Advanced to Expert Ski Tour
The Haute Route it’s a tough and committing trip, with some long and tiring days, and steep and exposed terrain in both ascent and descent – requiring experience and a careful approach.
The Haute Route is not a trip for beginners or those with just a few days of experience in ski touring.
This is an Advanced Level Alpine hut-to-hut tour in which you need to demonstrate the following skiing skills:
1. Technical Ski Ability – your off-piste ski ability should be at Ski Tech Level 3-4. At this point you want to handle difficult snow/steep slopes more confidently in better style. But have no issue whatsoever going down 45dg slopes if necessary.
2. Physical Fitness – On skis: you can skin uphill at 300-400m/hr for 5-6 hrs a day (~2000m of ascent each day).
3. Alpine Ski Touring Experience – you should have solid ski touring experience, using an alpine touring setup/equipment. This means at least 3 weeks ski touring experience, preferably including some hut-to-hut touring.