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GUIDED SKI TOUR | MIXED GROUP
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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The Urner Hut Tour or otherwise known as “The Skier’s Haute Route” is one of the best ski tours in the Alps. The tour goes from Andermatt to Engelberg and has an emphasis on top-notch descents rather than the long traverses which are common on some other standard Haute Routes through the Alps.
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Urner Hut Tour - The Skiers Haute Route

Skiing and touring over 7 days with LGA’s local IFMGA guides into the heart of the central Swiss Alps and across multiple valleys. Explore Andermatt Ski Arena and the vast terrain of the Uri Canton with endless off piste options. With over 5,000′ feet of vertical from the top of Gemsstock, our groups will have an unforgettable first day in the Alps. Andermatt Ski Arena is one of the most snow sure resorts in Europe.The tour starts in the historic town of Andermatt and finishes in Engelberg allowing guests to ski two incredible resorts along the way.

Andermatt is another historic town who’s roots go back to the days as a major trading hub between Italy and parts of Europe. Andermatt gets some of the most snow in Switzerland as it sits in a perfect location for storms and is typically colder than other resorts. With over 1500m (5,000 ft) of vertical from the top and more backcountry touring than one could do in a lifetime, this is a mecca for skiing.

Engelberg- The freeride mecca of Switzerland with some of the biggest descents in the Alps. Over 6,000 vertical from the top of Mt. Titlis, an wide range of terrain options and some of the best snow in Switzerland. An area every skier should visit at least once. 

The group will stay at classic Swiss Alpine backcountry huts, ski thousands of metres of vertical in the Alps over the week, admire the incredible views of the Swiss mountains and experience a ski tour of a lifetime.

Average descents equal 760 -1500m vertical (2,500-5,000 feet) through the high alpine of the Swiss Alps. Daily ascents can range up to 1000m as you ski tour your way through central Switzerland. Ski touring between Andermatt & Engelberg will take the group through some steep, rugged and magnificent terrain surrounded by glaciers. During the ski tour you will have incredible descents, beautiful ascents through the Swiss mountains and the option for numerous summit options if conditions and energy permit.

The Skiing Experience

The Urner High Route- this is the ultimate Haute Route ski tour for the skier who likes big, long runs. Every day the group will be rewarded with ski descents that are 3,000+ vertical feet or more. A true ski tour with lots of terrain and vertical to be skied! With huge snowfalls, a guaranteed base, and hundreds of backcountry possibilities, this is a true mecca for people that like to explore backcountry hut tours. We add on the resorts of Andermatt and Engelberg as they are two of the best freeride and backcountry resorts in Switzerland. The surrounding backcountry area has a lifetime of possibilities to explore.


  Powder on the Urner..

  Climbing on the Urner...

   Another glorious descent ..

The Culinary Experience

Every morning you will be treated with healthy Swiss breakfasts at the hut before we start our day. We host 2 group dinners (Welcome & Farewell) so everyone gets to sample the local favorites. Swiss meals are known for their quality & local ingredients at each region we visit. A great way to experience the unique flavors of the culture. The group will have lunches along the way as we ski through the day. A great way to take in the 360′ Swiss Mountain views while grabbing a snack. Dinners will be Half-Board at the places we stay to make it easy for you to kick back and relax after a great day of skiing.

The Lodging Experience

In Andermatt, you will be staying at a classic Swiss hotel that has hosted skiers for decades, the Alpenhotel Schlüssel. Located in the centre of town and close to the lifts, its a prime spot for starting any ski trip. Along the tour, the group will be staying in traditional Swiss Mountain huts and sharing the group rooms. A classic touring experience in the Alps. Your last night in Engelberg will be at the Hotel Terrace situated above the centre of town overlooking the Engelberg valley, resort and mountains. Every room has great views views of Mt Titlis, the Laub and the Spannort. The hotel features a full restaurant and bar, ski room with heated boot dryers and free wireless internet. After a long day skiing Engelberg and exploring this vast area, enjoy access to the Wellness Center for a relaxing end to a big week of skiing.

   Sustli Hutte

   Albert Heim Hutte...

  Hotel Terrace Engelberg ..

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival Day
Fly into Zurich International Airport (ZRH) by 1pm where the group will be there to transport you. In some cases you may need to plan your arrival the day before. There are many hotels near the airport offering shuttle service so it is easy to meet the group back at the airport by 1pm. The LGA team is happy to assist you with booking a hotel room before or after your trip. If you would like to book a hotel room yourself, search for a Zurich hotel here. Your hosts will welcome you to Switzerland! Upon landing at Zurich International Airport (ZRH) you will have a private transfer to your hotel in Andermatt.

