Back-country skiing

Pfulwe

This ski tour is suited for beginners and skiing pleasure-seekers. However, it has to do with a prestigious form of this sport: skiing away from the prepared slopes and far away from the pistes. Therefore, a mastery of parallel ski turns in every type of snow is a precondition.

  • Type Back-country skiing
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 3,30 h
  • Distance 8,8 km
  • Ascent 569 m
  • Descent 1003 m
  • Lowest point 2177 m
  • Highest point 3178 m

Description

The climb from Fluhalp (2,616 m) to Pfulwe (3,314 m) lasts about two hours. Once at Pfulwe, one has a panoramic view of some of the most impressive four thousand-metre peaks in the Alps: Allalin and Rimpfischhorn, Monte Rosa Massif, Matterhorn, Dent Blanche all the way to the Weisshorn. The effort climbing was worth it, because there is now a downhill run with a drop of about 1,100 metres through powder snow to (2,214 m) and then further down until one is at Täsch. From there, one can take a taxi or the shuttle train back to Zermatt.

  • Ski tour with a descent far away from the pistes
  • A mountain guide is recommended

Ascent from Fluhalp - Pfulwe (length approx. 2 h) afterwards descent to Täschalp (approx. 50 min.) and then down to Täsch

We recommend for this tour to book eventually a mountain guide who knows well the place.

We recommend:

  • Ski touring equipment: touring ski-boots, touring skis with touring bindings, ski poles, skins, ski crampons
  • Climbing harness
  • Avalanche transeiver
  • Backpack, 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.)

Important! Requirement: parallel turns in all types of snow, good physical condition

We recommend a guided tour a with mountain guide who knows well the place. Further information and mountain guide agency: www.zermatters.ch

Crampons, climbing harnesses and helmets can be rented in different sport shops in the village.

  • 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.

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