Day 2: Ascent of the Ofenhorn, 3236m


Analysing terrain data

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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.


This is a classic ski peak but can be omitted if the weather is poor, to simply link the 2 huts. From the hut traverse NE under the slopes of the Mittleberg into a hanging valley that leads more easily to the Hohsandjoch pass at 2901m on the Italian border.

From here take the open glaciated slopes in an arc leading around a rocky spur descending from the Ofenhorn, then more steeply up NE facing slopes to the summit of this classic ski peak at 3236m.

There is an optional steeper descent to the N, or more easily down your line of ascent.

There is then a choice of descents either side of the Torre del Vannino, the more northerly one being on colder snow if there is powder.

The more southerly descent faces SE and is a better choice if it is predominantly spring snow conditions.

Both involve small flat sections towards the end across different frozen lakes to get to the Margaroli Hut at 2194m.