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Eiger west face on skis... almost

Eiger on skis
Eiger on skis Damian Granowski

Eiger... One of most famous peaks in Alps. North Face of Eiger is 1800 meters high.  Heckmair Route on this face is iconic. But Eiger has also easier routes. On west face you will find route to peak. In good conditions you can go there on skis. Here is some photos from our trip. On summit of Eiger we have been 19 march 2015.

Start: Grindenwald (1030 m) or Kleine Scheidegg (2061 m  or Eigergletscher 2320 m) if you go there by train. Difficulties starts at 2650m

Top: Eiger (3970 m)

It can be done in one day, if you use train or if you are very strong ;)

Slope: 40°/1300m (45°/400m).

Difficulties: AD (French grade)

Commitment grade: IV
Quality of in-place protection: P3
Toponeige technical grade: 5.2
Ski exposure grade: E4
Labande descent grade: S5
Labande global grade: TD
Suitable also to snowboarding: yes
Recommended equipment: Ice axe (better 2), crampons, helmet

Eiger North Face. 1800 m... Photo: Damian Granowski

Heckmair Route :-). Photo: Damian Granowski

Almost on Eigergletscher station. Photo: Damian Granowski

Our ascent/descent line on west face of Eiger. Normal Route to Eiger go on West Flank & West Ridge (AD (G4) with III- UIAA. On this photo is good view. Photo: Damian Granowski

Approach couloir with scary serac. Photo: Damian Granowski

Our Bivuoac on 2600 m. On evening we resigned from approach by skis, because two guys who descent from peak, not recommended go by skis. Photo: Damian Granowski

Serac. Photo: Damian Granowski

Tadek Grzegorzewski at snow field below serac. Photo: Damian Granowski

Nice views. Photo: Damian Granowski

French, very quick, guys. Photo: Damian Granowski

Eiger in eye :-). Photo: Tadeusz Grzegorzewski

Conditions for descent by skis are ideal by about 14-15 am, when sun melted some snow. On mornig snow is hard firn. Photo: Damian Granowski

Swiss guide on West ridge. Photo: Damian Granowski

Close to peak of Eiger. Photo: Damian Granowski

Panorama from peak (Click to enlarge). Photo: Damian Granowski

Another panorama from peak (Click to enlarge). Photo: Damian Granowski


French skiers go from the top of Eiger. Photo: Damian Granowski

Descent from Eiger. Photo: Damian Granowski

Once again Mordwand. Photo: Damian Granowski

View from Kleine Scheidegg (Click to enlarge). Photo: Damian Granowski

"Ski patch" to Girndenwald ;). Photo: Damian Granowski

Some info about Eiger (in polish).

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Damian Granowski

Climbing trainer in Cracow. enthusiast of rock climbing, mountaineering (summer and winter), ice climbing, dry-tooling. Owner of blog
My climbing school you will find here: (also climbing courses in english language).

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