Inspiring views along the way of the Swiss Alps and other ski resorts await you. The group will check in at the hotel in the afternoon around 3:00pm. At your hotel in Andermatt, the group will assemble the gear for the week and get ready for the next day of skiing in the resort area. Enjoy a Welcome Drink and Group Dinner at a favorite places in town. If rentals are needed, this can be arranged for the week through local shops (Inform your hosts prior to arrival of your gear needs)

Hotel: Alpenhotel Schlüssel, Stay in the historic Swiss town of Andermatt
Included Meals: Welcome Après & Welcome Group Dinner

Day 2 – Preparation day in Andermatt (1500m /5,000 feet skialbe vertical within the resort!)
Today you will ski the resort and do a short ski tour in the area if weather permits. A perfect time to check everyone’s equipment and prepare for the week ahead. Any last minute items can be purchased in town at one of the ski shops. Today gives the Guide Team a chance to get to know everyone and have some fun skiing! Andermatt has an extensive amount of terrain that offers a chance to ski open bowls, a 1500m vertical (5,000 foot) drop from the top, couloirs and hopefully lots of powder. In the afternoon the group will prepare packs and food for the tour this week. Enjoy a great meal in Andermatt, and relax at the hotel before the real fun starts!

Hotel: Alpenhotel Schlüssel, Stay in the historic Swiss town of Andermatt
Included Meals: Breakfast (Open Group Dinner in Andermatt – on your own)


   Andermatt..

   Old town of Andermatt...

    Powder skiing nirvana..

Day 3 – Realp (1,540m/5,050 feet) – Albert Heim Hütte (2,543m/8,350 feet)
The first day of the tour begins with a train ride from Andermatt to the town of Realp, located up valley from Andermatt. One of the many gateways into the surrounding high peaks of the Swiss Alps. Realp dates back to 1799 when the area was used for trading and smuggling goods between Italy and Switzerland as it sits at the bottom of Furkapass. From here the group will start working our way up the beautiful trail to the Albert Heim Hut. If we have the strength, we can continue to go towards Galenstock and get a nice ride down again. Or we can just sit on the terrace and enjoy the view for the rest of the day.

Accommodations: Swiss Alpine Club Hut
Included Meals: Breakfast & Group Dinner at Alpine Hut – Half Board


 Albert Heim Hutte terrace.

 The Hut....

  Common room and dining..

Day 4 – Albert Heim Hütte (2,543m/8,350 feet) – Chelenalphütte (2,350m/7,700 feet)
Waking up in a Swiss Alpine hut is a special thing. Take your time to go outside, admire the views and watch the stars. The days will start early so the group can optimize the time during each tour. Breakfast is served in the dining area of the huts. There will be half board (breakfast aand dinner) accommodations on all nights during the hut tour so everyone gets a hearty meal after each day. You begin the day with a small downhill ski to the start of the first ascent for the day. We walk about 1600+/- vertical feet until we get to Winterlücke. From here we ski down directly against the Göcheneralpsee. 3300+/- glorious vertical feet of skiing! If weather and conditions allow we have the option to take the route via Lochberg. We continue on to Chelenalphutte hut, about 1600+/- vertical feet.

Accommodations: Swiss Alpine Club Hut
Included Meals: Breakfast & Group Dinner at Alpine Hut – Half Board


 Urner haute route climbing...

  Approaching a mountain hutte...

  The pay off!

Day 5 – Chelenaalphütte (2,350m/7,700 feet) – Steingletcher (1,865m/6,120 feet)
You start the day directly with skins on skis and heading towards the Sustenlimi - about 2100 vertical feet of altitude gain. Here the group can choose whether to continue moving towards the top of Sustenhorn, that lies at 11,500 feet, or ski down directly through Steingletscher to the night’s accommodation at the bottom of the valley. 5500+/- fabulous vertical feet from the top, welcome to the Swiss Alps!

Accommodations: Swiss Alpine Club Hut
Included Meals: Breakfast & Group Dinner at Alpine Hut – Half Board

Day 6 – Steingletcher (1865m/6,120 feet) – Süstlihütte (2,257m/7,400 feet)
Today the group will travel towards the Fünffingerstock which passes through the Obertaljoch pass (2,835m/9,300 feet). From here there are multiple choices down to Sustlibach depending on weather and conditions. A scenic descent, stunning views of central Switzerland and a classic alpine tour! The last section will require the group to put skins back on for a short approach to the hut. Once we arrive, your guides will make sure you enjoy the last hut night with the inspiring mountains all around us.

Accommodations: Swiss Alpine Club Hut
Included Meals: Breakfast & Group Dinner at Alpine Hut – Half Board


Sustli Hutte.

Delicious food...

 Gruop sleeping room in hut..

