Emosson – Loriaz

Emosson – LoriazDam good views on the traverse between Emosson and Loriaz → 14km↑ ~1000mΔ 2110M ♦ EasyΘ CCWThere are a few options to reach Refuge de Loriaz and it’s line-up of stone buildings, but we like to take the most scenic way to get to our favorite homemade blueberry lemonade. Starting from Vallorcine, a short jog out of town puts you …

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Torino Hut Double VK ⇑

Courmayeur Torino Hut Double VK ⇑Let’s be honest, there’s pretty much no running involved→ 8km↑ 2100mΔ 3375M♦ Medium ⇑ EasyΘ Point to PointIf you like hiking uphill directly under a perfectly useful lift, then this is the run for you. The appeal: it’s somewhat rare to find a trail that goes up 2000 uninterrupted meters. This one’s all about the …

Pèclerey

PèclereyWhen you need an easy run that still has all the Chamonix goodness→ 10km↑ 800mΔ 2005M ♦ EasyΘ CWStarting from Argentière, you’re in for some of the smoothest running in the valley when you hit the Petit Balcon Nord. As this is Chamonix valley the vert is inevitable, but at least this one starts out with warm up grade singletrack. Then, …

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Zinal Petit Mountet

Trail running in the Ticino, Swiss Alps

Zinal: In the shadow of 4000 meter peaksPerfect singletrack through one of the Alps most dramatic landscapesThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 17km    ↑ 1058mΔ 2583M ♦ EasyΘ CCWLooking for classic Swiss running? This route has high elevation cruising, a quaint mountain hut, cowbells, wildflowers, all around views of 4000 meter peaks, and …

Ayer Hotel Weisshorn

Ayer Hotel WeisshornLike Sierre-Zinal but less traffic→ 17km     ↑ 1100mΔ 2337M EasyΘ ClockwiseThe perfect warm up for your arrival to the Val d’Anniviers, AKA, Trail Running Paradise. This loop starts in Ayer and quickly climbs perfect, and steep, singletrack to the famous Sierre Zinal Trail. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you’ve stopped climbing and there are Z’s painted on a …

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Ritom Lakes

Trail running in the Ritom Lakes area, Switzerland

Ritom Lakes: Tibetan Trails in TicinoLakes, waterfalls, prayer flags, yaks… It’s like being far away without traveling far at allThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 23km     ↑ 1455mΔ 2571M ♦ EasyΘ CCW”They’re squares.” Dan says. “Way over there, those are yaks not cows. You can tell because they’re more square.” Sure enough …

Lej da la Tscheppa Piz Polaschin

Lej da la Tscheppa (bonus Piz Polaschin)The perfect overview of the Engadin Valley→ 11.5km     ↑ 900mΔ 2630M EasyΘ ClockwiseStarting right at the Beach Club Sils, you have a fun run and an afternoon swim to look forward to. The climb to Lej da la Tscheppa  kicks off steep by climbing more than 800 meters in the first 3km. Lej da la …

Flims Laax Sardona

Flims Laax Segnas Trail Running Tour High quality sampler in a region destined for trail running greatness→ 18km↑ 1100mΔ 2678MediumΘ CWI kept hearing about Flims Laax and mostly wondered why you could never say one village name without the other. Flims and/or Laax, don’t seem to exist on their own and yet they aren’t that close together. What prompted them to …

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Alpstein

trail running alpstein

Alpstein: Inside Switzerland’s Secret KingdomA friendly route set in scenery that’s nothing short of magicalThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 20km     ↑ 1622mΔ 2074M ♦ EasyΘ CCWGrüezi, hallo. Grüezi. Be ready to say hello too. Sections of this route are popular with hikers and families happy to offer a chipper greeting. When you reach …

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Gental

Summer trail running in the Swiss Alps from Engstlenalp, near the Susten Pass. Switzerland

Gental: Cruising through the heart of SwitzerlandDetermined to find an easy early season route, this one took us four reconnaisance missions, but we found the best way to goThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 27km     ↑ 1126mΔ 2116M ♦ EasyΘ Point to PointThis run is the very definition of a sweet cruiser, …