Northeast of Brig, the Bellwald-Goms ski area has 10 pistes totaling 20km that are served by 4 lifts accessing a maximum descent of 950m. The small, family-friendly Skigebiet Bellwald is located high up on the plateau above the Rhone Valley. There are only two chairlifts and 2 t-bar lifts but they access a good variety of terrain and side-country to explore. But, it really takes over 2m of base before it really all opens up. The best Bellwald-Goms snowboarding is typically found during the months of February and March.
There is a surprising amount of freeriding side-country to explore off the Furggulti lift. Just watch where you're heading since many epic lines seem to lead away from the lifts at the Fleschen mid-station. Also, there is an excellent Ski Route from the Furggulti top station down the Brytnest-Grieschumma face. It has epic lines and views but needs plenty of snowpack to even open. Stay close to the marker poles or you'll end up in extreme hike-out terrain in the remote valley floor.
The small, family-friendly Skigebiet Bellwald is located high up on the plateau above the Rhone Valley. It is located east of the Röschtigraben (rösti line) in the German-speaking side of Switzerland. The main access to Bellwald is a private cable car from the train station up to the village. The ski lift base is located in Gassen which is on the upper side of Bellwald.
For the freestyle snowboarders in your crew, Bellwald-Goms has a terrain park to session. Located just below the Fleschen mid-station, the 56,000m2 Snowpark Hasennest has a range of features including large kickers, rails and super bowls. It is accessed by the Fleschenlift t-bar.
After a long morning of snowboarding, the only option for lunch is the mid-mountain Hasestall Restaurant. For apres ski action, start at the mid-mountain Hasestall outdoor bar, and then work down to White Rabbit just above the base, and then the Gade Bar at the base parking lot (near the ski bus).
• Family-friendly ski area.
• Fun ski route.
• Excellent offpiste side-country.
• Small ski area.
• Small, infrequent cable car up from train.
• Lifts located well above cable car top.
• South facing snowpack melts fast.
To reach the snowboarding at Bellwald by train from Brig, head to the Fürgangen-Bellwald train station. Then, transfer to the very small 1950's Luftseilbahnen Fürgangen cable car (8-person max) to get up to the small village of Bellwald (every 20-25 minutes). The cable car base is in a small unsigned cable car wooded building on east end of train platform. There is no bottom ticket office - you pay when you get to the top station. The lift pass does not work on the cable car. Keep in mind that the main Sesselbahn ski lift base station in Gassen is still a long walk up hill from the Fürgangen cable car top station. Luckily there is a is the free Skibus Bellwald from just outside the cable car top station up to the Gassen Sesselbahn base (every 30-60 minutes). It's under a 10 minutes walk back downhill to the cable car top station.
PRO TIP: The Fürgangen-Bellwald train station is quite close to the Fiesch cable car station providing access to the Aletsch ski resort. There's just one train stop separating the two cable car base stations.
Overall, Bellwald-Goms is the 83rd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 87 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Bellwald-Goms including Aletsch Arena, Lotschental Lauchernalp, Rosswald, Moosalp, Unterbaech and Belalp-Blatten.
Local Contacts: Bellwald Sportbahnen +41 27 971 19 26; Bellwald Tourismus +41 27 971 16 84
Best Season: Jan. - Feb.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Apart Hotel Ambassador
Reference Source: click here https://www.bellwald.ch/
PDF Map: click here
GPS: 46.427916391, 8.161282898
Date Published: 11/9/2021
Date Updated: 1/31/2022
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