Ski Monte Rosa (4634m), Swiss Alps
Ski lines on Monte Rosa North Flank
Left hand line is the classic Dufourspitze / Silbersattel Route. Right hand line is the Grenx Glacier Route (heavily crevassed)
Enjoyable post dawn skinning on the Dufourspitze north flank, Monte Rosa
Cloud capped Breithorn (left) and Matterhorn behind
A moody and slightly stormy morning on the Monte Rosa
Good but cold and windy skinning with down jacket and mitts on!
David & Gordon rightly proud of their powder tracks
Thigh deep powder at 4200m on the Monte Rosa north flank
6 Thumbs up for the mid-May ski off the Dufourspitze north flank
Back to the comfortable Monte Rosa Hut and ready for Rosti & Applesaft....and applestudel and coffee!
The Ski Approach to the Superb Monte Rosa Hut
With the mighty Liskamm behind. Depending on conditions / time of year, the approach can be made from Rotenboden on the Gornergrat railway or via the Schwartor and superb Schwartgletscher.
Pre-Dawn Start from the Monte Rosa Hut
The C. 1700m climb to the Silbersattel starts with an excellent 0300 breakfast in the Monte Rosa Hut. A fine start to any day!
Dawn on the Monte Rosa Ascent
With the Strahlhorn, Rimfischhorn, Alphubel, Dom & Tasch 4000m peaks on the Northern skyline
Negotiating the Crevassed Upper Glacier En Route to Silbersattel
The the huge bulk of the Mont Blanc Massif on the North Western Skyline
The Final Ascent to the Dufourspitze from Silbersattel
Many Ski Mountaineers will be happy to logically conclude their ski ascent at the Silbersattel whilst some will want to tackle this steeper mixed upper section, with fixed ropes, to reach the Dufourspitze. At 4634m, the principal summit of the Monte Rosa Massif.
The Classic Ski Descent To Furi Gives 2650m of Skiing
This section is around 3500m and gives lovely open pitches on the North West facing Monte Rosa glacier
Skiing the Lower Grenz Glacier Below the Monte Rosa Hut En Route to the Gorge & Furi
The lower section, if in good condition, provides a superb long journey element to the descent & saves the reascent to Rotenboden. It does involve some serious terrain however in the lower gorge if snow conditions are not right.
The Lower Gorner Glacier Gorge En Route to Furi
A short walk is sometime required after the gorge after which a reascent to the Zermatt pistes can be made for a final ski down to Furi / Zermatt
All Good Ski Journeys (And Seasons) Come to an End!
The grassy pistes at Furi mark the end to a great Monte Rosa Ski Journey and the end of the 2014 spring ski mountaineering season. Here is to another good one in 2015...
Approaching the Monte Rosa From Rotenboden
Late in the spring, once all the snow has gone, this summer path can be used to approach the Monte Rosa Hut. Some engineered paths, a ladder & a bridge give access to the glacier. If the lower Gorner glacier / gorge can not be skied, then the re-ascent to Rotenboden adds a fairly physical end to a day skiing on the Monte Rosa!
Approaching the Monte Rosa Hut Via The Gorner Glacier.
Matterhorn, Dent Blanche & Obergabelhorn in the background
Wild Atmospheric Windy & Crevassed Skiing High On The Monte Rosa
This crevassed section just below the Silbersattel provides some intricate route finding and careful negotiation both in ascent & descent. Decent conditions in May 2015 but we still skied one crevassed section roped together.