Backcountry Skiing trips – Switzerland

Switzerland is a skiers paradise, with countless mountains and heavy snow in abundance. Backcountry skiing is the perfect way to discover the hidden delights on offer in this small but mighty country!

Switzerland is at the epicentre of the world famous Alps, with most of the Southern half of the country covered in snow-capped peaks, including the renowned and majestic Matterhorn (4478m).

This results in perfect backcountry skiing, as the wide array of location choices combined with the excellent conditions of constant, heavy snow make for a veritable playground for backcountry skiers.

Apart from the mountains, the alpine scenery is as postcard-pretty as one can imagine, with tree-lined forests leading to idyllic and tranquil lakes, with small, quaint and rustique villages and towns welcoming all and sundry to indulge in the local customs and traditions.

Choose from our selection of backcountry skiing trips in Switzerland, from beginner to advanced and everything in between.


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Switzerland is a very unique country, with the different regions influenced by the respective neighboring countries, resulting in different languages being spoken and a different culture and vibe being felt depending where in the country you are.

The big cities of Zurich and Geneva are much more business-focused and urban than the rest of the country, with cities such as Bern, Basel and Lucerne being much prettier and close to nature.

Some of the backcountry skiing can be quite challenging, so being fit and in decent shape before arriving will maximise enjoyment of the activity.



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Moderate for most of the year, with Summer averaging around 20 degrees celsius, however temperatures in Winter often drop below 0 degrees celsius.


German, French, Italian, Romansh


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How to get there

Flights to Zurich and Geneva from all major European hubs, and easy access overland from neighboring countries Italy, Germany, France, Austria and Liechtenstein.

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Best time to visit

December-March, when the weather is coldest and snowfall is heaviest.




