Lake Melch circuit

Cross-Country Skiing
1.8 km
Travel time
approx. 0 ½ h
Tour details
Tour details
Lake Melch circuit
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
Lake Melch circuit
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
Lake Melch circuit
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
Perfect for beginners: those who prefer an easy cross-country circuit without ascents and descents will like the circuit next to frozen Lake Melch.
The high plateau of Melchsee-Frutt offers varied skiing areas: the slopes of the Balmeregghorn and Erzegg with wide and sunny pistes and, opposite, the steeper slopes around the Bonistock. You can start your descent in the Distelboden area, which can be reached in just a few minutes from the upper cableways terminus or lift.

The Melchsee cross-country ski circuit starts between the Erzegg chairlift and the Distelboden restaurant. The short, flat circuit around the frozen reservoir offers wonderful views of car-free Frutt and the striking mountain range complete with Rothorn, Glogghuis, Hochstollen and Brünighaupt. The circuit is ideal for getting acquainted with the area.

If you look closely, you might spot a few holes in the lake. Don't worry: they are evidence of an unusual sport practised here - ice fishing. You might even catch sight of someone at it.

Technical details

Tour type
Cross-Country Skiing
2 / 6
15 m
15 m
Best Time of Year
January, February, March, April, December
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Good to know

Bei der Talstation Stöckalp gibt es genügend gedeckte und ungedeckte Parkplätze.
Arrival / Return journey
Von Luzern/ Interlaken auf der A8 bis Sarnen, die Ausfahrt Sarnen Nord Richtung Kerns/ Melchsee-Frutt benützen
Accessible by bus and train
Public transport

Mit dem Zug der Zentralbahn von Luzern/ Interlaken nach Sarnen, mit dem Postauto bis Stöckalp und von dort mit der Gondelbahn bis Melchsee-Frutt


Further information & links
Winter season:
The winter season usually lasts from mid-December to early April.

Snow report:
Up-to-date information on snow conditions is posted on the website of Sportbahnen Melchsee-Frutt.

The route is signposted anticlockwise with marker posts.

Ski rental and cross-country ski pass:
The former cableways terminus is equipped with showers, which can be used on request at the visitor information office. For more information on the local cross-country ski pass, equipment hire and changing and shower facilities, please visit the website of Sportbahnen Melchsee-Frutt.