Recreation & Region - Tobogganing in Switzerland

Tobogganing in Switzerland

Fun for the whole family, mountain tobogganing in Switzerland is a must-try experience. Children and adults alike can spend their Winter holiday in Switzerland sledging. With speeds of up to 50 km/h possible, the slip and slide of the toboggan runs are not for the faint-hearted!

With the Gstaad Palace as your base, you can enjoy a range of popular toboggan runs in Gstaad and its surrounds. Read our guide to the best runs available, as well as some valuable tips for making the most of sledging in Switzerland.

Eine lachende Frau fährt den Berg auf einem Schlitten hinunter.

6 Toboggan Runs in Gstaad

Lovers of the Swiss mountain landscape – especially while sledging down it – are in just the right place in Gstaad. No fewer than six toboggan runs await you in the area around Gstaad; all of the sledging centres are within 35 minutes of our 5-star superior hotel.

Closest of all, you can find a spectacular toboggan run on Gstaad’s very own mountain – the Wispile. Popular for Summer hiking tours, those who travel to Gstaad regularly know just how close the Wispile is. Just 5 minutes from the hotel by car, you can be sledging downhill in no time at all.

Toboggan runs near Gstaad

Sledging by Night on the Sparenmoos

Sledging at night is becoming increasingly popular in Switzerland. On approximately 10 Saturdays in Winter, between January and March, the Verein Sparenmoos Aktiv (Sparenmoos Active Club) offers sledging by night on the Sparenmoos family toboggan run.

Located around 35 minutes by car from the Gstaad Palace Hotel, it’s a fantastic experience for young and old. With the toboggan run ambiently lit and the still of the night has descended on the local region, the thrill of the ride down the valley is somehow even greater.

Night-sledging on the Sparenmoos

Tips: Top Tips for Sledging in Switzerland

As mentioned already, when sledging in Switzerland you can reach high speeds. For this reason a degree of caution must always be observed, as well as having the correct equipment. Here are the top tips for sledging excursions during your Swiss Winter holiday:

  • Seek out advice on the correct equipment. Not all equipment is suitable for specific types of slope or snow. A traditional wooden sledge is – for example – much too inflexible for the fast, winding downhill tracks. Certain high-grade sledges or toboggans also require a lot of technical skill. A bobsled rides well on soft snow, but not on the ice. With so many variables, it’s best to consult a local guide.
  • Wear a helmet and ski goggles while sledging. Even a momentary lapse of concentration – caused by snow in your eyes from the rider in front, for example – could throw you off the course. Stay alert on the run and stay protected.
  • Use braking aids on your boots. Braking aids will help you slow down or control your sledge, even on the icy slopes. Sled rental companies usually offer these too, and they’re worth loaning out each time you sledge.

This list of tips is inexhaustive and we recommend you consult local guides for more tips – particularly for each individual slope you choose to ride down. You can also find more detailed information on this help sheet provided by the Swiss Advice Centre for Accident Prevention.

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