Snowshoeing in Switzerland - naturally in Goms, the mountain village

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Rottenloipe Oberwald - Niederwald

Cross-Country Skiing · Obergoms
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  • Cross-country skiing in the warm evening light
    / Cross-country skiing in the warm evening light
    Photo: @christianpfammatter, CC BY, Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Enjoy our perfectly groomed cross-country trails!
    Photo: @christianpfammatter, CC BY, Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Pure cross-country skiing enjoyment!
    Photo: Regula Gemmet, Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Rottenloipe at Münster
    Photo: Regula Gemmet, Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / MGB Zugbenutzung ist im Loipentarif inkludiert
    Photo: Regula Gemmet, Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Mountain village Niederwald in winter dress
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  • / Nordic Center in Ulrichen
    Photo: Regula Gemmet, Obergoms Tourismus AG
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The Rottenloipe leads over 26 kilometres of pistes from Oberwald to Niederwald. The ideal cross-country trail for everyone to enjoy the enchanting Gommer winter landscape.
Skating, Classic
easy
19.6 km
3:00 h
34 m
155 m
Enjoy carefree, almost endless gliding on the Rottenloipe as a part of the Goms cross-country trails. The perfectly groomed band through the snow-covered Goms plateau lies at an average altitude of 1300 m above sea level. Whether you prefer to enjoy the cross-country trail sporty or ambitious, there is something to suit every taste. Numerous variants are connected to the direct Oberwald-Niederwald piste of 19 km. This is how the total length of 26 km is calculated.

Each village has good access to the Goms cross-country ski trails as well as to the local railway system. This makes it easy to combine an extended day of cross-country skiing with covering routes with the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway. With the cross-country pass of Loipe Goms, you ride the train between Oberwald and Fiesch during its period of validity for free. Even without cross-country skiing equipment!

Near the cross-country ski runs there are numerous catering facilities in almost every mountain village. Take the opportunity and enjoy a warm soup, a homemade fruit cake or something hearty on one of the numerous sun terraces.

 

Author’s recommendation

Gourmet cross-country skiing - pure pleasure!

Glide relaxed through the picturesque landscape and stop at selected restaurants.

Further information is available at www.obergoms.ch/langlauf/gourmet-langlauf

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Author
Regula Gemmet 
Updated: November 10, 2020
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Oberwald, 1,371 m
Lowest point
Niederwald, 1,223 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Nordisches Zentrum

Safety information

The use of the trails is at your own risk. Obergoms Tourismus AG and Loipe Goms disclaim all liability and assume no responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the information on this website.

Use only marked trails and follow all markings and signs - for your own safety, for the protection of the landscape and in respect of wildlife.

Be considerate towards other cross-country skiers. Every cross-country skier, especially on downhill runs, must adapt speed and behaviour to his ability and visibility. In classic running tracks and on the piste for free running technique, you run on the right side of the piste with an appropriate safety distance to the front runner. If you stop, you step out of the cross-country ski run. Assistance in case of accidents is a matter of course. To alert the rescue service, dial No. 144.

Weather conditions in the mountains can change very quickly and without warning. Appropriate clothing is very important.

The winter sports report keeps you informed about the current conditions (avalanche danger, cross-country skiing, winter hiking trails, snow trails and road conditions).

Tips, hints and links

  • Winter sports report at www.obergoms.ch/wintersportbericht
  • Time table www.sbb.ch
  • Telephone number rescue service: 144
  • Winter hikers, snowshoe trekkers and dog owners are not allowed to enter the cross-country ski runs.

Start

Train station Oberwald (1,363 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'669'508E 1'153'606N
DD
46.530146, 8.344627
DMS
46°31'48.5"N 8°20'40.7"E
UTM
32T 449739 5153161
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Destination

Train station Niederwald

Turn-by-turn directions

Oberwald - Obergesteln - Ulrichen - Geschinen - Münster - Reckingen - Gluringen - Ritzingen - Biel - Selkingen - Blitzingen - Niederwald

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

The regional trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway take you from Brig to Oberwald in 1h 23 min. The Goms valley is also easily accessible from the Zurich / Lucerne via Andermatt and the Furka base tunnel. The timetables for all trains can be found at www.sbb.ch.

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Getting there

From Brig follow cantonal road No 19 (Furkastrasse) for 40km to Oberwald. The Goms valley is also easily accessible from direction Zurich / Lucerne via Andermatt – car transport Furka.

The Alpine passes Furka, Grimsel and Nufenen are closed in winter.

The timetables for the car transport Furka can be found at www.matterhorngotthardbahn.ch.

Parking

Parking spaces are available near the cross-country tracks in the vicinity of the railway station or in the village of Oberwald. Follow the local parking guidance system.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'669'508E 1'153'606N
DD
46.530146, 8.344627
DMS
46°31'48.5"N 8°20'40.7"E
UTM
32T 449739 5153161
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

You will find the following brochures in the tourist information offices, at the sales points of the Loipe Goms as well as in most hotels and restaurants in Obergoms:
  • Winter map of Obergoms with cross country trail plan
  •  Holiday companion

Author’s map recommendations

National maps 1:25'000 Swisstopo: 1250 Ulrichen / 1270 Binntal

Equipment

We recommend:
  • Good cross-country material
  • Weatherproof (waterproof and windproof) warm clothing and headgear
  • Sunglasses
  • Good sun protection, even in cloudy weather. UV rays at high altitudes can be very strong, especially in winter.

Similar routes nearby

  • Sonnenloipe Obergesteln - Geschinen
  • Hundeloipe Oberwald - Obergesteln
  • Trainingsloipe Obergoms
  • Trainingsloipe Rhonequelle
  • Hangloipe Oberwald - Niederwald
  • Waldloipe Oberwald
  • Herz-Loipe Obergesteln - Geschinen
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crosscountry skiing technique
Skating, Classic
Difficulty
easy
Distance
19.6 km
Duration
3:00h
Ascent
34 m
Descent
155 m
Public transport friendly Classic Skating Refreshment stops available Family friendly Point to Point

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Goms – the true winter wonderland: Eight marked out and safe snowshoe treks, countless ski tours for pros, aficionados and beginners

Snowshoeing in Switzerland – tips and tricks

  • Never leave the marked trails and paths in order to protect wildlife and yourself.
  • Keep dog on a leash at all times.
  • Please make sure you do not walk over the cross-country ski trails.
  • Please mind the avalanche bulletins.
  • The use of all trails happens at your own risk.
  • Obergoms Tourismus AG disclaims all liability.

REFRESHING STOP ON YOUR SNOWSHOE TOUR

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