Winter hiking in Switzerland - naturally in Goms, the mountain village
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.
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 and hints
Getting thereFrom 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 www.matterhorngotthardbahn.ch
ParkingParking spaces are available near the cross-country tracks in the vicinity of the railway station of Ulrichen. 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.
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Goms – the true winter hiking paradise: around 78.5 kilometres of marked winter hiking trails, accessible almost entirely by the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway (MGB)
Winter hiking 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.
- Make sure you do not walk over the cross-country ski trails.
- Mind the avalanche bulletins.
- The use of the winter hiking trails happens at your own risk.
- Obergoms Tourismus AG disclaims all liability.