Ski Touring Monte Rosa
The Spaghetti Traverse on Skis
Monte Rosa is a paradise for skiers and climbers all year long.
Skiing Monte Rosa all started with the Trofeo Mezzalama, a demanding high altitude ski mountaineering competition which began in 1933 as training for the Italian Alpine Corps. The legendary ski mountaineering marathon still takes place every two years and follows steep slopes and vertical couloirs.
The ski touring world enjoys the now called Spaghetti Traverse at an easier pace: touring Monte Rosa usually takes 5 to 7 days on skis.
It is essentially a connection of numerous imposing peaks, old glaciers and deep valleys in a vast alpine playground shared between Switzerland and Italy. We combine the route with summiting as many four-thousanders possible: there is an abundance of 4.000m Peaks to add in your check-list.
Ski Touring Monte Rosa requires technical experience in the use of ski crampons and ice axes, as well as physical strength due to the big elevation gain and long descents. This alpine adventure offers, however, some comforting aspects during the tour: the superb pasta and the warm hospitality of the mountain huts make a memorable experience.
We spend a night at the Margherita Hut 4.559m, Europe's highest refuge located on Punta Gnifetti with a magnificent view towards the Matterhorn 4.478m, Lyskamm 4.527m, Dufourspitze 4.634m, Nordend 4.609m and more..