Lauchernalp Ski Resort

Lauchernalp Ski Resort (photo - Lauchernalp)
Lauchernalp valley terminal in Wiler (photo - Lauchernalp)
Lauchernalp Alpine Village provides stunning views and lodging.
Lauchernalp's Hockenhorngrat gondola - fabulous in sunshine............
......................... challenging in a blizzard.
The new 6 seater Stafal chair is one of only 6 lifts at Lauchernalp ski resort.
The Lauchernalp cable car is the lifeline and primary access for the resort.
Lauchernalp has a quality restaurant, bar, ski shop & market in one complex.
Zudili Panorama Bar at Lauchernalp.
Lunch at the Zudili restaurant is quality at a reasonable price.
Alpenhotel zur Wildi is a Lauchernalp standout.
Heavy snow blanketed Lauchernalp during Powderhounds visit.
Lauchernalp's long valley trail has fun, steep freeride terrain to plunder.
The base village of Wiler has numerous traditional & historic buildings .
Lötschental superstitions centre on the mysterious Tschäggättä!
Lauchernalp has many km of winter walking trails for non skiers.
Travel to Lauchernalp is easy via train to nearby Goppenstein.
Ski Lauchernalp.
From 3111m, the Lauchernalp trails head down to the valley 1700m below.
Ski Lauchernalp.

Lauchernalp Ski Resort

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Lauchernalp (Lötschental)

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Lauchernalp (Lötschental) 3.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
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  • Vertical (m)
    1419m – 3111m (1692m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8m
  • Lifts (6)
    2 Gondolas / cable cars
    2 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    Mid December to mid April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 55km
    Longest run – 10km +
    Advanced - 26%
    Intermediate - 36%
    Beginner - 38%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 17/18)
    Adult - CHF55
    Child - CHF29
    Child U/6yr - Free

Lauchernalp (Lötschental) Ski Resort Switzerland

Lauchernalp in the Loetschental, is typical of a 'small' ski resort in Switzerland. With a highest lifted point of 3111m & a skiable vertical of 1700m, 'small' in Switzerland is a relative term. Providing huge panoramas and wonderful skiing in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Lauchernalp equates to a brilliant day on the slopes.

Powderhounds skied Lauchernalp in a seething blizzard. It was all but deserted due to zero visibility, but face-shots on every turn were the order of the day & a priceless gift despite some suffering in the bitter cold. We found Lauchernalp to be 'paradise found' & an insider’s tip when in the Valais near Brig.

Summary of Pros & Cons for Lauchernalp Ski Resort

Pros

  • Huge skiable vertical;
  • Great opportunities for freeride and powder;
  • High resort base provides exceptional snow quality;
  • Numerous ski-in ski-out accommodation options;
  • Awesome views when the sun shines;
  • Long valley run available (on and off piste!);
  • Lötschen valley villages are authentically Swiss with strong local traditions and intriguing superstitions.
  • Generally no crowds.

Cons

  • Relatively small ski resort;
  • Piste trails are very good, but limited over a few days;
  • Beginner terrain is strangely disjointed between summit and village base;
  • Visibility is poor on most terrain in poor weather;
  • Valley ski trail terminus requires a long walk to the cable car base;
  • Quiet après (but it is Switzerland!)

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Ski resort village is very quiet;
  • Can be some early competition from locals on a powder day!
  • Access by public transport for day trips is easy but driving there can be an ordeal.

Lauchernalp Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

Powderhounds often peruse ski trail maps in the first instance when deciding on where to ski around the world. Whilst some trail maps are a fantasy, often they provide enough key information to give us the nudge to go & visit. Lauchernalp is one such place. To give an insight, what we saw was: a huge skiable vertical(1700m), high elevation (top of 3111m), potentially wide off-piste alpine(between Stafel at 2100m & the Hockenhorngrat 1000m vertical above it), quality ski lifts (new gondola, six seater chair), small enough to be quiet but big enough to have all the services & facilities & a long valley run into an isolated valley with small villages accessible by public transport. All this was true. See the non-fanciful Lauchernalp ski trail map here.

One is quite chuffed when instincts are correct & skiing Lauchernalp, even in near zero viz, was an absolute joy. Face shots on piste after lunch is always a good indication of a wonderful ski hill for Powderhounds! 

See the Lauchernalp Skiing & Snowboarding page for more information & photos.

Where is Lauchernalp (Lötschental), Switzerland?

Lauchernalp is in the spectacular Lötschental valley north of Brig in the Valais, Switzerland. It is possible to drive to Lauchernalp from the south, but from the north (i.e. Bern), the train provides the least complicated way to get there for most travellers. Brig is the gateway to a host of transport links to other ski resorts and the rest of Europe.

On the rail line between Brig & Kandersteg (Bern!), Goppenstein railway station is only 5 minutes from the Lauchernalp ski resort cable car base at the village of Wiler. The train is met by the local route 591 bus which quickly drops one at the cable car terminal in Wiler.

Search & book train tickets to Goppenstein here.

For more information on how to get to the ski resort, see the Travel to Lauchernalp page.

Lauchernalp (Lötschental) Accommodation

Lauchernalp accommodation options include ski in / ski out chalets, hotels and lodges in the resort village located 500m above the valley at the top of the cable car. The best of them is the ski-in ski-out Alpenhotel zur Wildi above the cable car top station. For self-contained apartments, the ski-in Alpine Village Resort Apartments below the cable car top station will do the job.

In the Loetschental (Lötschen Valley or Lötschental) are a range of hotels, chalets and guesthouses. The village of Wiler is within walking distance of the cable car valley station. The town is authentic & has numerous fascinating laneways lined with traditional hay barns & dairies complete with wintering cows inside. Wiler can be reached either by downloading on the cable car or skiing down the lengthy valley trail.

Outside Wiler, the villages of Ferden - Kippel & Blatten bookend the town. Blatten has the best range of hotels & services. Try the Hotel Edelweiss, Hotel Breithorn & the boutique Hotel Nest.

All villages are connected to the Lauchernalp cable car valley station by regular local bus. Alternative lodgings can be had at Goppenstein or further afield at Brig or Kandersteg.

Search & book all Lauchernalp ski accommodations here.

Lauchernalp Bars, Restaurants & Services

Even though a smallish ski resort, Lauchernalp has a full range of services at the cable car top station. In addition to the ticket/info desk & nearby ski school office, full ski, snowboard & equipment rentals, repair, retail & storage is available. A well-stocked food market is opposite the large sun terrace – not that we saw the sun on our visit! A new café-bar- restaurant (Zudili) & an excellent self-serve buffet restaurant rounds out the facilities at the cable car top station.

Further up the hill in the village at least a more bar /restaurants provide options. The Alpenhotel zur Wildi is the pick of them. Yurts are located at two strategic locations (Stafel & Gandegg) in the mid mountain at ski lift connections allowing some shelter & refreshment during the worst Lauchernalp blizzards.

Nearby Ski Resorts

Whilst Lauchernalp has enough diversity & freeride terrain to keep one's interest for several days, other superb ski experiences can be had in the numerous nearby ski resorts. Skiing at Belalp, Aletsch Arena and the uber traditional Rosswald is easily achievable via the train and city of Brig. The larger ski areas of Jungfrau, VerbierZermatt & Andermatt-Sedrun are within a day’s travel by train.

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