Winterlücke

Hike twice, ski twice and cross close to the St. Gotthard pass

Also in Uri, Switzerland

Ski Touring Moderate

Distance
6.9 km
Ascent
390 m
Descent
1.1 km
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
2.6 km
Gradient
48˚
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Description

From the top of Gemsstock you ski south, about 35 degrees for a few turns, then a flat part and again a 35 degrees part, this time a bit longer and with more traversing. When you arrive under a little pass on your right (west) which is about 100 metres higher, start walking. There are often tracks for skins and for foot-steps. At the pass called Guspis your run starts. You cannot miss the way, just follow gravity. When the valley turns right you keep going straight and start climbing up with your skins heading south-west. The pass is at 2585 metres, so you have a bit more than 200 metres of height difference. On the other side you just keep going down as you want. After 500 metres there are some cliffs but they are easy to navigate around. When you arrive at the first hut, "Grasso della Riva" they are over. There you could turn left to go to the St. Gotthard Pass and then follow the road, or you continue straight down to the pass road. When you reach it, follow it, skiing on top of the gallery and then follow again the road. At "Mätteli" it does a big "S"; cut the corner and follow it again until Realp, where a ski bus is running every half an hour.

Difficulty

Moderate

Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

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

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, December

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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