🛷 The 14 Most Beautiful Winter Sled Runs in French-speaking Switzerland in 2020

Sledding in Western Switzerland


Winter sledging has become fashionable again in recent years in Western or French-speaking Switzerland with the appearance of new sliding equipment and the creation of dedicated toboggan runs by many ski resorts. Sledding has the advantage over skiing that it is easier to practice by everyone and therefore allows a group of people to do a common activity.

In our article, we offer you a list of the all the toboggan runs in Western Switzerland with a careful analysis as well as a lot of information about safety or the choice of your sled. The last part of the article offers answers to many questions.

La Torpille lists the most beautiful toboggan runs in French-speaking or Western Switzerland. The criteria to enter the list are the following:

  • Track marked as a toboggan run.
  • Lift to the top of the run.

Two pieces of information are very useful before going sledding:

  1. Opening of the track.
    It is necessary to check the opening of the toboggan run under “snow report” in the table below. In case of little snow, the sledge run can be closed even if the ski resort is open.

current snowfall in Switzerland.
enneigement suisse carte

  1. Weather forecast.
    As for skiing, it is more pleasant to sledge in good weather. The “Weather forecast” section below gives all the details.

Weather forecast in Lausanne.
LAUSANNE WEATHER

The sled runs presented by la Torpille are generally for children from 6 years old. This is due to several reasons such as the difficulty of the run, the high altitude or the use of a chairlift which may not be suitable for small children. For toddlers between 0 and 3 years old, it is sufficient to climb a small slope and make a few descents. La Torpille presents some interesting ideas for this age group.

Sled runs


The sledge runs are rated out of 5 ⭐ depending mainly on the quality of the sliding and in particular whether or not you have to pull your sledge on parts of the course. Sight and snow cover are also taken into account, but to a lesser extent.

  1. La Tzoumaz VS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  2. Anzère VS ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  1. Les Marécottes VS ⭐⭐⭐
  2. Champex-Lac VS ⭐⭐⭐
  3. Les Diablerets VD ⭐⭐⭐
  4. Nendaz VS ⭐⭐⭐
  5. Grimentz VS ⭐⭐⭐
  6. Chandolin VS ⭐⭐⭐
  7. Charmey FR ⭐⭐⭐
  1. Les Avants VD ⭐⭐
  2. Jaun FR ⭐⭐
  3. Moléson FR ⭐⭐
  1. Vercorin VS ⭐

Not yet visited:

  • La Robella NE

Closed:

  • Château d’Oex VD

La Tzoumaz


The Tzoumaz toboggan run is undoubtedly the most beautiful in Western Switzerland. It has the following advantages:

  • Longer length
  • Better snow cover
  • Steepest slopes

Moreover, it is the only track which, on the majority of its ten kilometres, uses a real groomed track reserved for sledders and not a snow-covered road like all the other tracks in French-speaking Switzerland.

Summary:

The splendid Tzoumaz toboggan run.
The splendid Tzoumaz toboggan run.

A video on the descent of the Tzoumaz toboggan run.

Anzère


The sled run of Les Rousses is on the ski area of Anzère in the direction of the Tseuzier dam. It is the slope with the steepest average slope of all the toboggan runs in Western Switzerland with a good glide.

Summary:

Magnificent view of the southern slopes of the Valais Alps from the top of the toboggan run.
Magnificent view of the southern slopes of the Valais Alps from the top of the toboggan run.

The course of the toboggan run.

A video on the descent of the Anzère runway.

Les Marécottes


Les Marécottes sledge run offers a nice view of the Mont-Blanc massif as well as a good slide on a road in the forest with the skiers. Beware of the very dangerous terminal part.

Summary:

The upper part of the Marécottes toboggan run.
The upper part of the Marécottes toboggan run.

The course of the toboggan run.

Champex-Lac


The Champex-Lac sled run has good gliding all along its route on a snowy road open to skiers. The view at the top of the run is magnificent and the course is in a very pretty natural environment.

Summary:

Magnificent long view from the top of the track over the Rhone valley to Lake Geneva.
Magnificent long view from the top of the track over the Rhone valley to Lake Geneva.

The course of the toboggan run.

A video on the Champex-Lac toboggan run.

Les Diablerets


The sled run at Les Diablerets has sufficient glide over its entire course. However, care must be taken to use it when the track is hard, i.e. in cold weather or in the morning, otherwise you will have to push your sled on certain sections.

Summary:

The track with the Diablerets massif as a backdrop.
The track with the Diablerets massif as a backdrop.

