At the gates of the Swiss south, just where people exit the Gotthard tunnels by car or train, there is one of the most underestimated alpine recreation and sports areas of Switzerland. Airolo-Pesciüm, the place where ski champion Lara Gut made her first turns, is a (snow-) sports paradise with panoramic views on to San Gottardo, Bedretto Valley and the upper Leventina. In summer Pesciüm is the gateway to hike and bike in various directions for example all the way to Valle Maggia.
Pesciüm is a large-scale panoramic terrace that towers above the village of Airolo. It is one of the most appreciated touristic attractions in the Leventina Valley and easily accessible with the daily running modern cable car infrastructure that brings visitors up to Sasso della Boggia on 2065meters above sea level. During summer months various excursionists choose this mountain to discover the alpine nature of the upper Ticino. Locals know that around Pesciüm one finds a lot of wild tasty blueberries and chances are high to spot marmots. The recently inaugurated Pesciüm viewpoint offers you a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains.
The trails lead out in a variety of directions: towards the Tremorgio lake above Rodi, to the Cristallina hut and and the Valle Bedretto, or towards the Vallemaggia.
The Sasso della Boggia offers paragliding enthusiasts a grassy launch area at 2065 m. The view from up there is simply breathtaking: the Saint Gotthard massif is there waiting to be discovered. The landing point is at Airolo.
Alto Tremorgio Trail: 14 km, approximately 5 hours’ walking, offering a one-day outing for fit trekkers. Descent from the Tremorgio Lake to Rodi-Fiesso via the Tremorgio cablecar and return to the Airolo railway station with the PostBus.
The Alpi Bedretto road: 13 km, about 4.15 hours on foot; an easy outing suitable for all. Return from Ronco to Airolo by PostBus.
Alpi Bedretto Bike Trail: Official MTB trail from Pesciüm - Ronco (Bedretto) - Airolo.
Sentiero del Mirtillo (The Blueberry Path): 4.5 km, starts and finishes at Pesciüm, takes approximately 2 hours. Height difference: 290 m. Easy trail suitable for all.
Refreshments can be had from the Pesciüm Restaurant, with seating for 80 indoors, 50 on the terrace, typical local dishes, a small recreation area for children and, upon request, company lunches and dinners, weddings, and a small conference room.
Thanks to its importance in the history of Swiss traffic routes, Airolo has been included in the federal inventory of protected Swiss settlements. Close to the railway station, there is a monument erected to commemorate the numerous workers who have contributed to the construction of the Gotthard tunnel.
Summer opening times
Airolo-Pesciüm cablecar: 8 a.m. - 12 noon / 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (end of June - early October)
Pesciüm-Sasso della Boggia cablecar: 8.15 - 11.45 a.m. / 1.15 - 4.45 p.m.
The Airolo-Pesciüm and nearby Val Bedretto ski areas are well-known to enthusiasts of skiing and ski mountaineering and are among the safest regions in Switzerland for winter sports. Buses are available to take visitors from the railway station to the cablecar.
Opening times: 8.45 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
30 km of ski runs (blue, red and black)
8 lifts (2 cablecars, 1 chairlift, 3 ski lift, 1 travelator, 1 pony lift)
8 km of trails for snowshoes (divided into 3 routes) and a Snowpark