Gulispur Urnerboden
Gulispur Urnerboden

Cross-country skiing

Gulispur Urnerboden

Urnerboden–Argseeli–Gubel–Urnerboden

Route report
6 photos

Gulispur Urnerboden

A legendary trail on Switzerland's largest alp: the Urnerboden cross-country ski trail, a.k.a. «Gulispur», is sure to have snow due to its shadowed location at 1,400 metres. The trail gets its nickname from a fat Glarus rooster.
To put an end to the repeated disputes that arose over the fertile Urnerboden pastureland between the cantons of Glarus and Uri, a race was planned. One runner from each canton would start when the first cock crowed in the morning. The place they met would mark the cantonal border. While the Glarus farmers fattened up their «Guli» (rooster), Uri’s rooster went hungry. Legend has it that the latter crowed far earlier on the day of the race giving the runner from Uri a huge lead – so although topographically Urnerboden belongs to Glarus, administratively it is an exclave of Spirigen (UR).

Its cross-country ski trail – known as «Gulispur» (the cock's track) – runs between the upper part of the village, Unterport, and Glätti. There are several shortcut options. The route follows the Fätschbach to the hamlet Argseeli. Featuring level stretches, short steep slopes and slanting sections, it makes several turns before reaching the turn-around point. In sight the whole time: the peaks that frame Urnerboden: Jägerstöcke, Rot Nossen, Signalstock and Schijen to the valley’s north, while Clariden, Bocktschingel, Tüfelshöhrner and Gemsfairenstock of the Fiseten ridge form the backdrop to the south.

About 30 people still live on Switzerland's largest alp year round. As the Klausen pass is closed in winter, the high valley can only be reached via Linthal (GL), making Unterboden a quiet destination for an excursion to untouched, wild nature. Good snow conditions are guaranteed in December and January in particular, when the slope lies in shadow.
A legendary trail on Switzerland's largest alp: the Urnerboden cross-country ski trail, a.k.a. «Gulispur», is sure to have snow due to its shadowed location at 1,400 metres. The trail gets its nickname from a fat Glarus rooster.
To put an end to the repeated disputes that arose over the fertile Urnerboden pastureland between the cantons of Glarus and Uri, a race was planned. One runner from each canton would start when the first cock crowed in the morning. The place they met would mark the cantonal border. While the Glarus farmers fattened up their «Guli» (rooster), Uri’s rooster went hungry. Legend has it that the latter crowed far earlier on the day of the race giving the runner from Uri a huge lead – so although topographically Urnerboden belongs to Glarus, administratively it is an exclave of Spirigen (UR).

Its cross-country ski trail – known as «Gulispur» (the cock's track) – runs between the upper part of the village, Unterport, and Glätti. There are several shortcut options. The route follows the Fätschbach to the hamlet Argseeli. Featuring level stretches, short steep slopes and slanting sections, it makes several turns before reaching the turn-around point. In sight the whole time: the peaks that frame Urnerboden: Jägerstöcke, Rot Nossen, Signalstock and Schijen to the valley’s north, while Clariden, Bocktschingel, Tüfelshöhrner and Gemsfairenstock of the Fiseten ridge form the backdrop to the south.

About 30 people still live on Switzerland's largest alp year round. As the Klausen pass is closed in winter, the high valley can only be reached via Linthal (GL), making Unterboden a quiet destination for an excursion to untouched, wild nature. Good snow conditions are guaranteed in December and January in particular, when the slope lies in shadow.
10 km | 1 Stage
120 m | 120 m
classic+skating | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Urnerboden, Dorf
SBB Timetable Show stop and route on map

Season

Winter season
The winter season is usually from 1st of December to 30th of March.
Snow report
Latest information on the snow situation:
www.urnerboden.ch

Hints

Cross-country ski trail pass
Day tickets can be bought at Loipenhüttli Argseeli or else in the restaurants. For further information:
www.urnerboden.ch

Contact

Verkehrsverein Urnerboden
Dorfstrasse 26
8751 Urnerboden
Tel. +41 (0)55 643 21 31
verkehrsverein@urnerboden.ch
www.urnerboden.ch

Services

Accommodation

Gasthaus Urnerboden
Gasthaus Urnerboden
Urnerboden
Show all

Places

Urnerboden
Urnerboden
Show all