Taster Course Ski Touring
If you are a good skier and you want to get away from the hype and enjoy peaceful, untouched nature, ski touring may be your next step. During a ski touring taster course, a qualified mountain guide will explain the equipment, techniques, and basic skills needed for safe ascents and descents. The course location in Grindelwald is optimal for an easy, beginner level ski tour.
- Getting to know your ski touring gear
- Uphill skinning techniques
- Avalanches: partner rescue
- Downhill skiing technique
You will learn the basic skills of ski touring and will be ready to take part in an easy guided ski tour. Your next step would be to join our basic skills ski touring course.
Group Course (4-6 participants)
|CHF 215 per person|
|1-3 people||CHF 790 per group|
|4-6 people||CHF 215 per person|
To book a private course please contact us:
Training tour to the “Chiemattenhubel” 2028m
The day begins with coffee, route planning, and an equipment check. You will ride the cable car up to First and then ski across towards Grosse Scheidegg. At Stepfihütte you will put on your skins and begin the ski tour. Along the way, you will learn basic skills for efficient ski touring and have time to enjoy the peaceful mountain atmosphere. After a short theory lesson on the summit, you will begin the descent back to Grindelwald. You will ski down to the Hotel Wetterhorn where we will finish the day with feedback.
|Season||December - April|
|Departures for official tours||See "Closest Bookable Dates"|
|Departures for private tours||Private tours can be booked daily|
|Meeting point||8:45am at the Backdoor Shop - Dorfstrasse 179, 3818 Grindelwald|
- Guiding from a licenced mountain guide/ aspirant guide
- His or her expenses
- Course Certificate
- Your expenses
- Costs for cable cars, ski lifts
- Rental equipment
- Warm, functional clothing
- Rain jacket
- Rain pants
- Mountaineering or hiking pants
- Gloves (ideally one thin and one thick pair)
- Beanie or headband
- Thermal underwear
- Ski touring boots or snowboard boots
- Sunglasses (category 3 or 4)
- Thermos flask, drink bottle
- Sunscreen lotion and lip balm (minimum factor 30, 50 better)
- GA or Half Fare Travelcard (if you have)
- Camera and binoculars (optional)
- 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
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.