Breathe in, feel nature.

Welcome to the snowshoe hiking paradise at Oeschinensee! Discover all the winter hiking trails in the Oeschinensee area, your experience is guaranteed! 

No matter where you hike, you can be sure of wonderful views of the three-thousand-metre peaks of the Blüemlisalp massif. Culinary delights are guaranteed. The mountain restaurant with its sun terrace is an oasis of relaxation.

We provide unique and unforgettable moments in the imposing mountain world in front of the Blüemlisalp massif.

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Key Facts

Trudging through the snow-covered winter landscape or discovering animal tracks in the snow - simply a unique nature experience.

  • An exclusive snowshoe trail leads from Kandersteg (start right next to the valley station) directly to Oeschinensee, duration approx. 60-90 minutes
  • Further beautiful winter hiking trails available from the mountain station
  • Good, warm winter hiking boots are a must
  • Lockers and ski depots at the valley and mountain stations
  • Heated changing rooms in the valley station
  • Picnic room in the mountain station open from 10:00-15:00
  • Official toilets in the mountain and valley station buildings and at the restaurants

A leisurely descent by sledge to the lake or children's sledging in the beginners' paradise of Oeschiland.

Sledge hire at the mountain station.

Daily rental: Wooden sledge CHF 20.00

Open from 09.00 to 16.30 (return by 16.30)

Deckchair hire at the mountain station CHF 5 per day

Current information AND operating status

Cable car Kandersteg - Oeschinen

Cable car Kandersteg-Oeschinensee - in operation from 9:00 - 17:00

Ski lifts
Bire ski lift - open
Ski lift Wittenen - open

Free skiing for children and beginners
Oeschiland children's skiing - open

sledge run in Oeschiland - open

Schatthaus T-bar lift - Oeschiland Park - open, free T-bar lift for children & beginners


Piste 1 downhill run (red) - skiable downhill run / only for experienced skiers, end of piste just before the valley station. Ski day ticket CHF 36.- (instead of 46.-)
Piste 2 Bire (blue) - open
Piste Wittenen 3 (red) - open
Piste 4 mountain station-Bire (blue) - open

Piste Läger 5 (blue) - closed (lack of snow)

Cross-country skiing

Cross-country ski trail Oeschinensee - cross-country ski trail at Oeschinensee open 1.4 km skating + classic.

Simply sledge run to Oeschinensee

sledge run 6 Mountain station to Oeschinensee - open, return on foot 30 minutes

Webcam Oeschinensee

Mountain station / Oeschiland
Webcam Oeschinensee

Mountain station / mountain coaster
Webcam Oeschinensee

Mountain station - Oeschinensee: 80 vertical meters

Mountain station -Oeschinensee, winter hiking trail 7 direct - open, easily accessible with winter boots
Mountain station - Oeschinensee Winter hiking trail 8 via Läger Panorama-View open
Trail 9, along the lake - winter hiking trail along Oeschinensee (Restaurant - Chüematti) open

Ice Walk - closed

Kandersteg - Oeschinensee: 500 vertical meters

Snowshoe trail Kandersteg to Oeschinensee - open, lower part snow-free, please bring snowshoes for the upper sections on the ski slope (no hike without snowshoes)

Restaurant Oeschinensee - open from 09:30 to 16:00

Restaurant Bergstübli (mountain station) - open from 09:00 - 17:00

Cafebar at Oeschinensee - closed

Winter at Oeschinensee - Cable car, ski lifts and the free children's ski area are open. Enjoy a winter walk from the mountain station to the frozen Oeschinensee. New: cross-country skiing 1.4 km (classic & skating)

Hiking tip: The winter hiking trails from the mountain station to Oeschinensee are open.
The snowshoe trail from Kandersteg to Oeschinensee is only accessible with snowshoes.

Info restaurants: Open daily

SOS: Piste rescue service 0041 79 481 01 12
SOS off-piste: 1414


Guest service : daily from 08:30-17h for you under 0041 33 675 11 18 Cable car@oeschinensee.ch and accessible.

