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🛷 Winter Sledding at Charmey

  • Date de Visite
    19.01.2020
  • Création
    2019
  • GPS
    46.61857 7.16875

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Charmey sled run


Since the 2019-2020 season, the Charmey ski resort in the Gruyère region has had a beautiful sled run with very good gliding on snowy paths shared with skiers or directly in the field on a dedicated slope. Despite the low altitude, the run has good snow cover thanks to a north-east orientation and the highest average slope with the Anzère run.

The Gruyère region offers 3 sled runs with Charmey, Jaun and Moléson. The Charmey run is by far the best as the other two runs require walking on several sections of the course.

⚠️ Warning: the ascents by chairlift are not very convenient, especially if you have small children with you. The sledges and bobsleds are placed on the chairlift…. It seems that the chairlift will be equipped with side hooks next season …

⚠️ At the moment, the sled run is only open at weekends. However, the track may be open on some weekdays, please check the Facebook section for more information.

A passage under the Dents Vertes mountain range.
A passage under the Dents Vertes mountain range.

Summary


  • 🏆 Rating (max 5 stars): ⭐⭐⭐
  • 🧒 Min age: 4-6 years old
  • 📏 Length: 3.3 km
  • 🏔️ Max altitude: 1612 mètres
  • 🏔️ Min altitude: 1176 mètres
  • 📐 Altitude difference: 450 mètres
  • 👁️ View: 2/3
  • 🌞 Exposure: North-East
  • 🛷 Rental: At the beginning of the telecabin
  • 🚶 Walk: No
  • ❄️ Snow cover: Average
  • 🚗 Parking: At the beginning of the telecabin
  • 🚠 Ski lift: Télésiège de la Scie, Télécabine de Charmey
  • ⛅ Weather forecast
  • ❄️ Snow report/Track opening
  • 🛷 Comparison of winter sled runs

Weather


Access


Paid parking at the beginning of the telecabin in Charmey station. The cost is 1 franc per hour or 5 francs per day. It is not possible to get to the bottom of the chairlift by car.

The car park to access the Charmey telecabin.
The car park to access the Charmey telecabin.

Track


The top of the Charmey sled run can be reached by the telecabin that runs from the resort at 887 metres to Vounetz or Vounetse at 1610 metres. The sledder goes down the toboggan run to the place called “la Scie” at 1176 m from where a 4-seater chairlift takes you back up to Vounetse.

Halfway down, it is possible to take a slightly steeper section of the run, but the “easy” run seems to us the most interesting for the tobogganer.

The Charmey tracks map with the toboggan run on the left. Photo: charmey.ch
The Charmey tracks map with the toboggan run on the left.

Telecabin


The sledger takes his sled with him in the telecabin to the top of Vounetse.

The departure of the Vounetse telecabin.
The departure of the Vounetse telecabin.

The cabins at the bottom station.
 The cabins at the bottom station.

The view of the sunny Vounetse summit on the way up.
The view of the sunny Vounetse summit on the way up.

The view of the Gruyère region with the Moléson on the way down.
The view of the Gruyère region with the Moléson on the way down.

Vounetse


Vounetse located under the Dents Verts offers a view of the Pre-Alps and the Gruyère region.

South view.
South view. Vounetz

North view with the restaurant.
North view with the restaurant. vounetse

West view.
West view. vounetse

Route


Runway description


The sled run starts directly on the right as you leave the telecabin. Follow the purple coloured signs; purple stakes can also help. The track consists of two parts, in order:

  1. Section partially in the forest with a fast slide on a dedicated toboggan run.

The purple marking of the toboggan run.
The purple marking of the toboggan run.

The start of the toboggan run.
The start of the toboggan run.

The Pre-Alps as background of the track.
The Pre-Alps as background of the track.

A part of the track shared with skiers.
A part of the track shared with skiers.

  1. Section on a snowy path in the forest leading to the start of La Scie chairlift.

The track on the snow-covered road.
The track on the snow-covered road.

The end of the trail with the departure of la Scie chairlift.
The end of the trail with the departure of la Scie chairlift.

Chairlift


La Scie chairlift is a 4-seater lift that takes you to the top of the Vounetse sled run. The sledges are placed by the friendly lift staff on the chairlift itself which is not very convenient. La Torpille has even experienced damage to its equipment because of this mode of transport. 🙁 It seems that hooks might be added to the chairlift for the 2020-2021 season. To be confirmed…

The departure of la Scie chairlift.
The departure of la Scie chairlift.
The ascent by chairlift with the ski lifts under Vounetse.
The ascent by chairlift with the ski lifts under Vounetse.

Rate


The prices for sledging in francs are as follows: (1 chairlift ride/1 day)

  • Adult (25-64 years old): 20/28
  • Seniors (+ 65 years old): 18/26
  • Youth (16-24 years old): 16/24
  • Child (6-15 years old): 14/22

Packages include the ascent and descent by telecabin. The sled run is only open at weekends.

The sledge rental costs 10 francs for a descent or for a day.

The cash desk in the telecabin departure station.
The cash desk in the telecabin departure station.

Charmey thermal baths


After sledding, it is possible to continue your day with the thermal baths of Charmey located a few hundred meters from the telecabin car park by taking the main road in the direction of Bulle.

The building of the thermal baths in the village of Charmey.
The building of the thermal baths in the village of Charmey.

Webcam


Webcam from the top of Vounetse towards North-East.

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