Sometimes I am fluffy. Sometimes I am adamant. Mostly I am having fun but I can be serious from time to time. If I fall too often, I am too thick. If I am rare, I am too thin. In most places, I bring joy. In others, I cause trouble. Once here, you wish for the sun. Once gone, you crave frost. Your Goms snow cover says hello!
Winter sports in Switzerland are known by one name: Mountain village Goms. The high valley is set between 1200 and 3000 metres above sea level and is one of the places with the highest certainty of snow in the Alps. Up to 300 sunny days a year and pristine nature make you winter sports outing in Goms a perfect experience.
WINTER SPORTS IN ALL VARIETIES
86 kilometres cross-country skiing trails for all levels of difficulty, family-friendly ski and snowboard regions, 70 kilometres of winter hiking trails, 36 kilometres of snowshoe trails, countless possibilities of ski tours, sledge runs up to 3.5 kilometres in length, dogsledge runs as well as neat curling sheets… The mountain village Goms is an Eldorado for all winter sports enthusiasts who wish to get close to the virgin landscapes. No need to state that highly qualified experts for every winter activity will be around to advise and support you.
VILLAGE HOPPING BY TRAIN
Not only does Goms offer high certainty of snow, pristine nature and ancient villages. Another advantage is the excellent accessibility of the whole valley thanks to the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway. Are your legs tired from skiing or hiking? Does your snowshoe need a fix? Board a train home. Attractive winter offers guarantee favourable conditions.
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR YOUR WINTER OUTING IN THE MOUNTAIN
Remember: To be well prepared for a trip to the mountains doubles the fun. To enjoy your winter activities, make sure you respect the following tips:
- Traffic: It is best to travel by public transport in the winter time. If you travel by car, make sure you fit winter tyres, carry charged batteries and adequate frost protection (antifreeze and snow chains).
- Think of the environment: Take nothing but impressions, leave nothing but footprints.
- Respect the local weather forecast and avalanche report. Listen to locals’ advice and warnings.
- Equipment: Take sturdy shoes as well as weather-proof, warm clothes. Make sure you take enough food and drinks, some bandages, and a trail map (ideally 1:25’000).
- Attention: A smart phone does not make your journey safer. It only makes you take more risks. You will encounter places with no reception in which your phone will be of little use.
- Follow the signs to cross-country skiing, winter hiking and snowshoe trails.
- Important notice: The signs to the normal hiking trails are no indicators for winter hikes. Summer hiking paths can be dangerous in winter.
- Watch out for snowslides and avalanche deposits. There could be cavities underneath.
- Take regular breaks. Hydrate often – even if you are not really thirsty.
- If the weather changes suddenly: Go back immediately or look for shelter.
- Show consideration for other hikers and travellers.
- Do not take risks, do not wear yourself out and turn back in time.
- Follow regulations (for example in nature reserves).
- Even in winter: Be cautious with fire! It is best to not light a fire at all.
- Keep dogs on a leash.