Ftan

Motta Naluns

Route: Motta Naluns to Ftan

Area: Switzerland

Date of walk: 16th January 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.0 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Sunshine and blue skies

When we arrived at the Hotel Meisser in Guarda two days ago, all the walking paths in the area were closed due to massive amounts of snow and the risk of avalanches. However, a sunny day yesterday enabled the piste bashers to go about their business, as a result of which many of the paths were re-opened

After checking that our proposed route was viable we travelled by bus and train to the village of Scuol further along the valley, and from there we took the gondola up to Motta Naluns at a height of 2,146m or 7,000 feet. It was a glorious day and the views from the gondola station were sensational

We followed a wide waymarked path gently downhill to the top of the Ftan chairlift at Prui. From here we had an option to hire tobaggans and follow the run down to Ftan, but we were enjoying the walk so much that we decided to continue on foot down to Ftan

When we arrived at Ftan we debated whether to lengthen the walk by following the path back to Guarda. The information boards didn’t extend as far as Guarda, and so we couldn’t determine if the paths were open. We decided not to take any risks, and so caught the chairlift back up to Prui and from there retraced our steps to the top station of the Scuol gondola, enjoying the wonderful views for a second time

It was a superb and very easy walk, and we were fortunate to enjoy it in such good weather. We arrived back in Guarda with enough time to spare for a short walk above the village, and some photos of this appear later

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