Sentier des Gardes

The Sentier des GardesTight, runnable, forest singletrack perfect for an easier day→ 17km↑ ~950mΔ 1685M ♦ MediumΘ CCWSome days you just want to go for a trail run that skips the grueling up and body beating down. It’s not easy in Chamonix, where the nature of the place is steep. Which is probably exactly what you signed up for. But if …

The Chamonix Vertical Kilometer

The Chamonix Vertical KilometerTest yourself on the Chamonix VK→ 8km↑ 1050mΔ 2050M ♦ MediumΘ CCWStarting right at the launch point for so many grand adventures, Chamonix’s church, is the Chamonix vertical kilometer, or VK. The trail zigs and zags directly beneath the Brevent Tramline to it’s mid-station at Planpraz for almost exactly 1000 meters in just about 3.8km. Math reveals that …

Chamonix Grand Balcon Nord

Chamonix Grand Balcon NordAccessed right from town, this is the Chamonix classic that lets you get up and close to the Aiguilles.→ 18km↑ 1400mΔ 2200M ♦ MediumΘ CWChamonix’s two Grand Balcons are the classic playgrounds for runners and hikers. The names are confusing as the Nord is actually on the south side of the valley, but as it faces north, it …

Gare des Glaciers

Chamonix Gare des GlaciersA steeper trail with more vertical and clean views of Mont Blanc leads to the Plan de l’Aiguille→ 16km↑ 1700mΔ 2589M ♦ MediumΘ Out & BackThe Gare des Glaciers Trail is one of the steeper, longer trails to the Grand Balcon Nord Traverse Trail. Like the Grand Balcon Nord, the route is accessed from Chamonix’s town center. A quick …

Chamonix Le Tour Trail

Trail running Le Tour trails, Chamonix, France

Le Tour: Quick access to the alpine worldA steep moraine to a flowing descent in a stunning landscape→ 10km↑ 1240mΔ 2702M ♦ MediumΘ CCWA perfectly defined, steep moraine trail sits like a beacon above the tiny ski village of Le Tour, just up the valley from Chamonix. In the same way climbers seek beautiful lines up peaks or walls, runners seek uniquely …

La Jonction Chamonix

Trail running La Jonction, Chamonix, France

La Jonction: One of the Chamonix Mega-ClassicsOut and backs aren’t always ideal, but in this case, you get twice the viewing time→ 16km↑ 1700mΔ 2589M ♦ MediumΘ Out & BackLa Jonction is one of the Chamonix runs you send people to if they have limited time in the valley, want heaps of vertical, and hope to see the big mountains up close. …

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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 …

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 …

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Rosegtal

trail running rosegtal pontresina graubünden

Rosegtal: A Bit of Everything in the EngadineJust outside Pontresina, the Rosegtal offers a brilliant trail running loop below glaciers and the 4000 meter Piz BerninaThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 35km     ↑ 1655mΔ 2753M ♦ MediumΘ Clockwise”I just had an epiphany,” Dan says when we catch up. “I don’t remember exactly what …

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Saas Fee Glacier Trail

Saas Fee glacier trail

Saas Fee Glacier Trail: Official alpine glacier trailNearly every type of mountain terrain in one trail run→ 28km    ↑ 1675mΔ 3070M ♦ MediumΘ CCWSaas Fee is another end of valley village. Like so many of these small towns, but even more impressively, it sits beneath an impressive wall of mountains and glaciers. It’s one of the Alps must see mountain towns.Starting at …