The Valais is a hiker’s paradise in winter. Its 1000 kilometres of immaculately prepared winter trails invite hikers to leisurely strolls or athletic climbs in an unparalleled setting. With the winter sun as your companion, you can wander through silent snow-covered forests and over magnificent sunny terraces featuring fantastic views. This is as close as you can get to the high peaks and majestic glaciers of the Valais Alps. A steaming cup of schnapps and coffee or hot chocolate welcomes contented hikers in a snug mountain hut at the end of the day.
Hike with view of the Matterhorn
The Matterhorn works its magic on everyone – and its distinctive shape makes it one of the most famous peaks in the world. With an almost ruthless force and, at the same time, an indescribable elegance, this shapely pyramid rises into the air. Enjoy some of the finest views of Zermatt’s angular 4,478m landmark while on a winter hike on the Riffelberg. Begin the trip by taking the rack railway up the Gornergrat. Here, a superb panorama awaits – 29 four-thousanders may be seen from the observation deck at the Kulmhotel. Then take the train back to the Rotenboden intermediate station, where the winter trail leads towards Riffelberg. From there, take the rack railway back to Zermatt. And if you want to enjoy even more of the mountain, you can travel again up to Rotenboden to schuss down Switzerland’s highest toboggan run to Riffelberg.
End of tour: Zermatt / Riffelberg
Technical requirements: easy
Physical fitness: easy
Hiking time: 1 h
Length: 3 km