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Hotel Castle, Blitzingen

Goms Valley – a tranquil mountain retreat
Cross-country skiing

The high Goms Valley is widely considered to be the best cross-country domain in Switzerland and, as you would expect of a network of this calibre, it caters well for all levels – particularly beginners, improvers and intermediates – with routes ranging in length from 3 to 45 kilometres. Access to the 100 kilometres of trails could not be easier with the hotel’s shuttle bus service down to the village, a journey which takes around five minutes.

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The cross-country trails connect 12 villages along the valley. You can ski from village to village in either direction, opting for easy meanders alongside the Rhône or more challenging routes across the surrounding lower slopes. For a lovely day’s outing, catch the train to Oberwald at the far end of the valley and ski back – mainly downhill – through the various villages to Blitzingen. For more of a challenge, the same route is also possible in the other direction!


Winter walking & snowshoeing

Winter walkers are well catered for by 80 kilometres of prepared trails which lead up and down the valley. We provide suggestions as to the most rewarding walks, but do not provide detailed route notes – the designated winter walking trails are well signposted.

Snowshoeing is also gaining in popularity here, with 27 kilometres of waymarked routes, some of which pass right by the hotel.

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Other activities

If you fancy some downhill skiing, the largest domain is above Fiesch, just a 20-minute train ride away. Alternatively, tobogganing and dog-sledding are both available locally.

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Exploring

We highly recommend catching the train to Fiesch and, once there, taking the cable car that whisks you to the Eggishorn at 2,927 metres. The vistas from the viewpoint here are impressive; for even more spellbinding views over the Aletsch Glacier there is a high-level path which is well worth exploring. At 23 kilometres long and up to 1,000 metres deep, the glacier is Europe’s largest, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another option for exploring by rail is to travel to Zermatt, the chic resort beneath the mighty Matterhorn.

EXPERT ADVICE

However you choose to spend your days, if you need any advice on where to ski, walk or explore, your host Peter Gschwendtner, an experienced hiker and mountaineer who scaled Everest in 2004, will be delighted to help.

Add a stay in Zürich

If you are flying via Zürich, why not add on a couple of nights to explore this graceful lakeside city?

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Village information

Altitude: 1297m

Cross-country: 100km to 1300m (both classic & skating)
Best for: beginners, improvers & intermediates

Downhill: 104km to 2869m in the Aletsch Arena (comprises 57 pistes: blue 25, red 29, black 3, served by cable car, gondola, chairlifts & draglifts) accessed from Fiesch by rail (17mins)
Best for: beginners, improvers, intermediates & advanced

Other activities: winter walking (80km), snowshoeing (27km), tobogganing, dog-sledding

Christmas & New Year

Christmas: special gourmet meals, forest walk with mulled wine.

New Year: gala dinner, live music, dancing.
Gliding through Goms
“Smack in the middle of the Alps, Goms is Switzerland’s cross-country ski capital. Skiers who have decided that gliding across wintry landscapes is preferable to hurtling down the steep bits don lightweight skis and comfortable boots to slide through the view. It’s the snowbound equivalent of cycling through mountains, giving access to the winter landscape but avoiding steep hills, either up or down.”
Writer Eric Kendall of 'skizinal' extols the joys of cross-country skiing in the Goms >