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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 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. 


Benefit from the following when you purchase travel to and from the event by public transport at the same time:

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

You can as well buy the special offer in the BLS Travel Centers and at the ticket counters in every Swiss train station.

Do you own a GA travelcard? Then buy the offer at a special price here.

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

Snowshoe hikes

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

Visit the GiantHeart, which is located at the Sunnbüel mountain station.

Cross-country skiing

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!




Winter operating times

17 December 2022 to 27 January 2023
09.00–16.00 hours

Important note: Last ascent at 15.30 hours each day 

28 January to 16 April 2023
09.00–17.00 hours

Important note: Last ascent at 16.30 hours each day 

The cable car departs every 30 minutes.

Shoulder season winter operating times

17 April to 30 April 2023
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.

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