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Snowshoeing

Family Trail

Snowshoeing · Taesch
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  • With snowshoes along the trail from Täsch to Randa
    / With snowshoes along the trail from Täsch to Randa
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Magical winter wonderland along the trail
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Zermatt Tourismus
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This snowshoe trail is an excellent choice for families. It is not too long, technically not challenging and not far from civilisation. It goes through a light forest where something can be seen time and again. 

easy
3.6 km
2:00 h
117 m
180 m

The path through the forested area between Täsch and Randa is embedded in the valley of the Mattervispa and offers relaxation and leisure. The terrain is rich in variety – the way is a gradual descent and then a gentle climb. The route can be taken in both directions and is also suitable for snowshoeing when arriving by automobile. There is parking available in both villages. The return trip by train with the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn is uncomplicated. A train leaves every 30 minutes.

Beautiful upward view of the valley towards the Breithorn (4,164 m) and Klein Matterhorn (3,883 m).

Author’s recommendation

Spend some time in the Ranft chapel to light a candle and enjoy a moment of contemplation.

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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: January 14, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1485 m
Lowest point
1408 m
Best time of year
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Exposition
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Safety information

  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.

The snowshoe trails can be tackled without a mountain guide. Beware: they are not prepared in any way and are not controlled daily; nor are they secured from natural hazards such as avalanches or rockfalls. For safety, check the weather forecast and current avalanche bulletin.

All snowshoeing is at one’s own risk.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good, waterproof footwear
  • Snowshoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather

Tips, hints and links

Winter sports report

Start

Täsch (1'450 m) (1470 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.067611, 7.780573
UTM
32T 405692 5102282

Destination

Randa (1'439 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Täsch – Atermenzen - Randa

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h)

Public transport

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

Getting there

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

Parking

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

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.6 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
117 m
Descent
180 m
In and out Scenic Family friendly

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