Back-country skiing

Pfulwe

The accessibility of this tour makes it suitable for beginners and less experienced skiers. It heads from Zermatt via the Pfulwe to Täsch.

  • Type Back-country skiing
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 5,00 h
  • Distance 19,7 km
  • Ascent 816 m
  • Descent 2475 m
  • Lowest point 1438 m
  • Highest point 3311 m

Description

The ascent on touring skis from Fluhalp up to the Pfulwe takes around two hours. Arriving at the Pfulwe, you can enjoy panoramic views of some of the most incredible four-thousanders in the Alps - the Allalinhorn and Rimpfischhorn, the Monte Rosa massif, Matterhorn, Dent Blanche and as far as the Weisshorn. The effort of the ascent is worth it, as the descent that follows covers around 1,100 metres on powder snow slopes to Täschalp and then further downhill to Täsch. From Täsch, you can head back to Zermatt either by taxi or using the shuttle train.

  • For beginners and less experienced skiers
  • Peace and seclusion despite being accessible
  • Long, powder snow descent

Rothorn – Fluhalp – Pfulwe – Täschalp – Täsch

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
  • 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

 

The tour can also be completed in the opposite direction.
  • 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