261 Pista Pian Doss
261 Pista Pian Doss

Cross-country skiing

Pista Pian Doss

Pista Pian Doss

Fornas–Fornas

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Pista Pian Doss

Pista Pian Doss

At first sight it seems to be an inconspicuous patch of land on the alternate route to the Gotthard Pass Tunnel. Upon closer look, cross-country skiers will find an ideal terrain in an attractive alpine landscape. The trail leads to an alpine pasture and the idyllic high moor lake of Lago Dosso.
A tough start with quite a steep ascent awaits the cross-country skier at the southern end of San Bernardino. The trail winds up to the Alp de Pian Doss mostly through a fairy-tale forest. Always within view: the striking pyramid of Piz Uccello, the landmark of San Bernardino.

From the alpine pasture, a slight up and down track leads to the shores of Lake Doss. Dreamlike, this small, postglacial moor lake lies nestled in a peat hollow, surrounded by a sparsely-treed mountain forest. It is almost unbelievable that in the immediate vicinity of the heavily travelled north-south axis, peace and quiet reign so profoundly; and keeping quiet is worthwhile: for with some patience and a stroke of good luck, wild animals can be observed, especially from February onwards, protected from snow storms and spoiled by the sun they spend the winter here. A unique experience, typical of the southern Alpine region.

From the lake you can reach the district of Fornas, south of the village, in a few minutes. In the cozy bar, tired legs can relax and cold, clammy fingers can be warmed with a hot drink. It all comes with a shot of Italianità.
At first sight it seems to be an inconspicuous patch of land on the alternate route to the Gotthard Pass Tunnel. Upon closer look, cross-country skiers will find an ideal terrain in an attractive alpine landscape. The trail leads to an alpine pasture and the idyllic high moor lake of Lago Dosso.
A tough start with quite a steep ascent awaits the cross-country skier at the southern end of San Bernardino. The trail winds up to the Alp de Pian Doss mostly through a fairy-tale forest. Always within view: the striking pyramid of Piz Uccello, the landmark of San Bernardino.

From the alpine pasture, a slight up and down track leads to the shores of Lake Doss. Dreamlike, this small, postglacial moor lake lies nestled in a peat hollow, surrounded by a sparsely-treed mountain forest. It is almost unbelievable that in the immediate vicinity of the heavily travelled north-south axis, peace and quiet reign so profoundly; and keeping quiet is worthwhile: for with some patience and a stroke of good luck, wild animals can be observed, especially from February onwards, protected from snow storms and spoiled by the sun they spend the winter here. A unique experience, typical of the southern Alpine region.

From the lake you can reach the district of Fornas, south of the village, in a few minutes. In the cozy bar, tired legs can relax and cold, clammy fingers can be warmed with a hot drink. It all comes with a shot of Italianità.
3 km | 1 Stage
150 m | 150 m
classic+skating | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel San Bernardino, Villaggio
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Season

Winter season
Winter season generally lasts from 8th of December to the end of March.

Signalization

Direction of the signposting
This route is only signposted in clockwise direction.
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Ski rental
Cross-country equipment can be rented on site:
Lumbreida Sport +41 (0)91 832 15 67
Marino Sport +41 (0)91 832 12 52
Cross-country ski trail pass
Passes are available directly at the check points or from the ticket machine.
Bathrooms and shower
Bathrooms and shower facilities are available at Centro Nordico in San Bernardino:
www.ostello-sanbernardino.ch

Contact

Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano
La Dogàna
6565 San Bernardino
Tel. +41 (0)91 832 12 14
info@visit-moesano.ch
www.visit-moesano.ch

Services

Accommodation

Hotel Bellevue
Hotel Bellevue
S. Bernardino
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Places

San Bernardino Pass
San Bernardino Pass
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Places of interest

Parco Avventura (Rope Park)
Parco Avventura (Rope Park)
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Signalization

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