The hard work on Switzerland begins in Aletsch Arena

18th January 2020, by Chris Gill

Riederalp, one of the three villages on the slopes of Aletsch Arena

Riederalp, one of the three villages on the slopes of Aletsch Arena

Editor Watts and I strayed briefly into Switzerland last week during our stay in the Grand Massif area, but this week the real work on our new book starts. I’m now on a short tour of the Valais that will take me to Saas-Fee and siblings and Crans-Montana, but starts in an area little know in Britain – Aletsch Arena.

I’ve only just arrived, but thought I might set the scene. The area consists of three car-free, south-facing, high-altitude villages. The major one, with a proper little main street lined by shops and restaurants, is Bettmeralp. To the west is the more spread-out Riederalp, which has some lodging at valley level as well as up the mountain. The third, Fiescheralp, is appreciably higher but doesn’t really amount to a village – it has no year-round population, and its lodgings are almost all in the valley village of Fiesch.

Bettmeralp has a proper little main street with one main apres bar.

The area is famous for its views – northwards from a series of high-points overlooking the Aletsch glacier, and south across the Rhône valley to the Matterhorn and other peaks. I’m hoping for weather tomorrow that will reveal these views to me.

On arrival in Bettmeralp on Saturday afternoon, the Rhône valley view was not available. Impressive snow depths, though.

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