Lauchernalp Ski Resort

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Lauchernalp Ski Resort in Switzerland is a freeride powder wonderland
Lauchernalp Ski Resort in Switzerland is a freeride powder wonderland
Lauchernalp is all about big, long powder skiing lines in the easy access sidecountry
Lauchernalp is all about big, long powder skiing lines in the easy access sidecountry
Lauchernalp alpine village provides stunning views, great lodging. & ski-in ski-out convenience
Lauchernalp alpine village provides stunning views, great lodging. & ski-in ski-out convenience
The Gletscherbahn at Lauchernalp heads up to 3,100m, fabulous in sunshine ....
The Gletscherbahn at Lauchernalp heads up to 3,100m, fabulous in sunshine ....
...... and in a blizzard the Gletscherbahn terrain can be challenging at Lauchernalp
...... and in a blizzard the Gletscherbahn terrain can be challenging at Lauchernalp
Stafel 6-seater chair connects to an old, but high-speed 3-seater, the only chairlifts at Lauchernalp ski resort
Stafel 6-seater chair connects to an old, but high-speed 3-seater, the only chairlifts at Lauchernalp ski resort
The cable car from Wiler to Lauchernalp village is a lifeline & primary access to the skiing.
The cable car from Wiler to Lauchernalp village is a lifeline & primary access to the skiing.
3,934m Bietschhorn dominates the ridge opposite Lauchernalp ski resort
3,934m Bietschhorn dominates the ridge opposite Lauchernalp ski resort's powder slopes
On piste skiing at Lauchernalp is best for intermediate & advanced riders
On piste skiing at Lauchernalp is best for intermediate & advanced riders
Ski-in ski-out lunch & lodging is splendid at the Berghaus, or further down at Alpenhotel zur Wildi
Ski-in ski-out lunch & lodging is splendid at the Berghaus, or further down at Alpenhotel zur Wildi
Stafel (2,100m) is the top part of the Lauchernalp village and where the real ski terrain begins
Stafel (2,100m) is the top part of the Lauchernalp village and where the real ski terrain begins
Early morning sun filters onto the empty pistes of Lauchernalp, wonderful for fast long descents on the groomers
Early morning sun filters onto the empty pistes of Lauchernalp, wonderful for fast long descents on the groomers
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Lauchernalp's long valley trail has fun, steep freeride terrain to plunder, as well as being groomed for walking, sledding & skiing.
Lauchernalp has lift-accessed sidecountry terrain for superb freeride powder skiing
Lauchernalp has lift-accessed sidecountry terrain for superb freeride powder skiing
A short stroll along the Lötschenpass trail will reap backcountry powder skiing benefits at Lauchernalp
A short stroll along the Lötschenpass trail will reap backcountry powder skiing benefits at Lauchernalp
Wiler village is at the base of the Lauchernalp ski resort
Wiler village is at the base of the Lauchernalp ski resort
Kippel village has a lovely old sector, & can be used as a base to ski Lauchernalp
Kippel village has a lovely old sector, & can be used as a base to ski Lauchernalp
Blatten, at the head of the Lötschental is a pleasant village with great hotels
Blatten, at the head of the Lötschental is a pleasant village with great hotels
Tschäggättä masks are prominent all through the villages of Lauchernalp & the Lötschental
Tschäggättä masks are prominent all through the villages of Lauchernalp & the Lötschental
Ski Lauchernalp
Ski Lauchernalp

Lauchernalp Ski Resort

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Lauchernalp (Lötschental)

Lauchernalp (Lötschental) 3.5/53
Lauchernalp (Lötschental) 3.5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
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Lauchernalp Maps & Stats

    Lauchernalp Ski Trail Map
  • Lauchernalp Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,419m - 3,111m (1,692m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8m
  • Lifts (6)
    2 Gondolas / cable cars
    2 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & 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 Pass Price
    Day Ticket 23/24
    Dynamically priced online
    Adult - from CHF64
    Child - from CHF32
    Child u/6yr - Free
    Magic Pass is valid

Lauchernalp - Lötschental Ski Resort Switzerland

Lauchernalp in the Loetschental, is typical of a 'small' ski resort in Switzerland. With a highest lifted point of 3,111m & a skiable vertical of 1,700m, '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.

The 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 for freeride powder during storms when in the Valais near Brig.

Pros & Cons for Lauchernalp Ski Resort

Pros

  • Huge, leg muscle liquefying skiable vertical.
  • Great opportunities for freeride powder slaying.
  • 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 & intriguing superstitions.
  • Generally no crowds (but we hear it gets busy on a bluebird powder day).

Cons

  • Relatively small ski resort.
  • Piste trails are excellent but limited over a few days.
  • Beginner terrain is strangely disjointed between summit & village base.
  • Visibility is poor on most terrain during low-viz weather (same as most alpine ski areas really!).
  • Valley ski trail terminus requires a long walk back to the cable car base (was a nice walk through the back-streets of the village).
  • Quiet après (but it is Switzerland!)

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Ski resort village is incredibly quiet.
  • Can be some early competition from locals on a powder day and more so on a sunny powder day.
  • Magic Pass is now valid in the resort, which could be good ..... or bad!
  • Access by public transport for day trips is easy but driving there can be an ordeal.

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lifts & 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 (1,700m), high elevation (top of 3,111m), potentially wide off-piste alpine (between Stafel at 2,100m & the Hockenhorngrat 1,000m vertical above it), quality ski lifts (new-ish 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.

Check out the 'non-fanciful' ski trail map for Lauchernalp-Loetschental below.

Lauchernalp - Lötschental Ski Trail Map
Lauchernalp - Lötschental Ski Trail Map

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!

For more information & photos on Loetschental ski lifts, terrain & lift passes, see our Lauchernalp Skiing & Snowboarding page.

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Where is Lauchernalp - Lötschental Switzerland?

Lauchernalp is in the spectacular Loetschental 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 (Spiez & Bern!), Goppenstein railway station is only a few minutes via a narrow road 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.

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For more information on the best ways 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.

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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 & Bietschhorn down the road in Ried, with its Michelin rated restaurant.

All villages are connected to the Lauchernalp cable car valley station by regular local Postbus, which travels in each direction at least once an hour. Anyone using local accommodation gets a guest card allowing free travel on the bus. The reality is that everyone just travels on the bus for free! Alternative lodgings can be had at Goppenstein or further afield at Brig or Kandersteg.

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, there is a full ski, snowboard & equipment rental/repair shop from our local partners at Intersport, plus retail & gear storage is available. A well-stocked food market is opposite the large sun terrace. A new(ish) café-bar- restaurant (Zudili) & an excellent self-serve buffet restaurant round out the facilities at the cable car top station.

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Further up the hill in the village at least three more bar /restaurants provide options. The Alpenhotel zur Wildi is the pick of them, or the Berghaus for its unadulterated views. 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. From Brig, skiing at Belalp, Aletsch Arena and the uber traditional Rosswald is easily achievable via train & bus. The larger ski areas of Adelboden-Lenk, Gstaad, Jungfrau, Verbier, Zermatt & Andermatt-Sedrun are within a ½day’s travel by train.

Reviews

The Powderhounds reviewed Lauchernalp long ago & finally returned in January 2024 to sample its powdery delights on a day where we could actually see the resort! Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read all the reviews.

See how Lauchernalp compares to the rest of the Swiss ski resorts on the Switzerland ski resort ratings page, or compare to the rest of Europe the European ski resort ratings page.

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