Sports in Switzerland
Switzerland has an abundance of natural playgrounds and is a paradise for sports and outdoor enthusiasts. Whether water, air, or earth is your preferred element or you live for the adrenalin rush of extreme sports, Switzerland will have something for you.
There is a huge choice of winter and summer sports in Switzerland, including skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing, hiking, canoeing, mountaineering, cycling, mountain biking, golf, wakeboarding, windsurfing and paragliding. Most sports facilities are easily reachable by public transport. Season tickets and club memberships will help to reduce costs.
Sports in Ticino
Ticino has an extensive network of footpaths, cycle routes and mountain bike trails, plus a host of opportunities for the extra adrenalin rush of extreme sports. Downhill mountain biking, parachuting, bungee jumping, bouldering, sports climbing, adventure parks, and canyoning are just some of the ways to test your limits in Ticino.
- Ticino has 3,000 kms of marked paths and trails, making it an unrivalled playground for outdoor activities, both in summer and winter.
- Canton Ticino has 130 alpine lakes, providing lots of choice for swimming, cycling, jogging, or walking.
- Visit SwitzerlandMobility, Switzerland's prime portal for non-motorised traffic, for inspiring ideas on getting around.
- Cycling in Ticino: SwitzerlandMobility covers 9000 km of cycle route networks throughout Switzerland.
- Mountain biking: SwitzerlandMobility's 4.500 km of mountain-bike routes promise ultimate freedom.
- Hiking: SwitzerlandMobility also coordinates an official and standard signalised route network for non-motorised traffic. Sections are coordinated with public transport, making them ideal day excursions.
- Skating: another feature of SwitzerlandMobility is 1100 km of skating trails. Try the Magadino plain tour in Ticino.
- Ticino Canoa: in Ticino, canoeing is different to anywhere else in Switzerland: here, Mediterranean scenery blends palm trees, islands and beaches with Alpine mountainscapes and chestnut-tree forests.
- Bungee Jumping at Verzasca dam: the 220m dam is famous for being the highest in Europe and for Bond's jump in the movie Goldeneye. The ultimate adrenaline rush at Lago di Vogorno is known as the 007 or Goldeneye Bungee Jump.
- Lugano Trekking offers three days of trekking through forests, pastures, alpine meadows, and mountains, beginning in Brè and ending at the ancient Church of Capriasca in Tesserete.
- Ticino Adventures offers activities ranging from family outings to extreme adventures in the extraordinary natural beauty of Ticino.
- Canyoning is a new group sport that entails descent on foot of mountain waterways. Obstacles can include natural slides, shafts, and waterfalls crossed by abseiling, jumping, or sliding.
- Bouldering is rapidly gaining in popularity. Without using safety ropes, boulderers climb rocks of various sizes. Ticino's Cresciano, Chironico, Gotthard Pass, and Verzascaand Bavona Valleys are visited annually by thousands of boulder climbers. Bouldering guides are on sale at tourism centres and camping sites.
- Adventure Park Monte Tamaro offers three adventurous acrobatic routes of various levels set amongst magnificent ancient beech trees. There is also a spa, tirolese roping, church, slittovia, Bike Park and a hiking route.
- The annual SlowUp Ticino event offers a day of movement and fun along a scenic route using any imaginable form of human-powered mobility.
- Climbing: Evolution Climbing Centre aims to become the prime meeting place in Italian Switzerland for mountain lovers, with an array of mountaineering activities that include climbing, bouldering, hiking and trekking. Even newcomers can experience activities in a safe, high quality, professional environment.
- Nordic walking was invented to train cross country skiers during summer, and has the added benefit of being twice as effective as ordinary walking.
- For gentler activities, try some suggestions from the article Enjoying Ticino.
- Governmental sports departments have more information on sports clubs, associations and activities in Ticino. Be sure to diarise the date of the annual Sportissima event in September.
- Ticino Tourism has great suggestions for sports activities.
- Sports clubs and gyms and fitness studios are a good way to keep fit and meet people. Some health insurances contribute towards membership fees.
- Bicycles are easy to hire in Ticino.
- Look out for running trails, swimming pools, climbing, horse riding, rowing, sailing, and golf.
- Popular local clubs include HC Lugano, AC Bellinzona, FC Chiasso, FC Locarno and FC Lugano.