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Cross-Country Skiing

Rottenloipe Obergoms

· 1 review · Cross-Country Skiing · Valais
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  • The Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn stops at most of the villages next to the Rottenloipe
    / The Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn stops at most of the villages next to the Rottenloipe
    Photo: Obergoms Tourismus
  • Cross-country skiers on the Rottenloipe between Oberwald and Niederwald
    / Cross-country skiers on the Rottenloipe between Oberwald and Niederwald
    Photo: Obergoms Tourismus
  • Cross-country skiing on the Rottenloipe across the Goms valley
    / Cross-country skiing on the Rottenloipe across the Goms valley
    Photo: Obergoms Tourismus
Map / Rottenloipe Obergoms
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The flat terrain of the Rottenloipe runs from Oberwald through to Niederwald, passing through the picturesque high valley of Obergoms and along the young Rhône. The trail is lined with thick protection forests and snowy white peaks.

skating, klassisch
difficult
19.4 km
3:00 h
32 m
152 m

The landscape here is breathtaking, and because the Goms high valley has an average altitude of 1,300 metres, snow is guaranteed. This varied cross-country ski trail leads from Oberwald to Niederwald, for the most part following the Young Rhône and passing the traditional Goms villages of Obergesteln, Ulrichen and Münster-Geschinen, the district capital.

The route offers a wide variety of scenery, cutting through forests and across broad, open fields, and always following the Young Rhône. The trail is generally very even, making it particularly suitable for the relaxed ski tourer whose priority is enjoying the surrounding landscape. Thanks to its high altitude, though, the trail is also used by professionals as a training course. The backdrop is lined with thick protection forests and snowy white peaks.

Restaurants in the villages along the trail invite you to stop by and enjoy some traditional Valais cuisine.

Author’s recommendation

Split up your cross-country tour on the Rottenloipe: You can get on and off the train in each village and easily get back to your starting.

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
1371 m
1219 m
Highest point
Oberwald (1371 m)
Lowest point
Niederwald (1219 m)
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Drei Tannen restaurant.

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 destination: 

Start

Train station in Oberwald (1363 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.530210, 8.344536
UTM
32T 449732 5153168

Destination

Train station in Niederwald

Turn-by-turn directions

For cross-country skiing, follow the logo indicated on the turquoise signposts (slope 640). Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.

Public transport

Frequent CFF train connections from all over Switzerland to Brig, then MGB (Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn) train or bus to Oberwald (1h 20). 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 40km until you arrive in Oberwald. You can travel to the Goms valley coming from Zurich or Lucerne as well. 

Parking

Parking at the train station in Oberwald. 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 1:25'000: 1250 Ulrichen / 1270 Binntal

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Comments and ratings (1)

Delia Inniger
2017-12-21
Das tolle an der Rottenloipe ist, dass sie für jedermann geeignet ist. Je nach Kondition kann ein kürzeres oder längeres Teilstück der Loipe befahren werden und der Zug bringt einen bequem zurück.
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2017-12-15
Photo: Delia Inniger, Community
Überquerung der jungen Rhone
Überquerung der jungen Rhone
Photo: Delia Inniger, Community
Photo: Delia Inniger, Community

crosscountry skiing technique
skating, klassisch
Reviews
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
19.4 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
32 m
Descent
152 m
klassisch skating Tour route Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Insider tip

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