Some of the finest ski tours of the central and eastern Alps are described in this guidebook. It includes hut-to-hut tours that explore the Bernese, Urner, Albula and Bernina Alps of Switzerland, as well as classic tours through the Silvretta, Otztal, Stubai and Ortler regions of Austria and Italy. The European Alps offer some of the best and most accessible ski mountaineering in the world. A combination of magnificent and varied terrain, an enviable snow record, excellent public transport, unrivalled hut system and long ski season make them a focus for mountaineers and skiers throughout the world. Volume 1 of this two-volume series on Alpine ski mountaineering covers the Western Alps.