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. This family-friendly ski area is popular with beginner and intermediate snowboarders. The Aletsch Arena links the car-free resorts of Bettmeralp, Fiescherlap, and Riederalp up on a plateau at 2,000m. There are spectacular vistas of the Aletsch Glacier.
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. The valley villages of Betten, Fiesch and Morel area all served by train.
One of the best Aletsch snowboarding runs is the 12km piste from Eggishorn. In addition, when the snow is deep enough, it is possible to combine groomed and off-piste lines all the way down to the valley floor, thus skipping the down lift on the cable cars.
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. To reach the region by air, the best airport is Zurich where you can take a train to any of the valley villages.
Overall, Aletsch Arena is the 45th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 81 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Aletsch Arena including Lotschental Lauchernalp, Staldenried-Gspon and Belalp-Blatten.
Local Contacts: Aletsch Arena +41-027-928-6666; Aletsch Tourismus +41-027-928-5858
Best Season: Jan. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Hotel Belalp; Hotel Bettermerhof; Hotel Alpina Fiescheralp
Luxury Loding: Nebenhaus Alpfrieden; Hotel Waldhaus, Bettmeralp
Reference Source: click here http://www.aletscharena.ch/
GPS: 46.392293, 8.064072
Date Published: 1/6/2016
Date Updated: 1/17/2019
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