The terrain in the valley floor in Randa is not as flat as Täsch. If you’re seeking a technical challenge, then Randa is the right place. The cross-country skiing trail – for both classic and skate skiing – is bristling with tricky ascents and thrilling descents and requires fitness, technical ability and muscle strength.
The majority of the Randa trail winds through snowy woodland. The highest point of the trail is reached after around 1.5 kilometres and is followed by the first exciting descent, past Camping Attermenzen and back towards Randa. The trail topography here is also hilly and you need all your concentration to ensure you don't end up falling in the snow on the short descents.
If you’d prefer less challenging terrain, head for the easier trail in Täsch.
- Depending on the snow conditions, the Täsch and Randa trails are linked together.
- The trail in Täsch can be reached from Zermatt in 12 mintues by rail.
- There are two difficulty levels: easy (Täsch) and medium (some of the Randa trail)
- Changing facilities, lockers and toilets are available in the Matterhorn Terminal Täsch.
- Equipment can be rented at the Matterhorn Terminal in the "ZERMATTERS Nordic Center Täsch".
- Please be considerate to other cross-country skiers.
- Walkers are not permitted on the cross-country ski trails.
- Observe all signposting and directions.
- When overtaking another cross-country skier, keep poles close to body to avoid injury.
- On descents, maintain adequate distance from the cross-country skier ahead, and always adapt speed to conditions.
- If you wish to pause along a trail or if you fall, vacate the tracks as quickly as possible.
Tips and hintsRental of the equipment
Getting thereThe drive from Visp to Randa takes about 30–40 min. The road leads through the wild and beautiful Mattertal valley.
ParkingThere is a public multi-storey car park by the railway station in Randa; simply follow the signs.
Author’s map recommendations
- Cross-country skis and poles
- Suitable cross-country ski boots
- Clothing suitable for the weather (waterproof, windproof and breathable)
- Hat or headband plus gloves and sunglasses
- Food and drinks
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
- Cross-country skiing gloves
- 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.