Day 7 – Süstlihütte (2,257m/7,400 feet) – Engelberg (1000m/3,280 feet)
The last day in the Swiss Alpine Club huts but also a day with a big descent! The day begins with the group moving uphill towards the Grassengrat / Stössensattel – a climb of about 2,000 feet. Once on the top, enjoy the views of central Switzerland and the surrounding peaks as it’s all downhill from here! This could very well be the best ski descent of the week. You have an astounding 5,900 foot downhill run to cap off a sensational week of ski touring in the Swiss Alps. If time/ weather permits the group can go by the Grassen bivouac located just below the overwhelming southeast wall of the Titlis. A remarkable view! Once we are down in the valley we will take either the local bus or taxi back to Engelberg. Time to enjoy a cold beverage in Engelberg to celebrate a great week of ski touring.

Hotel: An Engelberg  hotel (TBA)
Included Meals: Breakfast. (Dinner in Engelberg not included)


 Heading to Engelberg

  Engelberg summit - Titlus...

  Engelberg cable car..

Day 8 – Departure Day

It’s been an amazing week of skiing Andermatt, the Swiss Alpine huts, and the angel- Engelberg. Lots of great skiing, Swiss hospitality and a section of the Alps that has some of the best skiing in the world . We will have breakfast together in the morning before we head out to Zurich airport. Please make sure to book your departure flights after 1:00pm. Thank you for a great week! (If you want to stay after the trip and get a few extra days, let us know and we can help you book extra nights of lodging, lift tickets, and guiding.) Included Meals: Breakfast Airport Transfer to Zurich International Airport

NOTE: This itinerary is an example. The tour may be altered to adjust for weather and conditions. Our guides will plan the tour around the conditions to make sure you have the best trip possible.

Urner Haute Route Tour Hotels & Mountain Huts

During the Urner Haute Route ski tour you start with 2 nights in Andermatt at the Alpenhotel Schlüssel, 4 nights in a range of Swiss Alpine Club huts along the tour route and finishing with 2 nights in the Hotel Terrace at Engelberg. The two hotels feature:
  • restaurant(s) and bars
  • ski rooms with heated boot dryers
  • complimentary wireless internet
  • sun terrace
  • lounge area
  • sauna (Hotel Terrace only)
  • laundry facility
The tour package is based in twin/double-share rooms however a single upgrade is available for an additional cost and subject to availability at the time of booking. Rooms feature:
  • free wifi
  • cable/satellite TV
  • private en suite bathroom
  • desk area

Hotel Terrace, Engelberg.

Standard double room.

Relax on the balcony.

In the Swiss Alpine Club huts the group will use shared rooms and bathrooms. Meals are simple but delicious. All huts have common lounge areas and alcoholic beverages available. locations are spectacular.


Sustli Hutte.

Hut lounge area

 Group sleeping room in hut.


 Albert Heim Hutte terrace.

 The Hut....

  Common room and dining..

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates

US$2,595 per person
Inclusions
  • Return transfers to/from Zurich airport & all ground transport during tour
  • 3 nights twin share hotel lodging at Andermatt and Engelberg
  • 4 night Swiiss Alpine Club hut lodging
  • Meals - All breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • Lift pass for Andermatt ski day
  • Hosting for entire tour
  • 6 days guided off-piste & backcountry skiing
  • Welcome gift - LGA Goodie Bag!
Add-ons
  • Avalanche Safety Equipment - $150USD for trip duration (backpack, beacon, shovel, probe)
  • Single Room Upgrade - price on application (subject to availability)
  • Ski or snowboard rental - price on application
  • Extra days at Engelberg (lodging, lift passes & guides) - price on application
Not Included

LGA Terms & Conditions

Deposit
The Deposit amount is twenty percent (20%) of the Tour Price. When booking within 89 days or less prior to the date of departure, the full amount is due at time of booking.

Final Payment
Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure, or 7 days from booking confirmation if booking is within 90 days.

Cancellation Policy
  •  90 days or more prior to Departure: LGA will retain the deposit as an “Adventure Deposit” for a future trip. Full refund will be given.
  •  89-60 days prior to Departure: LGA will retain 50% of the total Tour Price and the deposit will be held as an Adventure Deposit for a future trip.
  • 59 days or less prior to Departure: LGA will retain 100% of the total Tour Price.
Le Grand Adventure Tours cannot be held responsible for snow and/or weather conditions. Trips cannot be cancelled or amended on the basis of snow and weather conditions.

Refund Policy
No refunds, reimbursements or discounts will be granted if, for any reason, Client misses the Tour, fails to join the Tour, leaves the Tour, is dismissed from the Tour, or cannot fully participate in the Tour. Any Refunds will be at the discretion of Le Grand Adventure Tours if you are involuntarily forced to leave a tour for any reason.