Snowshoeing in Switzerland - naturally in Goms, the mountain village

Cross-Country Skiing Top

Nachtloipe Ulrichen - Obergesteln

Cross-Country Skiing · Obergoms
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  • 4.5 km cross-country skiing enjoyment in the evening after sunset
    / 4.5 km cross-country skiing enjoyment in the evening after sunset
    Photo: Regula Gemmet, Obergoms Tourismus AG
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  • / MGBahn use is included in the cross-country ski tarif
    Photo: Regula Gemmet, Obergoms Tourismus AG
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On an illuminated circuit between Ulrichen and Obergesteln you can practice cross-country skiing every evening from 17.30h to 21.30h from mid-December to mid-March.
Skating, Classic
4.5 km
0:55 h
11 m
11 m
Cross-country skiing after sunset? Of course on the Loipe Goms!

The night cross-country ski run between Ulrichen and Obergesteln offers an ideal opportunity for physical training on skis even in the evening after sunset. The circuit is illuminated daily between 5.30 pm and 9.30 pm between mid-December and mid-March.

As an ideal complement to the numerous kilometres of pistes available during the day, the 4.5 km long illuminated cross-country ski run offers a perfect opportunity to extend the day on the cross-country skiing trails of the valley. The use of the night trail is included in the cross-country pass of the Loipe Goms.

The ideal entrance to the night trail is at the Hotel Walser in Ulrichen. From there the illuminated trail leads along the young Rhone to Obergesteln up to the loop at the Source du Rhone Golf Restaurant. The trail then runs along the wooded slope towards Ulrichen, past the chapel St. Anna zum Loch and from there parallel to the Äegina mountain stream back to the starting point.

Author’s recommendation

With the cross-country ski pass of the Loipe Goms, you travel free of charge on the MGBahn route Oberwald-Fiesch during the period of validity. Even without cross-country skiing equipment!
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Regula Gemmet 
Updated: November 10, 2020
Highest point
Obergesteln, Source du Rhone, 1,358 m
Lowest point
Ulrichen, Nufenenstrasse, 1,347 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Golf Restaurant Source du Rhône
Hotel Walser

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
  • Time table
  • Telephone number rescue service: 144
  • Winter hikers, snowshoe trekkers and dog owners are not allowed to enter the cross-country ski runs.


Ulrichen, Nufenenstrasse (1,347 m)
2'667'048E 1'150'799N
46.505146, 8.312155
46°30'18.5"N 8°18'43.8"E
32T 447225 5150405


Ulrichen, Nufenenstrasse

Turn-by-turn directions

Ulrichen, Nufenenstrasse - Obergesteln - Source du Rhone - Obergesteln - Zum Loch - Ulrichen, Nufenenstrasse


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

The regional trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway take you from Brig to Ulrichen in 1h 15 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


Getting there

From Brig follow cantonal road No 19 (Furkastrasse) for  37 km to Ulrichen. 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


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


2'667'048E 1'150'799N
46.505146, 8.312155
46°30'18.5"N 8°18'43.8"E
32T 447225 5150405
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


We recommend:
  • Good cross-country skiing 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

  • FIS / Rennloipe
  • Int. Gommerlauf Skimarathon
  • Herz-Loipe Obergesteln - Geschinen
  • Funloipe
  • Hundeloipe Oberwald - Obergesteln
  • Sonnenloipe Obergesteln - Geschinen
  • Rottenloipe Oberwald - Niederwald
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crosscountry skiing technique
Skating, Classic
4.5 km
11 m
11 m
Public transport friendly Classic Skating Loop Refreshment stops available


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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.




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