Arolla & Evolene Ski Resorts

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Arolla & Evolene Ski Resorts

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     Espace Dent-Blanche Ski Trail Map
  • Espace Dent-Blanche Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Espace Dent-Blanche
    1,255m - 3,000m (605m)

    Arolla
    2,000m - 3,000m (1,000m)

    Evolene
    1,400m - 2,680m (1,280m)

    La Forclaz
    1,730m - 2,200m (470m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (16)
    1 Chair
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Arolla
    Early December to late April
    8:30am to 4:00pm

    Evolene
    Mid-December to late March
    9:00am to 4:30pm

    La Forclaz
    Late December to late March
    9:15am to 4:15pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 104km
    Longest run - 5km
    Advanced - 14%
    Intermediate - 57%
    Beginner - 29%
  • Ski Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 21/22
    Espace Dent-Blanche
    Arolla, Evolene & La Forclaz
    Adult - CHF44
    Child - CHF29
    Child u/6yr - Free

    La Forclaz only
    Adult - CHF28
    Child - CHF19
    Child u/6yr - Free
     Arolla Ski Trail Map
  • Arolla Ski Trail Map
     Evolene Ski Trail Map
  • Evolene Ski Trail Map
     La Forclaz Ski Trail Map
  • La Forclaz Ski Trail Map
    Arolla Ski Touring Map
  • Arolla Ski Touring Map

Arolla & Evolene Ski Resorts Switzerland

In a classically Swiss Alps alpine valley, with high mountain peaks and glaciers snaking down their flanks, the Val d’Herens has long been a secret hideaway for skiers seeking a quiet outpost in an ever-maddening world. The Val d'Hérens ski resorts of Arolla, Evolène & La Forclaz make up the collective ski region called Espace Dent-Blanche (presumably named after the looming 4,357m peak, Dent Blanche = white tooth!). Simple lifts, a relaxed attitude, affordable prices, and mountains full of off-piste freeride potential make it a guarantee that we will visit at some point soon in our powder privileged lives.

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lift & Terrain

The Espace Dent-Blanche skiing & snowboarding terrain is spread across 3 small to medium ski areas and includes 104km of mostly intermediate piste trails on predominantly east-aspect slopes. Arolla is the largest with 47 km of trails, 1,000m of skiable vertical above a 2,000m altitude base, and the most advanced runs (9km of black trails). Closely following is Evolene with 42km of trails, of which 80% are rated intermediate, and 1,280m of skiable vertical from a 1,400m elevation base. Between them, the westerly aspect La Forclaz has 15km of both easy and intermediate pistes, providing a perfect place to learn the art of sliding on snow!

Check out Arolla & Evolène on the Espace Dent-Blanche ski trail map.

Away from the piste trails, Arolla in particular has a multitude of off-piste freeride opportunities. The many surrounding peaks & glaciers, coupled with relatively few people compared to adjacent valleys, make it a lanbd of promise for powder hounds. Ski touring from the lifts at Arolla or up the valley expands the freeride terrain immensely and includes all manner of high alpine Swiss pleasures. Look at some of the possibilities on the Arolla ski-touring map.

The ski lifts at are a stark reminder of the way things used to be before you grew lazy on a diet of 10-person heated seat gondolas and hooded 6-seater express chairlifts. Only one chairlift, and aging double, is in the entire Val d'Hérens, used to access the high alpine terrain at Evolène. Everywhere else it is a case of testing one’s leg strength on surface tows, both T-bars & J-bars. The old-style lifts do two things. One is to limit the crowds visiting these resorts. Two is to test beginner snowboarders, possibly limiting their numbers in the valley too!

Lift Passes

Lift tickets in Val d'Hérens are available in two flavours. The Espace Dent-Blanche lift pass is valid in all 3 ski resorts (Arolla, Evolene & L Forclaz) & represents reasonably good value for the 104km of ski trails. The smaller La Forclaz ski area has a more affordable ‘local’ lift pass; great for novices & progressing beginners.

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Where is Arolla & Evolène Switzerland?

The Espace Dent-Blanche ski region is in the Val d’Herens, a valley south of the Rhône River valley. The furthest ski resort up the valley, Arolla, is 39km (1hr) by road south of the major town of Sion. Evolene is closer; 24km or a shade over 30 minutes by car.

The closest gateway airports is Geneva (GVA), 195km (2½ to 3hr) drive east to Arolla. The small airport in the Rhone valley at Sion (SIR) is an option for travelers from London, Zurich and those with their own private plane!

Rail & bus services to the Val d'Hérens villages of Evolene or Arolla are via Sion. Trains from Geneva airport take a little over 2hr (on the IR90 service, direction Brig) to get to Sion, where buses or private transfers can finish the journey up the valley to Arolla. From Sion train station (gare), bus route 381 heads to Les Haudères via Evolene. From Les Hauderes, a change is required to the bus 382 for Arolla. Arolla, Magine is the main stop at the ski lifts in Arolla village, with the journey from Sion taking around 1¼hr. Unfortunately the route 382 bus services to Arolla are limited to 5 per day . For Evolène, the route 381 bus runs at least 9 times per day and takes around 35min to the village.

Ski & Snowboard Rentals

Ski equipment rentals are available via our local partners near the ski lift base in the village of Arolla. Receive a discount when you search & book via our Arolla Evolene Ski & Snowboard Rental page.

Review

The Powderhounds will review Arolla & Evolene next season. More information about this European ski resort will come after our visit. Stay tuned for our sparkling repartee, new photos & insights.

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Tours in or near Arolla & Evolene

Single-Base, Single-Ski-Area Tours

Private Ski Lessons & Freeride Guiding
SKI INSTRUCTION & GUIDED OFF-PISTE POWDER SKIING
Full Day | Half Day | Multi Day
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Discover the mountains & improve your skills with private ski lessons & guided off-piste skiing for all abilities at the Arolla & Evolene ski resorts in the Swiss Alps Val d'Herens. Apply for your group's best dates & duration.
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USD 149
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