Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing

Langlaufloipe Simplon

In a paradisiacal snowy landscape, the Simplon Pass offers you a cross-country trail prepared in classic and skating style. The historic pass crossing is also open in winter and is an ideal recreation area with plenty of snow.

Located on the south side of the pass, the track offers ideal training conditions due to its altitude of 1850 metres above sea level. The circuit starts at the Barralhaus and leads in a short ascent up to the Alter Spittel. The building was the original hospice built by Kaspar Stockalper. The three upper floors served the Stockalper family as a summer residence. Below, poor travellers were given free accommodation and meals. The trail continues over the plain of the hamlet of Gampisch, which is farmed in summer. Afterwards, the trail leads back to the Barralhaus, which is a real eye-catcher for visitors with its floor plan of 7x120 metres. It was built by the clergyman Pierre Barral, who built the building as holiday accommodation for his pupils. However, Barral went bankrupt before the building was completed. Today, the Barralhaus is owned by the army.

Turn-by-turn directions

Located on the south side of the pass, the track offers ideal training conditions due to its altitude of 1850 metres above sea level. The circuit starts at the Barralhaus and leads in a short ascent up to the Alter Spittel. The building was the original hospice built by Kaspar Stockalper. The three upper floors served the Stockalper family as a summer residence. Below, poor travellers were given free accommodation and meals.

The trail continues over the plain of the hamlet of Gampisch, which is farmed in summer. Afterwards, the trail leads back to the Barralhaus, which is a real eye-catcher for visitors with its floor plan of 7x120 metres. It was built by the clergyman Pierre Barral, who built the building as holiday accommodation for his pupils. However, Barral went bankrupt before the building was completed. Today, the Barralhaus is owned by the army.

Start: Simplonpass, Hospiz-Niederalp (1844 m)
Destination: Simplonpass, Hospiz-Niederalp (1844 m)

Author's recommendation

On the Simplon Pass there are two hotels with restaurant and the historical hospice, which invite to a visit.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1859 m 1841 m

  • Ascent

    18 m

  • Descent

    18 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 3 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

You can easily reach the Simplon Pass by Postcar from Brig railway station.

Approach

By train to Brig. Then by Postcar to Simplonpass.

Parking

Free parking is available on the Simplon Pass.

Equipment

Our recommendation:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles at most
  • Warm winter clothing depending on weather conditions

Safety information

  • Plan each mountain tour carefully and adapt it to your own conditions, weather and season.
  • The weather in the mountains can change quickly. Therefore, take suitable clothing and sufficient provisions and water with you. If the weather is unsafe, turn back in time.
  • Inform third parties about the tour and if possible never go alone.
  • Do not leave marked trails and do not go on glaciers or rough terrain without a mountain guide.
  • Be considerate of other hikers, plants and animals.
  • Entering the snowshoe trails and cross-country ski run at your own risk.

Additional information

winter sports report

The cross-country ski run is not prepared every day. Up-to-date information on the condition of the cross-country ski run can be obtained from Brig Simplon Tourismus.

Literature

Visit the tourist office in Simplon Dorf for more information and literature.

Maps

Hiking maps are available from the Brig and Simplon Tourist Offices.