The Swiss ski resort of Laax will unveil a remarkable and world-record setting 1.56km walkway, perched in the tree canopy to visitors on 11 July 2021.
The world’s longest treetop path, the resort claims, is perched between 2 and 28 metres above the ground (that’s almost four double-decker buses), the attraction will be open year-round, including during the ski season when it will be kept clear of snow.
Christened ‘Senda dil Dragun’ in the local Romansh language, meaning “Path of The Dragon”, it is entirely wheelchair and stroller accessible with lifts at both ends, highlights include a 73-metre-long spiral slide.
The treetop path took a year to build and in keeping with the region’s green and sustainable ethos, The Dragon’s Path has been built entirely from regionally sourced wood, designed to blend in with the surrounding nature and keeping the impact on the environment to a minimum.
In order to ensure the protection of nature, trees and animals were considered during construction, District Forester, Maurus Cavigelli, has been involved in the project from idea to realisation.
“We were determined for the path’s footprint to be as natural as possible,” says Cavigelli. “We also wanted to minimise deforestation and reduce our impact our impact on the local area during construction and well into the future as much as we could.”
During the winter months the walkway will be freed of snow using an electric snowblower, both quieter and more sustainable than a fossil-fuel powered alternative.
The path has four platforms along its length along with seating spaced throughout and offers a unique view of the alpine landscape.
Laax hope the CHF 7 million (£5.8 million) treetop walk will bring an extra 130,000 visitors per year to the mountains, allowing each of them to slow down, stop, breathe, and appreciate the fresh air.
“Many of us have been dreaming of an idyllic escape in the great outdoors this year, as we look to move forward from the tough months experienced in 2020 and 2021, and this treetop walk will be the perfect tonic,” said Martina Calonder, spokesperson for Laax.