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Fiesch - Aletsch Arena

A quiet, little known resort in the Valais region of Switzerland, with wide open pistes and stunning views of the Aletsch glacier

FIESCH FACTFILE

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14 hrs from Calais

1.5 hrs flight time

3.5 hrs from Geneva

3 ski areas

104 kms of piste

67 runs

35 lifts

Ski and boot storage

1/2/3/4/6 bed rooms

en-suite rooms

Fully accessible rooms

Lift

Wifi

Parking

Dining room

Seminar / conference room

Bowling

Swimming, steam bath, sauna and solarium

Sports Hall

Squash & Tennis

Indoor climbing wall

Pizza evening

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The ski area is called the Aletsch Arena, and is named after the Aletsch Glacier, which at 20kms in length, is the longest glacier in Europe.

Fiesch is a quiet and little known resort in the Canton of Valais, just a 3 hour drive or train journey from Geneva and with stunning views of the Aletsch Glacier and the Matterhorn.  The Aletsch Arena boasts kilometres of easy blue and red runs for beginners and intermediate skiers alike, as well as some achievable but challenging black runs for the more advanced ski groups.

 

Skiing starts at Fiescheralp, a car free resort set on a plateau above the town of Fiesch.  The slopes reach from Fiescheralp to Riederalp via a third resort, Bettmeralp.  The ski to Bettmeralp is easily achievable for beginners in their first week of skiing, providing the satisfaction of measurable progression and a great sense on achievement.

Fiescheralp sits at approximately 2200 metres altitude so you can be sure of good snow conditions even during late season Easter holidays.  Uplift from the resort is by a new high speed gondola system which takes you directly to the ski shop and storage lockers.

For those staying at the Sport Resort, the resorts' purpose built sports training centre, we are able to provide hot lunches at the Berghaus, directly on the slopes at Fiescheralp.  Alternatively, packed lunches can be made available for those groups that wish to venture to Bettmeralp or even Riederalp, the furthest resort from Fiescheralp, for their lunch stop.

UNESCO

The area is part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization whose mission is to contribute to the building of a culture of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.

Accommodation in Fiesch

Sport Resort

There are various accommodation options in Fiesch including the Sport Resort, the purpose built sports centre where accommodation is provided in newly refurbished separate buildings or "blocks" which are ideal for groups that like their own exclusive space.  Each block has a mix of rooms from twin bedded rooms to larger, multi-bed dormitories.  Each block also has a dedicated meeting or common room area that is at the disposal of the group for the week.

Meals are provided in a large, canteen style dining room and each day includes an impressive buffet style continental breakfast of breads, cereals, fruit, meats and cheeses, yoghurt and juices.

 

For those staying at the Sport Resort, a hot lunch is provided at the Berghaus located right on the slopes at Fiescheralp.

 

In addition to the accommodation, the Sport Resort has an impressive sports facility which is open to residents and non-residents alike.  The sports facility offers swimming, bowling, indoor tennis, gymnasium, badmington, squash, table tennis, basketball, plus many more activities.

Hotel Accommodation

There are various hotels to choose from but our accommodation of choice if the 3* Fiescherhof, a family run hotel with an adjoining Italian restaurant and pizzeria.  The hotel offers breakfast, a packed lunch and evening meal.  All of the food is prepared by the owner of the restaurant adjoining the hotel, which is known as the best restaurant in town.

 

All of the guest rooms have shower and toilet facilities and the students are accommodated in triple rooms, with the occasional quad room.

 

For groups, there is a dedicated dining area which can also be used for group gatherings.  It also has a projector and screen for film evenings and presentations.

Evening entertainment

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There's plenty to do in Fiesch as you can use the Feriencentre facilities whether you are a resident or not.  Here's some of what's on offer:

  • Bowling

  • Swimming, steam bath, sauna and solarium

  • Sports Hall

  • Squash & Tennis

  • Indoor climbing wall

  • Pizza evening

Don't forget, your week will be rounded off with the presentation of the groups ski achievement certificates which will be organised by your Course Manager.

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