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Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing on the Simplon Pass

Cross-Country Skiing • Valais
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Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
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Map / Cross-country skiing on the Simplon Pass
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In a paradisiacal snowy landscape, the Simplon Pass offers a cross-country ski run prepared for classic skiing as well as skating. The historic pass crossing is also open in winter and an ideal recreational area with great snow guarantee.
skating, klassisch
easy
1.8 km
0:30 h
18 m
18 m
The cross-country ski run is situated on the south side of the pass and offers ideal training conditions thanks to its altitude of 1850 m above sea level.

The tour starts at the Barralhaus and leads to the Alte Spittel building with a short climb. The building constructed by Kaspar Stockalper was originally a hospice. The top three floors were the Stockalper family's summer residence. Below, poor travellers were accommodated and catered free of charge.

The trail then crosses the Gampisch high plateau, which is used for farming during the summer. The track then leads to the Barralhaus, which attracts the attention of visitors with its dimensions of 7x120 meters. It was built by Pastor Pierre Barral as a holiday home for his students. However, Barral went bankrupt before the building was completed. Today, the Barralhaus belongs to the army but is no longer used.

Author’s recommendation

On the Simplon Pass you have two hotels with restaurant and the historical hospice, which invite to a visit.

Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
1859 m
1841 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
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Oct
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Dec

Safety information

  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.

Equipment

Our recommendation:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles at most
  • Warm winter clothing depending on weather conditions

Tips, hints and links

winter sports report

The cross-country ski run is not prepared every day. Up-to-date information on the condition of the cross-country ski run can be obtained from Brig Simplon Tourism.

Start

Simplonpass, Hospiz-Niederalp (1844 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.235607, 8.012853
UTM
32T 423888 5120699

Destination

Simplonpass, Hospiz-Niederalp

Turn-by-turn directions

The cross-country ski run is situated on the south side of the pass and offers ideal training conditions thanks to its altitude of 1850 m above sea level.

The tour starts at the Barralhaus and leads to the Alte Spittel building with a short climb. The building constructed by Kaspar Stockalper was originally a hospice. The top three floors were the Stockalper family's summer residence. Below, poor travellers were accommodated and catered free of charge.

The trail then crosses the Gampisch high plateau, which is used for farming during the summer. The track then leads to the Barralhaus, which attracts the attention of visitors with its dimensions of 7x120 meters. It was built by Pastor Pierre Barral as a holiday home for his students. However, Barral went bankrupt before the building was completed. Today, the Barralhaus belongs to the army but is no longer used.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

You can easily reach the Simplon Pass by Postcar from Brig railway station.

Getting there

By train to Brig. Then by Postcar to Simplonpass.

Parking

Free parking is available on the Simplon Pass.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Visit the tourist office in Simplon village for more information and literature.

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking maps are available from the Brig and Simplon Tourist Offices.

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crosscountry skiing technique
skating, klassisch
Difficulty
easy
Distance
1.8 km
Duration
0:30 h
Ascent
18 m
Descent
18 m
Public transport friendly skating klassisch Loop With refreshment stops Family friendly Cultural/historical value

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