What People Say

  • 35 reviews


Etienne is a great guide with plenty of mountain knowledge and experience. He expertly guided the 4 of us across
the Silvretta Alps, through conditions both white-out and blue sky, starting at Ischgl and staying in mountain huts in Austria and Switzerland. His passion for the mountains is evident and we felt very safe in his risk adverse hands. Etienne speaks perfect English and has a good sense of humour, which made for good company at the card table in the evenings. I would recommend him to anyone and look forward to touring again with him next year. Andy
Renato was a fantastic guide and very professional. He was well prepared and very experienced. We got unlucky and got
stuck in some very bad weather one day and he did an amazing job of leading our group out of a bad situation. The Silvretta traverse was a great trip – beautiful mountains and very nice huts to spend the nights. I would definitely recommend both Renato and this tour!
Our group of six have just returned from a magical four day tour of the Silvretta Traverse. The sun shone,
the snow was superb and all the while Renato led us with a mixture humour, patient consideration and under-stated authority. He taught us the key skills of ski touring, including vital avalanche training and other mountaineering craft. Renato was excellent company throughout and I could not recommend him more highly. A true gent of the mountains.
This was an excellent trip and Benjamin is a fantastic, experienced and friendly guide. Would strongly recommend.
Guy is a great guide. He is friendly and flexible, and I felt very safe with him. He knows Verbier
extremely well and I would highly recommend him.
Leo Infanger was a fantastic guide. He found great powder for us even though it was 4 days since
the last snowfall! Avalanche danger was moderate at the time of our trip, but we felt completely safe under Leo’s guidance. We had never used skins before and Leo gave us great instructions on how to put them on the skis and the proper technique for using them, even when traversing across extremely steep slopes. I look forward to spending another day with Leo the next time we are in Switzerland.
We had booked Ben for a single day and weather did not play nice: rain in the valley, snowfall and
high winds on the summits. Hence, we were locked down to a single slope. Ben still made this an awesome day with lots of off-piste dives wherever possible, some avalanche training in between and good advice and powder exercises as he’s simply an excellent skier. On top of that he is a great person and also available as guide in Chamonix and 4Vallee. Full recommendation!
It was unreal thanks for a great day you guys are the best!! Can’t wait to ski within you again!
Benjamin, jeune guide professionnel, confirme avec excellence que la valeur n’attend pas le nombre des années ! Nous avons pu, en sa
discrète compagnie,  découvrir en toute sécurité une approche inédite et respectueuse de la montagne dans des randonnées en peau de phoque. Je me réjouis déjà de réitérer cette expérience l’année prochaine, si possible encore  avec le même guide, et avec même un degré de difficulté supérieur…
Malgré des conditions de neige médiocres notre guide Benjamin nous a permis de passer deux journées fantastiques à la découverte
de sites vierges dans les Portes du Soleil.  La rando en peau de phoque fut pour nous une grande première à renouveler très rapidement.  Admirer la montagne avec un guide de qualité quoi de plus excitant dans la vie !!
Superbes moments passés ensemble dans les portes du Soleil, très sympa et très pro. Nous nous réjouissons de réitérer l’expérience
du côté de Chamonix en ta compagnie.
Nous sommes partis 2 jours avec Benjamin. C’était fantastique de découvrir une autre façon de faire du ski. Benjamin est un gars
super sympa et sécurisant. On a passé deux belles journées avec lui. Un regret : Que l’on ne découvre qu’à 54 balais la randonnée à ski. Qui sait !! On prendra peut-être goût à l’alpinisme à 70 ans. Merci à de nous avoir présenté Benjamin. Il est sûrement à conseiller à d’autres candidats.
Bonjour Anne-Françoise, La sortie de samedi dernier m’a entièrement ravi : excellente ambiance, baptême de l’air paisible, parcours de toute beauté sous
l’œil attentif et encourageant de Peter, bref un grand moment de ski, en prime sous un ciel parfaitement dégagé ! Bravo pour l’organisation, en ce compris la navette de retour et la livraison sur place des packs de sécurité. Merci pour tout et….à la prochaine !!!
We discovered a great and safe touring trip at back Montfort via a small ascent on the “Mont Calme” with
our guide Yann. We had great powder and great fun and felt very safe thanks to the experience of our guide Yann. Do not hesitate to hire him!
Just back from an amazing powder skiing day with Yann in the Valais. Loads of nice turns in the powder
in a breathtaking landscape. Full of energy, Yann is very professional & safe and at the same time relaxed & fun. We had a great time!
Cher Gilbert, Juste un petit mot pour vous remercier au nom de mon fils Axel pour cette merveilleuse journée que
vous lui avez fait passer dans nos belles montagnes valaisannes. En plus avec un groupe sympathique, c’est une journée qui restera gravé dans sa mémoire avant qu’il ne reparte hier soir pour reprendre le cours de ses études. En vous réitérant mes remerciements, Meilleures salutations,
Hi Gilbert, I wanted to drop you and Cédric a thank you note. You have had a crazy patience with
all my complicated wishes and you really helped making it happen. I really appreciated you help and it was a super great experience, something I will not forget. We felt extremely comfortable with your guidance and hopefully there will be a chance to go on another tour in the future. I am now officially addicted to the deep snow experience J. If you need a client statement from you on your website or anything, just let me know. Happy to do so. I can also post something on social media…. Cheers and thanks again!
Hi Gilbert, We are back home. We want to thank you once again. In our companies we are used to
cooperate with profis and you are a real profesional. The last 3 days in Verbier were exciting, even demanding. Thank you very much and have a good and safe season!!!
Jiri, Jan, Petr & Petr for Backcountry skiing with a guide in Verbier
Nous avons passé une excellente journée avec Benjamin sur le domaine des Portes du Soleil. Malgré des conditions d’enneigement difficiles,
il est parvenu à nous trouver de belles descentes. Très pro et à l’écoute de nos envies, Benjamin nous a fait découvrir des recoins cachés dont il a le secret. De plus, ses conseils techniques en pente raide ont été très utiles. Entre des combes bien préservées, de la peau de phoque et une Via Ferrata avec les skis sur le dos, la journée a été remplie d’émotions. Je le recommande vivement !

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