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Lake Melch circuit

Cross-Country Skiing
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Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
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    Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
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    Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
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    Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
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Perfect for beginners: those who prefer an easy cross-country circuit without ascents and descents will like the circuit next to frozen Lake Melch.
easy
Distance 1.8 km
0:23 h
16 m
16 m
The high plateau of Melchsee-Frutt offers varied skiing areas: the slopes of the Balmeregghorn and Erzegg with wide and sunny pistes and, opposite, the steeper slopes around the Bonistock. You can start your descent in the Distelboden area, which can be reached in just a few minutes from the upper cableways terminus or lift.

The Melchsee cross-country ski circuit starts between the Erzegg chairlift and the Distelboden restaurant. The short, flat circuit around the frozen reservoir offers wonderful views of car-free Frutt and the striking mountain range complete with Rothorn, Glogghuis, Hochstollen and Brünighaupt. The circuit is ideal for getting acquainted with the area.

If you look closely, you might spot a few holes in the lake. Don't worry: they are evidence of an unusual sport practised here - ice fishing. You might even catch sight of someone at it.

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Obwalden Tourismus 
Update: January 06, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,908 m
Lowest point
1,893 m
Best time of year
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Tips and hints

Winter season:
The winter season usually lasts from mid-December to early April.

Snow report:
Up-to-date information on snow conditions is posted on the website of Sportbahnen Melchsee-Frutt.

Signposting:
The route is signposted anticlockwise with marker posts.

Ski rental and cross-country ski pass:
The former cableways terminus is equipped with showers, which can be used on request at the visitor information office. For more information on the local cross-country ski pass, equipment hire and changing and shower facilities, please visit the website of Sportbahnen Melchsee-Frutt.

Start

Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'664'184E 1'180'281N
DD
46.770617, 8.278960
DMS
46°46'14.2"N 8°16'44.3"E
UTM
32T 444948 5179926
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Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Mit dem Zug der Zentralbahn von Luzern/ Interlaken nach Sarnen, mit dem Postauto bis Stöckalp und von dort mit der Gondelbahn bis Melchsee-Frutt

Busfahrplan

Getting there

Von Luzern/ Interlaken auf der A8 bis Sarnen, die Ausfahrt Sarnen Nord Richtung Kerns/ Melchsee-Frutt benützen

Parking

Bei der Talstation Stöckalp gibt es genügend gedeckte und ungedeckte Parkplätze.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'664'184E 1'180'281N
DD
46.770617, 8.278960
DMS
46°46'14.2"N 8°16'44.3"E
UTM
32T 444948 5179926
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Cross-Country Skiing

  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Cross-country skiing gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap

Technical Equipment for Cross-Country Skiing

  • Cross-country skis
  • Cross country ski bindings
  • Cross-country boots
  • Cross-country poles
  • Waxes if required
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
1.8 km
Duration
0:23 h
Ascent
16 m
Descent
16 m
Public-transport-friendly

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