In April 2001 I did my last ski mountaineering trip before my bad back prevented me from continuing this sort of activity. There were just 3 of us with me Dave Butcher, good friend Mark and guide Jon de Montjoye.
We decided to do the Tour of Monte Rosa, the highest mountain in Switzerland which is right on the border with Italy. We went around it rather than over it! The trip started and finished in Zermatt and we used ski lifts every day so that we could do a bit more skiing and also to help my bad back.
Originally, there were going to be 3 of us, plus guide Jon. Unfortunately, the trip had to be rearranged and moved from late March into early April quite late on when the 3rd member of the group dropped out unexpectedly. In the end, the trip was very enjoyable and we had one heli ski lift on the penultimate day to avoid the alternative of walking (carrying skis, etc) a lot of the 4 or 5 hour trip because of a lack of snow between Alagna and Macugnaga.