Best Aletsch Arena Snowboarding

The 43rd most popular snowboarding destination in Switzerland.

  Brig, Switzerland


  November 17, 2021

South of Zurich and northeast of Brig in the Valais region, the Aletsch Arena ski area has 73 pistes totaling 104km that are served by 19 lifts with a maximum descent of 650m. Known to be uncrowded, this family-friendly ski area is popular with beginner and intermediate snowboarders. With that said, there aren't very many snowboarders to be found here since it has several challenging traverses.

The ski area is spread wide across the south side of ridges from the spectacular Aletsch Glacier vistas in the west to the soaring Bergstation Eggishorn in the east. While there are plenty of beginner and intermediate pistes, there is limited advanced terrain and not much in the way of off-piste lines. Situated on an alpine shelf well above the Rhone River, the Aletsch Arena links the car-free resorts of Bettmeralp, Fiescherlap, and Riederalp. There is good train access on the valley floor, and then there are three valley villages that have lifts up to the resort base villages on the plateau at 2,000m. There's only one infrequently used piste that actually descends from the plateau shelf down to the valley floor, so plan to up-lift and down-lift from the train stations up to the car-free base towns above the valley. Also, the sunny south facing terrain is known to melt out pretty fast.

If you are looking for a grand tour of the ski area, try the Glacier Panorama Tour. This 28.6km signposted circuit combines the best slopes and vistas throughout Aletsch Arena.

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 at Fiesch, thus skipping the down lift on the cable cars. For advanced snowboarders, the better lines are off Bettmerhorn and Eggishorn, such as Ski Route #87 and the double black #70, respectively.

For the freestyle snowboarders in your crew, Aletsch Arena has three terrain parks to session. The TFI Snowpark has kicker and rail lines along with a halfpipe. It is situated above Bettmeralp on the Kanzel/Salzgab piste. The Funpark Konkordia has banks, rollers and jump. It is situated above Fieschalp. The Funpark Eggishorn is located on the Konkordia piste, and has both rails and jumps.

After a morning of Aletsch Arena snowboarding, grab an on-mountain lunch at either Berghutte Heidis Hutte or Berghutte Horli-Hitta.

The most quaint and charming of the three car-free base villages is Bettmeralp. It is truly a picture-perfect Swiss alpine village.

To reach the snowboarding in the Aletsch Arena by air, the best bet is to fly into Geneva Airport (GVH). There is a direct train from the airport to Brig, which is about 10km away. From Brig, there is a regional train providing access to the valley villages of Morel, Betten and Fiesch. From those valley train stations, there are lifts up to the base villages on the plateau of Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Fiescheralp, respectively. The Betten Talstation train station has convenient cable car inside the building providing direct access up to Bettmeralp. Similarly, the Fiesch train station also has quick access to the gondola up to Fiescheralp.

Overall, Aletsch Arena is the 43rd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 85 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Aletsch Arena including Lotschental Lauchernalp, Staldenried-Gspon, Bellwald-Goms, Rosswald, Moosalp and Unterbaech.

Local Contacts:  Aletsch Arena +41-027-928-6666; Aletsch Tourismus +41-027-928-5858

Best Season:  Jan. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Hotel Slalom, Bettmeralp; Hotel Alpina Fiescheralp; Panorama Hotel

Luxury Loding:  Hotel Waldhaus, Bettmeralp; Hotel Bettmerhof; Hotel Alpfrieden

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GPS:  46.392293, 8.064072

Date Published:  1/6/2016

Date Updated:  11/17/2021

ID:  23929

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