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Bodmen Woodland Winter Trail

Winter Hikes
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  • Das Ziel ins Sicht: das winterliche Saas-Almagell
    / Das Ziel ins Sicht: das winterliche Saas-Almagell
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Leading through a snowy forest between Saas-Almagell and Saas-Fee, the Bodmen Woodland Winter Trail is as fun as it is beautiful.
easy
Distance 3.2 km
1:00 h
20 m
153 m
This is the perfect trail for those seeking a walk in a peaceful, relaxed environment. Along the way, you’ll pass close to the Waldhüs Bodmen Restaurant with its own indoor petting zoo - a perfect stop when walking with kids. Additionally, the trail offers a number of spectacular views over Saas-Grund, the Saas Valley and the pyramid peaks of the Bietschhorn. The trail also forms part of the Tour du Mont Rose circuit.

 

Author’s recommendation

The path is illuminated at night.
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Saastal Tourismus AG
Update: November 04, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,803 m
Lowest point
1,670 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. 
  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on “Print” icon, top right of this page.
  • 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 leaveanywaste in nature.
  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertainweather, turn back in good time.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger, especially the danger of avalanches.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible, avoid going alone.

Tips and hints

More information about the destination:

Saastal Tourismus AG
Obere Dorfstrasse 2
3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 (0)27 958 18 58
E-Mail: info@saas-fee.ch
www.saas-fee.ch

Restaurant Waldhüs Bodmen
3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 (0)27 057 20 75
E-Mail: info@waldhues-bodmen.ch
www.waldhues-bodmen.ch

Summer trail

 

Start

Saas-Fee, Busterminal (1803 m) (1,803 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'637'933E 1'106'487N
DD
46.108819, 7.929240
DMS
46°06'31.7"N 7°55'45.3"E
UTM
32T 417251 5106695
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Destination

Saas-Almagell, village center

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail begins at the Postplatz in Saas-Fee. From here, head for the panoramic bridge and the lower Alpin Express station. Once over the bridge, take the north-eastern fork and follow the tar road. After a slight incline, continue along a wide woodland path, passing Waldhüs Bodmen restaurant, until you reach the outskirts of Saas-Almagell. From the village square, you can either catch the post bus back to Saas-Fee or continue on foot to Saas-Grund and Saas-Fee.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the train to Visp, followed by the post bus to Saas-Fee. The trail starts at the bus terminus in Saas-Fee.

Getting there

Take the cantonal road to Visp, and at the roundabout near the Landbrücke continue south towards Saas-Fee and Zermatt. At the ‘Killerhof’ roundabout after Stalden, take the second exit towards Saas-Fee. At Saas-Grund turn right at the intersection after the church towards Saas-Fee.

Parking

At the entrance to the public car park.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'637'933E 1'106'487N
DD
46.108819, 7.929240
DMS
46°06'31.7"N 7°55'45.3"E
UTM
32T 417251 5106695
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The Saas-Fee tourist offers brochures and information material on hikingin the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopoMaps 1:25'000: 2526 Saas-Fee

Equipment

We recommend: 
  • goodfootwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water, picnic
  • camera
  • hikingpoles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download)

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • 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 Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • 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
easy
Distance
3.2 km
Duration
1:00 h
Ascent
20 m
Descent
153 m
Public-transport-friendly Refreshment stops available Scenic Family-friendly Groomed snow Linear route
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1600 m 1800 m
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