Meiringen-Hasliberg Advanced & Expert Skiing

Advanced piste skiers can easily ski all of Hasliberg’s 60km of groomed runs in a couple of days or less, but when snow conditions are favourable there’s also plenty of skiing off-piste between the pistes and more challenging off-piste for experts.

While a cursory inspection of the ski map reveals just twenty three groomed runs totalling 60km in extent, of which only one is black, in good snow conditions there are plenty of opportunities for advanced skiers and boarders to test themselves off-piste.

Advanced piste skiers will soon exhaust Hasliberg’s groomed pistes, but the entire ski area is like a wide, open bowl with plenty of all-mountain terrain for advanced skiers and riders and lots of easy off-piste terrain between the pistes which offers good opportunities for confident intermediates to make fresh tracks and to improve their skills off-piste.

The upper reaches of the Glogghűs and Rothorn peaks are protected for Chamois and generally too steep for skiing, but the freeride area beneath Rothorn can be reached by a series of steep couloirs from the shoulder of the Rothorn or more easily lower down by skiing a high traverse then picking a suitable line. Ride the chairlift from Mägisalp to Häägen to appreciate the possibilities and to figure out the best exit lines to bring you back to the ski area.

There’s more good off-piste terrain visible on the left as you ride the chairlifts running between Mägisalp, Häägen and Gloghghűs (2,433m). Ski red runs 9, 10 and 11 and ride the lifts a couple of times to assess the best routes and take note of the no go area (cliffs) in the area below the lower reaches of red run 10.

Best advice is to check snow and weather conditions very carefully then when sure that snow conditions are good enough make a late booking; and contact the ski school to arrange a guide. The ski school also offers day-long mountain safety seminars including avalanche risk reduction, reading snow conditions, correct use of avalanche safety equipment and first aid for those interested in learning to ski safely off-piste.

Other opportunities for experts include affordable heli-skiing flights to the Rosenhorn, Sustenhorn and Ebnefluh and high-alpine descents in untracked snow with an experienced mountain guide. Heli-skiing prices vary according to group size and route and can be arranged locally by the ski school.

A cheaper option for those in good physical condition for is a full day’s ski touring which can be arranged through the ski school for groups of up to 10 people at quite reasonable cost. Ski touring equipment can be rented locally.

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