Day 3: Our high point of the week, the Bishorn at 4153m, followed by descent and one reascent to the Arpitettaz Hut at 2786m

Statistics

Analysing terrain data

6 - 7

hrs

1,291

m

1,761

m

40

max┬░

Exposure

Exposure

The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of the skier falling.

Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Description

Although high you have done most of your hard work already by getting to the hut.

It is a relatively simple skin to the top, rewarded by a magnificent view of both the mighty Weisshorn nearby, with its Grande Gendarme on the ridge, but also panoramic views of most of the Western Alps.

You can grab lunch back at the hut, before continuing on to the next hut.

From the Tracuit it is a relatively simple skin to the SE, flattening at about 3400m, then traversing underneath the spur that comes down NW from the summit of the Bishorn.

From here upwards it is slightly steeper and can be wind scoured, needing the use of ski crampons, all the way to the saddle between the two summits.

You bootpack the final steep snow slope to the summit.

Reverse your line of ascent to the hut.

From here head to the nearby Col de Tracuit then descend steeply to the W, hopefully on snow that has been softened slightly by the sun.

Ski down to point 2703m, below some steep ground.

There now follows a skin to the Col de Milon Est at 3020m.

This is well to the L of the marked ski route on the Swiss map, and allows you an easier continuation to the hut.

You may need to boot down steeply for a short way, before getting to gentle ground which traverses and descends easily to the magnificent Arpitetta Hut at 2786m.