Swiss toboggan runs

This item appears on page 62 of the August 2012 issue.

Switzerland’s Preda-Bergün toboggan run is the longest in Europe that is illuminated for nighttime use; you can sled until 11:30 p.m. The 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) course begins in Preda and drops 400 meters (1,300 feet). Average run time is half an hour (fastest record is five minutes).

Visitors take a narrow-gauge train from Bergün to reach the head of the run in Preda. A single-run ticket costs CHF13 (near $13) for an adult or CHF6.6 for a child (12-17). A half-day ticket costs CHF26 for an adult, with a full-day ticket costing CHF36 for an adult or CHF18 for a child.

From Bergün, more daring sledders can take a chairlift to the head of the 4-kilometer Darlux-Bergün run, which drops 576 meters, has many tight turns and is open only in daytime. A single-run ticket costs CHF13 adult or CHF11 child.

The runs are open mid December to mid March (closed Dec. 24 & 31). Sled rentals run CHF8-CHF30.

Contact Bergün Filisur Tourismus (Dienstleistungszentrum Plazi 2A, 7482 Bergün-Bravuogn, Switzerland; phone +41 0 81 407 11 52, fax 407 14 04).