Best Snow Sledding in Europe

PaigeHere in Switzerland we have been enjoying some of the most beautiful winter weather imaginable. The air is cold and crisp and that means the the views go on for miles.

great view

little farm house in distance

colored houses of klewenalp

 

elk sausage break

We spent a day last week sledding with friends who were visiting from Germany. We arrived at the Klewenalp gondola in Beckenried at about 10:30 and it was already PACKED out. Lines like I have never seen there. WE waited for over an hour just queuing for the lift up, but it was worth it! Sleds can be rented at the top of either gondola for 10chf each, so if you have them- bring with.

TIP: I recommend on a sunny day with fresh snow- get to the lift before 9:00am!

long line

line 2

Tip: Make sure you pick up one of the winter sports trail maps- it will be helpful in trying to find your way to the big sledding runs.

map

The slopes were packed with skiers and we had a bit of a walk to get to the sledding hills but when you are in such a beautiful place it is fun to wander through the winter wonderland.

lots of skiiers

sparticus the clydsdale

Tip: Especially for young children MAKE SURE you dress them in WATERPROOF clothes- especially gloves and boots- many snow boots sold are not waterproof & after a few hours the kids will be cold and wet- not a fun lesson to learn.

Follow the trail, pull the sled, stop to throw snow-balls, and don’t give up. The awesome sledding is about the last 1/2 of the trail to Emmetten.

making snow angels

go lil girl!

Tip: Stop in Stockhuette for a hot chocolate and snacks.

The last 5 Kilometers from Stockhuette down to Emmetten are packed with glorious views and a perfect slope- not too steep or dangerous but enough so you don’t have to pull the sled more than a few steps at some of the corners.

snow bunny

winterwonderland

another great view

winter viewOnce you arrive at the bottom in the small village of Emmeten, there are a few restaurants, we stopped to warm up by the fire before taking the bus back to our car in Klewenalp. The bus runs about every 1/2 hour, sometimes more on crowded days. Our adventure lasted about 5 hours. You might go much faster with out snack stops, but for little kids plan for a long day.

warming up to the fire

Last tip: If you want a shorter option, take the lift from Emmetten up to Stockhuette, there wont be much walking and you can get down the mountain in about an hour.