Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Discovery Trail

The tour leads through a Swiss stone pine forest, where these ancient, gnarled trees along with larches line the snowshoe path. The objective is to find the Findeln hamlet, which is famous for its mountain restaurant and its inviting sunny terraces.

The forest is in part barren because the larch trees have dropped their needles. These fell from the larch branches at the beginning of winter and now lie dormant under the snow. If there is little snow, they add red colour to the ground cover. The old Swiss stone pine trees remain green and stand still in the crystal-clear winter air. Whoever remains absolutely still and does not move during a tour might see a squirrel or even deer.Outstanding view of the Matterhorn in Findeln. Pink poles mark the route approx. every 100 m Guided tours bookable through the Zermatters

Turn-by-turn directions

Riffelalp - direction Grünsee - Findeln

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 1h 40)

Tip: You can also make a detour to the lake Grünsee with restaurant.

Start: Riffelalp (2,211 m) (2211 m)
Destination: Findeln (2,051 m) (2047 m)

Author's recommendation

Start the hike early in order to be able to enjoy the sun in the hamlet of Findeln for a longer period of time.

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2238 m 2026 m

  • Ascent

    83 m

  • Descent

    239 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 6 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

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).

Approach

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”.

Equipment

We recommend:

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

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.