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Back-country skiing

Pfulwe

Back-country skiing · Wallis
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  • En route with the ski touring equipment to the Pfulwe pass
    / En route with the ski touring equipment to the Pfulwe pass
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Alpin Center Zermatt
  • Starting point for the route on Fluhalp
    / Starting point for the route on Fluhalp
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Kurt Müller
  • Arriving at the chapel on the Täschalp
    / Arriving at the chapel on the Täschalp
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
Map / Pfulwe
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This ski tour is suited for beginners and skiing pleasure-seekers. However, it has to do with a prestigious form of this sport: skiing away from the prepared slopes and far away from the pistes. Therefore, a mastery of parallel ski turns in every type of snow is a precondition.

moderate
8.8 km
3:30 h
569 m
1003 m

The climb from Fluhalp (2,616 m) to Pfulwe (3,314 m) lasts about two hours. Once at Pfulwe, one has a panoramic view of some of the most impressive four thousand-metre peaks in the Alps: Allalin and Rimpfischhorn, Monte Rosa Massif, Matterhorn, Dent Blanche all the way to the Weisshorn. The effort climbing was worth it, because there is now a downhill run with a drop of about 1,100 metres through powder snow to (2,214 m) and then further down until one is at Täsch. From there, one can take a taxi or the shuttle train back to Zermatt.

  • Ski tour with a descent far away from the pistes
  • A mountain guide is recommended
  • Overnight possibility in the Fluhalp mountain hut

Author’s recommendation

We recommend a guided tour a with mountain guide who knows well the place. Further information and mountain guide agency: www.zermatters.ch

Crampons, climbing harnesses and helmets can be rented in different sport shops in the village.

 

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).

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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: November 05, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
3178 m
Lowest point
2177 m
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Safety information

  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Ski touring equipment: touring ski-boots, touring skis with touring bindings, ski poles, skins, ski crampons
  • Climbing harness
  • Avalanche transeiver
  • Backpack, shovel, probe
  • Warm weatherproof clothing
  • Warm gloves and warm hat
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Warm drinks
  • Snack (high energy foods such as chocolate, dried fruit etc.)

Important! Requirement: parallel turns in all types of snow, good physical condition

Start

Fluhalp (2,616 m) (2611 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.012712, 7.810919
UTM
32T 407947 5096147

Destination

Täschalp (2,214 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Ascent from Fluhalp - Pfulwe (length approx. 2 h) afterwards descent to Täschalp (approx. 50 min.) and then down to Täsch

We recommend for this tour to book eventually a mountain guide who knows well the place.

Public transport

By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).

Getting there

Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.

Parking

Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.8 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
569 m
Descent
1003 m
In and out Scenic Geological highlights With refreshment stops Mountain railway ascent/descent

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