Billiant skiing conditions up at altitude this month. Lots of fresh snow to fill in the crevasses and the mountains are pretty quiet.

Ticking off some Swiss 4000m peaks from the excellent Britannia hut seemed like a good idea for our May ski trip. Some of these peaks are a right slog in the summer, but being able to glide across the flats on skis eases the pain, and the time required.

We climbed and skied the Strahlhorn, Alphubel and Alalinhorn. Big days out even with skis. Back to back eight/nine hour days and plenty of ascent. Although never super technical each peak had some tricky sections including crevasses or icy sections. The rope came out a few times and we even skinned roped up whilst placing some ice screws on the Alphubel. Better safe than sorry……

The final descent from the Alalinhorn was pretty spectacular. Great powder snow on the upper slopes gave way to soft spring snow lower down. We picked up some gear that we had stashed earlier and skied all the way to the valley, only walking the last few meters to the lift station at the base. A great way to finish the trip and everyone was suitably tired and happy.

Saas Fee Ski Touring

Skinning into the Britannia hut in the cloud.

Saas Fee Ski Touring

Most of the ski tours involve some downhill skiing from the hut which is perched on the ridge between the two main valleys.

Saas Fee Ski Touring

Skinning up the flat glacier towards the Stralhorn.

Saas Fee Ski Touring

Saas Fee Ski Touring

Skiing the upper slopes of the Strahlhorn

Saas Fee Ski Touring

Skinning into the main Saas Fee ski area.

Saas Fee Ski Touring

Nice snow on the Alphubel.

Saas Fee Ski Touring

Dawn light on the final day, leaving the hut.

Saas Fee Ski Touring

Summit ridge of the Allainhorn

Saas Fee Ski Touring

Powder skiing on the upper Allalinhorn.