etween the Säntis mountain and the peaks of the Churfirsten lies the picturesque Toggenburg valley, with the family-friendly villages of Wildhaus, Unterwasser and Alt St Johann sharing a reasonably-sized ski area in the upper section of the valley, Obertoggenburg. The three villages are each valley stations for the main ski area, with Unterwasser having the best infrastructure a funicular railway and a cable car to take you right up to the peak of Chäserugg at 2262m. It really feels more like three resorts than one, with the areas above the three villages only being loosely connected to each other by pistes that are often more like trails. It works, though, and the villages at the bottom are served by a post bus route and ski buses which are free to use if you have a lift pass. The valley is largely North-facing and, although it is the most Northerly of the main ski resorts in Switzerland the snow record is good. Although you can get around most of the resort without resorting to T-bars, this area, however requires you to take a long T-bar up to the summit of Gamserrugg (2076m). It is worth it, though, both for the good runs but also the spectacular views across Buchs, Vaduz in Liechenstein, the Rhine Valley and the Alps stretching away in every direction except North.
Best of the Slopes
The runs off the spectacular viewpoints at Gamserrugg and Chäserugg can take you all the way down to Unterwasser - a vertical drop of over 1000m with lots of variations to choose from.
By Public Transport
The best destination to access the downhill slopes by public transport in this ski area is Unterwasser Post. Bus stop 10 minutes from funicular railway.
- From Zurich the least travel time is 1 hr 55 mins with as few as 1 changes going via Buchs.
- From Basel the least travel time is 3 hrs 20 mins with as few as 2 changes going via Zurich / Buchs.
Please refer to a map and check local conditions for accurate routing information.
- The road distance from Zurich is around 80 km and the journey time is roughly 1 hr 18 mins.
- The road distance from Basel is around 181 km and the journey time is roughly 2 hrs 8 mins.
Latest Resort Report
Available at MySwitzerland page for Alt St Johann