The main ski and snowboard area near Brig is Belalp, although Rothwald and Rosswald each provide about 25km of additional piste. As well as 60km of piste at Belalp, from the Hohstock at 3112m you go through a 160m long tunnel out to a fabulous area for freeriding. The resorts can all be reached quite quickly by bus from the town. In addition a number of the major resorts in Switzerland are within an hour of Brig by public transport.

Ski Area Brig
Resorts Belalp, Blatten b. Naters, Rosswald, Rothwald
Ski Region Valais
Piste (km) 60
Top run (m) 3100
Bottom (m) 1501
Max Drop 1599
Snow’n’Rail Y
Black (km) 20
Red (km) 34
Blue (km) 20
Lifts (#/hr) 9870
My Rating 4
Alpine 3
SnowPark 3
Nordic 5
Hiking 2
Family 4
Apres Ski 4
Free Ride Y
Snow making Y
Fun park Y
Snow park
Half pipes

In Brief

Brig Station
Brig Station

Brig is an elegant small town at the start of the Simplon pass, high up in the Rhone Valley. The town has excellent rail and bus links to a number of winter sports destinations including the Aletsch Arena (e.g. via Fiesch), Belalp, Goms, Saas-Fee, Andermatt, Lauchernalp and Zermatt. There is also a thermal spa nearby, but it is only open in summer – however the wonderful spas at Leukerbad are only one hour away.

The nearest significant ski area to Brig is Belalp, reached by cable car from the pretty village of Blatten b. Naters. Blatten (not to be confused with another Valais village in the Lötschental of the same name) has regular buses from Brig station that cover the breathtaking 8km journey in less than half an hour.

Belalp is a small jewel of a ski area, with two bowls under the Hohstock (3226m) and Sparrhorn (3020m) providing acres of  relatively safe and accessible off-piste as well as perfectly groomed pistes to suit all abilities. See the separate post on Belalp for more details.

Useful links:
Aletsch Arena,

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Areas with the Highest Runs

The Jungfrau winter sports region

25 over 2500m – full resort details at Swiss Winter Sports web site.

Area Resorts Top (m) Piste (km)
Matterhorn ski paradise Zermatt 3900 313
Saas Fee Saas Fee, Saas Balen, Saas Grund 3600 145
Verbier – Les quatre vallées Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz 3330 410
Engadin-St. Moritz St. Moritz, Silvaplana, Sils Maria, Pontresina, Celerina, Zuoz 3303 350
Skiregion Aletsch Belalp, Bettmeralp, Fiesch, Riederalp 3118 239
Lötschental Wiler (Lötschen) 3111 33
Sierre-Anniviers Grimentz, Zinal, Vercorin, St-Luc und Chandolin 3025 230
Engelberg Titlis Engelberg 3020 82
Alpenarena Flims, Laax, Falera 3018 220
Crans Montana Crans, Barzettes, Montana, Aminona 3000 200
Vals3000 Vals 3000 25
Glacier 3000 Les Diablerets, Gstaad 2971 25
Jungfrauregion Mürren, Wengen, Grindelwald 2970 213
Andermatt Andermatt, Hospental 2963 55
Disentis-Sedrun Disentis, Sedrun, Dieni 2903 110
Silvretta Arena Samnaun, Ischgl (A) 2900 200
Lenzerheide-Valbella Lenzerheide, Valbella, Parpan, Churwalden, Lenz 2865 310
Davos-Klosters Davos, Klosters 2844 427
Engadin-Scuol Scuol 2800 80
Leukerbad Leukerbad 2800 60
Savognin Savognin 2713 80
Arosa Arosa 2653 70
Les Portes du Soleil Morgins, Champéry, Les Crosets 2500 650
Anzère Anzère 2500 40


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Longest Runs


Resort Start End Length(km) Drop (m)
Zermatt Klein Matterhorn Zermatt 17 2185
Mürren Schilthorn – Piz Gloria Lauterbrunnen 16 2170
Davos Weissfluhjoch Küblis 14 2014
Gstaad – Saanenland Glacier 3000 Reusch 14 1680
Andermatt Gemsstock Andermatt 14 1519
Wiler (Lötschental) Hockenhorngrat Wiler 13 1692
Saas-Grund Hohsaas Saas-Grund 13 1640
Grindelwald Lauberhorn Grindelwald 13 1370
Evolène Le Mont Rouge Lannaz 13 1273
Engelberg Klein Titlis Engelberg 12 2028
Naters (Belalp Blatten) Hohstock Blatten 12 1790
Fiesch Eggishorn Dorf Lax 12 1770
Flims Laax Falera La Siala Flims 12 1710
Disentis Péz Ault Disentis 12 1594
Wildhaus Gamsalp Grabs 12 1526
Scuol Bergstation Salaniva Sent/Scuol 12 1460
Crans – Montana Plaine Morte Barzettes 12 1273
Grindelwald Männlichen Grindelwald Grund 12 1450
Samnaun   Ischgl Dorf 11 1472
Savognin Piz Martegnas Savognin 11 1470
St-Luc Bella Tola Saint-Luc 11 1371
Lenzerheide Rothorngipfel Lenzerheide Dorf 11 1361
Verbier Mont-Fort Verbier 10 1814
Zermatt Stockhorn Zermatt 10 1759
Zermatt Rothorn Zermatt 10 1457
Grindelwald Oberjoch Gindelwald 10 1438
Meiringen Glogghüs Hohfluh 10 1382
Grimentz Lona Bergstation Grimentz 10 1300
Leukerbad Sattel-Torrenthorn Leukerbad 10 1290
Bergün – Bravuogn Piz Darlux Talstation / Bergün 10 1120
Saas-Fee Mittelallalin Saas-Fee 9 1700
Vals Dachberg Vals 9 1689
Unterwasser Chäserrugg Unterwasser 9 1352
Veysonnaz Greppon blanc Veysonnaz 9 1300
Wiler (Lötschental) Hockenhorngrat Lauchernalp 9 1143
Klosters Skilift Madrisa Bergstation Klosters Dorf Talstation 8.5 1478


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