• Biking In Zermatt

    Tiina Kivelä

    Biking (MTB) in Zermatt. Such wow.

    Although I still haven’t done any biking in Zermatt, I do think it’s a good idea of tell you about it. Because even though I didn’t have my bike with me last weekend in Zermatt, I did see many super happy looking bikers and awesome trails for biking (and many awesome bikes – the fever is high). And I simply came came to the conclusion that Zermatt truly lives to its reputation when it comes to MTB. The scenery and wild landscape – hello Matterhorn – makes a good base, on which more than ok infra, planning and car free village make it eventually a kind of a bikers paradise. Even for my kind of wannabe/beginner (not long though!).

    What’s really interesting in Zermatt is that almost all the roads and trails are open for both bikers and hikers. And on top of that, the village is car free, which makes it a good break for the daily urban bike commuters fighters too.

    In Zermatt, there are flowtrails and other paths only for biking and trails prohibited from bikers, but generally the rule goes that mtb riders are allowed to ride on all roads, unless a prohibition sign forbids it. Though this means – of course – that the highest level of consideration and peaceful playing is required on the paths in and around Zermatt, Täsch and Randa (=nearby villages).  Haters will hate but also, I only met considerate and friendly bikers on the paths and as a kind of multisport hustler myself I think we all fit on the same trails more than fine and destinations and trails can serve various modes of use at the same time.

    So go. It’s also the best season now. But please, really, be nice, make space and keep an eye for others. Both for people and animals.

    Biking in Zermatt – How And Where Exactly

    As I didn’t have the bike I don’t have many detailed tips for biking in Zermatt yet, sorry. But I saw and confirmed with the help of the ones who know better that the Gornergrat side and trails around Schwarzee / Schönbielhütte direction are more than nice. And if taking the Matterhorn direction from Zermatt village center, you can even have lunch or beer in the adorable (more than fine for badass bikers too) village of Zmutt on your way back.

    More information of biking in and around Zermatt in i.e. Supertrail guide in here – and hopefully by me once I get back there with a bike.  Oh and the weather this weekend, when I was free, was kind moody. Therefore, a bit grainy and moody pics. But you should get the point, I hope.

    Ps. (Guidelines for mountain biking in and around Zermatt, pdf)

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Where: Zermatt

    How: Take the train to Zermatt (bike comes well along with the SBB bike day pass). Book your sleep in any of the hotels, cabins, huts or maybe try the same hostel where I stayed (Zermatt Youth Hostel) in Zermatt.

    Then, get a day or two’s pass for the lifts and trains in the area, and just enjoy. 

    When: Autumn.


  • News From Norway – Updated Norwegian Mountain Code

    Tiina Kivelä

    Today DNTDen Norske Turistforening | The Norwegian Trekking Association | Norjan retkeilyjärjestö | with Red Cross Norway, relaunched the Norwegian Fjellvettreglene, the mountain code, to help you plan and do fantastic and safe tours outdoors.  There was a need for an update (original version launched 1967), since:

    we use nature more, and we use it in more and more ways

    Even though the rules are made by Norwegians, I find them very useful no matter where you’re trekking and ski touring; in Norway, Lapland, Alps… Always safety first, and like my idol Cecilie Skog said, remember that “you’re not going to ask your dad’s permission for avalanches“. Keep these in mind, and preferably nail them to your wall, next to your backpack, so that you can easily remind yourself every time you’re about to hit the road.

    Safe and amazing trips! 

    NO | EN | FI

    Fjellvettreglene | Mountain Code | Turvallisen retkeilyn ohjeet

    1. Planlegg turen og meld fra hvor du går. | Plan your trip well and tell others where you’re going. | Suunnittele matkasi ja kerro muille minne olet menossa.
    2. Tilpass turen etter evne og forhold. | Fit your plans to your abilities and current situation. | Sovita retkesi taitoihisi ja kulloiseenkiin tilanteeseen sopivaksi.
    3. Ta hensyn til vær- og skredvarsel. | Take the weather report and avalanche forecasts into account. | Ota huomioon (ja vakavasti) sää- ja lumivyöryvaroitukset.
    4. Vær forberedt på uvær og kulde, selv på korte turer. | Be prepared to bad weather and cold, even on short tours. | Varaudu huonoon säähän ja kylmyyteen; myös lyhyillä reissuilla.
    5. Ta med nødvendig utstyr for å kunne hjelpe deg selv og andre. | Bring with you all the equipment you need to help yourself, and others, if needed. | Ota mukaasi tarpeelliset varusteet itsesi ja muiden auttamiseen mahdollisessa hätätilanteessa.
    6. Ta trygge veivalg. Gjenkjenn skredfarlig terreng og usikker is. | Choose the safest route and familiarize yourself with the exact location of avalanche risk and dangerous ice. | Valitse turvallisin reitti. Ota selvää lumivyöryille alttiista paikoista ja heikosta jäästä.
    7. Bruk kart og kompass. Vit alltid hvor du er. | Use a map and compass. Make sure you know where you are, every moment. | Käytä karttaa ja kompassia, ja pidä huoli että tiedät joka hetki sijaintisi.
    8. Vend i tide, det er ingen skam å snu. |  Take your time; no need to rush. | Liiku rauhassa, kiiruhtamiseen ei ole tarvetta.
    9. Spar på kreftene og søk ly om nødvendig. | Save energy and search shelter if necessary. | Säästä energiaa ja voimia, ja etsi suoja mikäli tarpeellista.

    And if you want to read more about this subject, I’d recommend this post.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Where: Norway