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Sledging near Zurich

My little girl is only 3 yrs old and we would like to take her sledging, obviously being three we don't really want to pay for a full on sledging experience. At flums it seems about 45 chf per day or 15 chf per ride.

But we just need a small hill some where and a sledge hire, we will pull her along and maybe push her off a small hill, we also may have a little go. Have a spot of lunch and then head home or maybe have a walk in the snow.

Where might be a good place for this?

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Re: Sledging near Zurich

Uetliberg I'd said. Take the S10 from the main station, walk to the top, enjoy the beautiful view of Zurich, have a hot chocolate at the restaurant, and sledge down.

Don't know if there's enough snow though...
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Uetliberg I'd said. Take the S10 from the main station, walk to the top, enjoy the beautiful view of Zurich, have a hot chocolate at the restaurant, and sledge down.

Don't know if there's enough snow though.
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There is the odd patch of ice from the start to the picnic area - or there was last Sunday.

The closest place would be Kerenzerberg and is apparently open.

HOWEVER I would be warying of taking a 3 year old on any of the "prepared" sledge runs - they can be very fast - and very dangerous.

You'd be better off going to a village resort and walking up the nursery slopes and letting her go from there - or just drag her along!
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You'd be better off going to a village resort and walking up the nursery slopes and letting her go from there - or just drag her along!
Yer this is what I mean, I just need a small nursery slope where that wont be charging be an absolute bomb. :-)

For sure I wont be taking her on a proper sledge run :-)
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Re: Sledging near Zurich

There is definitely not enough snow on the Uetliberg. And other than that, I don't know of smaller hills close to Zurich that have snow.

My family (spouse+4 yr old) went sledging on Rigi this past weekend (90min train ride from Zurich) and had a lot of fun, but again, I don't know if the snow will last much longer there if the temps are anything like they were last weekend. We just did a day GA (with halbtax = ~55chfs/ticket) + renting 2 sleds at 15chfs/sledge. We went up and down the hill at least 6 times.

I would recommend if you don't want to make a day out of sledging, just tack on a run onto another weekend activity to see if the little one likes it. As far as snow goes, we are hoping to get out sledging at least one more time this winter but we may have to make a trek to the Engadin, which apparently has decent snow still. Where have others gone?

One thing I would say, though, is don't let your little one go down on their own if you are using one of the heavy rented tobaggans...no matter how small the hill. Earlier this winter, I let my daughter go down a minor hill (probably 15m long with a <1m drop) and it resulted in her knocking a front tooth loose because she tried to slow herself down and the sledge is simply too big and heavy. (Yes, I know, I should have known better, but I didn't expect her to try stop the sledge and it was our first time ever sledging). Needless-to-say, sledging in CH does not equal sledding in Minnesota.
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Re: Sledging near Zurich

There are many options for a place to walk up the hill and let her go down with a sledge or to go down with her. However, if you just walk up a hill somewhere they won't rent sledges. So you would have to bring your own. If you are in a skiing-resort in the mountains that is not a problem but around Zurich that could be difficult. Einsiedeln might be an idea as I know there you can just sledge downhill on a hill but I don't think they rent sledges there. Also you need to check the weather. It was really warm so I don't know if there is still enough snow in Einsiedeln.
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Re: Sledging near Zurich

It's not really close to Zurich, but we went to Arosa on the weekend with our 3yo and 5yo.

Sledge runs are free, and we hired 2 sleds for 10chf each. We went on the "family" run, which is almost 3km long and not too steep (apart from 1 hill which we walked down, myself and hubby aren't confident on anything fast/steep). It's a combined walking track so no worries with the walking part.

