Blumental

Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren

A short hike accesses a large bowl for some great off piste

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
912 m
Ascent
15 m
Descent
231 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
30˚
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Description

After getting off the Schiltgrat chairlift take your skis off and be prepared for a short (5-10 minute) hike. Climb further up the Schiltgrat ridge behind the top station (A sign saying danger of avalanches shows you where to go). The path is normally obvious and well worn as this is an often skied freeride option. The walk is somewhat challenging as there is a chance of falling either side of the narrow ridge line. When you reach the highest point there is a very narrow flat place to put your skis on. Careful side slipping is required to enter the large Blumental bowl. From there you have the pick of a number of lines. If you drop in immediately you access the steepest pitch which gives 400 metres of consistent powder turns but bushes can be an issue. After a few skiers have done this route a traversing path starts to form going further and further across the bowl allowing you to drop in wherever you see untracked powder, also giving a longer (c.600 metres) if slightly less steep descent. The slope gently flattens out before rejoining the Hindenburg piste, so straight lining the last bit is advisable to rejoin the run without poling. There is risk of avalanche from above so caution after heavy snowfall is advised, especially the further into the bowl you traverse. This is a great off-piste option and well worth the short hike especially following new snow as many are put off by the walk, meaning fresh tracks are easy to come by.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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