Snowshoeing in Switzerland - naturally in Goms, the mountain village
The perfectly groomed cross-country ski trail through the snow-covered Goms plateau is situated at an average altitude of 1300 m above sea level. Several variants are connected to the direct Oberwald-Niederwald ski run of 19 km. This is how the total length of 27 km is calculated.
Each village has good access to the cross-country ski trail as well as to the train. This makes it easy to combine an extended day of cross-country skiing with covering certain routes with the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway. With the cross-country pass of Loipe Goms, you can ski for free on the Oberwald-Fiesch route during its period of validity. Even without cross-country skiing equipment!
Near the cross-country ski runs, almost every mountain village offers numerous catering facilities. Take the opportunity and enjoy a warm soup, a homemade fruit cake or something hearty on one of the numerous sun terraces.
Safety informationThe 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
Getting thereFrom 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
ParkingParking 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.
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- Good cross-country skiing material
- Weatherproof (waterproof and windproof) warm clothing and headgear
- Good sun protection, even in cloudy weather. UV rays at high altitudes can be very strong, especially in winter.
The wind can carry me for kilometres and kilometres. Sometimes I pile up into huge mounts. I get all effusive if you jump in me. I give way when you ride through me. I blur your vision. I get the smallest crevices. If you get a taste, you cannot get enough of me. Try and describe me and words will fail you. I turn forests into fairylands. If you glide across me, I will swallow all your sounds. Slide over me and I will give you joy. Tour skis love me. Give me a visit. I am your powder snow.
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.