Western Oberland Ski Tour

Western Oberland Ski Tour

This area is ideal for touring with gentler gradients than the Bernese Oberland and lies at a lower altitude.

The huts are superb and there is huge scope for day tours along the way. The focus of the tour are the two peaks of the Wildhorn and the Wildstrubel March to April

Sample itinerary

Day 1. Off piste at Les Diablerets; a chance to brush up on touring skills and get our ski legs back. We take in Les Diablerets summit before going to the Prarochet Hut.

Day 2. Today we climb the Arpelistock 3035m, part of the main chain we are traversing. The descent down the North East flank is steep for a few hundred metres but soon eases to give a great ski to the Gelten Hut.

Day 3. This day we aim to traverse the Western Oberland’s highest peak: the Wildhorn 3274m. This is a crucial stage in the tour and good weather is helpful. We spend the night at the Wildhorn Hut.

Day 4. An easier day. We first climb the Schnidehorn 2937m (where we have to carry skis) then over the Weisshorn 2948m to the Wildstrubel Hut.

Day 5. The Wildstrubel 3244m is today’s objective and it is probably the finest ski peak in the range. We traverse it to the excellent Lammeren Hut. This hut is easily reached from Leukerbad (cable car) and is centrally placed for many moderate peaks if the itinerary allows.

Day 6. This is a great ski descent into Kandersteg with over 1600m of descent. Good conditions are needed as the slopes are steep and the skiing sustained in places. A great end to the tour though!