What could be nicer than enjoying nature in all its facets on a cross-country ski trail through Grächen’s fairy tale winter landscape? Aside from one short climb, the Hannigalp Trail is relatively flat and gives you plenty of time to admire the landscape.
Distance 2.1 km
Hannigalp is the heart of Grächen’s ski area, so it’s appropriate that the cross-country ski trail is named after it. You can really relax and recharge your energy levels on this 2.5km classic-style cross-country skiing circuit. With just a short climb of 50 metres, it’s as much of a delight for beginners as it is for passionate cross-country skiers. The trail leads through the Grächen winter landscape and the conifer forest, where you might be lucky enough to spot one of the four-legged residents, as well as catching the odd glimpse of the ski slopes. One thing you’re sure to see is the captivating panorama of the four-thousand-metre peaks, including the world-famous Matterhorn, which you can enjoy either from the trail or one of the restaurants and bars. The Hannigalp mountain restaurant is a special highlight for families. Kids and grown-ups alike will love the Sisu-Wolkenland indoor playground paradise and the Family Park.
The cross-country ski trail benefits from a secluded location and invites you to enjoy the tranquillity of nature. Be sure to take a break and breathe in the fresh air of the alpine forest.
Hannigalp, 2,116 m
Hannigalp, 2,092 m
Best time of year
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.
Take the Fairy Tale Cable Car up to Hannigalp. Start the trail at “Härdera”, then continue to Hannigalp, passing through the Grächen winter forest on your way to Stafel and back to the departure point.
all notes on protected areas
Accessible by train and bus. From Visp or St. Niklaus train station, take the bus to Grächen.
Motorway A9 direction Visp. Main road direction Saas-Fee / Zermatt junction Grächen.
Grächen is partially car-free. Two parking garages are available at the entrance of the village.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
The tourist office in Grächen has got brochures and information material about hiking in the region.
Author’s map recommendations
SwissTopo Maps 1:50'000: 274S Visp
good cross-country skiing equipment
clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
hat or cap
Basic Equipment for Cross-Country Skiing
Layered, moisture wicking clothing
Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
Lip protection (SPF 30+)
Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
Cross-country skiing gloves
moisture wicking skull / knit cap
Technical Equipment for Cross-Country Skiing
Cross country ski bindings
Waxes if required
The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.