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FIS-Rennloipe

At just under five kilometres in length, the FIS–Rennloipe in Ulrichen will have you feeling like a cross-country pro. This trail gives ambitious skiers a true taste of the competitive spirit. Competitions and events are organized on this track several times during the season.

The Nordic Snow Sports Centre (Nordisches Schneesportzentrum) in Ulrichen is sure to get any ambitious skier’s pulse racing – and that’s not just because of the steep climbs they’ll find on the FIS-Rennloipe. In fact, the nearly five kilometres of shaded trail combines sharp ascents with challenging descents. Lined with the canton’s traditional stilted barns, the trail is used as a training ground for professional cross-country skiers, and races are organised here too. But watch out! This is a demanding course with lots of changes of direction – race around it too quickly and you might find yourself flying off the piste entirely! The trail extends around the Nordic Centre and can be reached in just fifteen minutes from Ulrichen railway station. There is snow cover here from November onwards, which means the trail enjoys ideal conditions from very early in the season.

Turn-by-turn directions

For cross-country skiing, follow the logo indicated on the turquoise signposts (track 642). Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.

Start: Nordic Snow Sports Centre, Ulrichen (1343 m)
Destination: Nordic Snow Sports Centre, Ulrichen (1342 m)

Author's recommendation

Every winter different competitions are organized on the FIS-Rennloipe – the most popular is the International Gommerlauf with about 2000 participants.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1383 m 1341 m

  • Ascent

    71 m

  • Descent

    71 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 5.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Expérience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Frequent CFF train connections from all over Switzerland to Brig, then MGB (Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn) train or bus to Ulrichen (1h 15). You can travel to the Goms valley coming from Zurich or Lucerne as well. Find full timetable information at www.cff.ch

Approach

From Brig, follow the cantonal route 19 "Furkastrasse" for 37km until you arrive in Ulrichen. You can travel to the Goms valley coming from Zurich or Lucerne as well. 

Parking

Parking at the nordic sports centre in Ulrichen, follow the local car park routeing. 

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: 

Literature

The tourist offices in the Goms valley have got brochures and information material about cross-country skiing. 

Mappe

SwissTopo Maps 1:50'000: 265S Nufenenpass