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Ardez – Piz Cotschen

Back-country skiing · Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair
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  • Aufstieg Piz Cotschen
    Aufstieg Piz Cotschen
    Photo: Andrea Badrutt, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
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The Piz Cotschen stands out somewhat in the Lower Engadine and, in addition to its beautiful view, offers a wonderful downhill run to Ardez or the hamlet of Bos-Cha.
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Distance 7.8 km
3:50 h
1,525 m
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2,998 m
1,474 m
The tour starts in Ardez and begins with a western ascent on the winter hiking trail Weiler Mund d'Ardez. (1779 m.a.s.l.) The tour then continues north to Murtera Dadaint (2145 m.a.s.l.) and to the Chamonna Maranguns (2302 m.a.s.l.) The ascent continues east to the Chamonna Cler self-catering hut (2474 m.a.s.l.). The final ascent leads via the southeast grade to the winter summit (2972m. a.s.l.) of Piz Cotschen. (3029 m.a.s.l.) Beautiful descent to Bos-Cha or Ardez.

Author’s recommendation

Ardez, together with the villages of Lavin and Guarda, is the second mountaineering village in Switzerland. More information at bergsteigerdoerfer.org

The ski tour can be started in Guarda or the hamlet of Bos-Cha.

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Update: November 22, 2022
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1,474 m
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Safety information

The tour has been assessed in favourable weather conditions, it is imperative that the current weather conditions and weather forecasts are observed before starting the tour.

 

Emergency call:

144 Emergency, First Aid I 1414 Mountain Rescue REGA I 112 International Emergency.

 

Tours in the winter mountains involve risks. Tourers are responsible for their own safety when travelling off secured pistes and paths.

Climbing routes in alpine terrain requires good physical condition, serious preparation and technical knowledge of mountain sports. The routes described are to be followed at the participants' own risk. For safe mountain sports, training under expert supervision is recommended. All contents are compiled with the greatest possible care. Tourism Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair AG (TESSVM) and the authors accept no responsibility for the topicality, correctness and completeness of the information provided. Liability claims of any kind against TESSVM and the authors are excluded. It is also advisable to check the daily avalanche bulletin: slf.ch

Tips and hints

engadin.com/ski-tours

Start

Ardez (1,473 m)
Coordinates:
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2'811'288E 1'184'248N
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46.775869, 10.205687
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46°46'33.1"N 10°12'20.5"E
UTM
32T 592045 5180963
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Destination

Ardez

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Public transport

  • By train (from Chur, Prättigau or Upper Engadine) hourly to Ardez station

Getting there

  • From the north: via Landquart - Klosters by car transport through the Vereina Tunnel (Selfranga - Sagliains) or via the Flüela Pass into the Lower Engadine on H27.
  • From the east: via Landeck / Austria in the direction of St. Moritz on H27
  • From the south: via Reschenpass (Nauders-Martina) or Ofenpass (Val Müstair-Zernez) on H27
  • Ardez is located directly on the Engadine road H27 (15 minutes drive from Vereina south portal)

Parking

  • Paid parking at Ardez railway station

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'811'288E 1'184'248N
DD
46.775869, 10.205687
DMS
46°46'33.1"N 10°12'20.5"E
UTM
32T 592045 5180963
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Graubünden Süd Vital Eggenberger ISBN: 978-3-85902-301-7 (only in german)

Author’s map recommendations

  • 1199 Scuol topographic map Switzerland 1:25.000

  • 249 S Tarasp topographic map ski tours 1:50.000

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Equipment

Ski touring equipment, safety equipment (avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel), first aid kit, refreshments

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
7.8 km
Duration
3:50 h
Ascent
1,525 m
Highest point
2,998 m
Lowest point
1,474 m
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