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Family holidays at the Aletsch Glacier

Families welcome

The Aletsch Arena at the heart of the fabulous Valais mountain scenery is the perfect place for family holidays in Switzerland. In winter, kids zip down the beginner’s slopes of the beautiful ski area, and in summer they and their parents go for hikes and walks on the hiking paths or themed trails specially tailored to families. But that’s not all, by any means. There’s so much more awaiting you and your family in the Aletsch Arena.

Just watch your children’s eyes light up with excitement!

Welcome to the paradise for family holidays, welcome to the Aletsch Arena

They’ve won many awards between them, the three resorts of Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Fiesch. For years now, they have earned the right to bear the “Family Destination” label of the Swiss Tourism Federation. This stamp of quality is awarded to holiday resorts and destinations that cater specifically to the needs and wishes of children and the adults looking after them.

So what makes the Aletsch Arena with its resorts Riederalp, Bettmeralp, Mörel-Filet, Lax, Fiescheralp, Fiesch and Fieschertal so perfect for adventure-filled family holidays? That’s easy – for instance, there’s a huge range of activities for kids. Another plus: Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Fiescheralp are all car-free! This makes the villages safe places for children to play. What’s more, some of the 300 kilometres of walking and hiking trails in the Aletsch Arena are pram- and stroller-friendly. In winter, you and your family are hardly out of bed before you’re back having fun on the slopes. Because they’re right on your doorstep or just a few steps away.

As you can see, the Aletsch Arena has created ideal conditions in the areas of infrastructure, experiences and services for unforgettable, action-packed family holidays in Switzerland.

The Aletsch Arena welcomes you and your whole family to the Valais holiday paradise. The following experiences await you:

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Summer adventures

See the imposing Great Aletsch Glacier with your own eyes, even touch it on an exciting glacier tour, learn something new on one of the themed trails or grill a sausage or two with family and friends at one of the many barbecue areas: summer holidays in the Aletsch Arena are packed full with experiences and adventure.

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Family-friendly businesses

For years, the Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Fiesch resorts have proudly displayed the Swiss Tourism Federation’s “Family Destination” label. This stamp of quality is awarded to holiday resorts and destinations that cater specifically to the needs and wishes of children and the adults looking after them. A number of partner businesses in the Aletsch Arena, such as hotels, holiday flats and restaurants, also boast the label and help to make the Aletsch Arena one of the most popular destinations for family holidays in Switzerland.


the mascot

Blue skin, bright red shoes and, on his equally red nose, a Swiss cross: Gletschi, a glacier flea, is the mascot of the Aletsch Arena. Gletschi is there for the kids during their unforgettable family holidays in the Aletsch Arena.

Kids' activities

Family holiday or not, parents are entitled to some time to themselves – but at the Aletsch Arena, they can even get multiple opportunities. That’s because there’s a whole bunch of kids’ activities and youth programmes for the youngsters to enjoy. With their kids under professional supervision at all times, there’s no need for the parents to be present. 


Gletschi programme

Tons of fun, a hint of adventure and new friends – that’s what the Gletschi programme is all about. Join in the kids’ activities in the Aletsch Arena for a whole lot of exciting adventures with new friends, e.g. goat trekking, a miniature golf tournament, the herb tour and much more.

Admission to the programme, which changes weekly, is free of charge for all children aged 4–12 on presentation of the Guest Card. Registration is possible at any of the Aletsch Arena Info Centres.

The Gletschi programme for the coming week is published on Fridays.


Date Weekday Programme Time of day
4.7.2022 Monday Miniature golf tournament Morning
4.7.2022 Monday Adventure Forest Afternoon
5.7.2022 Tuesday Painting Morning
5.7.2022 Tuesday Aletsch Glacier Experience Exhibition Afternoon
6.7.2022 Wednesday Scavenger hunt Morning
6.7.2022 Wednesday Rope Park Baschweri Afternoon
7.7.2022 Thursday Buttermaking Morning
7.7.2022 Thursday “Chritterhägsli” Afternoon
8.7.2022 Friday Goattrekking Full day

Youth Programme

How amazing when there’s so much going on during the holidays! The Youth Programme in the Aletsch Arena is tailor-made for older kids and teens wanting a good time doing lots of different things. Technique training, exciting sports tournaments, thrills and no end of fun – this youth programme is packed with entertainment! 

The youth programme takes place twice a week and is for kids and teens between the ages of 11 and 18. Below you can see which activity takes place on which day. The programme is free of charge, however some activities involve rental or material costs. 

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Places and paths for families

Children are utterly spoilt for choice during their holidays in the Aletsch Arena. They can let off steam and make new friends in the playgrounds, and they get acquainted with pure nature on one of the hiking trails designed especially for children. By the way, some of the trails are easily accessible with a pram or pushchair. 


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Family skiing

  1. With the "Ski for free" promotion, Aletsch Bahnen offers children and young people up to the age of 20 a free ski pass for fun on the slopes every Saturday during the winter season.
  2. Families benefit from attractive discounts when buying family ski passes during their holidays in the Aletsch Arena. The pass for the third child and each additional child up to 16 years of age living in the same household is free of charge – regardless of whether one or both parents are present.
  3. If parents or a babysitter are taking turns to look after small children under 6 years, they can use the same ski pass (1–21 days). 

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Winter adventures

Lasting memories are created in the family ski area of the Aletsch Arena. Be it the first uncertain metres on skis, building a snowman or a snowball fight. Given its altitude, there’s guaranteed snow in the Aletsch Arena, making it the perfect place for skiing holidays in Switzerland.

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