Switzerland lies in the centre of the Alps and therefore is often referred to as
the Central Alps. This can be divided into the Western and Eastern Alps. The Western
Alps covers areas like the Mont Blanc Massif, the Valais Alps and the Bernese Alps.
The Eastern side which contains the Oberhalbstein Range, the Albula Alps and the
As you can see Switzerland has massive potential for ski touring. The options seem
endless and most of Switzerland is serviced by well equipped huts that between February
and April will mostly be fully manned. It is also law in Switzerland for every hut
to have a winter room. They are often basic but will provide shelter and warmth.
You could choose to plan a ski tour based on using these winter rooms if you were
touring slightly out of season.
It does not really take much longer to drive to the Swiss alps than it does Chamonix
and if you are going to fly Geneva is beautifully positioned. Also, in true Swiss
style the transport network is impeccable so if you are going to base yourself in
one area this is a great option. Ski touring in Switzerland can be remarkable hassle
free even without private transport.
As with anywhere in Europe you can seek out some great ski tours, but there happens
to be a great Cicerone guide covering the Western Alps and I can vouch for the day
tours in Switzerland. It is actually a snowshoeing guide. But it serves the same
purpose! Check it out...
Don’t forget Switzerland is not part of the EC. Therefore your E111 is not technically
Make sure you have comprehensive medical cover as well as accident care.