Back-country skiing

La Traversata

A tour for active skiers, ski tour enthusiasts and fans of adventure. La Traversata heads over a via ferrata on the border between Switzerland and Italy and is ideal for freeriders, too.

  • Type Back-country skiing
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 4,00 h
  • Distance 7,7 km
  • Ascent 233 m
  • Descent 1546 m
  • Lowest point 2014 m
  • Highest point 3500 m

Description

This ski tour starts at the Furggsattel mountain station. From there, it takes an hour to reach the entry point for the winter via ferrata “La Traversata”. With your skis on your backpack, you then climb the via ferrata – this takes about an hour – until reaching the historic Furggen mountain station (3,500 metres). To finish off, strap your skis back on and enjoy a 1,500 metre-long freeride descent to Italian Breuil-Cervinia, with the south face of the Matterhorn behind you all the way.

  • Climb rock and ice with skis on your backpack (and crampons)
  • Only for confident alpinists with a head for heights
  • Excellent skiing abilities and ski tour experience required

Mountain station Furggsattel – entrance to the winter via ferrata – mountain station Furggen – Breuil-Cervinia (IT).

We recommend to book a mountain guide who knows well the place.

We recommend:

  • Ski touring equipment: touring ski-boots, touring skis with touring bindings, ski poles, skins, crampons
  • Climbing harness
  • Via ferrata kit
  • Backpack, shovel, probe
  • Avalanche transeiver
  • Warm weatherproof clothing
  • Warm gloves and warm hat
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Warm drinks
  • Snack (high energy foods such as chocolate, dried fruit etc.)

Important! Requirement: very good skiing skills and abilities, ski touring experience, surefooted with no fear of heights

This tour is also accessible in summer but it takes a bit longer to get to the start.

The historically important Furggen mountain station was a pioneering effort of the tourism visionaries from Breuil-Cervinia in Italy. It was used as the mountain station for a cable car lift well into the 1990s.

 

  • Always go with a mountain guide on a tour
  • Stay up-to-date with the weather and avalanche status: Snow Report
    More information is available in the Swiss avalanche bulletins (www.slf.ch)
  • Always maintain visual contact with accompanying persons
  • Use key sections and extremely steep slopes individually
  • Never go into a wild game protection zone (these are marked and one will be fined)
  • Always switch the avalanche transceiver (LVS device) unit to transmission
  • Always carry a shovel and a probe
  • Pay close attention to daily atmospheric warming and continually re-evaluate the situation

Tip: “Be searchable”. Equip yourself with an additional RECCO rescue reflector*. Whether summer or winter. Available in our Online-Shop or our information desk.
*The additional reflector does not replace an avalanche beacon.

Map and arrival