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Nordic Center.

In the heart of the cross-country skiing destination Goms.

The center of the Loipe Goms

The Goms is one of the top cross-country skiing destinations in the Swiss Alps. This includes the Nordic Center in Ulrichen, which is currently used in winter for cross-country skiing, biathlon and events such as the International Gommerlauf. With the expansion, the Nordic Center will be usable all year round and offer ideal conditions for popular and competitive sports.

With the expansion of the Nordic Center, locals, second home owners and guests of the cross-country skiing destination Goms will receive a complementary infrastructure for amateur and professional sports that can be used all year round. The new infrastructures also offer ideal conditions for the organization of various events as well as racing and training events.
The Goms is thus setting new standards for the sustainable promotion of tourism and the economy in the high valley of Goms and, at the same time, is making use of the historical witnesses of its military past with the conversion of the Aircraft-Hangars.



Since the 90s, the Nordic Center in Ulrichen has been realized step by step. With the construction of a artificial snow system, a start-finish building and other basic infrastructure, the requirements for training and competition tracks according to FIS guidelines could be created. Major events such as the Nordic Junior World Championships in 2018 were thus made possible. With the planned expansion, top and amateur athletes will be able to pursue their passion all year round in the future: Cross-country skiing in winter complements roller skiing in summer, and the biathlon facility, which has been expanded to 30 targets, can be used year-round. With the renewed use of the disused military hangars, service buildings with waxing boxes, showers, checkrooms and toilets will be added. In addition, there will be a bistro and multifunctional spaces that will allow sports and other events throughout the year.



Investments of 15.4 million CHF are planned for the entire expansion. Of this, 1.0 million CHF is to be spent on improving the cross-country skiing facilities/trails for barrier-free cross-country skiing and 1.5 million CHF on expanding the artificial snowmaking system. All other investments with 12.9 million CHF concern the actual infrastructure within the Nordic Center: The expansion of the military hangars U69, U83 and the Ortsmagazin into utility buildings, service rooms and multifunctional infrastructure as well as the establishment of catering areas with a bistro and festival restaurant. The biathlon facilities will also be renovated for year-round use and expanded to 30 targets. In addition, there will be a roller ski slope with various rounds in hilly terrain and various extensions to the basic infrastructure, such as power lines and lighting systems.




Financing has not yet been fully secured. The project enjoys a high level of acceptance among the local population and the two municipalities of Goms and Obergoms have contributed CHF 2.1 million to the expansion of the Nordic Center. Likewise, funds amounting to 1.5 million CHF are earmarked in the concept of the National Sports Facilities (currently NASAK V). Those responsible for the project can also count on co-financing from the Canton of Valais within the framework of the sports law and hope for the goodwill of the Loterie Romande and other non-profit organizations. In addition, further sponsor and patron contributions will be necessary so that the project can be realized as planned.


Support association

The Support Association Nordic Center Goms was founded in 2019 by the two municipalities of Goms and Obergoms to ensure the expansion of the Nordic Center and its future year-round operation. For this purpose, the sponsoring association has taken over all infrastructures in building rights from Obergoms Infrastruktur AG. The board of the association includes representatives of the municipality and of Obergoms Tourism. Membership in the association is open to all interested parties.



Key current and future partners include the Obergoms Ski Club, the Fiesch Sports and Holiday Resort, surrounding municipalities and sports associations such as Swissski and Ski Valais.



The first preparatory work, including works pipelines, was already able to be started in the fall of 2020. The cantonal building permits for the conversion of the military hangars, the construction of the new biathlon facility and the roller ski slope have also recently been issued. As soon as the financing is secured, the construction will start. The new facilities of the Nordic Center should be available from 2023.


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