Lockers and ski storage

Lockers at the valley station - open from 08:00 to 18:00
Mountain station lockers - in operation
Lockers Large, medium and small lockers are available at the valley and mountain stations. Ski depots are located at the valley and mountain stations. Ski equipment can be put on in the heated changing room (valley station). Payment by card, cash or cell phone possible.
Subscriptions can be purchased at the cash desk (7 days, 14 days, season)Lockers price list:
Ski stand
15 min / free of charge
24h / Fr. 2.00
Locker M
15 min / free of charge
24h / Fr. 5.00
Locker S
15 min / free of charge
24h / Fr. 2.00
Locker L
15 min / free of charge
24h / Fr. 8.00

Picnic area

Picnic room mountain station 1st floor

At the mountain station on the 1st floor (take the path around the house). Open 10-15h. Cannot be reserved, capacity max. 40 people.

Ice fishing info: - Ice fishing open from 9 - 16 h. No downhill run with the sledge possible.

Ice Walk - closed

Enter Oeschinensee: Danger level 1 - Enter at your own risk 9 -16 h

Breathe in, feel nature.


What you should know 

Is it possible to go winter hiking in the Oeschinensee area?

Yes, you can take a beautiful winter hike from the mountain station to Oeschinensee . We recommend the route via Läger to the viewpoint and then the direct route from the lake back to the mountain station. When open, the Ice Walk on the lake also offers a beautiful winter hike. Good, warm winter hiking boots are required. Please note the operating times of Cable car !

Can I buy my day ticket online?

Day tickets are easy to purchase via our webshop. Load the day pass onto a key card or your SwissPass. Alternatively, day tickets can also be purchased easily and conveniently at our ticket machines or at the ticket office in front of the valley station and at the ticket counter at the valley station.

Is it possible to snowshoe in the Oeschinensee area?

Yes, a snowshoe trail leads from the valley station to Oeschinensee. Duration of the hike: approx. 1.5 hours. Depending on the weather conditions, the snowshoe trail is only suitable for experienced snowshoers. You can also snowshoe from the mountain station on the official winter hiking trails. Good, warm winter hiking boots are required. Please note the operating times of Cable car !

Can I hire sledges somewhere?

Yes, sledges can be hired at the mountain station Oeschinensee in Kandersteg. Wooden sledges for CHF 20.00.

Where can I find toilets in the Oeschinensee area?

The public toilets are located at the mountain and valley stations and at the Berghotel am See. There are more toilets in the Oeschinensee area (see map). Going to the toilet in nature should be avoided. However, if you do need to use the "natural toilet", please do not leave any paper, tissues or wet wipes behind.

Is it possible to enter Oeschinensee in winter?

If the ice is thick enough and there is sufficient snow, an "Ice Walk" is prepared on the lake. This is open to all pedestrians. Good, warm winter walking boots are required. During the "Ice Walk", it is important to observe the clearance of the frozen lake and the avalanche bulletin, see current operating status website, info screens and information boards.

Are lockers available at the top or bottom station?

Yes, there are lockers and ski racks at the mountain and valley stations. Payment can be made digitally by debit card, Visa/Mastercard or cash.

What outdoor guidelines should I follow when snowshoeing?

When snowshoeing or ski touring, trail running or similar, we are in the middle of the habitat of numerous wild animals. These can therefore be disturbed. It is therefore important to stay on the marked trails. Always wear warm winter shoes and clothing.

What outdoor guidelines apply to winter hikes and the "Ice Walk"?

Stay safely on the marked and open winter hiking trails and avoid shortcuts. This also applies to snowshoe hikers. Access to the lake without snowshoes is only possible via Cable car . Check the level of difficulty and your equipment carefully for each hike. Be aware that you will be crossing the ski slopes and using them in places. During the "Ice Walk", it is important to observe the clearance of the frozen lake and the avalanche bulletin, see info screens and information boards.

What outdoor guidelines apply to waste collection and separation?

Dispose of waste in the official waste separation stations. Waste separation stations are located at the mountain and valley stations, at the mountain hotel by the lake, at the restaurants and along the main hiking trails. Respect nature and take everything - even the smallest bits and pieces, tissues, leftover food and cigarette butts - back down to the valley or separate the waste and dispose of it in the waste separation stations provided.

What outdoor guidelines must be observed in wildlife rest areas and protected areas?

Do not enter wildlife rest areas, plant protection areas and restricted zones. Signposts mark the protected areas where special rules apply. Never leave the marked paths and tracks and always follow the signs. Plants may not be dug up, picked or trampled. Let the plants bloom for other guests too!