The Best and Longest Toboggan Runs
Groomed toboggan runs in Switzerland are waiting to be taken under the skids. Close your eyes and start dreaming… Fresh snow has fallen and transformed the landscape into a dream world. The trees wear a thick coat of snow that trickles gently from the branches like sugar. An animal trace is lost in the forest. Mountain peaks gleam like crystals in the distance under a stark blue sky…
Don't you just want to hop on a sled and zip through this dreamy winter wonderland?
Switzerland is a paradise for sledders. Officially, there are approximately 150 toboggan runs but in actuality, there are many more. Every mountain village has roads that are shared by sledders and mountain vehicles. Oh the fun we had riding the sled to school. The snowplough operator always left one side of the road without sand so the kids could sled uninterrupted the community roads. Of course, a lot has changed since then. Not only is there way more traffic (and often less snow), nowadays children get picked up by the school bus.
So, if you are heading to the Alps in winter and want to know where all the fun takes place, I've compiled a list with the most exciting and longest toboggan runs in Switzerland.
Toboggan runs in Switzerland
- Chur: Brambrüesch 6km;
- Prättigau/Davos: Fideriser Heuberge 12km; Madrisa 8.5km and Gotschnaboden 4.1km (both in Klosters); Davos Rinerhorn 3.5 km and Schatzalp 2.8km.
- Hinterrhein Region: Feldis 5 km; Sarn/Heinzenberg 3.8km; Splügen 7.1km'
- Albula District: Bergün-Preda 6 km (involves a ride on the local train) and Bergün-Darlux 4km; Lenzerheide 3.8 km; Savognin 7.5km.
- Engadin: Muottas Muragl 4,2km (near Pontresina); Scuol 3.5 km (Lower Engadin); Tschierv 3km (UNESCO Biosphere Val Müstair Engiadina); Samnaun 3km.
- Surselva/Flims: Flims/Laax/Falera 3km; Ilanz (Cuolm Sura) 10.5km; Sedrun/Rueras 3.5km and Disentis 3.5km; Waltensburg/Brigels 6.5km; Safien 3.5.
- Schanfigg/Langwies: Sapün 4 km (Langwies).
Cantons Appenzell and St. Gallen
- Appenzell: Jakobsbad/Kronberg 7km (near Gossau) and Brülisau 3km (close to the town of Appenzell).
- Toggenburg Valley: Wildhaus 3 and 5km; Unterwasser 3.5km.
Canton Glarus and Heidiland
- Glarus: Kerenzerberg 7km; Elm 4km and Braunwald 3km.
- Flumserberge/Heidiland: Prodalp 3km (Flumserberge above Lake Walen between Chur and Zürich).
- Goms Valley/Aletscharena: Fiesch/Eggishorn 13km; Bellwald 6km.
- Lower Valais: La Tzoumaz in Verbier 10km; Les Marécottes 9km (near Martigny); Champex-Lac 7km (south of Martigny); Anzere 3km and Nendaz 3.5km (both near Sion).
- Zermatt: Gornergrat 1.5km (Rotenboden to Riffelalp); Täsch 3.6km and snowtubing on Klein Matterhorn.
- Near Visp: Grächen 3km and Vispterminen 7km.
- Saas Valley: Saas Grund (11 km); Saas Allmagel 3km and Saas Fee 6 km plus Glacier Tubing on Mittelaladin.
- Val d'Anniviers: Chandolin 3.5km and Grimentz 4km.
- Lötschen Valley: Wiler/Lauchernalp 7km.
- Brig/Naters: Rosswald above Brig 15km; Belalp/Blatten 7km (near Naters).
- Jaun 6 km (near Bulle); Schwarzsee 4km (close to Fribourg); Moléson-sur-Gruyères 4km (near the village of Gruyères).
- Les Diablerets 7.2km (between Aigle and Gstaad).
- Château-d'Oex 4km (close to Gstaad).
- Jungfrau Region: Grindelwald 15 km and 3km; Mount Männlichen to Grindelwald 10km; Wengen/Wengernalp 4.5km; Mürren 3km and Isenfluh 4km.
- Near Interlaken: Niederhorn/Beatenberg 3km; Axalp above Lake Brienz 3km.
- Meiringen: Hasliberg up to 4km (2 runs); Grosse Scheidegg (above Grindelwald) to Schwarzwaldalp 5.5km in the Rosenlaui Valley (also accessible from Grindelwald).
- Simmen Valley: Lenk 6 km and Zweisimmen 6.5 km.
- Engstligen Valley: Adelboden 6.5km.
- Kander Valley: Oeschinen Lake above Kandersteg 3.5km.
- Saanen Valley: Gstaad 7.5km and 3.5km.
- Diemtig Valley: Wiriehorn 5km.
In the vicinity of Lucerne in Central Switzerland
- Canton Lucerne: Fräkmüntegg 6km (below Mount Pilatus and above Kriens); Mount Rigi up to 7 km; Engelberg up to 3.5 km (2 runs); Sörenberg 3km (UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch).
- Canton Obwalden: Melchsee-Frutt 8km (near Kerns).
- Canton Nidwalden: Klewenalp 9km and 3.5km (above Beckenried).
- Canton Schwyz: Hoch-Ybrig up to 5 km (near Einsiedeln); Sattel-Hochstuckli 3.5km (near Arth Goldau).
- Canton Uri: Andermatt 7km (near Altdorf in the Canton Uri and Diesentis in Graubünden).
- Blenio Valley: Alpe di Nara 5km (Cancori/Leontic).
- Maggia Valley: Bosco Gurin 4km.
City Toboggan Runs
- Graubünden: Brambrüesch above Chur 6km; Cuolm Sura to Ilanz 10.5 km; Schatzalp to Davos 2.8 km.
- Bern: Gurten - Bern's house mountain - small hill but fun for even the smallest of kids. And ideal to get the hang of it.
- Zürich: Uetliberg 3.1km.
- Brig: Rosswald 15km.
Good to Know about Toboggan runs in Switzerland
Best time for a tobboganing
Weather is a fickle thing, so if you want to make sure that there's enough snow for sledding, plan your visit anywhere between mid-January to mid-March.
Renting a sled
You can rent a sled in all these locations, either hourly, for a half or an entire day, or even longer if you wish. Prices start at approximately CHF 8. Also, ask at the hotel you are staying if they provide sleds for their guests - that might be cheaper or even free of charge.
Most toboggan runs offer some kind of transportation that brings you up to the top - prices depend on the mode of transportation. Often, you receive a discount with one of the Swiss Travel Passes. Bergün/Bravuogn (Graubünden) is a particularly fun run for the whole family and the only one that involves a ride with the regular local train.
There are still a few 'old fashioned' toboggan runs where you have to pull the sled uphill for about an hour or so. Exercise at its best in fresh alpine air! Of course, you can hike up uphills on other toboggan runs too - free of charge ;-)
Some location offer full moon and night tobogganing adventures with or without extra offers, such as fondues, torch light rides etc. For more information ask the village tourist office where you are staying (or your hotel).
What to wear
Dress warm. You can get wet and therefore Jeans are not exactly ideal. Water repellent fabric is best. Don't forget the gloves, caps and sunglasses. For steeper runs I recommend wearing a helmet (you can rent that too). We have a saying: "Kluge Köpfe schützen sich", meaning "Smart people protect themselves". And above all - wear sturdy, waterproof winter boots with a good profile - after all, they are your 'brake pedals'.