“This winter via ferrata is only for experienced mountaineers, who are used to climbing with crampons and attached skis on rocks and ice,” says Kurt Lauber, hut warden in the Hörnlihütte, mountain guide and co-initiator of the new via ferrata.
Stopover at the Ghost Station
The winter via ferrata is best done in a group or individually but always with a mountain guide. This new offering can be booked at the Alpin Center Zermatt.
The first part is a chairlift ride from Trockener Steg (2,939 m) to the Furggsattel (3,300 m). Beginning there, one hikes for about an hour to the entrance to the via ferrata. This has fixed steel cables, with which one can move forward from point to point secured by the correct equipment – as is standard on all via ferrata. The crossing of the via ferrata takes about one hour until the Furggen mountain lift station is reached. This rich in history ghost station served as the mountain station of an aerial cableway from 1951 until the 1990s. It was a pioneer effort by the tourism visionaries of Breuil/Cervinia in Italy.
After a break at the eagles’ nest, one continues on skis in an impressive descent towards Cervinia in a large arch and always with the south face of the Matterhorn at one’s back.