Northwest of Visp and northeast of Sierre, the Leukerbad ski area has 50km of pistes served by 9 lifts that access a vertical descent of 1050m. The pistes are spread between 45% intermediate and 45% advanced, along with plenty of drag lifts between. The best Leukerbad snowboarding is best during the months of February and March when the snowpack is likely deepest.
It is typical for most laps to range between 800 to 1000m of vertical descent. Very rarely will you return to the cable car base during the day since the combination of pistes include many narrow and icy cat tracks. But, that route down is a blast to do at then end of the day for the views and the tunnel. Actually, it's best ridden first thing in the day when it's freshly groomed.
Leukerbad is popular for its off-piste side-country freeriding. Most of these lines are south-facing, so they are best the first sunny day after a snow storm for soft, fresh snow. The Ski Route #10 is exceptional with a consistent pitch top to bottom - just make sure not to miss the exit path leading right towards the gondola mid-station. The exit path passes through a small cluster of huts and serves several Torrentalp side-country lines, too. The exit path is not groomed when snowing and is last to be groomed when the snow ends, so plan to hike out on the best days.
The main terrain park, Fun Park, offers freestylers 4 rails, 3 kickers and plenty of boxes to test their skills. The Fun Park is accessible from the Rinderhalde drag lift. The Fun Park is normally closed when it is snowing.
After a long morning of snowboarding above Leukerbad, there are a couple good options for on-mountain lunch. At the Torrentalp gondola mid-station, check out the Restaurant Alpengruss with its exceptional views. Alternately, on the lower section of Piste #16 just above town, stop by Weid Stubli hutte. It is a good option for apres ski, too, since there really isn't much apres ski action in Leukerbad.
The village of Leukerbad is best known for its Roman era thermal pools. These thermal hot springs and spas are fed by 65 springs that provide a total of 4 million liters a day. Leukerbad is located east of the Röschtigraben (rosti line) in the German-speaking side of Switzerland. The village has a charming historic pedestrian zone.
• Excellent side-country and ski routes.
• Epic views.
• Reliable snowpack.
• South-facing slopes.
• Small ski area.
• Lift is long walk from hotels.
The main city of Leuk is down in the Rhone River valley below and is located just east of Sierre. There is a train station in Leuk and a convenient bus running up to Leukerbad ski area (30 minutes). The train provides a good link to both Geneva and Zurich airports. From Sierre, the combo train and bus connection only takes about 45 minutes.
PRO TIP: Leukerbad is a small ski area that can be easily explored in a single day. If there is a lot of fresh snow, the off-piste lines could be worth exploring for an extra day. So, it may be worth staying down in the valley, such as in Sierre, where you can explore multiple ski areas over several days such as Leukerbad, Crans Montana, Anzere or Val d'Anniviers.
Overall, Leukerbad is the 52nd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 87 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Leukerbad including Crans-Montana and Anzere.
Local Contacts: Leukerbad Ski Area 027-472-7171
Best Season: Jan. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Wanderhotel Walliserhof, Leukerbad; Hotel Alfa, Leukerbad
Luxury Loding: Walliser Kanne Hotel; Hotel Le Bristol, Leukerbad
Reference Source: click here https://www.leukerbad.ch/
PDF Map: click here
GPS: 46.373818, 7.629172
Date Published: 12/26/2015
Date Updated: 2/15/2022
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