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Waldloipe Oberwald

Cross-Country Skiing · Goms
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  • Waldloipe in der Oberwalder Piische
    / Waldloipe in der Oberwalder Piische
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  • / Verschneiter wildromantischer Pischewald
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  • / Cross-country skiing paradise Goms
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  • / Loipe Goms
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  • / MGBahn use is included in the cross-country ski ticket
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  • / Bergdorf Oberwald
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  • / Cross-country skiing with a Nordic feel
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The Waldloipe is a Nordic looking cross-country trail in the wildly romantic Pischäwald. The starting and finishing point of this more than five-kilometre-long circular cross-country piste is in Oberwald.
Skating, Classic
moderate
Distance 5.3 km
1:10 h
32 m
32 m
Those who like to move in the snow-covered mountain forest will find the Waldloipe just right. The perfectly groomed piste with Scandinavian flair runs through the "Pischäwald" in a variety of ways. This is what the locals here affectionately call their protective mountain forest, which lines the village of Oberwald.

At the Goneri Bridge, the cross-country skier decides which route to take. The first recommended trail is the loop that runs into the Eye after crossing the young Rhone on the wooden arch bridge. The other round takes place in the picturesque landscape of the Sand area.

As the track can only be prepared as single trail, it is advisable to follow the directions. This is a simple way to avoid bottlenecks.

The Loipe Goms network offers a good connection to the Waldloipe. From Oberwald train station it is only a good 700 metres to the entrance.

Thanks to its sheltered location, the Waldloipe is a true cross-country skiing delight even in windy conditions or in snowfall.

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!
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Oberwald, Eye, 1,400 m
Lowest point
Oberwald, Piische, 1,368 m
Best time of year
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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 and hints

  • 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

Oberwald, village (1,369 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'669'952E 1'154'012N
DD
46.533748, 8.350477
DMS
46°32'01.5"N 8°21'01.7"E
UTM
32T 450191 5153558
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Destination

Oberwald, village

Turn-by-turn directions

Oberwald, Dorf - Piische - Goneri-Brücke - Holzbogenbrücke - Eye - Holzbogenbrücke - Goneri-Brücke - Sand - Goneri-Brücke - Piische - Oberwald, Dorf

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.

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
2'669'952E 1'154'012N
DD
46.533748, 8.350477
DMS
46°32'01.5"N 8°21'01.7"E
UTM
32T 450191 5153558
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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 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.

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  • Trainingsloipe Obergoms
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  • Rottenloipe Oberwald - Niederwald
  • Sonnenloipe Obergesteln - Geschinen
  • Hundeloipe Oberwald - Obergesteln
  • Herz-Loipe Obergesteln - Geschinen
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crosscountry skiing technique
Skating, Classic
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
5.3 km
Duration
1:10 h
Ascent
32 m
Descent
32 m
Public-transport-friendly Classic Skating Circular route

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