Sledding with Kids near Zurich

Most neighborhoods have their own local sledding hill. But sometimes you need something bigger or with more snow, especially since the snow melts so quickly in Zurich city. Below are a few of our go-to sledding spots, including free no-frills sledding hills and longer sled runs accessed by mountain transport. This is not an exhaustive list of sledding spots in Switzerland, just a few to get you started. Almost every big resort has a long sled run, just check the websites for details.

>>> For tips on which sled to buy, what to wear, how to bring toddlers on sleds, and German sledding terms, see my post: Sledding in Switzerland 101

Here is a map showing the sledding locations mentioned below. Where are your favorite sledding spots near Zurich?

Free small sledding hills

These are simply hills on private and public land where locals go sledding. Most don’t have any services or rentals. Just bring your sled and haul it up the hill.

Albis Pass sledding hill

For a free no-frills sledding hill (walk up, sled down, repeat), the Albispass about a 15 drive south of Zurich is a great choice. It’s just some farmland on the side of the road, but when it’s snowy, lots of families gather to sled. I heard that it’s private land but the landowner permits sledding and even sells grilled sausages from a truck next to the hill on busy days.

By car, drive to , the address of a restaurant across the street from the sledding hill. There is a big parking lot and parking spots along the main street.  
By public transit, take the 240 bus to the Langnau am Albis, Hinteralbis stop.

Einsiedeln Sledding Hill

Einsiedeln is a charming little town about 40 minutes southwest of Zurich with a big sledding hill next to its famous monastery. We love that the slopped hill has a variety of heights to suit multiple ages. See webcam. See my detailed post…

Raten Sledding Hill

This hill above Einsiedeln gets a little more snow than down below. Next to Restaurant Raten on the Raten pass (GPS: 47°08’30.5″N 8°39’49.7″E), there is a tiny ski hill with a rope tow and a big field for sledding. There is a big playground outside the restaurant, which is fun even in winter. The kids especially like the zip line. The restaurant is a little fancy with tablecloths and nice dishes, but we took our kid We’ve also done a sleigh ride from here. See webcam. Read my full post about Raten

Buchenegg-Felsenegg trail

This winter trail isn’t a proper sledding hill per se. But with lots of snow, you can pull the kids on the sled as you walk then sled down any parts of the trail that go down hill. Near the Felsenegg restaurant (about a 5 min walk from the Felsenegg cable car), there’s a long stretch of an access “road” that people sled down (in below pic) and we’ve spent a fun hour there. The restaurant is cosy and has tasty traditional fare, but rather expensive. The trail can be reached by the Felsenegg cable car in Adliswil. See webcam. Read my full post…


Longer Sled Runs

These long sleds are very popular in Switzerland. The sledding path is usually reserved for sleds only (no skis or walkers). The path is usually groomed with higher sides to help you not veer off the path. Sections can be steep and dangerous, so helmets are advised. Best not to go on icy days, when it can be very difficult to stop.

Uetliberg 3.1 km Sled Run

With lots of snow, you can sled on a trail, aka “Schlittelweg,” from the top of Uetliberg all the way down, 3.1 km. I’ve never done it myself but I’ve heard it’s fun, if a little scary. It’s not always open, even if there’s snow. Call the sledding hotline for info (0800 588 588) or visit their website. See webcam.

To reach the start point, take the Zurich S10 train to the Uetliberg stop. As you walk up hill toward the lookout point, you’ll pass the start of the Schlittelweg on your left.

Elm 4 km Sled Run

The long sled run at Elm is a little wild and crazy but also a lot of fun. After riding up the gondola, you sled all the way back down along a country road that is covered in snow. You can bring your own sled or rent a large industrial strength sled that makes for a very smooth ride.

To get here, drive to Elm and follow signs to Sportbahnen (GPS: 46°54’48.7″N 9°09’46.2″E). By public transit, take the bus to the Elm, Sportbahnen stop. Read more…

Sattel Hoch Stückli

This small resort features a 3.5 km sled run from the top of the gondola all the way to the valley. My husband and 5 year old did it once and said it was scary but fun. Their website says the sled run has been recently redone. You can purchase a one-way ticket if you are only riding it once (CHF 8 with Halbtax), or a regular ski day pass if you want to ride it multiple times. See website for details. See webcam.

To get here, drive to Eumatt, Sattel (47°04’43.3″N 8°38’05.7″E) where you’ll find a big parking lot next to the gondola station. The train station is a short walk away.

View of Rigi from the top of the gondola.

Engelberg Titlis Sledding

After riding the Titlis cable car to the Trübsee middle station, you’ll find this fun sledding hill, which  has a magic carpet that brings you back to the top. Hooray! I hate walking back up that hill! It’s been redesigned since I took this picture, so now the magic carpet is even covered. It’s free to use this sledding hill, but you have to first ride the Titlis cable car to Trübsee to reach this area. The sledding hill is right by the Trübsee winter walk, which is a groomed path around the lake, so pretty. More info about that walk here. This is a nice option for a family that skis, but still has under-3 children that need a different activity.

There is also a 3.5 km sled run from Gerschnialp, the next cable car station down.  My kids have done that and enjoyed it. There is also a 2.5 km sled run on the Brunni side of the valley. Check website for details.

View from near the Trübsee sledding hill.

Amden-Arvenbüel 500m Sled Run

At Amden-Arvenbüel, we loved that we can ski and sled on the same hill. While my husband skied with our 6yr old, I sledded down the same hill with my 3yr old on the sled run, so we could kinda stay together as a family. Also, I could take the lift up with my sled instead of walking it up each time. Little kids will need to ride with an adult. Requires a lift ticket. Sled rentals available. Arvenbüelstrasse & Heiggenstr. in Amden. Read more…

View from the sledding hill.

Other sled runs near Zurich we want to try:

  • Brunni-Alpthal – has a magic carpet to access the 250m sledding hill, separate from the ski hill. See webcam.
  • Braunwald – a 3km run accessed by cable car
  • Flumserberg – 3km run accessed by cable car, my husband did it once with friends and had a good time
  • Mythen Region – a variety of sled runs are listed on their website
  • Ibergeregg – a 300m sled run, looks like it might have a magic carpet, not sure

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 Our favorite sledding spots for kids near Zurich Switzerland, including free hills and long mountain sled runs.

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3 comments

  1. Hi, we enjoy Pilatus in Lucern. there are two runs; slow and fast – stay off the fast run as its extreme. the slow one is really nice. only slight problem is there's a bit of a walk at the bottom to get back to the cable car back up. Check before you go to make sure the runs are open.

    http://www.pilatus.ch/en/

  2. Hi, we also go to Sattel Hockstuli (2/3 km slope, a bit steep – more info here: http://www.sattel-hochstuckli.ch/), and to Filzbach on the Walensee – a 7 km slope, perfect for families (not too steep): we love it! Once you get to filzbach, you will see signs for the skilift on the left, take the ski lift, and enjoy the day!

    I also found this website (sorry in German), which lists sledging slopes in the area: http://www.luzern.com/de/winter-schlitteln

    More info on the following web sites: http://www.sattel-hochstuckli.ch/ and

  3. We like going to Brunni, which is a bit past Einsiedeln. It has a small sled run, perfect for my not-very-adventurous 5 and 6 year olds. Even my 9 year old enjoyed it. This year they have a conveyor-belt thing that they call a “Magic Carpet” that pulls kids and sleds uphill so they don't have to waste time dragging their sleds, falling in the snow and so one. A day pass for the belt is CHF 10 for kids and CHF 13 for adults.

    There is also a very easy ski slope bordering on the sled run.

    http://www.skiliftbrunni.ch/

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