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Ski tourers below the Matterhorn at the end of a successful Haute Route
Europe's famous peaks
Ski tourers are dwarfed by the Matterhorn during the final long descent to Zermatt.
Climbing the final steep slope to the Col du Mont Brulé
Stunning Mountain Scenery
Immerse yourself in the European Alps on one of the finest mountain journeys in the world!
Ski Mountaineering skills practice
Ski Mountaineering Skills
Previous experience with crampons and ice axe is essential.
Ski tourers at Cabane du Trient
European Hospitality
Enjoying a beer in the sun after a great day out!
Crossing the Fenêtre Saleina on the Haute Rout
High alpine pass crossings
Good acclimatization is key to a successful traverse of the Haute Route.
Side-slipping on belay below the Col du Chardonnet
Technical Terrain
The rope is needed to safely negotiate steep passes and couloirs.
Ski tourers arriving at Cabane de Chanrion
Fully-catered Mountain Huts
Half-board service is standard - enjoy a light pack!

The Haute Route

A high level ski traverse across the European Alps

The Haute Route is a magnificent traverse that attracts skiers from all around the world and is one of the 'big ticks' on many ski mountaineers' bucket lists. There are multiple variations to suit different levels of ski mountaineering ability, with most options starting in Chamonix, France and finishing in Zermatt, Switzerland. With fantastic scenery, technical terrain and long descents, the Haute Route is not just a great ski tour, it is one of the finest mountain journeys anywhere in the world.

For the New Zealand ski-mountaineer, the Haute Route offers us relative luxury in the form of fully catered huts, which, compared to New Zealand's unheated public huts, seem more like mountain hotels. Hut to hut touring can be done with light-weight day packs, as dinner, bed and breakfast is provided at the huts. No need to carry a sleeping bag, overnight food, cooker or fuel - instead picture yourself enjoying a refreshing beer on the deck after a rewarding day ski touring!




The ideal season for the Haute Route is from late March through until early May. Dates are scheduled on request and are chosen to try and avoid popular times such as public holidays and weekends on the most frequented sections of the route and to preferably avoid coinciding with large guided groups (which often start and finish on a weekend). Acclimatization time beforehand is strongly recommended.

Please contact us to arrange suitable dates for your group.

Travel to/from the Haute Route


The alpine towns of Chamonix, Zermatt and Saas Fee are easily reached by train from Geneva airport. Arriving in Chamonix 2-3 days in advance is recommended for acclimatization. It is also recommended that you leave your departure date from Zermatt/Saas Fee flexible by 2 days in case you are delayed due to weather or snow conditions.

You are responsible for you own travel to Chamonix and from Zermatt/Saas Fee. There is a regular bus/train service to/from Chamonix, Zermatt and Saas Fee each day - tickets can be purchased on the day or online ahead of time. If you plan to leave equipment in Chamonix, you will need to make arrangements to return via Chamonix after the tour, have it sent to Zermatt or stored elsewhere. It is usually possible to arrange for storage of spare equipment at your hotel in Chamonix.



A full equipment list will be supplied at the time of booking. You are responsible for supplying your own personal clothing, pack and ski mountaineering kit. While equipment can be hired locally, we strongly recommend having your own tried and tested equipment (and that it is modern, reasonably lightweight and in good working order). We can provide avalanche transceivers, shovels and probes, harness, crampons and ice axe, if required and are happy to advise on equipment choices.



It is recommended to take out trip cancellation insurance via your travel agent. Specific cover for higher risk activities, including ski mountaineering, can be arranged through the New Zealand Alpine Club.

Another alternative is becoming a member of the Austrian Alpine Club. Their membership provides rescue insurance and has the added benefit of reciprocal rights at alpine huts (a reduced overnight rate).