Perfect tracks are made to be skied, right? On my second day in Davos last week, I got this crazy – yet very familiar to me – idea to go ski the Sertigtal-loipe. From Davos Platz (1540m) to Sertic Sand (1859m). Classic style, the more demanding one on uphills and the only one allowed on this specific track.
Please note, on that day I had already skied up to Alpe Novai from Klosters (more of that later). Of which the first about 8km is uphill. During which trip I also missed a free spot in the restaurant Garfiun and was further on living on Coop lunch and puhti-shots… Oh yes, it was a crazy idea then. Too much sun maybe?
But when in Davos, you do as much as awesome things as possible and perfect tracks are made to be skied. And since I had the gear on and the weather was perfect and the train back from Kloster to Davos stopped conveniently in Davos Platz (the perfect starting point for the sertigtal-track) and there was still 5h to even the earliest of dinners, I decided why not.
In the end, I have to say I should have considered further how the during the day very sunny track in the Sertig valley going with the name Sertig-Loipe, with a slight incline almost all the way from Davos Platz (1540m ) to Sertig Sand (1859m), would be in shadow in the afternoon. Meaning freezing tracks and not the best grip for not the best skis (sponsors, you may contact me by email;).
Nevertheless, I made it and now I am more than happy I made it. According to my Strava, 21.9km and 516km elevation gain, with max elevation 1872m. Maybe it wasn’t so bad idea to not consider it further after all. Like my marathon idea, kind of… Best when not thought of too much beforehand, yet just enough to consider it safe and yourself capable of doing it without harm. And then just doing it.
Glad I made it, especially because it was one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful cross-country skiing tracks I’ve ever skied on. First up from Davos Platz to the Sertig valley itself. In the valley, the track then follows first the wild Sertigbach stream and then the Felabach stream, continuing all the time with the slight incline past Sertig Mühle and numerous remote Walser settlements, before reaching the highest point of the track (1864m), cute Sertic Church in the pics (built in 1699) and finally Sertig Sand (1859m) with restaurant Walserhuus and Post Auto bus stop for the ones not into skiing all the way back as well.
Extra tip: when reaching the end of the track in Sertic Sand (cute and remote village with majestic Mittaghorn, Plattenfluh and Hoch Ducan in the back) take the post auto back to Davos Platz.
You can also ski down the same track you came up on, but. Since long downhills with classic skis aren’t the most enjoyable activities of many – especially on a bit too icy afternoon tracks in the shadow – I highly recommend the Post Auto (= bus), which runs regularly between Davos Platz and Sertig Sand. At the end of the uphill, you may even wait for it in the Walserhuus restaurant, eating and drinking well after earning it all on this excellent track.
Where: Sertigtal-Loipe, Graubünden, Switzerland