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5 of the Most Iconic Ski Peaks in the Alps

Everyone loves great skiing, but great skiing from an iconic mountain is even better!

Description

The Alps is perhaps the ultimate mountain playground, with lifts and huts making some of the most famous and beautiful peaks in the World easily accessible to ski tourers. Virtually every peak in the Alps can skied from its summit and these are 5 of the best, and best looking. One of the routes (the Stopselzieher line on Germany's highest peak, the Zugspitze) can be skied straight off a cable car but all of the others require you to put some effort in. However, skiing the most beautiful peak in an area is worth a bit of effort, and knowing that you earned your summit will make that post-ski drink taste even better! This list takes in the highest and second highest peaks in the Alps (Mont Blanc and the Dufourspitze), the highest peak in the Vanoise region of France (the Grande Casse), the highest mountain in Germany (Zugspitze), and the perfectly shaped peak which dominates the skyline from Innsbruck (Serles). That's not a bad list of peaks to climb on foot, let alone on skis!

Mont Blanc North Face
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Mont Blanc North Face

Chamonix
22.5 km2,957 m2,970 m37°
A satisfyingly long descent from the Alps' highest summit.
Difficult
Private
Grande Casse, Grand Couloir
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Grande Casse, Grand Couloir

6.7 km1,381 m1,381 m50°
A ski mountaineering classic involving a steep climb from the Refuge de la Vanoise to the summit of the Grande Casse, the highest in the Tarentaise.
Severe
Private
Stopselzieher Freeride
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Stopselzieher Freeride

Garmisch-Partenkirchen
1,737 m45°21 m4.4 km
A classic line below the 'Tiroler Zugspitzbahn'
Severe
Private
Monte Rosa Haute Route: Neue Monte Rosa Hut to Zermatt via Dufourspitze Monte Rosa
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Monte Rosa Haute Route: Neue Monte Rosa Hut to Zermatt via Dufourspitze Monte Rosa

Zermatt
21.3 km1,567 m2,844 m29°
Day 5: A huge skin to a high col and optional climb up Europe's 2nd highest peak
Severe
Private
Serles
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Serles

7.0 km1,130 m1,130 m46°
An exciting and varied route up the peak which dominates the Innsbruck skyline.
Severe
Private