Aletsch Arena Ski Resort

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

Aletsch Arena Ski Resort

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Aletsch Arena

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  • 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 20/21
    *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

    *Note - Day passes dynamically priced when purchased online with discounts of up to 40% depending on demand.

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 on-piste trails.
  • Uncrowded.
  • Beautiful views over the Rhone valley & Aletsch Glacier.
  • Fabulous range & extent of non-ski activities.
  • Ski-in accommodation throughout the resort.
  • Interesting mountain huts.
  • Amongst the world’s best public transport access by combination train & cable car.

Cons

  • No valley trails or true advanced on-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, car-free 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 us 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. The closest main town to Aletsch Arena is the substantial Fiesch. 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 (a locality at the base of Aletsch Arena’s best village of Bettmeralp), a journey of around 3½hr by train in winter. In our view, the airport at Zurich (ZRH) is the better option though, around 3¼hr away by train to Betten via Brig.

Aletsch Arena has one of the best public transport/ski lift interfaces in the world, hence the recommended mode of travel to the resort is by train. Direct trains to Brig leave from both the centre of Milan & Geneva but the better one is direct from Zurich airport terminal. From Brig, a quick stroll outside the station gets one to the regional train connections for either Betten (15min) or Fiesch (35min).

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 for those that ignored the greatest train system on the planet! Further along the line at Fiesch, a new combination train/gondola station allows swift & efficient access to Fiescheralp, Aletsch Arena's highest village. The large village of Fiesch is a short walk down the hill from the station. The new station complex at Fiesch elevates 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 (& many ski-out) accommodation. All three alpine villages are car-free & only accessible by cable car or gondola in winter.

At an elevation of over 1,950m, 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.

Search & book Aletsch Arena ski accommodation here.

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.

For information on the best places to stay see our Aletsch Arena Accommodation Info page.

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 Rental page.

Activities

The terrain at Aletsch lends itself to a vast network of winter walking trails which are sensational for non-skiers to reach the high points on their own steam & enjoy the many mountain restaurants. Of course, it also possible to use the ski lifts to head up & then wander down at your leisure on the trails. The network is 72km long, which is extraordinary in the context of one ski resort. Other activities such as sledding (or sledging as it is known locally) & 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 valley along past the toe of the Aletsch Glacier is Belalp & on the opposite side of the Rhone valley is Rosswald.  The locals haunt of Bellwald is just up the rail line from Fiesch - although we haven't checked it out. 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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