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Einsiedeln might be an idea as I know there you can just sledge downhill on a hill but I don't think they rent sledges there. Also you need to check the weather. It was really warm so I don't know if there is still enough snow in Einsiedeln.
This is a good idea, a perfect day out for family with 3 yr old. Nice looking place and a hill to sledge on, for free. But you need your own sledge.
The ski lift is still open, as of today, so there is enough snow. But I would imagine it'll be closed soon if there is no more snow in the next week.
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Re: Sledging near Zurich

You could try Engelberg... You would get good snow there & you could sledge along with your kid... We did it last year & had great fun...
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Re: Sledging near Zurich

When it snows in town the hill by Zurich University up in Höngg is great for smaller kids. You need your own sledge though. Great views across the city too!
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Re: Sledging near Zurich

@webdev,

I was told by my ex-colleague about such place near Dielsdorf. It is only known to local people there. Its a very small hill and you will have to carry your own sledge as renting is not an option there. They have car parking too. I have not been there, so cant really be sure. The google maps co-ordinates for this place are 47.474303, 8.427214 If it snows enough again, you may want to visit this place to find it out.
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Re: Sledging near Zurich

Weather permitting, there is a ski lift in Bäretswil which is about 40 mins outside of Zurich, above Wetzikon. It's slightly elevated position of 725m means they get snow more frequently than we do lower down.
They don't seem to do sledge hire, so perhaps try picking up one of those small plastic ones from the Coop or Migros as a starting point.

www.skiliftbaeretswil.ch


I don't want to wish the snow upon us, but good luck!
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Re: Sledging near Zurich

Raten is another good place. There's a restaurant, playground and a couple of slopes for sledging as well as a mini-drag lift.

The sledging slopes are free and great for young kids.

I don't think you can hire sledges though.

Public transport (by bus), is only from the Zug side (rather than the Biberbrugg side).

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Re: Sledging near Zurich

So I am assuming I will need to go to a proper ski resort, then I can rent a sledge and just walk up the nursery slopes?
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So I am assuming I will need to go to a proper ski resort, then I can rent a sledge and just walk up the nursery slopes?

Winter is not over. In the past we have experienced snowfalls late March, so there could be an opportunity to sledge closer to home if there is more snow.
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So I am assuming I will need to go to a proper ski resort, then I can rent a sledge and just walk up the nursery slopes?
I think the cost to drag everyone up to a ski-resort are a lot higher than to just buy a plastic sledge and go to a place closer to Zurich. But hey, each to their own
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So I am assuming I will need to go to a proper ski resort, then I can rent a sledge and just walk up the nursery slopes?
No, most resorts don't allow sledges on the nursery slopes. For obvious reasons.

(As a parent, I wouldn't be happy with my three year old sledging amongst uncoordinated skiers. A ski in the face will hurt!)

As Irish-Temptation said, get a sledge (they're cheap this time of year) and go to one of the sledging slopes around here.
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There is the odd patch of ice from the start to the picnic area - or there was last Sunday.

The closest place would be Kerenzerberg and is apparently open.

HOWEVER I would be warying of taking a 3 year old on any of the "prepared" sledge runs - they can be very fast - and very dangerous.

You'd be better off going to a village resort and walking up the nursery slopes and letting her go from there - or just drag her along!

This seems like a very viable option, sledge is 10chf for a half day and it looks like they actively encourage it there. :-)
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Re: Sledging near Zurich

Oberiberg. About 45 minute drive from Zurich. 9 CHF for entire day. Short sledging slope approx 100 metres long. They have a "magic carpet" to haul you back up to the top of the slope. I was there last week with our 3.5 yr old son and it was perfect. Parking lot is 50 metres from the slope. You can rent sledges at a sports shop right next to the parking lot. Almost too convenient!
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Oberiberg. About 45 minute drive from Zurich. 9 CHF for entire day. Short sledging slope approx 100 metres long. They have a "magic carpet" to haul you back up to the top of the slope. I was there last week with our 3.5 yr old son and it was perfect. Parking lot is 50 metres from the slope. You can rent sledges at a sports shop right next to the parking lot. Almost too convenient!
This also sounds like a plan! nice one!
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