/ Which of the alps 4000ers can you ski to the peak of in summer?
I'm wondering if people can recal from mountaineering trips which of the 4000ers have snow all the way to the summit in the summer months? I was wondering about the possibility of summiting on skis, although i expect a lot of the descents would be ridden with crevasses and only small bits of downhill would be possible.
I expect Allaninhorn is skiable
Breithorn often has skiers on it, with about 300m ascent the top lift at Zermatt.
> Here's a video of a late spring ascent to Gran Paradiso via the East Ridge and ski descent of the normal route
Hi Luca, very nice vid (if it's yours - congrats). Do you know what's the grade of the ridge part that leads to the summit on the vid? (Seems from the Piccolo Paradiso Col)?
Quite surprised that he carried his skis so high up, along the rocky ridge. On the face of it it would have made more sense to depot them lower down and crampon the last bit.
I wish the video was mine... the ridge itself is withing my grasp, but the whole ski down the normal route is definitely not! ;)
The local grade for the ridge as done this way (so not including the Piccolo Paradiso traverse) is AD or AD+.
The rock ridge is not that difficult, and I think it's more an hassle than anything else having to remove the (lightweight) skis, leave them somewhere and have to go back to the place you've left em all the way along the ridge.
They really do look pretty smooth on that descent, looks steep at the start.
Breithorn is ski piste to the final summit section and that bit is snow covered.
Also look at Pyrimde Vincent, parrotspitze, signalkuppe chain.
You might be able to ski Dome de Neige, altho not the proper summit, that's where most people walk to.
thanks all for the advice! and the video is awesome:)
I note that Jagged Globe do an Oberland ski tour at the beginning of May which mentions Gross Grünhorn, Gross Fiescherhorn and Finsteraarhorn, all of which are 4000ers and presumably skiiable.
Oops, managed to miss the "summitting on skis" bit.
Looks practical to ski down from the ridge, which leaves ~200m vertical or so to do on foot to summit. Still, you start from above 4000m, so that has to count to for something, right? ;-)
> Quite surprised that he carried his skis so high up, along the rocky ridge. On the face of it it would have made more sense to depot them lower down and crampon the last bit.
Slightly bizarre comment, how would he have skied down if he had left his skis on the other side?
> Gross Grünhorn, Gross Fiescherhorn and Finsteraarhorn, all of which are 4000ers and presumably skiiable.
Not all the way to the summits, but a most of the way and ski decents would be good there and for the Jungfrau. I would imagine it'd be better in Spring with more snow cover. The Aletsch Glacier this summer was a pain.
I think maybe Simon didn't realise that he came from the other side?
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