The course of the toboggan run.

A video about the sledge run at Les Diablerets.

Nendaz


The Nendaz track is located in Siviez, about 20 km from Sion. It offers a nice course dedicated to sledging and a good slide.

Summary:

The Nendaz sled run with the valley of Nendaz and the Rhone valley in the background.
The Nendaz sled run with the valley of Nendaz and the Rhone valley in the background.

Grimentz


The toboggan run in Grimentz offers good sliding on snowy roads and a very pretty landscape on the Val d’Anniviers.

Summary:

The toboggan run of Grimentz with the Val d’Anniviers in landscape.
The toboggan run of Grimentz with the Val d'Anniviers in landscape.

The course of the toboggan run.

Chandolin


The Chandolin toboggan run in the Val d’Anniviers enjoys a good amount of sunshine and snow thanks to its height between 2500 and 2000 metres. One can enjoy a beautiful landscape and a good sliding track.

Summary:

The magnificent landscape on the northern slope of the Rhone Valley.
The magnificent landscape on the northern slope of the Rhone Valley.

The course of the toboggan run.

A video on the descent of the Chandolin runway.

Charmey


The Charmey track has a very good glide, mostly on tracks dedicated to sledging. Thanks to its North-East exposure, it has good snow cover despite its low altitude. It is only open at weekends.

Summary:

  • 🏆 Rating (max 5 stars): ⭐⭐⭐
  • 🧒 Min age: 4-6 years old
  • 🔗 All the details about the Charmey track
  • 📏 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

The Charmey toboggan run with the Dents Vertes.
The Charmey toboggan run with the Dents Vertes.

The course of the sled run.

Les Avants


The track at Les Avants is the shortest toboggan run in French-speaking Switzerland, but it has a certain charm with its funicular that you take to reach the top of the run at Sonloup. It is also the lowest run in altitude and one should be careful with the local snow cover. This trail is the most suitable for toddlers.

Summary

The start of the sled run at Sonloup.
The start of the sled run at Sonloup.

The course of the sledge run.

A video of les Avants sled run.

Jaun


The sled run of Jaun is located in the German part of Switzerland but integrated in the Torpille because of its proximity to the French-speaking part of Switzerland in the Gruyère district. It has a good glide but unfortunately there are long stretches where you have to pull your sled.

Summary:

The start of the toboggan run with the Gastlosen massif on the left.
The start of the toboggan run with the Gastlosen massif on the left.

The course of the toboggan run.

A video on Jaun’s sled run.

Moléson


A funicular is used to start from the top of the Moléson toboggan run. This track has a beautiful landscape over the Moléson and Gruyère. Unfortunately, you have to pull your sledge over long distances.

Summary:

The sled run with the Moléson in the background.
The sled run with the Moléson in the background.

The course of the toboggan run.

A video on the sled run down the Moléson.

Vercorin


The Vercorin toboggan run benefits from a very nice view of the Alps at its summit but has the big disadvantage of having long stretches where you have to pull your sled especially between the end of the run and the start of the telecabin. This run is not recommended by the Torpille.

Summary:

A sledder pulling his sled as often on this track.
A sledder pulling his sled as often on this track.

The course of the toboggan run.

La Robella


Not yet visited by la Torpille.

Château d’Oex


The Château-d’Oex 4-kilometre-long toboggan run is closed since the winter of 2018-2019 due to the closure of the ski lifts.

Sledge runs for babies


For children under 3 years old, La Torpille proposes three ideas for sled runs of a few hundred metres in length with a gentle slope and a means of ascent.

Mauborget Télé-bob


In the Jura near Yverdon, a ski lift takes you to the top of the slope and offers a magnificent view of the Alps.

A bobsleigh being used to be pulled up to the top of the toboggan run. Photo: region-du-leman.ch
A bobsleigh being used to be pulled up to the top of the toboggan run.

Gryon- Frience


A 160-metre-long covered walkway in the Vaud Alps. Free of charge!

The tobogganing area of Gryon-Frience.
The tobogganing area of Gryon-Frience.

Snow Island Crans-Montana


A conveyer belt for sledding and buoys on snow.

Suggest to the Torpille another interesting run for toddlers.

Tracks comparison


Drag the table to the right to see its entire contents.

