At the letter O at Plaine Morte, meet Alain Masserey, who is passionate about the mountains. He will give you some advice to fully enjoy the many charms of the glacier.
Alain Masserey was born on 3 August 1967, and hails from Venthône, where he still lives today. A metalworker by trade, he is also a classically trained musician, having studied at the Sion and Lausanne academies of music, and he has always been passionate about mountains, and running too. He was 17 years old when he first ventured into the mountains with Firmin Chardon, a well-known name in mountaineering.
He loves this place because for him, as a local, it’s a doorway to the local high mountain area. In winter, access for hikers is easier thanks to the cable cars nearby. This makes it possible to reach the highest peak in the area, the Wildstrubel, at an altitude of 3,244m. He explains that this is in fact a long ridge, which is made up of the Wildstrubel in the south-west, the Mittelgipfel in the middle, and the Grosstrubel to the east, with breathtaking 360° views. To the north, the Bernese resort of Lenk (in the canton of Bern) is right at our feet. From here, you can reach the Gemmi to the east, and then Leukerbad, and even further east, Kandersteg, with several very interesting ski descents.
From the glacier, there are several other peaks that he’s had the chance to explore: from the Schneehorn in the northeast to the Rothorn in the east with its fabulous south face, to be skied in 4 to 5 cm of transformed snow (on the Vallon des Outannes side), and finally, to the south of the glacier, Les Faverges. To the northwest is a little point which aligns with the arrival point of the cable car, «the Gletscherhorn » with its sustained slope, and finally on the west side, there is access to the Wildstrubel hut and the downhill on the Val de l’Ertense side, with a long climb up over the Col du Pochet.
Note that most of the glacial meltwater flows on the Bernese side, occasionally with very impressive floods.
He talks here about his passion and the activity that he most enjoys: ski touring. However there are plenty of other activities to experience: cross country skiiing at an altitude of almost 3,000m – and the shortness of breath that goes with it, snowkiting, for the sheer fun of it, sled dog rides or breakfast with a spectacular sunrise. In summer, walks pass by the Zeuzier Lake, with a stop at the Wildstrubel hut and Plaine Morte, returning via Les Violettes. And there are many more…
The highest point in Crans-Montana at 3,000m, the Plaine Morte is magical place in winter and in summer.
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