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Re: [Zurich Area] Sledging Day Trips?

My sister and her two girls were in town over the holidays, so we decided to give sledging a go. We went up to Rigi, taking the Rigibahn (a cogwheel) from Vitznau, less than an hour from Zurich, up to Kaltbad. We had a blast, but there are a few things that would have been helpful to know before we got there. So, for the sake of anyone else in our boat, thought I would toss up a few thoughts.

The Rigibahn only goes once an hour, so check the schedule ahead of time if you have little ones (in our case, four of them aged 15 months to 9 years) who tend to get restive while waiting. As an alternative, there is a cablecar that goes from Weggis, I think every 30 minutes. The schedule should be available somewhere on www.rigi.ch.

You can rent sledges in Kaltbad, and then take a train to the top of the sledging runs. There is a nice, gentle .5 km run from just up from Kaltbad directly back to the train station that is perfect for young children / newbies. There are also some longer runs (up to 4km) that the more adventuresome or experienced can take from Rigi Kulm. At least for the short run, you can purchase a multiple-trip pass for a small train that takes you and your sledge up to the top.

Kaltbad itself has hiking trails that are suitable, even while snow-covered, for a pram, as well as cafes with hot chocolate and quite tasty cherry cake, in case you find yourself left out of the sledging part of it.

There are other outdoor things there too, including horse-drawn sleighs, although they really need to be scheduled in advance.
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My sister and her two girls were in town over the holidays, so we decided to give sledging a go. We went up to Rigi, taking the Rigibahn (a cogwheel) from Vitznau, less than an hour from Zurich, up to Kaltbad.
Unless maybe you specifically want to be in Kaltbad it makes more sense to take the Rigibahn in Arth-Goldau when coming from Zurich. There's a stop right next to the Autobahn A3 and train connections in Arth-Goldau are excellent.
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Re: [Zurich Area] Sledging Day Trips?

Hello,

I live in Zurich. Does anyone know the closest place to sledge at night? - as in lit with lifts running, rather than down the street in front of your house.
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Re: [Zurich Area] Sledging Day Trips?

closest, no sorry.

Bergün caters for night sledging though. . .
( till 11.30pm )

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Unless maybe you specifically want to be in Kaltbad it makes more sense to take the Rigibahn in Arth-Goldau when coming from Zurich. There's a stop right next to the Autobahn A3 and train connections in Arth-Goldau are excellent.
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We went again with the little ones to Rigi, and went the Goldau route this time. Although there are good sledging runs from Rigi Kulm and it is a good bit closer to Zurich (ca. 20 minutes by car), Kaltbad is definitely preferable if you have a non-sledging person in your party--much more to do there with a toddler in (or out of) a stroller.
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Re: [Zurich Area] Sledging Day Trips?

I was wondering where I could purchase / rent for the season a metal alloy sled/luge (same design as the Graf wooden Z series) as I tried sledging prior to Christmas on one and I must say I am sold on the idea...best thing next to downhill mountain biking
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Hello,

I live in Zurich. Does anyone know the closest place to sledge at night? - as in lit with lifts running, rather than down the street in front of your house.
Engelberg has night sledding once a month.
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Re: [Zurich Area] Sledging Day Trips?

We went sledging in Kerenzerberg last year and had a blast. The trail was great (missing snow in a few places but that was fixed with some bumptastic "shortcuts") and it's away from the road. There is a lift that takes you to the top.

It's the only place we've been, so it might not be the best, but we still had lots of fun. You can rent the sled there and the prices were OK. They also have a little hut where you can sit and get some coffee, and possibly food - we didn't check.

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Re: [Zurich Area] Sledging Day Trips?

I want to sled down Uetliberg because of its proximity, where can I hire a sled from? Migros? I didn't realise that Sledge was an acceptable word for sledding. To sledge is the verb used for verbally abusing somebody usually in a sport. The yanks would call this trash talking. Is sledging the European translation or did an English speaking country create this word? It is called a dog sled right? not a dog sledge. Strange
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Re: [Zurich Area] Sledging Day Trips?

