This is a quite popular route in the Avers valley and because of the hidden nothern valley possible for a very long time of the year.
Starting point is Juf (2126m). See main page how to get there.
highest village of Switzerland
no sun in the valley above the first narrow part
From Juf follow the valley along the eastern border of the creek (that is the "Jufer Rhein", one of the source rivers of the major river Rhine) up to the steep and narrow part (P. 2397m). Best is to bypass this part on the left.
following the valley near Piot glacier
Then follow the valley till it becomes rather flat at Piot glacier. Turn SW to reach Piotjoch pass (2822m).
near Piotjoch pass
passage to west ridge up to the ridge
Now you have to traverse beneath the West summit to gain its west ridge (see picture).
on the broad ridge to the main summit
Follow the broad ridge (more a slope) to the west summit. Leave ski there and follow the easy ridge (be careful because of corniches) to the main summit.
Downhill on the main route. But if conditions are good you can traverse the mountain to the north and ski down from a point before Jufer Joch pass (2766m) to the left to the ascent route.
from west to main summit
Crampons and ice axe can be necessary if there is hard snow at the steep slope to the west ridge. Ski crampons are often necessary in spring
Of course normal avalanche equipement.
- Start altitude: 2126 m
- Summit altitude: 3053 m
- Prevailing expositions: N
- Type: ski tour GAS
(ascent), 940 m ascent, 3,5 h
if there is enough snow: possible fom December to June !