Graubünden is taking ice skating to the next level with Skateline, Switzerland's first ice path. The magical trail winds through the forest along the Albula river, combining the concepts of ice skating, cross-country skiing and winter hiking. Interested? Read on to find out everything you need to know about this beautiful route through a winter wonderland.
It's difficult to imagine a more romantic date than skating calmly through the trees with your significant other. The first skating trail of its kind in Switzerland, the Skateline runs for three kilometres through the forest from Bad Alvaneu to Surava. Skaters can rent skates and helmets in Surava, then take a shuttle bus to Bad Alvaneu to start the trail. Opening hours run from 9am or 10am to 9pm, meaning skaters can experience the snowy forest even in the dark. Skateline is being inaugurated in early 2019.
Ice skaters can choose whether to buy a single ticket or a pack of five tickets for the Skateline. Single tickets cost 8 CHF (5 CHF for children) including the shuttle bus; 5-trip tickets cost 32 CHF (20 CHF for children) including shuttle bus. Skates, helmets, knee pads, elbow pads and headlamps are obligatory on the Skateline; material can be rented on-site. Plan your trip >
Just like in skiing and snowboarding, all that ice skating can work up an appetite. Skateline sells drinks and snacks, and regularly organises pizza days. Groups of eight people or more can pre-order fondue or raclette meals, and small skiers can take advantage of free kids’ days complete with mascots, music and pizza.
In order to maintain a romantic atmosphere during the night, the trail is not floodlit. Instead, skaters have to navigate the trail – which is only about 3 metres wide – using headlamps, which can be hired on-site. Theoretically, everyone is going the same direction, so there’s no need to fear oncoming traffic. Enjoy spending a magical moment with your loved one in the beautiful snowy forest!
Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!
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