Matterhorn Ultraks SkiAlp "2K"Back-country skiing

The 2K contest is for experienced ski tourers. The course leads for 18 kilometres up to the Oberrothorn and then back down to Zermatt.

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The Matterhorn Ultraks SkiAlp ski touring races launched in February 2013 and take place in Zermatt every other year, in odd-numbered years. The event alternates with the Patrouille des Glaciers.

The 2K course places considerable demands on athletes; the race requires extensive experience of ski touring, as it leads through high-altitude alpine terrain.

  • For spectators: exciting section by the Unterrothorn
  • For spectators: lift-pass package for friends of competitors
  • Route changes possible according to weather and snow conditions
Zermatt - Tufteren - Ritzengrat - Unterrothorn - Oberrothorn - Tufternkumme - Zermatt

Distance: 18 km

D+ 2,240 and D- 2,240
Please observe the Compulsory equipment requirements in the Rules & Regulations of the Matterhorn Ultraks (Point 6).

Refreshment stations are located along the route.
Please observe the Rules & Regulations of the Matterhorn Ultraks.

Important! Previous experience of ski touring in alpine conditions is essential!

Map and arrival





Difficulty hard
Distance 17,9 km
Ascent 2240 m
Descent 2240 m
Duration 4,0 h
Lowest point 1620 m
Highest point 3414 m

Starting point of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Destination of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)


  • Nice views
  • Geological highlights
  • Summit tour
  • Tour route
  • With refreshment stops
  • Altitude ski tour
  • Clear area


Tour map (PDF)
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GPS-Track (.gpx)

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