Fixed rope route

La Traversata

A tour for active and athletic skiers, touring skiers and adventure seeking fans. The La Traversata “traverses” a via ferrata – fixed-cable route – and lets freeriders get their money’s worth.

  • Type Fixed rope route
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 2,00 h
  • Distance 2,2 km
  • Ascent 314 m
  • Descent 158 m
  • Lowest point 3327 m
  • Highest point 3500 m


This tour begins at the Furggsattel mountain station (3,300 m). From there, the first hour is spent on touring skis to climb to the winter via ferrata “La Traversata”, which has fixed steel cables. With skis added to the backpacks, one traverses the via ferrata in about one hour and reaches the Furggen mountain station (3,500 m) with its rich historical past. Finally, the next section begins with stepping into the ski bindings and continues by taking a 1,500 m long freeride descent to Cervinia in Italy with the south wall of the Matterhorn always at one’s back.


  • climb over cliffs, rocks and ice with crampons and skis
  • historically important Furggen mountain station
  • only for surefooted and experienced Alpinists without a fear of heights
  • very good skiing skills and touring experience required
  • mountain guide is essential (offer can be booked by the Zermatters)

From the Furggsattel mountain station by foot on touring skis for one hour to the entry climb into the via ferrata. In a further hour along a rocky ridge with skis strapped to the backpack until the Furggen mountain station is reached. Finally, a freeride downhill to Cervinia in Italy.


For this tour, it is recommended to book a mountain guide familiar with this route.

We recommend:

  • Ski touring equipment: touring ski-boots, touring skis with touring bindings, ski poles, skins, crampons
  • Backpack (skis must be strapped for carrying)

  • Climbing harness ...
  • Avalanche transeiver
  • Shovel, probe
  • Warm weatherproof clothing
  • Warm gloves and warm hat
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Warm drinks
  • Snack (high energy foods such as chocolate, dried fruit etc.)


If you need to hire any of the required equipment below, you can do so in a sports store in Zermatt.


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

This tour is also possible in summer but initial access route takes a bit longer.


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.


  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.

Map and arrival