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Mountain biking in the Aletsch Arena

Biking with breathtaking views

Over 100 kilometres of action-packed routes, a spectacular panorama with the Great Aletsch Glacier as the star player, fresh Valais mountain air and the most liberating nature experience in the Alps: welcome to the Aletsch Arena, welcome to your mountain-bike paradise. Whether you’re using sheer muscle power or electrical assistance, you can enjoy a limitless biking experience here and the perfect biking holidays in Switzerland.

 

A biker’s paradise in Valais

There are currently 100 kilometres of bike routes waiting for you in the Aletsch Arena – and there will be 155 kilometres from 2022 onwards. Mountain biking amidst one of the most beautiful mountain panoramas in the Alps is an unforgettable experience. Should tiredness suddenly overcome you on the way, a glance at the Great Aletsch Glacier is sure to give you fresh energy to continue your passionate dash over the fast-paced bike trails.

 

Why the Aletsch Arena is an MTB paradise

In the Aletsch Arena, you have the pleasure of exploring the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site on two wheels, discovering the unique natural scenery with the Great Aletsch Glacier and a whole host of mountains of 4,000 metres or more. Other highlights await you during your MTB adventure in the Aletsch Arena in Switzerland:

  • Varied routes and areas thanks to connection to the Goms region
  • The Stoneman-Glaciara route with a spectacular 4,700 mhd
  • Charging stations for your e-bike virtually everywhere

The following routes await you

The mighty Great Aletsch Glacier meanders through Valais’s imposing mountain landscape. To reach it, you pass by the villages of Bettmeralp, Riederalp and Fiescheralp on some of your upcoming MTB tours. This includes the following action-packed routes:

 

  • From Fiesch to the Märjela valley via Fiescheralp: a challenging 35.76 kilometres, with a Valais platter at the Märjela Gletscherstube as a reward

  • The Moosfluh section of the Stoneman Glaciara: a spectacular ride along the ridge

Your MTB tour will take you along varied trails and over different surfaces. Paved, narrow streets alternate with uneven forest sections or alpine paths. Good to know: in the Aletsch Arena there are MTB routes that are doable for families and beginners as well as advanced bikers. This includes the Fieschertal circuit, for example.

 

by Roland Stauder

Stoneman Glaciara

4,700m altitude difference and 127km of trails: the Stoneman-Glaciara Trail is something else. This spectacular MTB trail takes you along the Great Aletsch Glacier, affording you views of several 4,000m+ peaks such as the Matterhorn, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, and taking you through the narrow streets of historic Valais mountain villages. The route is divided into three stages and leads up to the Moosfluh view point, where the stunning sight of the Great Aletsch Glacier awaits you. For your adventure on the Stoneman-Glaciara Trail, you’ll need one of the two Starter Packages. These offer a choice of items, including a cycling map and a Stoneman-Glaciara drinking bottle.

 

Guided bike tours and courses

Have you mastered the basics of mountain biking, but don’t want to go it alone yet? Then a guided MTB tour is a good idea. Afterwards, you’ll be well prepared for the challenges of the over 100 kilometres of trails in the Aletsch Arena.

 

Bike parks and pump tracks for kids

Mountain biking poses a number of challenges, especially for the little ones – not least because of the changing terrain. In a bike park with a pump track, young riders have the opportunity to develop their personal riding technique. In the Aletsch Arena there is the Iische Park on Riederalp with an integrated flow trail and the Big Air Bag. There you can practise wild jumps and land as soft as a feather. With the highest asphalt pump track in the world and a kid’s trail (flow trail), the Raiffeisen Bike Park Aletsch awaits you on Bettmeralp at 1,970 metres above sea level.

 

Stay overnight in bike-friendly accommodation

To make sure that your mountain-bike holidays in the Aletsch Arena are perfect all-round, it is worth staying in MTB-friendly accommodation. Most of these places will have a bike wash, a bike garage and a mini-workshop. In the webshop, these hotels, holiday flats or hostels are labelled with the corresponding FEWO classification.

 

Rent a mountain bike

Don’t have an MTB of your own or is bringing it too much of a hassle? That’s no problem, because several sports shops in the Aletsch Arena let you rent your mountain bike or e-mountain bike along with all the necessary gear.

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