Those hights extend behind the Mutta da Veulden, the Feldis hill and offer extensive hikes at all times of year, snowshoe trails in winter as well as skitrails and down hill skiing to the village of Feldis or Veulden in Romansh, nowadays spoken by but few elder inhabitants.
To reach Feldis there is the very attractive version of a small cable car (14 pax) as well as a very winding road. The cable car cross the Rein posteriur and runs for 2.3 km, more than half steep and without a support pylon before reaching the other side of the narrow entrance into the Domleschg valley at Rhäzüns.
Aireal tramway Rhäzüns-Feldis – LRF
Upper terminal of the LRF in Feldis with a view to the NW
After crossing the village its a few 100 meters more to the base station of the chairlift that ends at the very top of the Mutta da Veulden. (Yes, there’s a shuttle too, but a 15 minute walk is all that’s needed.)
Near the top terminal of the chair lift on Mutta da Veulden
Beginners ski lift on Mutta da Veulden
Entry point into the vast undulating plateau, Alpine pasture in summer, hikers’ paradise at any time of year
At the chairlift terminal with a view to the south across Domleschg valley toward the Alpine main ridge.
The haze is creeoing in and reaches beyond Domleschg into the next valley basin, Val Schon or Schamser Tal. Clouds on the south slope of the Alpine main crest
Piz Beverin dominates Domleschg valley and stands out from the Mutta da Veulden
There are two restaurants/ski huts nearby and lots of undulating terrain with small hillocks and scattered stands of firs and krumholz. Views extend in all directions and I pile a lot of pictures into the blog from Saturday, February 24 as well as some from the village taken at an earlier occasion in February 2012.
Views taken about 1.5 km beyond the upper chairlift terminal and stitched together to a panorama from Piz Beverin (south, the dark pyramid) to the west with the Cadeina dil Signina (which seen from the other side is the sominant vista from Ruschein) and on to the NW and Ringelspitz, the highest peak at the right.
A snowshoe trail leads between to hillocks to a low spot beneath the Dreibündenstein mountains while the winter foot path rounds the hillocks and makes for a one to one and a half hour hike. A 5 or 15 minute hike connects two mountain inns and the chairlift terminal.
Tracks of many snowshoe hikers crossed by a lonely long gone deer.
The trails to Dreibündenstein
Many trails – do your own!
View to the north and down below in the haze the capital Chur and the Rhein valley; Calanda (left) Falknis (centre) and Rhätikon with Scesaplana (right) form the horizon
A view back toward Dreibündenstein (I’ll be there next time)
And a view ahead; two ski huts / restaurants beckon. Chirlift terminal middleground centre.
But instead of going to Feldiser Skihütte still well frequented for lunch, I head back to the chairlift and down to Feldis. There is Mira Tödi restaurant with a deck and a phantastic view plus strudel & cappuccino.
From the chairlift a view of Feldis and onto the vast remnantsof the prehistoric rockslide of Flims, now much wooded cut through again by the Rhine way down in the haze.
The lower terminal with facilitiesfrom ski shop and pub to parking.
Taking the shuttle back and the a winding stroll thru old Veulden
Two old families in the village and their crests on one of their dwellings
Near the village centre and a fur clad bobby directing traffic
Veulden, old villager in a traditional sawlog house feeding the birds.
This might be a two family home, one half each.
And they are cared for, renovated, not torn down
A view back thru a lane opening to Faulberg Horn; turn left and find restauran Mira Tödi
Mira Tödi means ‘Tödi Mountain View, its one of the highest peaks on the north slope of Surselva; just below the cemetary wall that nice deck I headed for.