Rocher des Mottets

Rocher des MottetsA great option to combine an easy run with a very easy climb→ 6km↑ ~530mΔ 1640M♦ MediumΘ CWAnd now for something completely different! The Rocher des Mottets is an entry level rock climb hidden away in the forest beneath the Montenvers station. Used for teaching, the route is graded 3b/5.4 and is primarily slab climbing on perfect rock. …

Pointe de Lapaz

Pointe de LapazLots of up, a ridge traverse and a huge, mostly runnable downhill with views of everything→ 18km↑ ~1400mΔ 2313M ♦ MediumΘ CCWJust south of Chamonix is Les Gaillands, a small lake and what may be the world’s busiest climbing crag. We start at the parking lot, which is reachable by bus, train or in 15 minutes on foot from …

Courmayeur Tête de la Tronche

Courmayeur Tête de la TroncheOne of the most beautiful trails in the Alps happens to be perfect running→ 22km↑ 1400mΔ 2584M♦ MediumΘ CCWWe’ll share a little secret… the Tour du Mont Blanc is not that great of a trail. There, we said it. It has the name, the race, the whole circle-the-highest-mountain in the Alps thing, but really, overall, you …

Aiguille du Belvédère ⇑

Chamonix Aiguille du Belvédère

Chamonix Aiguille du Belvédère  ⇑Combining a run with a climb of the Aiguille du Belvédère’s south ridge→ 16.5km↑ 1800mΔ 2965M♦ DifficultΘ Point to pointChamonix’s Aiguille du Belvédère run has it all, and it gets you to the high point of the Aiguilles Rouges at 2965 meters. It combines a steep trail ascent from Argentière with a short wander through the …

Chamonix High Traverse

Chamonix High TraverseAKA “The Conga Line,” this route includes some of the most iconic Chamonix views. It also includes the masses.→ ~17km↑ ~2000mΔ 2500M ♦ DifficultΘ Point to pointThe Chamonix High Traverse trail running route follows the highest trails along the Aiguilles Rouges side of the Chamonix Valley, from the Col des Montets to the Brevent top station directly above Chamonix. …

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Zermatt 2 Day Tour

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Zermatt 2 Day Tour: Beneath the MatterhornA big loop high above Zermatt with non-stop Matterhorn views This Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 45km     ↑ 3476mΔ 3094M ♦ MediumΘ ClockwisePeople flock to Zermatt from all over the world for a view of the Matterhorn. This unmistakable icon of the Swiss Alps often hides in …

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Chamonix Grand Balcon Sud

The Grand Balcon SudA must do running traverse linking the two primary lift stations→ 18km↑ ~1200mΔ 2070M ♦ MediumΘ CWA slightly higher, harder version of the Sentier des Gardes loop, the Grand Balcon Sud goes a bit higher before a long descent full of running. Beginning at the Chamonix church, the loop first climbs the descent for our Chamonix VK loop …

Saas Almagell

A trail runner running up a steep rocky ridge line, above Saas Almagell, Switzerland

Jazzilücke Loop: Into Italy from Saas AlmagellA loop connecting two valleys in a remote corner along the Swiss-Italian  borderThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 21km     ↑ 1361mΔ 3083M ♦ MediumΘ Clockwise”Now this is a run worthy of being in a guidebook!” Dan shouts as we’re speeding through the Ofental valley. The trail has …