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«Springenbode: Wo sech d'Bursch dehiime füehle» (Springenboden, where the children feel at home)

Your snow experience at Springenboden

Just a click away from all information about the Springenboden winter sports area

High above the valley floor, yet still easy to reach, lies the smallest of the three winter sports areas of the Diemtigtal (Diemtig valley): Springenboden. This family-friendly skiing area is perfectly laid out for children. The winter hiking trails and the snowshoe trail lead you away from daily life into a rugged, but scenic landscape. These are the perfect surroundings to take a deep breath and slow down.

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Discover the snow experience Springenboden

  • Wintertime on the home turf of Swiss wrestling champion Kilian Wenger

  • A child-friendly snow experience on the natural sun terrace of the Diemtigtal Nature Park

  • A snowshoe hike and winter walks offer you the perfect surroundings to relax far away from daily life

  • After an exciting day spent skiing or hiking in the snow, take a break on the relaxing sun terraces of the two restaurants

Responsible snow sports in the Diemtigtal Nature Park

Getting first tracks in the deep snow far away from the slopes is pure freedom! But at what cost? What is considered freedom to humans, is wildlife’s struggle for survival. Let us show you how to plan your tours while respecting the local wildlife. It is important to know how to behave when you go off-piste. Get all information about how to practice snow sports respectfully in the Diemtigtal Nature Park.

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The most child-friendly skiing area within the Bernese Oberland

On the sunny terrace of the Nature Park lies the smallest of the three skiing areas of the Diemtigtal (Diemtig valley): Springenboden. It is perfectly laid out for children and offers everything a family could wish for from a day in the snow: a rope tow, two children’s ski lifts, a ski school and the popular Schneeparadies (snow paradise), the snow playground.
The natural and, during winter, almost untouched landscape surrounding Springenboden offers you an attractive alternative to virtual reality so prevalent in modern life. Thanks to its peaceful atmosphere and its location away from the big winter sports areas, Springenboden is a unique place to recharge your batteries. A snowshoe hike or a winter walk let you forget busy daily life.

Springenboden facts & figures:

  • 1 ski lift, 2 children’s lifts

  • 6 km ski slopes (of which 0.5 km with snowmaking facilities): 30 % blue, 40 % red and 30 % black slopes

  • 15 km winter hiking trails

  • 5.3 km marked snowshoe trail

  • Children’s playground Schneeparadies (snow paradise)

  • Swiss Ski School Diemtigtal

  • Football tournament in the snow

  • Pick-up service (small fee applies) from Oey or Horboden
    Phone +41 79 616 90 45 / Phone +41 79 664 08 60 / Phone +41 79 669 31 14 (please book in advance)

  • Snowshoe rental
    Gasthaus Gsässweid, Phone +41 33 681 15 32

  • Springenboden is easy to reach: From Berne, it takes 50 minutes and from Basel 1 hour 45 minutes by car. There’s a pick-up service from Oey-Diemtigen railway station or the PostBus stop Horboden to take you to Springenboden.

Find our winter sports report showing you which facilities are currently open here. > Infosnow

Discover Springenboden on foot or with snowshoes

The three winter hiking trails and the snowshoe trail are for sure highlights of your stay at Springenboden. They offer you the perfect surroundings to slow down in nature, enjoying a stunning view over the Diemtigtal (Diemtig valley). From this altitude you can clearly see the distinctive Schwarzenberg and Wiriehorn peaks. The trails lead you over peaceful meadows, which just seem to be waiting patiently for the next summer season. After a fresh snowfall, with a little bit of imagination, the snow-covered trees look like huge snow sculptures.
> snowshoe trail
> winter hiking trails

Unique winter event

What works in summer, works even better in winter. Instead of playing football on natural or artificial grass or sand, at Springenboden it’s played on snow. Every year during the last week of the year a football tournament takes place: > the Springenbodencup (description in German). During this unique winter event, teams compete against each other, and having fun is just as important as the competition.

Stay overnight in the middle of the skiing area

There are just a few options to stay overnight at Springenboden, but they’re perfect for skiers. A day in the snow starts right on your doorstep: put on your skis and off you go. Enjoy a local meal at one of the two restaurants Springenboden or Gsässweid. 

Springenboden is where the youngest learn how to ski

The various children’s lessons offered by the ski school at Springenboden are very popular. Many children have learned to ski right here. Thanks to the team of the Swiss Ski School Diemtigtal a new generation of skiers is guaranteed. The beginners’ area at Springenboden is centrally located directly at the children’s lifts and the Spielparadies (snow playground). Find full information about group or private skiing and snowboarding lessons > here (description in German).

Rental equipment is available at Gasthaus Gsässweid

For sure you’ll have your own winter outfit with you. However, snowshoes and sledges can be rented at > Gasthaus Gsässweid (Gsässweid inn, description in German) at Springenboden.

The adventure starts with the journey

Around many bends the road winds its way up to Springenboden. A well-equipped car (with winter tyres and, if conditions demand it, also snow chains or 4x4) is required. Unfortunately, there’s no public transport to Springenboden, but you can > request a pick up service from the Oey-Diemtigen railway station, or the PostBus stop Horboden (requires booking in advance, small fee applies).

Our recommendation: visit the Schwingerpavillon (Swiss Wrestling pavilion)

Schwingenboden is the home turf of our Schwingerkönig Kilian Wenger (Swiss wrestling champion). In his honour there’s a theme trail which leads through the beautiful mountains during summer. It ends at Springenboden, where the Schwingerpavillon is located. The pavilion is open year-round. It is worth visiting it to see the true to original wooden sculptures of Kilian Wenger and the Siegermuni Arnold (a special bull that is won by Swiss wrestling champions). Moreover, you’ll find more information about Swiss wrestlers and also a fridge with local products, such as cheese and sausages from the alps of the Diemtigtal (Diemtig valley).

Good to know

1500 m a.s.l.

is the highest point in the Springenboden winter sports area, whereas the lowest can be found at 1,329 m a.s.l.

the smallest one

with its ski lift and its two children’s lifts it is the smallest of the three skiing areas of the Diemtigtal

longest snowshoe trail

however, Springenboden has the longest snowshoe trail and the longest winter hiking network in the valley

you can find the current winter sports report here


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