Its name says it all. Starting at the Riffelalp viewing terrace, it goes through forests and along sun-kissed paths to the gourmet hotspot of Findeln.
The snowshoe trail starts at the Riffelalp Resort and heads through forested areas and glades to Grünsee lake (crossing the Gornergrat Bahn rails at one point). Animal tracks can be seen along the way and if you keep your eyes peeled, you may see the odd wild animal or two. The trail continues to the snowy glacier foreland at Gant and on to the other side of the valley. Anyone who did the 5 Lakes Walk in the summer will recognise many places. At the end of the trail, you can go back to Zermatt or climb up to the Sunnegga top station and take the underground funicular.
There are many rest stops with sunny terraces along this snowshoe trail.
Rest stopsAl Bosco - - Riffelalp Resort 2222 m.ü.M.
Alexandre - Riffelalp Resort 2222 m.ü.M.
Mountain Lodge Ze Seewjinu
Walliserkeller - Riffelalp Resort 2222 m.ü.M.
- 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
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.
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”.
- Good, waterproof footwear
- Hiking poles
- Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather
- 9 Waypoints
- 9 Waypoints