The toboggan builders A story of passionate craftsmanship and great winter fun

Tobogganing is a serious thing in Switzerland, and it can sometimes be more extreme than skiing. With long paths, hair pin bends and high altitude, steep descents tobogganing is definitely not for the faint hearted. Especially during the night. But it is so much fun!

The action takes place in Col de la Croix, which connects Les Diablerets with Villars.

Four- and two-wheelers are left in the garage in November, where they have to remain for the duration of the winter.

This is when the tobogganers take over, which has been the case for years.

The Morerods' farm has been on this mountain pass road for generations. The Morerods earn their living doing carpentry and joinery work on chalets. However, the 10 to 15 exquisite toboggans that they build each year are the icing on the cake.

"Our toboggans last a lifetime," adds Joël enthusiastically.

«These are the Rolls-Royces of toboggans,» says father Bruno Morerod proudly, while his son Joël tenderly touches their latest creation made of ash – a fast toboggan of the brand Morerod.

The low centre of gravity and flexible runners enable the toboggan to navigate extremely narrow bends. You have to look under the toboggan to see its actual highlight. Unlike traditional toboggans, the runners are not only made of metal but feature an additional ski coating. This ensures a top-speed tobogganing experience.

The faster the runners, the more agile the toboggan. You ride these handmade rockets like you would a go-cart.

Feel like trying out some fast downhill tobogganing runs at night time?

Here are our suggestions, below. You will find out mouch more exciting ride suggestions at MySwitzerland.com/tobogganing

 

Les Diablerets, Lake Geneva region: follow the footsteps of the toboggan makers as they test their creations each winter. After a Gruyere and Vacherin fondue, start off and follow the 7 km Col-de-la-Croix into the valley.

 

Saas-Grund, Valais: a tremendous tobogganing adventure with a head torch.

 

Preda–Bergün, Graubünden: the longest night-lit tobogganing run in Europe.

 

Beatenberg / Interlaken: Toboggan run with views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in the background.

 

Engelberg, Lucerne-Lake Lucerne Region: torchlight descent and fondue enjoyment.

 

Find more inspirational experiences and tips to plan your perfect winter outing at MySwitzerland.com/expats

For more travel infos and tips throughout Switzerland, please get in touch with expats@switzerland.com or phone 0800 100 200.

 

Photo credits: © Switzerland Tourism

Author: HELLO SWITZERLAND EDITORIAL TEAM

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