Cross-country skiing recommended route

261 - Pista Pian Doss

Cross-country skiing · Switzerland
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At first sight it seems to be an inconspicuous patch of land on the alternate route to the Gotthard Pass Tunnel. Upon closer look, cross-country skiers will find an ideal terrain in an attractive alpine landscape. The trail leads to an alpine pasture and the idyllic high moor lake of Lago Dosso.
Skating, Classic
difficult
Distance 3.5 km
1:08 h
101 m
80 m
1,730 m
1,630 m

A tough start with quite a steep ascent awaits the cross-country skier at the southern end of San Bernardino. The trail winds up to the Alp de Pian Doss mostly through a fairy-tale forest. Always within view: the striking pyramid of Piz Uccello, the landmark of San Bernardino.

From the alpine pasture, a slight up and down track leads to the shores of Lake Doss. Dreamlike, this small, postglacial moor lake lies nestled in a peat hollow, surrounded by a sparsely-treed mountain forest. It is almost unbelievable that in the immediate vicinity of the heavily travelled north-south axis, peace and quiet reign so profoundly; and keeping quiet is worthwhile: for with some patience and a stroke of good luck, wild animals can be observed, especially from February onwards, protected from snow storms and spoiled by the sun they spend the winter here. A unique experience, typical of the southern Alpine region.

From the lake you can reach the district of Fornas, south of the village, in a few minutes. In the cozy bar, tired legs can relax and cold, clammy fingers can be warmed with a hot drink. It all comes with a shot of Italianità.

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Christian Vigne
Update: January 21, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,730 m
Lowest point
1,630 m
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Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'735'189E 1'146'221N
DD
46.453684, 9.198346
DMS
46°27'13.3"N 9°11'54.0"E
UTM
32T 515232 5144476
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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'735'189E 1'146'221N
DD
46.453684, 9.198346
DMS
46°27'13.3"N 9°11'54.0"E
UTM
32T 515232 5144476
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Equipment

Basic Equipment for Cross-Country Skiing

  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Cross-country skiing gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap

Technical Equipment for Cross-Country Skiing

  • Cross-country skis
  • Cross-country ski bindings
  • Cross-country boots
  • Cross-country poles
  • Waxes if required
  • 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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cross-country skiing technique
Skating, Classic
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
3.5 km
Duration
1:08 h
Ascent
101 m
Descent
80 m
Highest point
1,730 m
Lowest point
1,630 m
Classic Circular route Scenic Skating Refreshment stops available

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