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!
Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.
Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.
By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).

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)
Google-Earth (.kml)
GPS-Track (.gpx)

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