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Discovery Trail (Nr. 145)

Snowshoeing · Zermatt
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  • Winter wonderland on the way to Findeln
    / Winter wonderland on the way to Findeln
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Marc Weiler
  • / Whoever remains quite may see a squirrel
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Dominic Fux
  • / The Discovery Trail leads over clearings and through forests
    Photo: Michael Portmann, Zermatt - Matterhorn
  • / Schneeschuhwandern
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The tour leads through a Swiss stone pine forest, where these ancient, gnarled trees along with larches line the snowshoe path. The objective is to find the Findeln hamlet, which is famous for its mountain restaurant and its inviting sunny terraces.
moderate
Distance 3.8 km
1:30 h
85 m
256 m

The forest is in part barren because the larch trees have dropped their needles. These fell from the larch branches at the beginning of winter and now lie dormant under the snow. If there is little snow, they add red colour to the ground cover. The old Swiss stone pine trees remain green and stand still in the crystal-clear winter air. Whoever remains absolutely still and does not move during a tour might see a squirrel or even deer.

Outstanding view of the Matterhorn in Findeln.

  • Pink poles mark the route approx. every 100 m
  • Guided tours bookable through the Zermatters

Author’s recommendation

Start the hike early in order to be able to enjoy the sun in the hamlet of Findeln for a longer period of time.
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Zermatt Tourismus
Update: March 08, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,275 m
Lowest point
2,019 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Cardinal direction
NESW

Rest Stop

Findlerhof
Al Bosco - - Riffelalp Resort 2222 m.ü.M.
Alexandre - Riffelalp Resort 2222 m.ü.M.
Walliserkeller - Riffelalp Resort 2222 m.ü.M.
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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.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.

The snowshoe trails can be tackled without a mountain guide. Beware: they are not prepared in any way and are not controlled daily; nor are they secured from natural hazards such as avalanches or rockfalls. For safety, check the weather forecast and current avalanche bulletin.
All snowshoeing is at one’s own risk.

Tip: “Be searchable”. Equip yourself with an additional RECCO rescue reflector*. Whether summer or winter. Available in our Online-Shop or our information desk.
*The additional reflector does not replace an avalanche beacon.

Tips and hints

Guided snowshoe hiking tours

Winter sports report

Start

At Riffelalp Resort (2,211 m) (2,220 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'624'190E 1'094'525N
DD
46.001851, 7.750893
DMS
46°00'06.7"N 7°45'03.2"E
UTM
32T 403282 5095011
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Destination

Findeln (2,051 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

At Riffelalp Resort - Börter - Findeln (Ze Gassen)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 1h 40)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).

Getting there

Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.

Parking

Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'624'190E 1'094'525N
DD
46.001851, 7.750893
DMS
46°00'06.7"N 7°45'03.2"E
UTM
32T 403282 5095011
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good, waterproof footwear
  • Snowshoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather

Basic Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Snowshoes  
  • 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.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
3.8 km
Duration
1:30 h
Ascent
85 m
Descent
256 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent Linear route Forest
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Morning
1600 m 1800 m
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