You can't rent them on Uetliberg. A good wooden sledge costs 110.- in Migros with SportXX articles.
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I want to sled down Uetliberg because of its proximity, where can I hire a sled from? Migros? I didn't realise that Sledge was an acceptable word for sledding. To sledge is the verb used for verbally abusing somebody usually in a sport. The yanks would call this trash talking. Is sledging the European translation or did an English speaking country create this word? It is called a dog sled right? not a dog sledge. Strange
The English tend to say sledge and the rest of the english-speaking world use sled.

According to a book I have, Sled comes from Sledde, middle Low German for slide which is related to Sledge which comes from middle Dutch sleedse.
Sleigh, used in the U.S. comes from Dutch Slee.

I guess it's a bit like pick 'n' mix.

Has anyone been down the Uetilberg sledging run recently?
How far can one go at the moment and what's its condition?

Thanks
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Re: [Zurich Area] Sledging Day Trips?

The whole route on Üetliberg is officially open and I intend to go this evening, have a look at this thread if you want to join.
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The whole route on Üetliberg is officially open and I intend to go this evening, have a look at this thread if you want to join.
Thanks - unfortunately can't go in the evening at the moment - too , much work to do and I need to take my son as well otherwise he will not be pleased
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Re: [Zurich Area] Sledging Day Trips?

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My sister and her two girls were in town over the holidays, so we decided to give sledging a go. We went up to Rigi, taking the Rigibahn (a cogwheel) from Vitznau, less than an hour from Zurich, up to Kaltbad. We had a blast, but there are a few things that would have been helpful to know before we got there. So, for the sake of anyone else in our boat, thought I would toss up a few thoughts.

You can rent sledges in Kaltbad, and then take a train to the top of the sledging runs. There is a nice, gentle .5 km run from just up from Kaltbad directly back to the train station that is perfect for young children / newbies. There are also some longer runs (up to 4km) that the more adventuresome or experienced can take from Rigi Kulm. At least for the short run, you can purchase a multiple-trip pass for a small train that takes you and your sledge up to the top.
Does anyone know if you can rent sledges starting from Arth/Goldau?
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sledding on the Uetliberg

Can anyone suggest a strategy for this as we will want to take 6 children tomorrow (ages 4-10)? I am not sure if it is better to drive to Triemli and take the train and sled down? Or can we drive further up? Any thoughts on the best strategy with several children and 2 moms!

Also, if you have any other local Zurich hills that kids could sled down, we are open for suggestions! (Adliswil?)

Thank you, Shannon
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Re: [Zurich Area] Sledging Day Trips?

Take the train up, have hot chocolate at the top and ride down. If the paths are good, which I don't know. Anyone done it recently?
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Re: [Zurich Area] Sledging / Sledding Day Trips?

Greetings to all,
Does anyone have updated info on this thread. I'm looking to take my 3,5 yr old son Sledding and was wondering where and when would be good.

Is there enough snow at Ringlikon at this time of the year? and if so, can we take our own sled? and do we have to carry it up the hill or are there ski lifts or a tain stop at the top of the hill?

would appreciate any suggestions and guidance.

Thx
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Re: [Zurich Area] Sledging / Sledding Day Trips?

Avoid the crowds at Uetliberg and Flumserberg and head for Elm in Glarus. It takes a few about 20 minutes longer by car than Flumserberg, but totally worth it, especially for the night sledging I think every Wednesday. Quite challenging runs too!
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Re: [Zurich Area] Sledging / Sledding Day Trips?

To go on these hills, does one need some fancy type of sled with brakes and proper steering or is any old sled ok, like a saucer or a regular old fashioned toboggan, etc.? I've never done any sledding in the mountains like this and I have no clue what I'm getting myself into :-)
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