7Km climb 943m

We ascended the Wildhorn (3247m). Not far down, on the way to the Cabane des Audannes, John twisted a knee and couldn’t continue on skis. We spent the next three hours assisting him down to the hut by various means, the hut then callied out a helicopter, which we could have done much earlier.

Cab des Audannes to Sion

We worked our way over to the Combe des Andins where we found the best snow of the week which, though quite tracked by heli-skiers, gave us a great descent right onto the pistes of Anzère. There we waited in the sun for a bus to the youth hostel in Sion, a reunion with John (ligaments pulled but not broken) and a welcome beer and pizza.

Saturday to Wednesday

I met up with John Chew another "Eagle", and stayed at his house in a Village near to Grimentz. We did 4 day tours around the area.



John off to hospital

Maps used:

Swisstopo Skitourenkarte Wildstrubel 263 S
Swisstopo Skitourenkarte Montana 273 S

Accommodation Notes:

Schwarenback Hotel; +41 33 675 12 72; info@schwarenbach.ch
Lammerenhutte; +41 27 470 25 15; info@laemmerenhuette.ch
Wildstrubelhutte; +41 33 744 33 39; info@wildstrubelhuette.ch
Wildhornhutte; +41 33 733 23 82; wildhornhuette@bluewin.ch
Cab des Audannes; +41 27 398 45 50; gardien@audannes.ch
Sion YHA, +41 27 323 74 70; sion@youthhostel.ch