4 - 5
FATMAP difficulty grade
The Albula Alps traverse is a particularly satisfying linear tour, travelling N and E, so you've got a great chance to have powder on the descents.
Many of the days are not that long, easily allowing flexibility for groups of varying standard, by bolting on additional peaks or ascents in search of more great skiing.
The traverse also lies in a remote part of E Switzerland, with a fine snow record, well away from the more commonly visited areas further W, with their more maritime influence and temperature variations.
Being Switzerland it is also easy to return to your start point by public transport.
The jumping off point for the tour is the Julierpass, accessible by bus or taxi, at 2200m.
You are heading up the long and mellow Agnel valley, over the col of the same name at 2982m.
Depending on your enthusiasm, acclimatisation, conditions and time of day, you can either descend straight to the hut, or take a diversion to the W, up the fine Piz d’Agnel at 3204m.
Either way, when you descend to the hut it is better to descend below it, to about 2500m, and skin up the final 150m, rather than to attempt the long traverse, which some do.
The hut is set on a rocky promontory at 2654m and is the highest hut in Graubünden area.
This makes it ideal acclimatisation for the days to come, hopefully without being too high to affect sleep.
Another appealing option is to descend to the hut, take a break, leave some accessory stuff, then make a separate trip out, up the Tschima de Flix, 3315m, with its great N facing descent.