 AnzèreChandolinChampex-LacGrimentzJaunLa TzoumazLes AvantsLes DiableretsLes MarécottesMolésonNendaz/SiviezVercorin
Municipality logo
logo commune orsiere
logo commune jaun
logo commune riddes
logo commune montreux
logo commune ormont-dessus
logo commune salvan
logo commune gruyere
logo commune chalais
LinkAnzère trackChandolin trackChampex trackGrimentz trackJaun trackTzoumaz trackAvants trackDiablerets trackMarécottes trackMoléson trackNendaz trackVercorin track
Photo
luge d'hiver a jaun
Canton Valais Valais Valais Valais Fribourg Valais Vaud Vaud Valais Fribourg Valais Valais
Last visit202020202018202020192019201920182019201720192019
Torpille's rating⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
WebcamsAnzère webcamChandolin webcamChampex webcamGrimentz webcamJaun webcamTzoumaz webcamAvants webcamDiablerets webcamMarécottes webcamMoléson webcamNendaz webcamVercorin webcam
Snow reportSnow report AnzèreSnow report ChandolinSnow report ChampexSnow report GrimentzSnow report JaunSnow report la TzoumazSnow report les Avants
021 989 83 53
Snow report DiableretsSnow report MarécottesSnow report MolésonSnow report NendazSnow report Vercorin
Weather forecastWeather AnzèreWeather ChandolinWeather ChampexWeather GrimentzWeather JaunWeather la TzoumazWeather les AvantsWeather DiableretsWeather MarécottesWeather MolésonWeather NendazWeather Vercorin
Travel time (slow speed) [min]202040254540154545301540
Time by car from Lausanne [min]95105751006575306060509090
Track length [km]3.04.26.55.85.610.02.57.26.44.0env 33.2
Altitude start [m]225024702186213015822354115617161782151720391881
Altitude finish [m]17701980149316001036150698111821127113517321463
altitude difference [m]480500700530550850200550655400300400
Ski liftRousses chairliftTsapé chairliftBreya chairliftBendolla telecabinGastlosen Express chairliftLa Tzoumaz telecabinLes Avants Sonloup funicularVioz-Mazots chairliftLa Creusaz telecabinMoleson-Village Plan Francey funicularTortin chailiftCrêt du Midi telecabin
Sled transportSur un crochet du télésiègeSur un crochet du télésiègeSur un crochet du télésiègeDans le télécabineSur un crochet du télésiègeAvec soi dans la télécabineDans la remorque du funiculaireA côté de soi sur le télésiègeDans le télécabineDans le funiculaireSur un crochet du télésiègeDans le télécabine
Gliding⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Steep slopes✔️✔️✔️ Danger✔️✔️
Average slope16%11.9%10.8%9.0%9.8%8.5%8%7.6%10.2%10%10%12.5%
Lift start - Finish sled runSame placeBusSame place300 metres walk820 metres walkSame placeSame place200 metres walkSame place1.1 km walkSame place1.8 km walk
Ski lift photo
gastlosen express jaun
remontée mécanique télécabine de la Creusaz les marécottes
ViewVersant Sud vallée du RhôneVersant Nord vallée du Rhône et versant Ouest val d'Anniviers.Alpes valaisannes, Grand Combin, Verbier, Val d'Arpette, Plaine du RhoneVersant Est val d'AnniviersPréalpes fribourgeoises et bernoises. Gastlosen.Alpes valaisannes, Grand Combin et Plaine du RhôneRochers de Naye et les PléïadesMassif des DiableretsAlpes valaisannes, alpes françaises, Massif du Mont-Blanc, Coude de la vallée du RhôneMoléson et la GruyèreVal de Nendaz, Vallée du RhôneAlpes valaisannes versant Nord et val d'Anniviers versant Est
RestaurantA l'arrivée du télésiègeDans la station de ChandolinA l'arrivée du télésiègeDépart et arrivée du télésiègeAu départ et à l'arrivée du télésiègeAu départ et à l'arrivée de la télécabineAu départ du funiculaireAu départ et à l'arrivée du télésiègeAux Marécottes et au sommet du télécabine de la CreusazAu départ et à l'arrivée du funiculaireA l'arrivée du télésiègeDépart du télécabine à Vercorin et étable à la sortie Sigourelaz du télécabine
Min age suggested by La Torpille4-666648-1034664-64
TrackPiste dédiée aux lugeurs et Chemin partagé avec les skieursChemin partagé avec les skieursChemin utilisé par skieursChemin partagé avec les skieursChemin réserve aux lugeursAlternativement:
- Chemin séparé
- Bordure de piste de ski
- Croisements avec piste de ski
- Mixte avec skieurs
Route ouverte auv voitures des riverainsChemin séparé des skieursChemin partagé avec skieurChemin séparé des skieursPiste dédiée aux lugeursChemin réserve aux lugeurs mais avec des promeneurs
CourseParcours AnzèreParcours ChandolinParcours NendazParcours GrimentzParcours JaunParcours AvantsParcours DiableretsParcours MarécottesParcours MolésonParcours NendazParcours Vercorin
ClothingAverageHigh (altitude)AverageAverageAverageHighLowAverageAverageHighAverageLow
RemarksCroisement avec un ski-lift
ATTENTION au risque d'avalanche. Voir Détails.
3 Croisements avec piste de ski dangereuxTrois portions (total de 2 km) où il faut tirer sa lugePiste difficile et rapide
Fortes pentes et gros devers.
Faible enneigementPartie terminale dangereuseTrois portions où il faut tirer sa luge1 portion très raide à mi-parcours2 portions d'environ 900 m où il faut tirer sa luge
Cost: francs
1 lift / day
Approximate price
6-15 ans: 5/20
15-24 ans: 5/20
24-63 ans: 10/25
Dès 64 ans: 10/25
6-15 ans: 9/22
15-24 ans: 13/31
24-63 ans: 15/37
Dès 64 ans: 13.5/33
6-15 ans: 7/13
15-24 ans: 11/20
24-63 ans: 14/25
Dès 64 ans: 11 / 20
6-15 ans: 8/22
15-24 ans: 12/30
24-63 ans: 14/36
Dès 64 ans: 13/32
Enfants: 6/15
Adulte: 11/25
7-15 ans: 7/14
6-26 ans: 11/24
27-63 ans: 13/28
Dès 64 ans: 11/24
Prix Famille
6-15 ans: 2.5/7
Dès 16 ans: 5/15
6-15 ans: 7/?
Dès 16 ans: 14/?
6-15 ans: 6/14
16-19 ans: 10/22
20-63 ans: 12/27
Dès 64 ans: 10/22
6-15 ans: 7.80/12.30
15-24 ans: 10.40/14
24-63 ans: 14/22
Dès 64 ans: 12/20
Enfant: 7/15
Adulte: 13/30
Enfants: 5/?
Adulte: 9/?
Sled RentalAu départ du télésiègeDans la stationLook Sport (Village)à côté du télécabineA la billetterie au parking du télésiègeEn face départ télécabinePrès de la gare du MOB des AvantsPlusieurs loueurs en contrebas du départ du télésiègeFleutry Sports à côté du départ du télécabineAu départ du funiculairePrès du départ du télésiège. Neige Aventure.Virage Sport à côté du départ du télécabine
Sled rental for a day
Approximate price
10 francs12 francs?12 francs
1/2 journée: 10 francs
10 francs12 à 20 francs12 francs
1/2 journée: 10 francs
10 francs??

