LWD Schweiz
Municipality: Pontresina

Beautiful, north situated tour with some couloirs on the way that can be ridden. Disturbing is the long flat entry through the Val da Fain, which requires re-mounting the skins at the descent.

Tour Data
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Difficulty SAC: WS
Summit altitude: 3.049m
Start altitude: 2.046m
Vertical height: 1.003m
Walking time h:min: 3:30
Exposition: North,
Best season: Deep winter
How to get there:

A12 direction Landeck untill we reach the exit of St. Moritz / Reschenpaß, through the tunnel and over Martina up to Engadin. In the village of Zernez we head to St. Moritz. In Samedan we continue to Pontresina and then direction Bernina Pass up to Bernina Suot. Parking is available at the Diavolezza cable car (in front of the starting point).

Route description
Starting point:

Parking Diavolezza cable car, Bernina Suot 2042m, behind the almost ancient inn.


We are prepared for a long, almost flat entry to the backcountry with our splitboards. So we go on the left side of the valley of the Val da Fain (opposite the cable car Diavolezza), left of the creek. Those who like it steep and would like to practice traversing with splitboards, can, in favorable circumstances, cross the relatively steep slopes of the Piz Alv, often endangered by avalanches.
Both entry ways requiere about the same time. We chose the flat one because of the considerable amount of new snow. So we hiked almost plane but relaxed until just before the Alp la stretta. At just under 2400m we move the tips of our splitboards / backcountry ski to the right, head south and go between the moraines of Muot Ardout and Piz Minor. First flat, then steeper we go up to the Minor glacier. On the glacier level, it goes on, again relatively flat, facing south to the clearly recognizable saddle between Piz dals Lejs and Piz Minor. Who wants to test his strength level on ridges can now climb the Piz dals Lejs to the left, or walk on smoothly about 20 minutes to Piz Minor 3049m .


Like ascent, there are nice alternatives and at appropriate conditions with a small extra ascent you can enter the steep slopes of the Piz Alv, but you must overcome the river at an appropriate point.


Landeskarte der Schweiz „Oberengadin“, 5013, 1:50.000.

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