#Exploring

WINTER HIKING

Breathe in, feel nature.

Welcome to the winter hiking paradise at Oeschinensee! After the gondola ride to the mountain station, discover all the winter hiking trails in the Oeschinensee area - your experience is guaranteed! 

No matter which paths you take, you can be sure of a wonderful view 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.

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Key Facts

Winter hike from the mountain station down to the Berghotel am See (trail no. 7), stop for a bite to eat and enjoy local produce. Then along the lake and up via Läger (no. 8), back to the mountain station.

  • The official winter hiking trails are marked and take you through the winter landscape on groomed trails
  • Warm and sturdy winter hiking boots are recommended
  • Lockers are located at the valley and mountain stations
  • 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
  • Note: Be careful when crossing slopes

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 8:30 - 18:00

Ski lifts
Bire ski lift closed - end of season 17.03.2024
Wittenen ski lift closed - end of season 17.03.2024

Free skiing for children and beginners
Oeschiland children's skiing closed - end of season 17.03.2024

sledge run closed in Oeschiland - end of season 17.03.2024

Schatthaus T-bar lift - Oeschiland Park - closed - end of season 17.03.2024

Slopes

Piste 1 valley descent (red) - closed, the road is closed, no hiking trail, please use the official hiking trail.
Piste 2 Bire (blue) closed - end of season 17.03.2024
Piste Wittenen 3 (red) closed - end of season 17.03.2024
Piste 4 mountain station-Bire (blue) closed - end of season 17.03.2024

Piste Läger 5 (blue) - closed

Cross-country skiing

Cross-country ski slope Oeschinensee - The cross-country ski slope is closed - end of season 17.03.2024


Simply sledge run to Oeschinensee

sledge run 6 Mountain station closed at Oeschinensee - end of season 17.03.2024

Oeschinensee
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 - closed
Path 9, along the lake - the path along the lake is closed and currently not accessible

Ice Walk - closed

Kandersteg - Oeschinensee: 500 vertical meters

Hike from Kandersteg to Oeschinensee - path to the lake accessible with mountain boots

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

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

Cafebar at Oeschinensee - open 10-16h

General information: Cable car from 08:30-18:00 and hiking trail to Oeschinensee open. Above 2200m there is still snow (winter conditions)!


Hiking tip: Winter operation December - mid-March


Info restaurants:

SOS: SOS/Rescue service in the entire area: 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. A changing room is also available at the valley station. Payment by card, cash or cell phone possible.
Locker subscriptions can be purchased at the cash desk (7 days, 14 days, season)Locker 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: The lake may no longer be entered, ice fishing is no longer possible this season.

Ice Walk - closed




Enter Oeschinensee: Danger level 3 - No trespassing

Breathe in, feel nature.

FAQ

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.

Can I hire sledges somewhere?

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

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 !

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.

Is there a slope control?

Yes, please note the information "last slope check"! The daily monitoring of the marked and open slopes ends with the last slope check at 5.00 pm. Outside of the lift operating hours, the slopes are closed and may not be skied on or entered. There are snow groomers on the slopes and avalanche blasting may take place.

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 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.

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