Ski Tour Cristallina

The Bedretto Valley in northern Ticino is known for epic winters, (three to four meters of snow!), and possesses nearly unlimited ski touring possibilities. During this 2-day ski tour you can explore the peaks of this winter adventure wonderland and enjoy the comforts of one of the most modern huts in the Swiss Alps. You will undertake a long and impressive hike to the Cristallina Hut, enjoy a comfortable overnight stay, and recharge for a summit ascent on the second day. Exciting descents back to the valley round off this multiday tour.

Quick Facts

 Ski touring in the sunniest part of Switzerland
 2 Days
 Experience Level: Competent
 Fitness Level: Sporty
 Groups of max. 6 people
 Overnight stay in the Cristallina hut included

From 525 CHF

From 525 CHF

Closest Bookable Dates

Dates Available seats

Tour Details

You are an experienced off-piste skier with much ski touring experience.

Group Tour (4-6 participants)

CHF 525 per person  

Private Tour

1-3 people CHF 1990 per group
4-6 people CHF 525 per person


To book a private tour please contact us:

0041 (0)33 224 07 01


Day Elevation + Elevation - Kilometers Walking time
1 1250m 0m 6km approx. 4 hours
2 400m 1650m 8km approx. 4-5 hours


Day 1: Ascent to the Capanna Cristallina 2568m

Meet your guide in Airolo and travel together by post bus or car to Ossasco. After an introductory round of greetings, you will get to know each other better on the ascent to Capanna Cristallina at 2568m. The northwest flank of Cristallina will come into view, exposing your goal for the following day. Your comfortable accommodation for the evening is the Cristallina Hut, one of the most modern huts in the Swiss Alps.

Day 2: Ski tour on the Cristallina 2911m

Early in the morning you will tackle the nearly 400 vertical meters to the summit. The route will lead to the northern saddle and then over a pronounced ridge to the highest point at 2911m. The view here is magnificent and, in good weather, reaches far beyond the Swiss borders. Depending on snow conditions, you will descend via the Cristallina Hut or past Lago del Narèt and back to Ossasco.

Season January - March
Departures for official tours See "Closest Bookable Dates"
Departures for private tours Private tours can be booked daily
Meeting point 9:20am at the train station in Airolo


  • Guiding from a licenced mountain guide/ aspirant guide
  • His or her expenses
  • 1 night in bunk room with half-board
  • Tea for the next day

  • Your expenses
  • Snacks
  • Rental equipment
  • Costs for cable cars, ski lifts
  • Costs for a taxi if needed (guests pay for the guides share)


  • 25-30l


  • Warm, functional clothing
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Mountaineering or hiking pants
  • Sunhat
  • Gloves (ideally one thin and one thick pair)
  • Beanie or headband
  • Extra underwear and socks
  • Thermal underwear 


  • Ski touring boots or snowboard boots

The basics

  • Sunglasses (category 3 or 4)
  • Sunscreen lotion and lip balm (minimum factor 30, 50 better)
  • Thermos flask, drink bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Toiletries
  • SAC/DAV permit (if you have)
  • GA or Half Fare Travelcard (if you have)
  • Earplugs (optional)
  • Camera and binoculars (optional)

Technical Equipment

  • Ski touring skis or splitboard with skins and tele crampons
  • Ski poles (preferrably telescopic)
  • LVS (avalanche transceiver)
  • Avalanche probe
  • Avalanche shovel
  • Avalanche airbag (optional)
  • Ski helmet (optional but recommended)


General Information for Mountaineering School

Our team is here for you. If you have any questions, please contact us or visit us in our shop in Grindelwald. We are happy to help!

OUTDOOR - Mountaineering School Grindelwald

Dorfstrasse 103
3818 Grindelwald

0041 (0)33 224 07 01


Trip status for group courses

1-2 days before your tour or course we will review the weather forecast and conditions with the mountain guide to determine if we can operate. We will contact you by phone with an update.

Minimum of participants (group tours)

As soon as the minimum number of participants is reached, we will send you a confirmation by email.


If we have to cancel your tour, you have the option to reschedule to a new date, or you will receive a full refund.


Please refer to the equipment list for your tour or course. At our shop in Grindelwald, you can purchase technical equipment, mountain clothing, shoes, and backpacks. We also have technical equipment available for rent.


Choose functional clothing that is moisture-wicking and quick-drying. Dress in layers so you can easily react to temperature changes. The range at our shop in Grindelwald is tailored to mountain tours and our expert staff are happy to advise you on the best clothing for your tour or course.


Lunch is not included in the offer. We recommend bringing bars, dried fruits, nuts, or a sandwich. The amount you will need to drink depends on your individual needs and the length of the tour. We recommend .75 -1.5 liters of water, warm tea, isotonic drinks, or whatever you prefer. We also recommend that you hydrate enough the day before, so your body is well prepared for the tour.


A mountain hut is not a hotel. Running water is not guaranteed and electricity is not available everywhere, so it is not always possible to charge batteries or phones. If you have special dietary needs, please inform us in advance so we can make arrangements with the hut.


Our tours and courses are led by IVBV certified mountain guides or mountain guide aspirants. We prioritise your safety by requiring regular training to ensure our guides have relevant, up to date knowledge. Outdoor is certified by the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (BFU) and our safety and emergency concepts are audited by this organization annually.

General terms of contract

Our General Terms and Conditions apply. 

General Terms and Conditions

You don't own the equpiment needed? Rent it from us:

Winter rentals

Summer rentals

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