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4,000m + Monte Rosa Ski Tour - Gressony, Zermat, Cervinia, Champoluc

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Just back from quite a challenging three days doing the above.

All though I'm pretty strong when it comes to being ski tour fit for sub 3,000m tours that we do around here in Serre Chevalier on a frequent basis throughout the season, going above 4,000m was indeed a challenge, and we climbed to 4,500 which is the highest I've ever been

And again the terrain was in another league as well with staggering glacial skiing and the constant danger of crevasses is very real.

My mate on a splitboard found it even more of a challenge, whilst our other mate was fine as he's a lot younger as is used to high altitude terrain and is in training for his annual assault on Mont Blanc.

Trouble is that you tired as refuges were around 3,500m and without being acclimatised sleep is really hard, so bad nights sleep combined with being exhausted is not a good mixture, but what a trip!

Have to say Zermatt is quite a location.

We were lucky with the weather and snowpack was varied, one-day superb cold snow, next day crust and spring snow and heavy cement lower down.












Our guide Andrea


And food was outsanding in one refuge


Map of our root
https://eur-share.inreach.garmin.com/gavlar

And more images and more detail of the trip

https://stylealtitude.com/monte-rosa-ski-tour.html
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Weathercam wrote:






That’s a beauty. Zermatt sure is pretty special with good weather!
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Thanks for sharing. Seeing photos of places I have toured makes me even more jealous than with places I haven’t! It makes me wish I was doing it right now.
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@BobinCH, forgot to mention, four Brit guys from Verbier were in the hut first night.

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Small world, I was up there with two mates (& a guide) at the end of March 2019 but the wind had sandblasted everything the previous weekend. Went up Breithorn, Castor & Signalkuppe (Margherita Hütte). Did you get any drone footage?

Our plan was one night in a winter room and then two nights in the Gnifetti Hütte, so only one night without showers.
First night went to plan.
Second night we ran short of time as Castor ended up being an ice climb rather than a boot up. Ended up in another winter room where the doors and windows let in snow and cold air. My camelbak froze indoors overnight.
Third night finally reached the Gnifetti Hütte only to find out they didn't have enough water for the showers. Only one cold water tap for 30 skiers to wash & brush our teeth with.
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@DB, wow that sounds hardcore Shocked

And I did not take the drone, though do agree could get some fantastic footage!

Just as we were transitioning after the short ski down to start the long climb up to the Gnifetti Hütte as the top lift was closed, this other group appeared and I looked over and it was guide I know well having done four trips with him to Val Maira and other locations in Piedmont.

Can be a crazy small world in the Mountains.



My mate heard him telling his clients as we started on our long hike up the hut, having explained the rest of our agenda "those guys are going high" Laughing
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@Weathercam,

Still waiting for pics, and go-pro / drone footage from a friend but here are a few pics …..












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@DB, respect guys but I'm not sure picture 4 is in lexicon of skiing Madeye-Smiley
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@Weathercam - love the first set of photos, the second one in particular looks like it should be in a magazine. I climbed Monterosa (Dufourspitze) last summer, really made me want to go back and do the spaghetti tour on skis and you're not helping!
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Little vid - towards the end, you can clearly see the hole on the single track and many more indentations either side, and how sweet the snow was, on that particular day at least!


http://youtube.com/v/hUJSMmbuRso
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