Sunnbüel – the winter sports area for skiers and snowboarders

The high Alpine plateau above Kandersteg is home to a superb winter sports area offering extensive views and guaranteed snow.

Here, both families and novice skiers will appreciate the quiet conditions and the wide, open runs. Cross-country fans, meanwhile, can tackle the Höhenloipe high-level route. From the mountain station of the Sunnbüel cable car, the 8 km-long trail runs down to Spittelmatte. The loop then returns to the mountain station via Sennhütten and Arvenwald. The Sunnbüel-Gemmi region is also well known as an area for ski touring. Tour destinations include the peaks of Balmhorn, Altels, Rinderhorn, Daubenhorn, Wildstrubel, Roter Totz and the Tatelishorn.

With the RegioExpress Lötschberger you get from Bern to Kandersteg in less then one hour, from where a gondola let you get to the plateau located at an altitude of 1936 metres.   Take Advantage of our special offer and benefit in the BLS webshop from 30% discount on the gondola ride when travelling by public transportation. 

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Special offer 30% discount

Reduced prices for the Kandersteg-Sunnbüel cableway roundtrip

Buy a return journey by public transport and take advantage of the special offer with a reduction of  30% discount on the Kandersteg-Sunnbüel and Gemmipass-Leukerbad cableway ride.

The advantages for you:

  • 30% discount on the Kandersteg-Sunnbüel and Gemmipass-Leukerbad cableway ride

Reduced prices for the Kandersteg-Sunnbüel cableway roundtrip

  • CHF 25.20 Adults instead of CHF 36.00
  • CHF 12.60 Adult with Half-Fare Card instead of CHF 18.00
  • CHF 12.60 Adults with GA card instead of CHF 18.00
  • CHF 12.60 Children (6 - 15.99 years) instead of CHF 18.00

Can I also buy the special offer offline?

Yes, you can buy the special offer as a "RailAway-Kombi" in the BLS Travel Centers and at the ticket counters in the Swiss train stations 

Winter hiking

Altelsblick - Circular hike at the foot of the Altels

The newly laid out and well groomed  circular hiking trail is particularly suitable for connoisseurs.

  • Distance: 2.7 km
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Conditions: well maintained winter hiking route

Winter hiking Gemmi

Already Thomas Cook walked on these paths, which leads from Kandersteg to Leukerbad. A special mountain railway ticket is available for the winter hike.

  • Distance: 12 km
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Conditions: well maintained winter hiking route

Further information on the Gemmi winter hike


Sunnbüel - Stock

Snowshoe hike with wonderful view into the Gasterntal valley and of the village of Kandersteg. From the Sunnbüel mountain station it is downhill to the ""Stock"" viewpoint (1832 m), and from there through the Wintertäli back to the starting point.

  • Difficulty: easy (blue)
  • Distance: 2.2 km
  • Duration: 1 hr.

Sunnbüel - Spielmatte

Starting from the Sunnbüel mountain station, the marked trail leads beyond the winter hiking trail to the Spittelmatte (1853 m), past an mountain hut and back to the starting point.

  • Difficulty: medium (red)
  • Distance: 4.8 km
  • Duration: 2.5 hrs


Sunnbüel may not offer the largest cross-country skiing area in the region, but it offers the most snow-proof. And with dressing room, single-level boxes and showers available to cross-country skiers in the mountain station, the most luxurious!



Availability Today (Wednesday) open

Winter operating times

19 December 2020 to 31 January 2021
09.00–16.00 hours

1 February to 11 April 2021
09.00–17.00 hours

The cable car departs every 30 minutes.

Shoulder season winter operating times

12 April to 2 May 2021
Ascents: 08.00, 13.00, 17.00 hours
Descents: 08.10, 13.10, 17.10 hours

On request and subject to prior reservation, the Kandersteg-Sunnbüel cable car will operate early departures (approx. 07.30 hours) on weekends in March and April for ski-touring groups of 4 people or more.

Subject to change without prior notice

How to get there

Travel comfortably by train to Kandersteg. Within 10 minutes the bus will take you to the valley station. After about 7 minutes by gondola you reach the Sunnbüel.

Weather & webcam Today: sunny 2/11°

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Tomorrow partly cloudy 3/10°
Friday partly cloudy, sleet -1/3°
Saturday fair weather -4/5°
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