Rosswald Ski Resort

Rosswald ski resort.
Ski Rosswald.
Rosswald ski resort.
Folluhorn looms over Rosswald ski resort.
Rosswald is a short bus trip from Brig railway station.
The gondola at Ried-Brig travels 800m vertical up to Rosswald.
Rosswald has a high ski and village base of 1819m.
Rosswald's slopes are deserted during the week.
Rosswald skiing.
The village at Rosswald is compact and with several bars.
All Rosswald ski lifts are T-Bars.
Restaurant & bar at Fleschboden on Rosswald.
Big mountain freeride terrain is available at Rosswald.
Off piste powder from Rosswald's upper lifts.
Rosswald ski school.
Rosswald is in a spectacular location above the Rhone valley near Brig.
Small chalets abound in the traditional Rosswald village.
Rosswald has ski in ski out hotel accommodation (& American Indians!).
Rosswald is a classic & traditional Swiss ski resort experience.
Ski Rosswald.

Rosswald Ski Resort

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  • Rosswald Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1819m – 2536m (717m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (4)
    1 Gondolas
  • Ski Hours
    December to April
    9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 20km
    Longest run – 3km
    Advanced - 55%
    Intermediate - 20%
    Beginner - 25%

    Sled run - 9km long
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Adult - CHF40
    Child - CHF23
    Child u/7yr - Free

Rosswald Ski Resort Switzerland

Rosswald in the Valais is an uber traditional Swiss ski resort towards the Simplon Pass, with towering views over Brig and the Rhone valley.

Rosswald is a fun resort for a leg warmer prior to bigger challenges, or on a powder day for endless freeride laps off the top lift below the Folluhorn.

Pros & Cons for Rosswald Ski Resort


  • Amazing village perched on a ridge above the Rhone valley;
  • High base area with reliable snow;
  • Very good lower piste trails for beginners and families;
  • Upper mountain perfect for advanced riders seeking powder;
  • Uncrowded mid-week;
  • Good value for money on a powder day;
  • Long (9km) sledding run to gondola base;
  • Easy access from Brig train station;
  • Ski in lodging options for a cheap, easy true Swiss chalet ski experience.


  • Overpriced if the off-piste is variable;
  • Can get busy on weekends;
  • Ski lifts are all old.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Village and resort is über traditional;
  • Ski lifts are all T-bars which can prove tiring and challenging to some snowboarders, particularly beginners;
  • The village is small and quiet.

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

Access to Rosswald is via a car park & gondola above the small town of Ried bei Brig, at a tad over 1000m elevation. The gondola transports one to the ski resort at 1819m and into another world. A short walk up between restaurants gets you to the main lower ski slope. The cutesy village laden with chalets spreads around the base of the ski slope with glorious Rhone valley views in all directions.

A line of 3 successive surface lifts provide the uphill motion serving the alleged 25km of lovely piste trails. We say alleged because that distance is a resort stat & is probably stretching the truth. If it is 20km we would be surprised! See the Rosswald ski trail map here.

The beginner and intermediate piste from the lower lifts is extremely busy on a weekend, but the higher lifts, advanced trails & off-piste are all but deserted. On a real powder day, the off piste & freeride terrain is amazing, particularly on the nearly 500m vertical from the top lift below the Folluhorn peak.

Paying CHF40 (18/19 price) may seem a bit steep given the old surface lifts, but on the right day, in the right conditions, Rosswald rocks. If in Brig and needing a leg warming day at a ski resort that hasn’t changed much since last century, Rosswald is for you. On a powder day with some good visibility – ditto. Whatever the conditions if there is good visibility, you will not be disappointed by the views.

Where is Rosswald, Switzerland?

The Rosswald ski resort sits pretty on a prominent ridge over the Rhone valley in Switzerland. Rosswald is above the major Valais city of Brig. The base of the ski resort gondola is at Ried-Brig, a windy 9km south of Brig.

The route 632 bus makes the journey to the Ried-Brig (Rosswald Talstation) from outside the Brig train station. Getting to Brig is easy by train from just about anywhere in Europe, but particularly from Milan, Zurich, Geneva & Bern which are the major gateway airports to the area .

Search & book train tickets to Brig here.

Rosswald Accommodation

The panoramic views of the deep Rhone river valley lined with snow clad peaks at Rosswald puts it in our heads to always try and spent a night up in the ski resort. There are a host of traditional chalets for rent in the resort village making it one of the easiest resorts to get a true Swiss chalet experience without breaking the bank.

One rifugio-like ski-in ski-out lodging option in the resort village is the Restaurant Fleschboden at the top of the first T-bar. Access is on ski from the T-bar or via a winter walking path. Rooms are simple & facilities are shared. Great for a group packing light for a long après session & first tracks in the morning.

Search & book Rosswald ski accommodation here.

In Ried-Brig village below the gondola base, a couple of hotels near the Simplon Pass road are probably best avoided due to road noise. Of course, the city of Brig always has availability at several comfortable & convenient hotels near the train station in the centre of town.

Rosswald Activities

The sledding trail at Rosswald is served by the gondola & is a butt-numbing 9km in length. The final stage of the sled trail is at quite low elevation & does struggle for snow early & late in the season. A range of winter walking trails wide their way around the resort, all taking in the eye-wateringly awesome vistas.

Nearby Ski Resorts

The upper Rhone valley around Rosswald has a plethora of great resorts within a easy day trip from Brig. Great family-oriented ski resorts like Aletsch Arena and Belalp are counterpointed by the more serious proposition of Lauchernalp - to name but a few!

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