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Cross-Country Skiing

Gommer Sonnenloipe

Cross-Country Skiing · Valais
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  • Cross-country skiing on the sunny Sonnenloipe
    / Cross-country skiing on the sunny Sonnenloipe
    Photo: Obergoms Tourismus
  • / Sonnenloipe between Obergesteln und Münster
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
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Valais and its district of Goms are amongst the sunniest places in Switzerland. Cross-country skiers on the right bank of the Rhône enjoy generous quantities of sunshine, which is why the trail from Obergesteln to Münster is called the Sonnenloipe.

Skating, Classic
easy
8.8 km
1:30 h
57 m
14 m

On warm winter days, you’ll quite often see cross-country skiers out and about here in their t-shirts. The Sonnenloipe in Obergoms certainly lives up to its name: hugging the right bank of the Rhône, it runs from Obergesteln, through Ulrichen and on to Geschinen without ever leaving the sunny side of the valley. Gentle slopes lead you past restaurants, trail cafés and traditional chalets whose wooden panels have darkened in the Valais sun. Ambitious skiers can carry on from Geschinen to Münster.

The Sonnenloipe can be easily reached via rail. The Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn stops right next to the trail, both at the starting point in Obergesteln and the finishing point in Geschinen.

The Sun Trail is also part of Loipen Schweiz’s Heart Trails (Herz-Loipe) project. Defibrillators have been installed at Obergesteln and Ulrichen to allow for an immediate response to any incidents on the trail. A far more frequent problem on the trail is, of course, sunburn, so remember to apply plenty of sun cream before heading out!

Author’s recommendation

Strenghten yourself with a culinary break, as for example at the restaurant Mühle in Geschinen with its local dishes and specialities. The restaurants Baschi and Elmars Gadä are situated next to the slopes as well. 

 

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Obergesteln, 1395 m
Lowest point
Münster, 1338 m
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Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at skiers’ own risk. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals. Do not leave any waste in nature, take with you waste from others.
  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential.

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • good cross-country skiing equipment
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen

Tips, hints and links

More information about the destinations: 

Start

Train station Obergesteln (1352 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.513330, 8.325866
UTM
32T 448285 5151305

Destination

Münster village

Turn-by-turn directions

For cross-country skiing, follow the logo indicated on the turquoise signposts (slope 641). Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Frequent CFF train connections from all over Switzerland to Brig, then MGB (Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn) train or bus to Obergesteln (1h 15). You can travel to the Goms valley coming from Zurich or Lucerne as well. Find full timetable information at www.cff.ch

Getting there

From Brig, follow the cantonal route 19 "Furkastrasse" for 38km until you arrive in Obergesteln. You can travel to the Goms valley coming from Zurich or Lucerne as well. 

Parking

Parking at the train station in Obergesteln. Follow the local car park routeing. 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist offices in the Goms valley have got brochures and information material about cross-country skiing. 

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:50'000: 265S Nufenenpass

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crosscountry skiing technique
Skating, Classic
Difficulty
easy
Distance
8.8 km
Duration
1:30 h
Ascent
57 m
Descent
14 m
Classic Skating In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Insider tip

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