The distinction between off-piste skiing and ski touring isn’t always clear – or as North Americans often call it, slackcountry, sidecountry and backcountry. However you define it, Disentis has many ski touring options. There are multiple off-piste-plus itineraries demanding just a short uphill walk from the lifts, followed by a long descent. Beyond that, our region offers dozens of genuine ski tours that commence at our lifts and other trailheads, including the Oberalp Pass.
If you want to get away from it all, this is the region in which to do it. The 3,328-meter Oberalpstock, 2,836-meter Rossbodenstock and 2,790-meter Piz Maler are classic local tours. All make use of ski lifts, cable cars or trains to get you part of the way up first. In addition to single-day tours, a number of mountain huts offer the possibility for multi-day touring and longer traverses.
One of our most famous single-day tours is Staldenfirn. Involving two ascents by climbing skins or snowshoes and a short cliff ascent via a fixed steel ladder, Staldenfirn provides an astounding total drop of 2,800 vertical meters (9,200 vertical feet) in a multi-pitch, north-facing descent that can be great powder into April.
Dropping into a different valley in a separate canton of Switzerland, Staldenfirn’s length, snow quality and level of challenge make it one of the premier descents in the whole Alps. You can read George Koch’s account of Staldenfirn in this illustrated article from Backcountry magazine.
Warning! Ski touring obviously carries the full array of alpine hazards, including avalanches, crevasses, rock fall, bad weather, and getting lost, among others. Only experienced ski tourers should attempt touring without a mountain guide. We’ll be happy to share more information once we get a better sense of what kind of skier/snowboarder you are. We will be pleased to recommend some great locally based mountain guides who will do all they can to provide the experiences of a lifetime while keeping you safe.
You can get a sense of our region’s many ski touring options by clicking or tapping here to view the free interactive, scalable Swiss online topographical map.