Situated in southern Switzerland just beyond the town of Brig is this delightful resort, still awaiting discovery by the British skiers. The skiing area is located close to the the Aletsch Glacier which begins its journey from the Aletschhorn, Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger mountains. Fiesch is no further to drive than either Zermatt or Saas Fee and has a wonderland of skiing terrain to be enjoyed.
The resort has a cable car link to Kuhboden (2212m) and chair lifts up towards Eisenlucke at 2722m. There is a further cable car link to Eggishorn (2926m) with some excellent red pistes linking off the top black run. At the top of the chair lift there are blue and red pistes which link across to Bettmeralp where there is a gondola link to Bettmerhorn (2643m) and some really great and exhilarating red runs either linking back over to Fiescheralp or back down to the resort of Bettmeralp.
The Aletsch ski region with 100km of downhill slopes and served by 33 lifts enjoys guaranteed snow with superb skiing opportunities which are laregly for red and black run skiers, although there are plenty of gentle blue slopes just above each of the middle cable car stations such as Fiescheralp and Bettmeralp.
One of our "roving reporters", Maurice Vane, visited Fiesch during February of 2005 and was suitably impressed with the wide range of runs available. Maurice has skied most of the European resorts - and some in the USA - and found Fiesch offered "something for everyone". He and a group of colleagues stayed in the charming and typically Swiss Hotel du Glacier where the food is as imprssive as the well appointed bedrooms.&PIC&
Beyond the peak of Eggishorn is the Grosser Aletschglatscher which is Europe's longest glacier and which begins its journey behind the Jungfraujoch and Eiger mountains.
The village of Fiesch is one of those idyllic Swiss villages that you usually see on the cover of a box of chocolates and begin to believe such a lovely place does not exist. Yet it does and from the moment you arrive at the village you will be spellbound. There is plenty of nightlife, hotels with their own music and evening entertainment, bars, a large indoor heated swimming pool, indoor tennis as well as a sports hall for numerous other activities. There is cross country skiing, snowshoe adventures and tobogganing.
The drive is one of 10/11 hours via Basle, Berne, Montreux, then through the Valais to Sion and Brig. Snow chains must be carried and may be required for the final part of the drive following heavy snowfall.