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Winter Wonder Trail snowshoe tour from Sunnegga to Riffelalp

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  • Auf dem Winter Wonder Trail
    / Auf dem Winter Wonder Trail
    Photo: Gornergrat Bahn
  • / Gornergrat Bahn oberhalb Riffelalp
    Photo: CC BY-ND, Gornergrat Bahn
  • / Winterwanderweg zwischen Riffelalp Resort und der Station Riffelalp
    Photo: Gornergrat Bahn
  • / Restaurant Al Bosco auf der Riffelalp
    Photo: Gornergrat Bahn
  • / Restaurant Alphitta auf der Riffelalp
    Photo: Gornergrat Bahn
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Der Winter Wonder Trail ist eine verkürzte Winterversion der beliebten 5-Seen-Wanderung im Sommer. 
moderate
Distance 7.7 km
3:00 h
237 m
326 m
The tour begins at the Sunnegga mountain station.  From here you start by following the winter trail as far as the hamlet of Findeln.  This is where the signposting for the snowshoe tour begins.  It’s worth taking a coffee break in Findeln, or even lunch, because of the top-class catering with an alpine flair.  Where, in summer you would see a row of sparkling mountain lakes, in winter you simply find tranquillity.  Can you see the snow-covered lakes?  First you pass the Mossjisee lake and on the opposite side of the valley the Grünsee lake is disguised under thick snow.  You have another chance to be pampered by excellent food if you visit the mountain lodge “Ze Seewjinu”. Going through the Arvenwald (Swiss-pine forest) you come to Riffelalp.  When you get to the Riffelalp you will definitely have deserved some fortification.  You can choose between high-class gastronomy at the Riffelalp Resort or the cosiness of the rustic Alphitta.  From here it is only a few minutes to Riffelalp station on the Gornergrat railway. 

Author’s recommendation

For this snowshoe tour you should use the combi-ticket for snowshoe walkers.  Included in its price is the trip up with the Sunnegga railway as well as the ride down with a Gornergrat  train.
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Author
Delia Inniger
Updated: March 10, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Sunnegga, 2,306 m
Lowest point
Riffelalp, 2,130 m
Best time of year
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Exposition / cardinal direction
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Rest Stop

Chez Vrony
Alexandre - Riffelalp Resort 2222 m.ü.M.
Mountain Lodge Ze Seewjinu
@Paradise
Walliserkeller - Riffelalp Resort 2222 m.ü.M.
Alphitta

Safety information

  • Carry a map with you. Download the full trail description with a large scale map by clicking on "Print" at the top right of the page.
  • Use only marked trails and follow all signs and instructions - for your own safety, to protect grazing animals and in respect of wildlife.
  • Close gates after passing through.
  • Be considerate of other trail users, plants and animals.
  • Carry additional sun protection. UV rays at high altitudes can be very strong, even in overcast weather.
  • Plan your trek carefully: take into account the required fitness level of all participants, weather forecasts and seasonality.
  • Weather conditions in the mountains can change very quickly and without warning. Appropriate clothing and sufficient provisions (food and drink) are very important. If the weather is unstable, it is better to turn back early.

Tips and hints

The tourist office in Zermatt provides you with brochures and maps on snowshoe tours and on Zermatt in general. 

Start

Sunnegga (2,299 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'625'720E 1'096'217N
DD
46.017010, 7.770729
DMS
46°01'01.2"N 7°46'14.6"E
UTM
32T 404844 5096672
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Destination

Riffelalp

Turn-by-turn directions

You begin your walk on the Sunnegga by following the prepared winter track as far as Findeln.  This is where signposting for the Winter Wonder Trail starts.  Then the trail goes upwards to the Gant region where you cross a bridge over the Findelbach stream.  About one kilometre after the bridge, on the other side of the valley, the snowed-in Grünsee lake appears, and just a few metres from here is the “Ze Seewinju” mountain lodge.  From here you drop down into the Arvenwald (Swiss-pine forest) and after a further kilometre going downwards comes the final ascent to the Gornergrat railway track.  Cross the lines and walk above Riffelalp to the Riffelalp Resort and then it’s just a few minutes until you arrive at Riffelalp station on the Gornergrat railway.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Mit der Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn ab Visp nach Zermatt. In Zermatt mit der Sunnegga Bahn auf die Sunnegga. Nach der Wanderung erfolgt die Rückreise mit der Gornergrat Bahn ab der Station Riffelalp (2211m) nach Zermatt.

Getting there

Zermatt ist autofrei. Wir empfehlen die Anreise mit den öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln via Visp nach Zermatt.

Parking

Zermatt ist autofrei. In Täsch steht mit dem Matterhorn Terminal Täsch ein gedecktes Parkhaus zur Verfügung – unter einem Dach mit dem Bahnhof Täsch, wo du direkt auf die Zermatt Shuttles umsteigen kannst. Wir empfehlen grundsätzlich die Anreise mit den öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln via Visp.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'625'720E 1'096'217N
DD
46.017010, 7.770729
DMS
46°01'01.2"N 7°46'14.6"E
UTM
32T 404844 5096672
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Das Tourismusbüro in Zermatt stellt dir Informationen und Broschüren zum Schneeschuhlaufen und zur Geschichte der Region zur Verfügung. 

Author’s map recommendations

Landeskarte Swisstopo 1:25'000: Zermatt – Gornergrat

Equipment

We recommend:

 

  • Good footwear and snowshoes of suitable size.
  • Weatherproof and warm clothing
  • Headgear
  • Sun protection
  • Water bottle
  • Picnic
  • Camera
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Walking sticks (optional)
  • Printout of the route (click "Print" to download)

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
7.7 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
237 m
Descent
326 m
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