Situated at an altitude of over 2000 metres, Bettmeralp is a car-free holiday resort nestled in a ring of mountains that could not be more impressive. The panorama changes daily, depending on the light, clouds or sunlight.
The air is clear and pure, the nature is authentic and the silence is absolutely soothing. And close by, hidden behind the Bettmer ridge, lies the largest glacier in Europe: the Aletsch Glacier, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Goms valley with its lovely villages is easily accessible by train and can be explored by hiking or by bike. There are plenty of restaurants on the way if you decide not to have a picnic.
The Brig region offers a great variety of cultural and recreational sites such as the Stockalperschloss, thermal and wellness complex “Brigerbad”, the leisure pool “Geschina” and much more. If you fancy a bit of Italy, visit the Saturday market in Domodossola. From Brig you can reach it in about 30 minutes by train. Or you can drive by car over the Simplon Pass, past Gondo to Domodossola.
Bettmeralp in summer
Chalet Käthy is an ideal starting point for hikes and excursions into the surrounding mountain scenery. If you are more of a dynamic active holidaymaker, you can ride the bike to approx. 100 km of signposted routes over rock and hill. Or you can take up the challenge and decide to go paragliding. The view from a bird’s eye perspective is spectacular!
From the “Käthy” you can see the public tennis court and the ping-pong table (bats and ping-pong balls are available in the chalet).
If you’re lucky, you’ll see chamois, deer, marmots, rabbits or foxes on one of your walks through the Aletsch Forest in addition to the gigantic Aletsch Glacier. Be sure to take a pair of binoculars with you on the hike. This way you can also spot the different bird species.
In late summer, when the leaves of the blueberry bushes slowly turn red, their berries ripen, which want to be picked, and mushrooms are waiting to be found.
Other opportunities to get active: fishing, badminton, golfing on the Riederalp, mini golf, rope park, SUP, climbing or glacier tours. You can also sign up for the half marathon. This is considered one of the most beautiful half marathons in the Alps with views of the Great Aletsch Glacier and the four-thousand-metre peaks of the Valais and takes you up to the Bettmerhorn.
Bettmeralp in winter
In winter, the Aletscharena (Bettmeralp, Riederalp and Fiescheralp) with 104 km of slopes, 2 sledging runs, 1 natural ice rink (next to the chalet “Käthy”), 1 cross-country ski trail, snowshoe trails and a snowgarden is the perfect destination for winter sports enthusiasts and families with children. And for those who want to be. The Aletscharena is a snow-sure ski resort, as the slopes are all above 2000m. And if the natural snow does not work out completely, the snow-making system ensures safe winter operation. The young people will enjoy both the fun park and the halfpipe and will bend down the slopes more safely from day to day.
Directly in front of the chalet “Käthy” (exactly 30 steps!) strap on your skis and head down to the chairlift. And after the slide closes, you drive back right to the house. You can, of course, make your last stop in the Restaurant/Bar Walliserstube before heading home, where you definitely take off your skis in front of the “Käthy” and let them rest until the next day. Other leisure activities in winter: night skiing (twice a week on the Blausee chairlift, possible until 21:00), badminton, tennis, swimming, sledging or wellness.