Network of trails
The really special thing about the Goms cross-country ski trail is that it connects 12 picture-book villages from Oberwald to Niederwald. Practically every village is a stop on the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway (MGBahn), which makes it very popular with visitors who want to ski or walk through the snow-covered landscape. You can venture as far as you like and then take the train back to your starting point. It couldn't be easier!
- The current snowsportsreport can be found here.
- The cross-country trail map is available free of charge from all Tourist Information Centres and Goms cross-country skiing sales outlets.
Below is a brief description of each of the individual trails (skating and classic style) that make up the Goms cross-country ski trail between Oberwald and Niederwald
Rottenloipe (26 kilometres, easy)
This trail is named for the River Rhone which is called the "Rotten" in this region. It leads from Oberwald to Niederwald along the course of the river. This trail lies at an average height of 1,300 metres above sea level and is ideal for skiers who want to take it easy and enjoy the stunning scenery.
Hangloipe (27 kilometres, medium)
This trail also connects Oberwald and Niederwald. It runs along the shady northern side of the valley, has some gentle uphill stretches and is ideal for athletic skiers.
Sonnenloipe (8 kilometres, easy)
It runs from Obergesteln to Münster along the right-hand bank of the Rhone. The Sun trail is perfect for relaxed skiing in the warming sun.
Waldloipe/Pischäloipe (5.5 kilometres, medium)
This circular trail in the Pischä Forest may remind you of Scandinavia. It starts and ends in Oberwald.
Herzloipe (5 kilometres, easy)
The signaled "heart cross-country trails" are without any major gradient and are especially suitable for cross country beginners and for all who want to do something for their hearts health.
Our route: Geschinen-Obergesteln or vice versa on the Sonnenloipe
Nachtloipe (4 kilometres, easy)
From mid December to mid March cross-country skiers can practise their skills every evening from 5.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. on a floodlit circular trail between Obergesteln and Ulrichen.
FIS Rennloipe (5 kilometres, challenging)
Obergoms also offers special trails for athletes in training. This racing circuit is exactly the right challenge for ambitious cross-country skiers. It has steep ascents, rapid descents and tricky changes in direction and has been recognised by the International Ski Federation (FIS). This racing trail is located in the grounds of the Nordic Centre in Ulrichen.
Training trails (2 x 3 kilometres, challenging)
For ambitious skiers there are towo demanding 3-kilometres long training trails between Oberwald and Obergesteln and in Grafschaft available.
Dog trail (4 kilometres, easy)
Dogs are welcome to accompany their owners on this special trail between Obergesteln and Oberwald.
Rhonequelle (4 kilometers, difficult)
The snowy pass road between Oberwald and the Hotel-Restaurant Rhonequelle is considered as an ideal fitness training for skating runners.
Attention! This route is not groomed for classic skiing and is also used by winter hikers and sledgers.
Important note considering the trail Oberwald-Rhonequelle during winter seasons 2015/16 and 2016/17 :
Hydropower is an important energy source in the Alps. For the construction of a hydroelectric power station between Gletsch and Oberwald, an access will be cleared on the pass road from Oberwald to "Nikolaus-Kehr" over the next two winters 2015/16 and 2016/17. For this reason the cross country skiing trail to Rhonequelle can not be offered.
We apologize for any inconvenience.