I was really excited for snowshoe hiking in Zermatt. Since I do not ski or snowboard, the least I could do is a hike in the snow. The snow is thick and soft, so I’m thankful for my Timberland shoes to save me from the insane snow.
At Gornergrat (In Zermatt)
Well, the first trail was called the Zermatt Challenge Trail. It is a hike from Gornergrat to Rotenboden. It’s 1.7km and takes about 1 hour. However, I asked so many people but none of them knew the starting point of the trail! They all directed me to the next stop. This also means I couldn’t do the challenge trail.
However, you can just start anywhere, and walk towards Rotenboden!
We only discovered that you could get off and back on the train at all stops when we were at Riffelberg station. This was halfway down the mountain and I hopped off with my brothers. I know that there is a trail from Rotenboden to Riffelberg but we were running out of time to go up and back down. So we made a crazy decision.
Let’s hike up.
You have to know that it was -4°C and that’s very cold. Not only were there snow everywhere, slippery upward hills and falling snow, there was a strong wind that blows all the snow into your face. Snow is light but it hurts a lot.
Snowshoe Hiking Begins
We didn’t know where to start so we asked around. The ending point was the church so we started there and made our way up. It was fun because we were the only ones on the trail and the only ones walking the opposite way. The snow was perfectly untouched and the view was magnificent.
Now I know why it’s called a panoramic hike. It goes around the side of the mountains and every part of the trail offers a magnificent panoramic view of the Swiss Alps. Below us was a valley but there were poles to direct you to the right paths.
The Snowshoe Hike
Wesley and I had so much fun playing in the snow. We were running out of time so we did not make it all the way to the end. We decided to go halfway and come back. The slopes were very steep and slippery, making it difficult to hike up. Plus we did not have a hiking stick. So we just protected one another from the wind, turn around when the wind was too strong and had lots of rest. After a while, Xavier decided we should head back. Since we were at the top, Wesley and I decided to slide down.
I learn that even with a thick pants and long coat, you should not simply slide down on thick fresh snow. We kept running and sliding on the snow that our asses really froze. But it was so fun. I had a difficult time videoing and playing in the snow.
On the way back down, we met a guy with his husky dog and a few other hikers who went from Rotenboden to Riffelberg. There were also quite a few weird things you see in the snow like frozen shit and frozen yellow stuff that I assume to be pee.
I spent some time just stopping in the tracks and looking around. The view is extremely gorgeous. There were no one around (the ski lane was the other side), the sun was shining brightly and everywhere was covered in snow. As you look ahead, you see rows and rows of mountains lining behind each other. It makes wonder how big the world is, what things are important and the endless opportunities available.
I would recommend everyone to do a little snowshoe hike like this. It is breathtaking and reenergizes you from within! Too bad we were running out of time and had to leave. We boarded the train and decided to get off at the next stop instead of going all the way down!
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