White Magic Trail

This snowshoe hike can be quite a challenge, depending on snow conditions. The route leads 741 vertical metres down the mountain. But walkers’ efforts are well rewarded: the view over the village of Zermatt is magical.

  • Type Snowshoeing
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 1,45 h
  • Distance 7,4 km
  • Ascent 403 m
  • Descent 804 m
  • Lowest point 1832 m
  • Highest point 2570 m


At first the trail leads over the pastures of Alp Hermetji before entering sparse woodland, where chamois may be seen, depending on time of day. In winter, these mammals have a thick, shaggy coat. Hikers who sit down for a while and remain still may well spot one, although chamois do not move about a great deal in winter.

  • Pink poles mark the route approx. every 100 m
  • Chance to observe wildlife along the way
  • Guided tours bookable through Alpin Center

Schwarzsee - Hermetje - Furi (to the Furi - Zmutt road)

The last part of the walk follows the road back to Furi - snowshoes no longer required.

We recommend:

  • Good, waterproof footwear
  • Snowshoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather

Chamois may be spotted already on the gondola ride to Schwarzsee.

  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.

The snowshoe trails can be tackled without a mountain guide. Beware: they are not prepared in any way and are not controlled daily; nor are they secured from natural hazards such as avalanches or rockfalls. For safety, check the weather forecast and current avalanche bulletin.

All snowshoeing is at one’s own risk.

Map and arrival