Mapping of winter sledge runs


The following link shows the geographical location of the winter toboggan runs in French-speaking Switzerland.

winter toboggan runs in French-speaking Switzerland.

Best conditions for tobogganing


The best conditions for sledding are a hard track without being icy.

Shortly after heavy snowfalls, the track may be slightly slippery and it will be necessary to pull your sled on false downhill flats. At the end of the season, the afternoon can be problematic with soft spring snow on a gently sloping track like Les Diablerets.

The sledge run in Les Diablerets.
The sledge run in Les Diablerets.

On the contrary, in very cold weather without recent snowfall, you have to be very careful because you can quickly gain speed and it may no longer be possible to brake effectively by planting your heels on ice.

Safely sledding


Safe tobogganing is all about having the right equipment, mastering your sled and behaving properly.

Equipment


The equipment for tobogganing is the same as for skiing except for the boots, which are ideally hard-soled “boots” for snow. Helmets and goggles are not to be forgotten even on a white day. Without goggles, the friction of the sled or the feet on the snow will disturb the sled runner because of the abrasiveness of the snow on the eyes.

A child correctly equipped for sledging with a helmet incorporating goggles, ski gloves, ski pants and jacket, snow boots.
A child correctly equipped for sledging with a helmet incorporating goggles, ski gloves, ski pants and jacket, snow boots.

Sledge control


We recommend that you take care on the first descents on the new hiking sleds. They are much faster than the traditional Davos sleds or bobsleds and require good practice to drive them well. One way to brake quickly with your sleds is to lift the back of your sled or wear crampons under your shoes.

