The Alpine Pass Route is a 14 day walking trip from one side of Switzerland to the other. It starts on the eastern boarder and finishes at Lake Geneva. In between you walk some of the most stunningly beautiful and spectacular scenery in Europe. As the name suggests you walk an alpine pass each day (occasionally two) but each evening you end up at a town, village or hamlet so you don't need to use mountain huts. We walked the path in September and we only booked one night's accommodation in advance, the rest of the time you could just turn up and find somewhere with no problem. Cicerone Press publish a guide by Kev Reynolds.
From Sargans to Lake Geneva via Grindelwald.
Although a touristy town, Grindelwald makes a perfect base for a good week's worth of walking with footpaths in all directions from the town and the ability to do circular routes. The walking can be as demanding as you wish. Needless to say the views are great.
It's a very long purpose made sledge piste that takes two hours to complete and runs down to the valley floor from under the North Face of the Eiger. They light it up in places at night.
Thrill power and beauty for non-experts. Anyone can do it easily with ten minutes practise first in daylight. Have a cheese fondue at the top first mind! and plenty of hot wine.
Take the cog-wheel train from Grund in Grindelwald up to klein scheidegg, follow the people in woolly hats with toboggans. Here's a video link:
I learnt to ski in Bodmi just a couple of years ago. It is easily accesible, parents can leave their kids over there whilst enjoying the slopes and offers a great meeting point for the skiers. From time to time they also offers night skiing practise which is really cool!
Bodmi is located in the little village of Grindelwald, Switzerland. Getting anywhere in Switzerland is easy as their transport system is way better than what we know in the UK.
Fly to Zurich and then either hire a car or, as I chose, hop on a double decker train with panoramic windows for a 4 hour train journey to Grindelwald, you willl need to change trains at least once so bear that in mind when thinking whether to pack those extra pairs of shoes...
All the main hotels are very close by to the train station but if yours is a bit further there are nice reliable buses available and also taxis. Save up on hotel expenses staying at a youth hostel (they do individual rooms if you ask!) and shopping at the local supermarket. The endless fun you will have at the snowy slopes will pay off!
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