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Bidermatten-Trail

Snowshoeing · Saas-Balen · Open
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  • Abzweigung an der Loipe
    / Abzweigung an der Loipe
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  • / Verschneite Brücke auf dem Trail
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  • / Spur im Schnee
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  • / Blick auf Bidermatten
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The small snowshoe tour suitable for everyone through the wintry larch forest from Saas-Grund to Bidermatten.
Open
easy
Distance 1.9 km
1:00 h
44 m
60 m
1,597 m
1,541 m
This short tour starts on the bridge by the schoolhouse in Saas-Grund and is easily doable for everyone. The hiker passes the bridge and follows the cross-country trail (be careful not to trample on the tracks) downstream to the trailhead on the left. Here the trail turns off to the left and slowly climbs up into the forest. The trail now runs mostly through the snow-covered forest. Again and again, the view of Saas-Grund and the mountains opens up.

Approx. 300 metres after the turn-off towards Sengg, the view opens up to the destination, the hamlet of Bidermatten. At the edge of the forest, the snowshoe hiker walks to the upper part of the hamlet. Finally, the trail leads through the hamlet down to the cantonal road.

The old houses and narrow alleys in Bidermatten are still mostly inhabited today and give an idea of what life was like "Anno dazumal" (in the old days). The hamlet is listed in the Federal Inventory of Swiss Sites of National Importance.

Author’s recommendation

The "path of silence" can be taken as the way back to the starting point.
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Author
Saastal Tourismus AG
Update: December 13, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,597 m
Lowest point
1,541 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
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Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. The conditions on site may cause a change in the route. 
  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on “Print” icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals. Do not leave any waste in nature.
  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, it is better to turn back in time.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger, especially the danger of avalanches.

Tips and hints

Saastal Tourismus AG
Obere Dorfstrasse 2
CH-3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 (0)27 958 18 58
E-Mail: info@saas-fee.ch
www.saas-fee.ch

 

Start

School Saas-Grund (1,557 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'638'348E 1'108'328N
DD
46.125358, 7.934763
DMS
46°07'31.3"N 7°56'05.1"E
UTM
32T 417702 5108527
w3w 
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Destination

Bidermatten

Turn-by-turn directions

Bridge at the school Saas-Grund - Bidermatten

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the SBB to Visp and change there to the post bus in the direction of Saas-Fee (bus 511). Get off at the ‘Saas-Grund Schulhas’ stop and walk 100m to the bridge on the backside of the school.

Getting there

Saas-Fee/Saas Valley can easily be reached by car from all directions, whether from Switzerland or abroad. From the north you can reach us via Bern via the Lötschberg car transport. From the east you come over the Furka Pass or the Furka car transport. From the south you can reach us via the Simplon Pass or Simplon car transport and from the west you drive via Lausanne along the Rhône valley to Visp and from there towards Saas-Fee.

From Visp, drive south in the direction of Saas-Fee. At the "Killerhof" roundabout after Stalden, take the second exit towards Saas-Fee. In Saas-Grund you can park your car on one of the parking areas.

Parking

Large car park at the Hohsaas valley statio.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'638'348E 1'108'328N
DD
46.125358, 7.934763
DMS
46°07'31.3"N 7°56'05.1"E
UTM
32T 417702 5108527
w3w 
///paid.flitting.wildfires
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Equipment

We recommend: 
  • Good, waterproof footwear
  • Snowshoes
  • hiking poles
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water, picnic
  • printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download)

Basic Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Snowshoes  
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Status
Open
Difficulty
easy
Distance
1.9 km
Duration
1:00 h
Ascent
44 m
Descent
60 m
Highest point
1,597 m
Lowest point
1,541 m
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