Matterhorn Ultraks SkiAlp "1K"Back-country skiing

Ski touring contests are very popular in Zermatt. The new races of the Matterhorn Ultraks SkiAlp have quickly established themselves as a major event on the calendar.

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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 (a team race held in even years: 2014, 2016, and so on).

The 1K course offers everyone who has dreamed of taking part in a ski touring contest the chance to compete in the most beautiful mountain setting in the Alps, at the foot of the Matterhorn. The course leads through the heart of the “white circus” of Zermatt and up the Furgghorn (which requires competitors to carry their skis). Descent via the Theodul Glacier to Zermatt.

  • For spectators: exciting section by the Gandegg hut
  • For spectators: lift-pass package for friends of competitors
  • Route changes possible according to weather and snow conditions
Schwarzsee - Furgghorn - Gandegg Mitte - Gorner Glacier - Zermatt

Distance: 20 km

D+ 1,300 und D- 2,300 

Effective kilometres: 40

Please observe the Compulsory equipment requirements in the Rules & Regulations of the Matterhorn Ultraks (Point 3).

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

Important! This is a demanding ski tour in the high mountains and incorporates glacier crossings. 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 20 km
Ascent 1019 m
Descent 1957 m
Duration 8,10 h
Lowest point 1620 m
Highest point 3394 m

Starting point of the tour:

Schwarzsee (2'583 m)

Destination of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)


  • Nice views
  • Geological highlights
  • Summit tour
  • Tour route
  • With refreshment stops
  • Mountain railway ascent/descent
  • Altitude ski tour
  • Clear area


Tour map (PDF)
Google-Earth (.kml)
GPS-Track (.gpx)

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