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Ski and snowboard 55 km of piste in Lötschental between 1968-3111m


here is much to like about the small car-free resort of Lauchernalp in the Lötschental with its beautiful views, sunny terraces and good snow record. It is excellent for beginners and families but also has enough to entertain accomplished day trippers. The lower slopes suffer in the afternoon from being south-facing and the valley run is not open early or late season, but the higher runs, served by a modern gondola, are seriously high and have excellent snow conditions and a good variety of runs and off-piste. The Lötschental was for many years isolated from neighbouring valleys until the railways arrived in the early 20th Century, and through its isolation it developed its own unique customs, including the fearsome Tschäggättä that features in the valley's carnival in February.

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Best of the Slopes

The last part of this 14km run down to Wiler in the valley is often closed, but even so the descent off the Hockenhorngrat as far as Lauchernalp is breath-taking. Take a small detour to the right a few hundred metres down to one of the best viewpoints in the Alps.

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Getting There

By Public Transport

The best destination to access the downhill slopes by public transport in this ski area is Wiler, Seilbahn. Bus stop adjacent to cable car. The resort operates the Snow'n'Rail scheme, providing a discount on the combined travel ticket and lift pass. Click here for details of the Swiss Railways discount scheme.

  • From Zurich the least travel time is 2 hrs 41 mins with as few as 2 changes going via Bern / Goppenstein.
  • From Basel the least travel time is 2 hrs 47 mins with as few as 2 changes going via Bern / Goppenstein.
  • From Berne the least travel time is 1 hr 34 mins with as few as 1 changes going via Goppenstein.

By Road

Park at Wiler valley station to get to car-free Lauchernalp.

Please refer to a map and check local conditions for accurate routing information.

  • The road distance from Zurich is around 187 km and the journey time is roughly 3 hrs.
  • The road distance from Basel is around 184 km and the journey time is roughly 2 hrs 45 mins.
  • The road distance from Berne is around 93 km and the journey time is roughly 1 hr 53 mins.
  • The road distance from Geneva is around 215 km and the journey time is roughly 2 hrs 35 mins.

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Nearby Resorts

Nearby destinations in the region include Kandersteg, Lenk i. S. and Gstaad.

Weather Outlook

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Piste Map for Lötschental

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Accommodation in the Resort & Nearby

  • $$ Alpenhotel Zur Wildi, Lauchernalp (3*) Ski-in, ski-out on sunny car-free plateau with family rooms available.
    +41 27 939 19 89

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