Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing

Hannigalp Loipe

What could be nicer than enjoying nature in all its facets on a cross-country ski trail through Grächen’s fairy tale winter landscape? Aside from one short climb, the Hannigalp Trail is relatively flat and gives you plenty of time to admire the landscape.

Hannigalp is the heart of Grächen’s ski area, so it’s appropriate that the cross-country ski trail is named after it. You can really relax and recharge your energy levels on this 2.5km classic-style cross-country skiing circuit. With just a short climb of 50 metres, it’s as much of a delight for beginners as it is for passionate cross-country skiers. The trail leads through the Grächen winter landscape and the conifer forest, where you might be lucky enough to spot one of the four-legged residents, as well as catching the odd glimpse of the ski slopes. One thing you’re sure to see is the captivating panorama of the four-thousand-metre peaks, including the world-famous Matterhorn, which you can enjoy either from the trail or one of the restaurants and bars. The Hannigalp mountain restaurant is a special highlight for families. Kids and grown-ups alike will love the Sisu-Wolkenland indoor playground paradise and the Family Park.

Turn-by-turn directions

Take the Fairy Tale Cable Car up to Hannigalp. Start the trail at “Härdera”, then continue to Hannigalp, passing through the Grächen winter forest on your way to Stafel and back to the departure point.

Start: Hannigalp (2115 m)
Destination: Hannigalp (2112 m)

Author's recommendation

The cross-country ski trail benefits from a secluded location and invites you to enjoy the tranquillity of nature. Be sure to take a break and breathe in the fresh air of the alpine forest.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2116 m 2092 m

  • Ascent

    28 m

  • Descent

    24 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Accessible by train and bus. From Visp or St. Niklaus train station, take the bus to Grächen.

Approach

Motorway A9 direction Visp. Main road direction Saas-Fee / Zermatt junction Grächen.

Parking

Grächen is partially car-free. Two parking garages are available at the entrance of the village.

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • good cross-country skiing equipment
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at skiers’ own risk. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website. 

  • 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 leave any waste in nature, take with you waste from others.
  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential.

Additional information

More information about the destination: Grächen

Literature

The tourist office in Grächen has got brochures and information material about hiking in the region.

Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:50'000: 274S Visp