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White Magic Trail (Nr. 143)

Snowshoeing · Zermatt
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  • Snowshoe hiking with a winter panorama
    / Snowshoe hiking with a winter panorama
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Marc Weiler
  • / Hikers may spot chamois along the way
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Vasco Coutinho
  • / View from the road up to the Restaurant Hermetje
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Schneeschuhwandern
    Video: Zermatt Tourismus
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This snowshoe hike can be quite a challenge, depending on snow conditions. The route leads 741 vertical metres down the mountain. But walkers’ efforts are well rewarded: the view over the village of Zermatt is magical.
moderate
Distance 4 km
1:45 h
6 m
725 m

At first the trail leads over the pastures of Alp Hermetji before entering sparse woodland, where chamois may be seen, depending on time of day. In winter, these mammals have a thick, shaggy coat. Hikers who sit down for a while and remain still may well spot one, although chamois do not move about a great deal in winter.

  • Pink poles mark the route approx. every 100 m
  • Chance to observe wildlife along the way
  • Guided tours bookable through the Zermatters

Author’s recommendation

Chamois may be spotted already on the gondola ride to Schwarzsee.
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Zermatt Tourismus
Update: April 20, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,587 m
Lowest point
1,861 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
NESW

Rest Stop

Farmerhaus
Furri
Schwarzsee
Aroleid Restaurant

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.

Tip: “Be searchable”. Equip yourself with an additional RECCO rescue reflector*. Whether summer or winter. Available in our Online-Shop or our information desk.
*The additional reflector does not replace an avalanche beacon.

Tips and hints

Guided snowshoe hiking tours

Winter sports report

Start

Schwarzsee (2,583 m) (2,585 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'620'953E 1'093'414N
DD
45.991963, 7.709058
DMS
45°59'31.1"N 7°42'32.6"E
UTM
32T 400025 5093964
w3w 
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Destination

Furi (1,867 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Schwarzsee - Hermetje - Furi (to the Furi - Zmutt road)

The last part of the walk follows the road back to Furi - snowshoes no longer required.

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
2'620'953E 1'093'414N
DD
45.991963, 7.709058
DMS
45°59'31.1"N 7°42'32.6"E
UTM
32T 400025 5093964
w3w 
///deduct.pursue.muddy
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

We recommend:

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

Basic Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Snowshoes  
  • 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
4 km
Duration
1:45 h
Ascent
6 m
Descent
725 m
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