Behaviour


Two errors that regularly lead to accidents are, on the one hand, an untimely stop in the middle of the track and, on the other hand, uncontrolled speed, especially with the hiking sleds. It is of course not recommended to sled at night after drinking alcohol and one should be careful to sled on marked trails such as those listed below by la Torpille.

Runway conditions


The first descent of a new runway requires caution and snow conditions should be carefully monitored. During recent snowfalls, the snow will be soft and the glide weak. On the other hand, in very cold weather with hard snow, the conditions will make the speed the highest, braking very difficult and therefore the risk of an accident higher.  It will also be necessary to be careful with a weak snow cover because, in this case, stones may be visible and constitute a danger in case of a run-off.

A prevention video from the accident prevention office. According to this agency, 7,000 winter tobogganing accidents take place in Switzerland every year.

Choosing your winter sled


How to choose your winter sled? La Torpille lists below the 3 types of ways to slide on the snow.

  • Hiking sledges.
  • Traditional sledges, bobsleds and “scooters”.
  • Plates.

The bobsled and the two sledges used by La Torpille.
The bobsled and the two sledges used by La Torpille.

Hiking sledges


La Torpille recommends the use of “hiking sleds”, i.e. soft wood sleds with good runners. These are the most expensive sledges with prices starting at 250 francs per sled. These sledges offer the best glide especially when the slope is low and when the slope is high, it is necessary to have very good control especially when making sharp turns.

This is the type of toboggan that is offered for hire on the ski slopes at around 15 francs per day.

Hiking sledge.
Hiking sledge.

Traditional sleds, bobsleds and “scooters”…


Skates or simple wooden sledges are less manoeuvrable but may also be suitable. Beware, they will not slide as well as the sled above, this can be a problem on toboggan runs with a low slope like in Les Diablerets. (price: about 90 francs)

Winter sled “scooter” with three skates.
Winter sled "scooter" with three skates.

Traditional sledge “Davos.
Traditional sledge "Davos.

The bobsleds can also be suitable with less glide than the first sled. (Price: 40 to 90 francs)

Two-seater bob with central brake.
Two-seater bob with central brake.

Single-seater bob with central brake.
Single-seater bob with central brake.

Bob with side brakes.
Bob with side brakes.

Plates


Plates are not suitable for toboggan runs because they are not steerable. They cost between 5 and 20 francs and are very reliable and suitable for small slopes that are climbed on foot. They are even forbidden on some toboggan runs.

Round plate to slide on the snow.
Round plate to slide on the snow.

Plate for sliding on snow with handle.
Plate for sliding on snow with handle.

Inflatable buoy with side handles.
Inflatable buoy with side handles.

Togogganing park Leysin


Another idea for sliding on snow is the tobogganing park in Leysin. In this case, one does not use a sled but slides on inflated buoys that follow different routes.

A view on the different tracks.
A view on the different tracks.

People at the top of a runway sitting on their buoys.
People at the top of a runway sitting on their buoys.

A video on the Leysin Tobogganing Park.

Questions


What is the most beautiful toboggan run?

The Tzoumaz run is by far the most beautiful toboggan run in French-speaking Switzerland with a track that does not follow roads but on real slopes.

What is the longest and steepest track?

The Tzoumaz track is the longest and steepest track in French-speaking Switzerland with almost 10 kilometres of track and 850 vertical drops.

Which is the track with the most beautiful natural environment?

The Champex-Lac piste offers the most beautiful natural environment.

What is the trail with the most beautiful landscape?

The track of Anzère offers the most beautiful landscape.

Which are the slopes with the best snow cover?

The slopes with the best snow cover are those with the highest altitude such as Chandolin, Tzoumaz, Nendaz and Grimentz.

Are the trails suitable for babies (0-3 years)?

No, a minimum age of 3 years is required to be able to ride on the trails presented by la Torpille. However, it is possible to toboggan with a baby but without taking the ski lifts and on very short distances.

Which track is best suited for toddlers (3-5 years old)?

The Avants slope is best suited to toddlers with a low gradient and a short, safe trail. The funicular ride is easier with a small child.

What are the runs where you can reach the top with a funicular?

The Moléson and Avants toboggan runs.

Which track is the one where you have to pull your sled the most?

The Vercorin run is the one where you have to pull your toboggan the most, it is not recommended by la Torpille.

Is it mandatory to wear a helmet?

No, it is not mandatory to wear a helmet on the toboggan run, but it is recommended to do it especially for children.

Is it possible to rent sledges?

Yes, all runs offer sledges for hire. See the toboggan run comparison table.