South of Zurich and northeast of Brig in the Valais region, the Aletsch Arena has 73 pistes totaling 104km that are served by 19 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 650m. The Aletsch Arena links the car-free resorts of Bettmeralp and Riederalp up on a plateau at 2,000m.
It is important to note that all the pistes are up on the plateau. Although there are lifts from the valley train stations up to the plateau, you will need to take those lifts both up and down.
After a morning of Aletsch Arena snowboarding, grab an on-mountain lunch at either Berghutte Heidis Hutte or Berghutte Horli-Hitta.
To reach the snowboarding in the Aletsch Arena, the best access is by the valley train which interconnects the several villages. There is also a ski bus along the valley that connects some of the towns.
Note: If you plan to head to Aletsch for snowboarding by train, here are two great options offered by the Swiss train system SBB. First, there is the discounted Swiss Transfer Ticket which provides a round-trip train ticket from an airport directly to the town near the ski area, plus 50% off any additional train or bus tickets. Second, there is the Snow-N-Rail ticket which provides a round-trip ticket from anywhere in Switzerland combines with a ski lift pass for as long as you need at a total 20% discount (see: http://www.sbb.ch/snownrail ).
Overall, Aletsch Arena is the 42nd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 68 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland.