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Randa Cross-Country Ski Trail

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  • Cross-country skiing in Randa – past the Attermenzen campsite
    / Cross-country skiing in Randa – past the Attermenzen campsite
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  • / On the cross-country ski trail in Randa
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  • / Overview of the cross-country skiing trails in Täsch-Randa
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  • / Langlaufen in Randa
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If Täsch is the trail for gentle cross-country skiing, then Randa is the choice for a more athletic challenge. The groomed terrain is slightly hilly and requires fitness and skill.
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Skating, Classic
moderate
Distance 4.8 km
0:45 h
208 m
208 m
1,489 m
1,409 m

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".

Author’s recommendation

The cross-country skiing trails are particularly beautiful when there’s fresh snow glistening on the trees, making a true fairytale winter landscape.
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Zermatt Tourismus
Update: December 21, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,489 m
Lowest point
1,409 m
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Safety information

  • 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 hints

Rental of the equipment

Start

Randa (1,439 m) (1,408 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'626'559E 1'105'142N
DD
46.097270, 7.782064
DMS
46°05'50.2"N 7°46'55.4"E
UTM
32T 405857 5105576
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Destination

Randa (1,439 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Randa trail entrance:

  • Clubhouse Golf club, Randa
  • Camping Attermenzen, Randa
  • At Moos, Randa village

There are 8 km for classic and 10 km skating of trails between Täsch and Randa.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to Randa: less than 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Randa.

Getting there

The drive from Visp to Randa takes about 30–40 min. The road leads through the wild and beautiful Mattertal valley.

Parking

There is a public multi-storey car park by the railway station in Randa; simply follow the signs.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'626'559E 1'105'142N
DD
46.097270, 7.782064
DMS
46°05'50.2"N 7°46'55.4"E
UTM
32T 405857 5105576
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

A cross-country ski pamphlet with descriptions of the various routes and additional useful information is available from the guest information centre at Randa station, along with brochures containing tips and recommendations.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • 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
  • 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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Status
closed
cross-country skiing technique
Skating, Classic
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4.8 km
Duration
0:45 h
Ascent
208 m
Descent
208 m
Highest point
1,489 m
Lowest point
1,409 m
Classic Skating Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available

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