One of Living in Luzern’s team members, Claudia Foertig, recently went on a snowshoe trail on Melchsee Frutt and had such a fantastic time that she wanted to share her experience with you…..
Melchsee Frutt is around a 45 minute drive from Luzern (on way to Interlaken) and then the resort can be reached in just over 10 minutes via the brand new cable car from Stöckalp (return fare is CHF 26.80 / CHF 13.40 (with half tax)). Prior to taking the cable car, you can hire snowshoes and poles for CHF 18 from the sports hire shop next to the cable car station. Make sure that you are wearing suitable clothing for hiking in snow – ie. skipants and jacket, base layers, hat, gloves, waterproof snow/hiking boots, etc. – as it is similar conditions to skiing.
Once at Melchsee-Frutt you can follow several official snowshoe trails of varying levels – all clearly marked along the way with pink ‘Schneeschuh-Touren’ signs – as shown in the piste map below (pink dotted lines):
Claudia received a great tip from a fellow hiker and that was to use the ski lifts to reach some of the more spectacular trails. Heeding this advice, she took the 20 minute chair lift ride up to Erzegg (one way costs CHF 8) and followed the trail towards Tannalp. The trail goes along a small mountain peak offering amazing views on either side and takes around 1 to 1.5 hours to reach the Tannalp Restaurant (where you can take a well earned break!). From there, she followed the ‘Wanderweg’ trail back down to Melchsee -Frutt (marked on piste map with pink dashed lines), taking a further 1 hour.
What Claudia particularly enjoyed about Melchsee Frutt (in addition to the amazing scenery) was the fact that it was so well marked and easy to follow without the need for a guide. The resort also offers a wide range of trail options to suit all abilities – Claudia even saw some adults on the easier Wanderweg trail pulling their children alongside them on sleds!
For more information visit the official Melchsee Frutt website.