Snowshoeing

On soft feet through winter landscapes

Enjoy the fascination of our winter wonderlands on soft feet: snowshoes. Feel the crisp air, glance at our majestic peaks on your hike. Snowshoe trails can be found in the area of Rothwald and Rosswald or on the Simplon Pass.

Our insiders’ tip: As a perfect ending ritual to a long hike, we recommend you warm up with a fondue and an exquisite glass of Fendant – and last but not least –  "a clear" one to warm up even more. See brochure can be found in the download area.

Be a responsible snowshoe hiker!

Snowshoeing is a huge trend. As a result the local wildlife and forests are impacted negatively. An information campaign by the local wildlife, hunter and forestry service aims to educate our guests on this topic. We kindly ask you to follow our guidelines and respect nature on your hikes, for your own safety as well as the future of our environment. More on this topic can be found here.

 
Cross-Country Skiing Top

Langlaufloipe Simplon

Cross-Country Skiing · Valais
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In a paradisiacal snowy landscape, the Simplon Pass offers you a cross-country trail prepared in classic and skating style. The historic pass crossing is also open in winter and is an ideal recreation area with plenty of snow.
Skating, Classic
easy
1.8 km
0:30 h
18 m
18 m
Located on the south side of the pass, the track offers ideal training conditions due to its altitude of 1850 metres above sea level. The circuit starts at the Barralhaus and leads in a short ascent up to the Alter Spittel. The building was the original hospice built by Kaspar Stockalper. The three upper floors served the Stockalper family as a summer residence. Below, poor travellers were given free accommodation and meals.

The trail continues over the plain of the hamlet of Gampisch, which is farmed in summer. Afterwards, the trail leads back to the Barralhaus, which is a real eye-catcher for visitors with its floor plan of 7x120 metres. It was built by the clergyman Pierre Barral, who built the building as holiday accommodation for his pupils. However, Barral went bankrupt before the building was completed. Today, the Barralhaus is owned by the army.

Author’s recommendation

On the Simplon Pass there are two hotels with restaurant and the historical hospice, which invite to a visit.
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,859 m
Lowest point
1,841 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Safety information

  • Plan each mountain tour carefully and adapt it to your own conditions, weather and season.
  • The weather in the mountains can change quickly. Therefore, take suitable clothing and sufficient provisions and water with you. If the weather is unsafe, turn back in time.
  • Inform third parties about the tour and if possible never go alone.
  • Do not leave marked trails and do not go on glaciers or rough terrain without a mountain guide.
  • Be considerate of other hikers, plants and animals.
  • Entering the snowshoe trails and cross-country ski run at your own risk.

Tips, hints and links

winter sports report

The cross-country ski run is not prepared every day. Up-to-date information on the condition of the cross-country ski run can be obtained from Brig Simplon Tourismus.

Start

Simplonpass, Hospiz-Niederalp (1,844 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.235607, 8.012853
DMS
46°14'08.2"N 8°00'46.3"E
UTM
32T 423888 5120699
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Destination

Simplonpass, Hospiz-Niederalp

Turn-by-turn directions

Located on the south side of the pass, the track offers ideal training conditions due to its altitude of 1850 metres above sea level. The circuit starts at the Barralhaus and leads in a short ascent up to the Alter Spittel. The building was the original hospice built by Kaspar Stockalper. The three upper floors served the Stockalper family as a summer residence. Below, poor travellers were given free accommodation and meals.

The trail continues over the plain of the hamlet of Gampisch, which is farmed in summer. Afterwards, the trail leads back to the Barralhaus, which is a real eye-catcher for visitors with its floor plan of 7x120 metres. It was built by the clergyman Pierre Barral, who built the building as holiday accommodation for his pupils. However, Barral went bankrupt before the building was completed. Today, the Barralhaus is owned by the army.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

You can easily reach the Simplon Pass by Postcar from Brig railway station.

Getting there

By train to Brig. Then by Postcar to Simplonpass.

Parking

Free parking is available on the Simplon Pass.

Coordinates

DD
46.235607, 8.012853
DMS
46°14'08.2"N 8°00'46.3"E
UTM
32T 423888 5120699
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Visit the tourist office in Simplon Dorf for more information and literature.

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking maps are available from the Brig and Simplon Tourist Offices.

Equipment

Our recommendation:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles at most
  • Warm winter clothing depending on weather conditions
crosscountry skiing technique
Skating, Classic
Difficulty
easy
Distance
1.8 km
Duration
0:30h
Ascent
18 m
Descent
18 m
Public transport friendly Skating Classic Loop Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value

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