Aletsch Arena Ski Resort

Aletsch Arena ski resort spans three alpine villages.
Aletsch Arena's Bettmeralp, a perfect Swiss alpine village.
The Aletsch Glacier provides a stunning backdrop to Aletsch Arena.
Ski Aletsch Arena powder - light and dry.
Aletsch Arena ski resort has over 70km of winter walking trails.
Fiesch railway station provides easy access to Aletsch Arena.
It is hard not to be distracted by the views at Aletsch Arena.
The new Moosfluh combi-lift near Riederalp at Aletsch Arena.
Bettmeralp traditional architecture at Aletsch Arena ski resort.
Aletsch Arena's Bettmerhorn gondola rises to 2650m.
Take time to relax and admire the surroundings at Aletsch Arena.
Modern chairlifts extend out of Bettmeralp village.
Perfect piste trails abound at Aletsch Arena ski resort.
Bettmeralp pedestrian village has all services and facilities.
Riederhorn has some fun off piste freeride terrain at Aletsch Arena.
The integrated train and cable car station at Betten.
Ski Aletsch Arena.
Freeride routes at Aletsch Arena keep Powderhounds happy!
Ski in / ski out accommodation is the rule, not the exception at Aletsch Arena.
Ski Aletsch Arena - a classic Swiss ski resort.

Aletsch Arena Ski Resort

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Aletsch Arena

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  • Aletsch Arena Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,845m – 2,869m (1,024m)

    Valley run to Fiesch
    1,050m – 2,869m (1,819m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    7m
  • Lifts (35)
    9 Gondolas / cable cars
    8 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    December to mid-April
    9:00am to 4:30pm* (ski lifts only)
    *Note - cable cars to/from valley open earlier & close later.
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 104km
    Longest run – 7km+
    Advanced - 12%
    Intermediate - 48%
    Beginner - 40%

    Winter walking trails - 72km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    With cable car from valley
    Adult - CHF60
    Child - CHF30
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Without cable car from valley
    Adult - CHF56
    Child - CHF28
    Child u/6yr - Free

Aletsch Arena Ski Switzerland

The family friendly Aletsch Arena is a high-altitude ski resort in the legendary Valais of Switzerland. The picture-perfect alpine village at Bettmeralp is the opening stanza in a symphony of beauty, immaculate skiing & fun activities which every family member will appreciate.

Aletsch Arena is a wonderful family oriented Swiss holiday destination only a short train ride from the transport hub of Brig.

Pros & Cons for Aletsch Arena Ski Resort

Pros

  • Fabulous family friendly snow holiday destination.
  • Snow sure, with all terrain over 2000m.
  • Perfect Swiss alpine village at Bettmeralp.
  • Particularly good beginner & intermediate piste trails.
  • Uncrowded.
  • Beautiful views over the Rhone valley & Aletsch Glacier.
  • Fabulous range & extent of non-ski activities.
  • Ski in accommodation throughout resort.
  • Interesting mountain huts.
  • Amongst the world’s best access by train & cable car.

Cons

  • No valley trails or true advanced piste terrain.
  • Limited consistent fall line skiing.
  • Not snowboard friendly (never actually saw one!) due to some awkward linking traverses.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Small, quiet alpine villages accessible only by cable car or gondola.
  • Sunny south-facing terrain.
  • Quality off piste terrain is relatively limited, but there is extraordinarily little competition for what there is!

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

Perched high above the valley on sunny south facing slopes, the majority of Aletsch Arena's 104km of perfectly groomed ski trails are above 2000m elevation - guaranteeing quality snow conditions. The gentle rolling terrain across much of the resort is great for beginners and intermediate skiers, the many viewpoints to Aletsch Glacier are a bonus (the Alps largest/longest glacier!).

See the Aletsch Arena ski trail map here.

Advanced riders will enjoy more serious challenges via the tunnel off Bettmerhorn, the summit of Eggishorn, in the off piste and several freeride routes. We easily found delightful off-piste powder with very few people hunting it. But let's not kid ourselves, Aletsch Arena is not about advanced & expert freeriders.

Whilst the snow quality is amazing, the terrain lends itself to fun, family ski holidays, not huge freeride adventure - and that's OK because there are plenty of other mountains for that.

Where is Aletsch Arena, Switzerland?

Aletsch Arena ski resort is in the magical Swiss Valais (Wallis), only 10km from the canton’s capital of Brig. Surprisingly, the closest major international gateway airport is Milan Malpensa (MXP) - 166km by road to the south. Geneva (GVA) international airport is 220km west of Betten at the base of Aletsch Arena - a journey by road of 2.5-3hr in winter.

Aletsch Arena has one of the best public transport/cable car interfaces in the world, hence the recommended mode of travel to the resort is by train. Direct trains leave from both the centre of Milan & Geneva to Brig, where a connection is required to get to either Betten or Fiesch. At Betten, the cable cars to Bettmeralp are integrated into the train station complex. A large multi-story car park is across the road from the station complex. Further along at Fiesch, a new combination train/gondola station allows swift and efficient access to Fiescheralp, Aletsch Arena's highest village. The results elevate Aletsch Arena to joint first place with Kronplatz & Folgarida Marilleva in Italy.

Search & book train tickets to Betten, Fiesch or Brig here.

Aletsch Arena Accommodation

The ski resort at Aletsch Arena is effectively made up of seven different villages, so visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to staying overnight. Much of the accommodation is in traditional chalets.

Three alpine villages (Bettmeralp, Riederalp & Fiescheralp) all offer ski-in (& some ski-out) accommodation. All three alpine villages are only accessible by cable car or gondola in winter.

Search & book Aletsch Arena ski accommodation here.

At an elevation of over 1950m, Bettmeralp is one of the prettiest alpine ski villages in Europe & certainly the best place to stay at Aletsch Arena. Most of the chalets are ski-in ski-out & close to all services.

Four other villages are in the valley below. Three of them are linked to the ski lifts (Moerel, Betten & the largest village of Fiesch) and the fourth, the smaller hamlet of Lax, has a train station for a quick rail trip to either Fiesch or Betten to catch the lift up.

The valley accommodations are cheaper, but only Fiesch has a full range of services & shops available. In the alpine, Bettmeralp is the largest, most picturesque village, plus has the best range of shops & services.

Ski Rentals

Ski rentals are available throughout the resort via our local partners in the alpine villages of Riederalp, Bettmeralp & Fiescheralp. Receive a discount when you search & book via our Aletsch Arena Ski & Snowboard Equipment Rentals page.

Activities

The terrain at Aletsch lends itself to a vast network of winter walking trails which are sensational for non-skiers for reach the high points on their own steam and enjoy the many mountain restaurants. The network is 72km long, which is extraordinary in the context of one ski resort. Other activities like sledding & ice skating abound, but you will have to drag yourself out of your perfect Swiss chalet and avert your gaze from the splendid panoramas to do it. Good luck!

Nearby Ski Resorts

Aletsch Arena’s location is amongst some of Powderhounds favourite sneaky (& some not so sneaky) ski resorts. Further along the train line to the east is the all-time Andermatt-Sedrun. Across the toe of the Aletsch Glacier is Belalp & on the opposite side of the Rhone valley is Rosswald. A short train ride from Brig is the cracking Lauchernalp. Gets me excited just typing their names!

Review

The Powderhounds reviewed Aletsch Arena in 2017 & had a great time but are due to go back for another look soon. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read our thoughts.

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