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Winter hiking trail Gletschergrotte

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The trail leads hikers along the ski slopes and through the Saas-Fee forest to Gletschergrotte.
closed
easy
Distance 2.1 km
1:00 h
209 m
0 m
The trail begins at Hotel Saaserhof and leads below the Stafelwald ski lifts towards Felskinn station, turning right into the forest in front of the bridge overlooking Viège de Fee (Feevispa). This is a signposted path which crosses hilly woodland and passes the old Saas-Fee mill wheel. After Felskinn station, the trail then gently snakes back up the mountain close to the ski slopes. The final destination is the Gletschergrotte restaurant with its magnificent sunny terrace offering the perfect place for a rest.

 

This trail is also recomanded as a snowshoe tour.

Author’s recommendation

Take a break on the terrace at Gletschergrotte and enjoy the surrounding countryside.
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Author
Saastal Tourismus AG
Update: November 04, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,000 m
Lowest point
1,787 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Mountain restaurant Gletschergrotte

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 leave any waste 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 uncertain weather, 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

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

Gletschergrotte
CH-3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 27 957 21 60
E-Mail: info@gletschergrotte.ch
www.gletschergrotte.ch

 

Start

Saaserhof Hotel, Saas-Fee (1,787 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'637'578E 1'106'079N
DD
46.105171, 7.924621
DMS
46°06'18.6"N 7°55'28.6"E
UTM
32T 416888 5106294
w3w 
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Destination

Gletschergrotte Restaurant

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail begins at Hotel Saaserhof and leads below the Stafelwald ski lifts towards Felskinn station, turning right into the forest in front of the bridge overlooking Viège de Fee (Feevispa). This is a signposted path which crosses hilly woodland and passes the old Saas-Fee mill wheel. After Felskinn station, the trail then gently snakes back up the mountain close to the ski slopes to the Gletschergrotte restaurant.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the train to Visp, followed by the post bus to Saas-Fee. Head for the starting point on foot from the bus terminus.



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

The covered public parking area is located immediately as you drive into Saas-Fee village.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'637'578E 1'106'079N
DD
46.105171, 7.924621
DMS
46°06'18.6"N 7°55'28.6"E
UTM
32T 416888 5106294
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The Saas-Fee tourist office offers brochures and information on hiking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 2526 Saas-Fee

Winter hiking map Saas-Fee/Saastal

Equipment

We recommend: 
  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water, picnic
  • camera
  • hiking poles (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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Status
closed
Difficulty
easy
Distance
2.1 km
Duration
1:00 h
Ascent
209 m
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Morning
1600 m 1800 m
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