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Dirt Scooters on Schwarzsee

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  • Thrilling ride on dirtscooters down to the valley
    / Thrilling ride on dirtscooters down to the valley
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Zermatt Bergbahnen AG
  • / Past the Schwarzsee lake and the "Maria zum Schnee" chapel
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / Dirtscooter auf Schwarzsee
    Video: Zermatt Tourismus
  • / On the way under Stafelalp
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Zermatt Bergbahnen AG
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Dirt Scooter riding in Zermatt: high thrills at the foot of the north face of the Matterhorn. These scooters with super-fat tyres are perfect for riding the lanes leading through Zermatt’s alpine pastures. Fun for all the family!
moderate
Distance 12.7 km
1:20 h
36 m
987 m

Riders collect their downhill scooters from the Matterhorn glacier paradise valley station. A ride in one of the Matterhorn Express gondolas leads up to Schwarzsee (2,583 m): time to don helmets for the descent. The trail leads past the waters of the idyllic Schwarzsee and down towards Stafelalp. The lanes are not completely smooth, which adds to the sense of adventure!

  • Bookable deal
  • Bookable from approx. mid-June to mid-October
  • Appropriate for children from age 12
  • Group tariff

Author’s recommendation

The Zermatt Bergbahnen lift company offers various deals for this adventure.
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Update: June 30, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,583 m
Lowest point
1,632 m
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Rest Stop

Farmerhaus
Furri
Gitz-Gädi
Schwarzsee
Simi

Safety information

  • Take into account participants’ fitness level and ability.
  • All riding is at one’s own risk.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Do not leave the marked routes.
  • It is forbidden to ride on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.

Tips and hints

Offer from the Zermatt Bergbahnen AG

Start

Schwarzsee (2,583 m) (2,583 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'620'973E 1'093'367N
DD
45.991540, 7.709313
DMS
45°59'29.5"N 7°42'33.5"E
UTM
32T 400044 5093917
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Destination

Zermatt (1,620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Schwarzsee - Stafelalp - Furi - Zermatt (Matterhorn glacier paradise valley station)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to the Matterhorn village: 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 Zermatt.

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).

Getting there

Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.

Parking

Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'620'973E 1'093'367N
DD
45.991540, 7.709313
DMS
45°59'29.5"N 7°42'33.5"E
UTM
32T 400044 5093917
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Dirtscooter with helmet (available for hire at the valley station)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Good footwear

Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • 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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.7 km
Duration
1:20 h
Ascent
36 m
Descent
987 m
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