Celebrating our 20th year!

Facebook YouTube Twitter Instagram Photo galleries Blog

Sign up for latest news and offers!

Oberland Traverse ski tour 2021
Altitude ski tour, which allows late season skiing, and several summits
Course overview
A challenging ski tour with some of the most stunning panoramas the Alps has to offer, all made easily accessible by the famous railway that runs through the middle of the Eiger.
The ski tour is one of the highest in the Alps so good acclimatisation is essential. As the ski tour is at altitude this tour can be run later in the season than many others, and spring powder is guaranteed!
Skiing ability should be fairly good to make the most of this amazing region. You should be fairly fit with good stamina to help you to acclimatise easier and cope with five days of touring with a pack.
You are led by an expert IFMGA Guide who knows where to find the best powder and take in the best descents of the region.
As you are based in good quality comfy Swiss refuges you avoid the hustle of the valley floor and get a good a good cooked meal after the efforts of each day. The food in some of the huts is legendary. You'll eat well, keeping you fuelled for the next day of ski touring.
The accommodation in the mountain huts on the route is half-board throughout. This level of comfort is important, as you really need a good cooked meal after the efforts of each day of ski touring.
Dates: these are listed in the column on the right, and they show the live availability from our secure online booking system. When you book online, you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine Information Booklet, course specific kit list and invoice.

Brief Course Itinerary
Sun Travel to Grindelwald to arrive for the 17:00 check-in followed by and course safety and itinerary briefings. There is time for kit checks or rental of equipment. Briefings are over by 19:00 and the Guide often accompanies the group to pre-dinner drinks. Night in Grindelwald.
Mon Day 1 ski tour: Grindelwald is at the foot of the Eiger, and from here you take the impressive mountain railway built through the mountain to Jungfraujoch (3454m) and skin to Mönchjochhütte at 3627m. This is intentionally an easy day, but you'll have time to get your ski legs back on the way to the hut.
Day 2 ski tour: Alpine start from Mönchjochhütte for the Emigschneefald descent, then ascend to the Grunnenhorn 3860m, and then ski down and up to Grunhornlucke 3280m. After these two peaks, you ski down to reach the spectacularly located Finsteraarhorn Hut at 3048m.
Wed Day 3 ski tour: Ascend on skins to the Wyssnollen 3590m or Gross 3905m, before sking down to traverse over the famous Grünhornlücke 3280m, the high pass between the Aletsch and Fiesch valleys, before skiing down to reach the Konkordiahutte 2850m, where you spend the night.
Day 4 ski tour: An early start for the ascent to the summit of Louritor 3676m, from whose peak you get a great view of all the main Bernese Oberland summits all around you. After leaving the summit, you ski down to reach the Hollandia Hut 3240m, where you spend the night..
Fri Day 5 ski tour: The final and highest summit of the week, the Abenflue 3962m, before the long ski all the way down and the descent to Gopstein by bus, then you take the train back to Grindelwald for celebratory meal in the evening to toast the weeks achievements.
Sat Breakfast then the accommodation check out is by 10:00. Most arrange their airport transfers to leave around this time, to catch a flight from Geneva about midday. Depart for home.
ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain adventures are weather and conditions dependant, so occasionaly we are forced to alter the plans. If this is the case, suitable alternatives are offered. Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity that you will attempt.

Course Prices
Standard course
5 full days IFMGA guiding, 1:6 max ratio
7 days holiday in total, Sunday-Saturday
Live availability
Click on the planner logo to the right to
see the real time live course availability
Latest Availability
Secure online booking system
Standard Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guides for five days, 2) Alpine course hosts for logistics & briefings, 3) Pre course information booklet, 4) Equipment discount voucher for UK shops, 5) Two nights B&B accommodation in Grindelwald, 6) Four nights half board accommodation in mountain huts including three course cooked evening meals. 8) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Grindelwald, 2) Cable cars and uplift (budget on c.£90), 3) Ski hire, 4) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 5) Sunday pre-dinner drinks & Friday celebratory meal & drinks, 6) Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
Group sizes: 3 - 6 people per IFMGA mountain guide. For group sizes of over 6 people, there are multiple guides, and the teams travel independently of each other.
Upgrade options
Avalanche Skills Training
£75 (throughout the season)
To learn avalanche prediction, reutschblocks and use of avalanche tranceivers. Course is available on any dates, either scheduled or private, details.
Current course availability

Course Dates
Oberland Ski Tour
  • [5+] 14 - 20 Mar 2021
  • [5+] 4 - 10 Apr 2021
  • [5+] 25 Apr - 1 May 2021
NOTE: This trip has scheduled
dates, but if there are four who
are booking together, it can be
operated on any date you wish

Price: £1399 Book online

Preparatory trips
Intro Ski Touring

Aosta Ski Tour

Haute Route to Zermatt
Monte Rosa ski tour

Next trips
Ski Mount Elbrus
Ski Mont Blanc
Client feedback

First can I thank you for organising a fantastic trip. S was just what I want in a guide, good fun, keen to teach and happy to shout at you when you do something stupid. The trip was a good mix of skinning and scrambling, more adventurous than a normal tour. I know it is early but I will welcome more of the same next year

Charles A , Oberland Ski Tour

The ladders to one of the huts will stay in my mind for a while, but the skiing was really fun

Annette L , Oberland Ski Tour

A great week. Thanks again all

Dean H , Oberland Ski Tour

Press & media
Films & videos
Photo gallery
Location data for this trip
The trips all start in the village of Grindlewald in Switzerland. It is easily accessed via train or transfer from Geneva airport.
Time Difference
GMT +1hr
Local Currency
Travel from UK
1hr flight
Skis & equipment advice
Because we know it is so important to you to have the most suitable equipment and clothing for off piste skiing and touring, we have devoted a page especially to it, which you can access by clicking on the image, or by clicking here. This page outlines the key equipment you should bring, and gives examples of skis that are suitable for the course. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
Suggested reading and kit
View full course equipment list, with examples of kit, click here
Any further questions?
A key part of choosing a company is being able to come and talk about your plans with an experienced course advisor face to face. In an increasingly virtual world, we know our clients value speaking to real people, getting open and honest advice. The vast majority of our clients are British, and our office and outdoor store is based in Windermere in the English Lake District.

Get in contact to arrange a meeting, and come in for a coffee to discuss your course in person with a trip advisor.

Facebook Icicle Instagram Twitter Icicle
Windermere & online shop technical kit clothing & shoes the book shop special offers
conditions|privacy|sitemap|copyright © 2020 Icicle, Church Street, Windermere, Lake District, LA23 1AQ
Icicle logo is the registered trademark ® of Icicle Mountaineering|UK company 413 6635. VAT 770 137 933