Winter hiking

Winter hiking

Bodmen Winter Forest Trail open

Leading through a snowy forest between Saas-Almagell and Saas-Fee, the Bodmen Woodland Winter Trail is as fun as it is beautiful.

This is the perfect trail for those seeking a walk in a peaceful, relaxed environment. Along the way, you’ll pass close to the Waldhüs Bodmen Restaurant with its own indoor petting zoo - a perfect stop when walking with kids. Additionally, the trail offers a number of spectacular views over Saas-Grund, the Saas Valley and the pyramid peaks of the Bietschhorn. The trail also forms part of the Tour du Mont Rose circuit.  

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Turn-by-turn directions

The trail begins at the Postplatz in Saas-Fee. From here, head for the panoramic bridge and the lower Alpin Express station. Once over the bridge, take the north-eastern fork and follow the tar road. After a slight incline, continue along a wide woodland path, passing Waldhüs Bodmen restaurant, until you reach the outskirts of Saas-Almagell. From the village square, you can either catch the post bus back to Saas-Fee or continue on foot to Saas-Grund and Saas-Fee.

Start: Saas-Fee, Busterminal (1803 m) (1803 m)
Destination: Saas-Almagell, village center (1671 m)

Author's recommendation

The path is illuminated at night.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1803 m 1670 m

  • Ascent

    20 m

  • Descent

    153 m

  • Technique

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  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 2 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 5 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Take the SBB to Visp and change there to the post bus in the direction of Saas-Fee (bus 511).

Approach

Saas-Fee/Saastal can easily be reached by car from all directions, whether from Switzerland or abroad. From the north you can reach us via Bern via the Lötschberg car transport. From the east you come over the Furka Pass or the Furka car transport. From the south you can reach us via the Simplon Pass or Simplon car transport and from the west you drive via Lausanne along the Rhône valley to Visp and from there towards Saas-Fee.

From Visp, drive south in the direction of Saas-Fee. At the "Killerhof" roundabout after Stalden, take the second exit towards Saas-Fee. In Saas-Grund, turn right after the church in the direction to Saas-Fee

Parking

You will find parking spaces in the car park directly at the entrance to Saas-Fee.

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • goodfootwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water, picnic
  • camera
  • hikingpoles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download)

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. 

  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals. Do not leaveanywaste in nature.
  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertainweather, turn back in good time.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger, especially the danger of avalanches.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible, avoid going alone.
  • Pay attention to the opening hours of the cable cars.

Literature

The Saas-Fee tourist offers brochures and information material on hikingin the region.

Maps

SwissTopoMaps 1:25'000: 2526 Saas-Fee