Switzerland is the winter sports paradise of all. But it doesn’t always have to be alpine skiing. In Switzerland you can practice a wide variety of sports, depending on your personal taste. Cross-country skiing has become increasingly popular in recent years, as this sport combines several advantages.
So there are no long waiting times at the mountain railways, because the cross-country skier arrives at the cross-country ski run, straps on his narrow boards and off he goes. The equipment and costs for the cross-country trail are absolutely affordable, and on the cross-country skis you can explore the most beautiful areas of Switzerland. A sport ideal for nature lovers who are looking for peace and quiet but still want to do some sports.
There is a large selection of cross-country skiing areas throughout Switzerland. Once you have found your balance on the thin skis, cross-country skiing opens up completely new worlds.
Engadine Ski Marathon
The Engadin Skimarathon is THE cross-country skiing event in Switzerland and the second largest cross-country skiing event in the world. Every second Sunday in March (this year on 8 March) thousands of runners run the marathon route from Maloja to S-chanf. The Engadin Half Marathon, the Engadin Women’s Run and the Engadin Night Run are also on the programme for the marathon week. A sporting event that no real cross-country skier should miss.
Grisons: Val Müstair
Olympic champion Dario Cologna has given cross-country skiing in Switzerland a huge boost. In his homeland, the Val Müstair, there are some of the most beautiful cross-country ski runs in the country. Advanced skiers should definitely try the challenging panoramic trail “La sulagliva”. The idyllic valley is a delight with freshly snowed-in fir trees, an unspoilt winter landscape and lots of sunshine.
St. Gallen: Toggenburg
Toggenburg can boast another Olympic champion, albeit in a different discipline. This is where ski jumping superstar and four-time Olympic champion Simon Ammann comes from. All over Toggenburg there are excellent cross-country ski runs for skaters and classic fans. On some of the trails you can even cross-country ski at night.
The canton of Obwalden does not necessarily come to mind first when it comes to winter sports. But those who have driven their first lap on the cross-country ski run in the freshly snow-covered Obwalden mountains will never get out of their enthusiasm. The Central Swiss canton convinces with a cross-country skiing area with 25 kilometres of classic trails and 25 kilometres of skating trails. Well marked, some of them lead through beautiful moorland. No matter whether classic or skating, the fantastic view of the Alpine peaks is always convincing.
Jura: La Brévine-Bémont
For those who like it really cold, the La Brévine-Bémont valley in the Neuchâtel Jura is the place to be. It is not without reason that the valley is called the Siberia of Switzerland. It is the coldest place in Switzerland, and double-digit minus temperatures are the order of the day. Winter sports fans will find here perfect snow quality and ideal conditions for cross-country skiing. The 10 kilometre long trail is ideal for beginners and mostly flat. It leads through a picturesque winter landscape and past typical Jurassic farms.
The small village of Goms is a cross-country skiing paradise in the Valais with 85 kilometres of cross-country skiing trails. The cross-country trail runs parallel to the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn railway line, which makes a cross-country excursion a very special experience and gives you the opportunity to return to the starting point by train at any time. The trail runs through twelve picturesque villages throughout the valley.
The 55 kilometres of cross-country ski trails in the Bernese Oberland are a real challenge. They can all be driven on as a circuit and offer something for every level. The 14-kilometre-long “Höh” panoramic trail is ideal for those who are fit and well trained. Because the cross-country trail includes climbs up to 1318 meters above sea level. Accordingly, you also need a good downhill technique, because you have to come down again. Less demanding, but just as beautiful, is the 3-kilometre trail along the Kander or the 5-kilometre Kandersteg, which passes by the Lötschberg north portal. Particularly impressive is the 6-kilometre-long night trail, which is open daily from 5.30 pm to 9 pm.
You can also go cross-country skiing in Ticino. And that in the “Centro Nordico Campra”, which lies on the south side of the Lukmanier and is able to inspire with 28 kilometres of cross-country trails and fantastic nature. Snow-covered alder forests, views of rugged rock faces and rivers that are often frozen in winter make every cross-country skier’s heart beat faster.
Practice Swiss German on the cross-country ski trail
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