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Gletschi Tour

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Fabulous skiing fun for young and old: wide, sunny slopes, the best bits of the Gletschi Experience and detours to the view points combine to make this panoramic ski tour a real highlight.
easy
Distance 38.7 km
2:15 h
3,798 m
3,798 m
2,648 m
1,876 m
The family-friendly circular ski tour takes you through the entire Aletsch Arena and follows in the footsteps of Gletschi, the tiny glacier flea: skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, mini boardercross, the Family Funslope and more – wherever the tiny glacier flea has fun in the ski area, that’s where the Gletschi Tour takes you. What’s more, it includes the view points – ideal for a breather between descents, affording stunning views of the Aletsch Glacier or the Valais mountains. In between, there’s plenty of downhill fun to be had on the wide, sunny slopes of Aletsch Arena’s sun-drenched plateau, and it’s easy skiing for young and old. The tour sets off from Riederalp, although Bettmeralp or Fiescheralp can be chosen as the starting point instead. The Gletschi Tour is marked throughout with blue trail signs with the Gletschi symbol. It’s up to you how you complete the tour: either do it all on one day, or tackle various individual stages while having fun at the Gletschi's Experience stations in between.  

Author’s recommendation

If you want to do the entire Gletschi Tour in a single day with optimum skiing conditions, you should set by off 10:00 at the latest.
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Aletsch Arena AG
Update: December 14, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Bettmerhorn, 2,648 m
Lowest point
Riederalp, 1,876 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Track types

Asphalt 0.65%Forested/wild trail 0.41%Path 0.03%Unknown 98.89%
Asphalt
0.3 km
Forested/wild trail
0.2 km
Path
0 km
Unknown
38.3 km
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Rest stops

Restaurant Riederfurka
Bar-Buvette Moosfluh
Panorama-Restaurant Bettmerhorn
Restaurant Alpenlodge Kühboden
Restaurant Bättmerhitta

Safety information

Visitors remaining on the slopes outside the opening hours of the ski area risk life and limb due to slope-grooming operations and the production of artificial snow. You should complete your last downhill run no later than 15:30 to reach the mountain villages of Riederalp, Bettmeralp or Fiescheralp in good time.

In the early and late season and in bad weather conditions, some lifts or slopes may remain closed. Information on the facilities and slopes in the Aletsch Arena can be found in the winter sports report.

Tips and hints

Aletsch Arena AGF
urkastrasse 39
CH-3983 Mörel-Filet
+41 27 928 58 58
info@aletscharena.ch
www.aletscharena.ch

Start

Riederalp, Hohfluh chairlift (1,927 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'645'274E 1'136'450N
DD
46.377895, 8.027093
DMS
46°22'40.4"N 8°01'37.5"E
UTM
32T 425180 5136495
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Destination

Riederalp, Hohfluh chairlift

Turn-by-turn directions

The circular ski trail starts on Riederalp. Take the Hohfluh chairlift up to Hohfluh view point, from where you make your first descent: begin by heading west (slopes 6a, 7 and 4a ) down to the Riederfurka chairlift, which takes you up to Riederfurka. The next destination is the valley station of the Gletscherbahn Moosfluh (slopes 3a, 8a and 8b). On reaching the top, you can enjoy the magnificent view from Moosfluh view point before tackling the next descent. Next, head east to Bettmeralp (slopes 12a, 12b and 41a) or, to be precise, the training lift there. This takes you so high up that it’s an easy final push to the Wurzenbord chairlift. Take this lift all the way up, then continue on to the Schönbiel chairlift (slopes 50 and 51) and again ride to the top. Now head for the Bettmerhorn cable car (pistes 45, 46a and 46), which will whisk you up to the next view point on Bettmerhorn. Magnificent views of the Valais mountains and the Matterhorn await you there, before you enjoy the descent (slopes 52, 55, 58 and 71) all the way to Fiescheralp. Take the t-bar lift there, which gives you enough momentum at the end to reach the Flesch chairlift. Once at the top, you can look forward to a long, fast-paced downhill run (slopes 74 and 75). Then take the Flesch chairlift again to the mountain station and once again head west from there (slopes 71, 59, 47a and 46): your destination is the magic carpet on Bettmeralp, to give you enough momentum to get to the Blausee chairlift (piste 42). This takes you to the starting point for your descent to the valley station of Gletscherbahn Moosfluh (slopes 18 and 12). Here you can catch the combi-lift back up to Moosfluh view point and can then look forward to the final downhill stage of the Gletschi Tour, ending up on Riederalp (pistes 12a, 13 and 10). 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train from Brig or Oberwald to Mörel-Filet, then on foot to the Riederalp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG). Take the cable car up to Riederalp. 

Getting there

Take Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Mörel-Filet exit, then follow signs for the parking facilities. Proceed on foot to the Riederalp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG), which takes you up to Riederalp. 

Parking

  • Limited parking spaces (charges apply) at Mörel-Filet station. Further parking options are signposted.
  • Large pay multi-storey car parks at the entrance to Mörel-Filet and in the village centre. 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'645'274E 1'136'450N
DD
46.377895, 8.027093
DMS
46°22'40.4"N 8°01'37.5"E
UTM
32T 425180 5136495
w3w 
///snowy.aviation.daylight
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Get a free panoramic map at the cable car stations and info centres of the Aletsch Arena. 

Equipment

  • Ski / snowboard
  • Ski poles
  • Helmet
  • Daypack (approx. 15 litres) with rain cover
  • Ski / snowboard boots
  • Ski socks
  • Warm and durable clothing using a multi-layer system
  • Ski jacket and trousers
  • Cap / headband, scarf, gloves
  • Ski goggles
  • Sun and rain protection
  • Provisions and drinking water, possibly thermos flask with hot drink
  • Phone

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
38.7 km
Duration
2:15 h
Ascent
3,798 m
Descent
3,798 m
Highest point
2,648 m
Lowest point
1,876 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly
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Morning
1600 m 1800 m
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