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Winter hike Pizol Panorama Höhenweg

Winter Hiking · Ferienregion Heidiland
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  • Panorama Höhenweg Pizol
    / Panorama Höhenweg Pizol
    Photo: Simon Meyer, Pizolbahnen AG
  • / Aussichtspunkt Tagweidlichpf
    Photo: Pizolbahnen AG
  • / Bänkli auf Aussichtspunkt mit Aussicht
    Photo: Pizolbahnen AG
  • / Pizol Panorama Höhenweg
    Photo: Pizolbahnen AG
  • / Fotospot Grand Tour of Switzerland
    Photo: Pizolbahnen AG
m 2300 2250 2200 3,5 3,0 2,5 2,0 1,5 1,0 0,5 km Sonnenbänkli Pizol Panorama Höhenweg Blick auf den Pizol Bergrestaurant Laufbodenstübli Wangser See Bergrestaurant Pizolhütte
Circular hike with breathtaking views of the UNESCO World Heritage Tectonic Arena Sardona. The highlight: the panoramic view and the photo spot of the Grand Tour of Switzerland.
easy
Distance 3.7 km
1:10 h
30 m
30 m
The chairlift leads up to 2,222 metres. Arrived at Laufböden, the winter hikers enjoy a mountain panorama of a special kind: the view reaches from the striking Churfirsten at Walensee over the Rhine Valley to Lake Constance; Grisons and Glarus Alps.

The circular rout leads between Laufböden and Pizol hut to the plateau, which is forming a natural platform. Behind the Glarus thrust is located, which has been included into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here it is clearly visible, how the rock strata have been ridging and folding during the formation of the Alps. A chairlift leads back to Pardiel.

The way leads without significant inclines through the barren landscape far beyond the timber line. Past frozen mountain lakes the Pizol hut is reached, which is offering to linger for a while on the sun terrace, before the way back is started.

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Claudia Kohli
Update: March 24, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,264 m
Lowest point
2,184 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Bergrestaurant Laufbodenstübli
Bergrestaurant Pizolhütte

Tips and hints

Winter season

The winter season usually lasts from beginning of 10th December 2nd April.

Start

Laufböden, Pizol (2,224 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'751'958E 1'205'114N
DD
46.979686, 9.436051
DMS
46°58'46.9"N 9°26'09.8"E
UTM
32T 533163 5202999
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Destination

Laufböden, Pizol

Turn-by-turn directions

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Getting there

Parking

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'751'958E 1'205'114N
DD
46.979686, 9.436051
DMS
46°58'46.9"N 9°26'09.8"E
UTM
32T 533163 5202999
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • 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
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • 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.

Questions and answers

Question from P. Angel · December 16, 2020 · Community
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Answered by Claudia Kohli · December 16, 2020 · Heidiland Tourismus AG
Question from Emily Hawkins · December 13, 2019 · Community
Hi Nadja - thanks for the great tip about this winter hike! How stable/easy to walk is the path in winter? Are normal hiking boots sufficient or does the path in winter require snowshoes?
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.7 km
Duration
1:10 h
Ascent
30 m
Descent
30 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Circular route Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Geological highlights Cableway ascent/descent Groomed snow
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Morning
1600 m 1800 m
Afternoon

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