992 Schneeschuhtrail Bischofalp
992 Schneeschuhtrail Bischofalp

Snowshoe trekking

Schneeschuhtrail Bischofalp

Schneeschuhtrail Bischofalp

Elm, Ämpächli–Hengstboden–Wildbeobachtungsstation–Matthüttli–Elm, Ämpächli

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Schneeschuhtrail Bischofalp

Schneeschuhtrail Bischofalp

A solitary trek through the winter paradise of Elm, even with winter sports facilities so close at hand? Yes – if you follow the Bischofalp snowshoe trail! Just above the tree line, this easily navigable trail gives you direct views of the circle of 3,000-meter peaks around Elm and the famous Martinsloch rock window.
Did you know that there's an Atlas near the Martinsloch rock window? Of course, it's not the range of mountains in Morocco, but one of the mountains in the remarkable circle of 3,000-meter peaks around Elm. From the trail, you always have direct views of the jagged Tschingelhörner chain and the Piz Segnes or Vorab peaks.

To reach the starting point, take the Elm-Ämpächli gondola and walk along the prepared winter hiking path. It can also be followed without snowshoes. A comfortable walk of rather more than half an hour brings you to the Bischofalp Mountain Hotel. Guests here can enjoy culinary treats on the panorama terrace as they gaze at the stunning view. The Mountain Hotel is located directly on the ski run. Vreni Schneider, World and Olympic champion and multiple winner of the World Cup, began her skiing career on these slopes long ago.

You should don your snowshoes now, if not before: the trail leads into Europe's oldest wildlife conservation area, the Freiberg Kärpf, taking you through open and sunny terrain to the wildlife observatory. Then you pass the Matthüttli hut and continue to the haymaking settlement of Hengstboden. The haylofts, known here as "Ghaltigen", are quaint timber huts: in the 19th century, the Elm farmers used to stay overnight in them when they were transporting winter hay for their cattle. A short section through forest brings you back to the Bischofalp Mountain Hotel in a few minutes. After making your way back to the mountain station of the cableway, the choice is yours: a stately ride in a gondola, or breathtaking descent into the valley on a toboggan?
A solitary trek through the winter paradise of Elm, even with winter sports facilities so close at hand? Yes – if you follow the Bischofalp snowshoe trail! Just above the tree line, this easily navigable trail gives you direct views of the circle of 3,000-meter peaks around Elm and the famous Martinsloch rock window.
Did you know that there's an Atlas near the Martinsloch rock window? Of course, it's not the range of mountains in Morocco, but one of the mountains in the remarkable circle of 3,000-meter peaks around Elm. From the trail, you always have direct views of the jagged Tschingelhörner chain and the Piz Segnes or Vorab peaks.

To reach the starting point, take the Elm-Ämpächli gondola and walk along the prepared winter hiking path. It can also be followed without snowshoes. A comfortable walk of rather more than half an hour brings you to the Bischofalp Mountain Hotel. Guests here can enjoy culinary treats on the panorama terrace as they gaze at the stunning view. The Mountain Hotel is located directly on the ski run. Vreni Schneider, World and Olympic champion and multiple winner of the World Cup, began her skiing career on these slopes long ago.

You should don your snowshoes now, if not before: the trail leads into Europe's oldest wildlife conservation area, the Freiberg Kärpf, taking you through open and sunny terrain to the wildlife observatory. Then you pass the Matthüttli hut and continue to the haymaking settlement of Hengstboden. The haylofts, known here as "Ghaltigen", are quaint timber huts: in the 19th century, the Elm farmers used to stay overnight in them when they were transporting winter hay for their cattle. A short section through forest brings you back to the Bischofalp Mountain Hotel in a few minutes. After making your way back to the mountain station of the cableway, the choice is yours: a stately ride in a gondola, or breathtaking descent into the valley on a toboggan?
5 km | 1 Stage
340 m | 340 m
2 h 45 min
medium

Arrival | return travel

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Season

Winter season
The winter season is usually from 15th December to the Easter Weekend.

Signalization

Direction of the signposting
This route is only signposted in one direction: Elm, Ämpächli – Hengstboden – Wildbeobachtungsstation – Matthüttli – Elm, Ämpächli
Routing
Due to snow conditions, the locally signposted route may differ from that shown on the SwitzerlandMobility web map. If in doubt, follow the local signs.

Hints

Snowshoe rent
Snowshoes can be rented on site.
www.vrenischneidersport.ch

Contact

Elm Ferienregion
Obmoos
8767 Elm
Tel. +41 (0)55 642 52 52
info@elm.ch
www.elm.ch

Services

Accommodation

Gasthaus Segnes
Gasthaus Segnes
Elm
Berghotel Bischofalp
Berghotel Bischofalp
Elm
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Places

Elm / Sernftal
Elm / Sernftal
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Signalization

Signalization
For snow shoe trekking, follow the logo indicated on the pink signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization