Belalp - Blatten - Naters
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Visitor reviews for Belalp - Blatten - Naters Ski Resort
December 20, 2013
John Bennett from United Kingdom
Belalp-Blatten is a great place to ski away from the crowds.
It is an authentic Swiss ski experience, car-free above Blatten, with some great black-run and off-piste skiing from 3100m, and long blue/red pistes for the less adventurous.
There are friendly locals and a nice atmosphere. Apres is quiet, as suits a family resort, but the place goes mad during the annual Witches Race in mid-January. There are around 1500 entrants for the race (racers and witches) this year, and a fantastic post-race party in Blatten.
Belalp's skiing has a sunny aspect, but most of the skiing is 2000m-3000m, so snow is good, and there are great views towards southern Valais 4000m peaks. In all, about 65km of piste including the long Blatten home run which also serves as a great toboggan run.
The new Blatten-Kuhmatte gondola lift (SFr17M investment)is open for Christmas 2013 and that will ease the previous long queues at the cable car in peak season weeks.
We loved the skiing here so much that we bought Chalet Petal here on the piste in Tschuggen (1700m), above Blatten. These are the cheapest ski-in/out chalets in Switzerland! We are fielding a team of five witches for the 18 January 2014 Witches Race.
It seems a bad mistake that the new gondola lacks a mid-station at Tschuggen, especially in April when snow is melting. That said there is usually plenty of snow to ski home, and also to ski down to Blatten at the start of each ski day.
It's also great to enjoy the pure Valais air for summer sunbathing, walking, hiking, and climbing, with the Aletsch Glacier (UNESCO World Heritage Site) next to the ski area.
Belalp - Blatten - Naters Ratings
Overall: 3.8. Based on 5 votes and 4 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Belalp - Blatten - Naters.
Public Transport: 4.4
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Belalp - Blatten - Naters, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Belalp - Blatten - Naters, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.2
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.8
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Belalp - Blatten - Naters.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.8
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Belalp - Blatten - Naters, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Belalp - Blatten - Naters is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Belalp - Blatten - Naters relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.6
(1) There are no snow groomers at Belalp - Blatten - Naters, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Belalp - Blatten - Naters are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Belalp - Blatten - Naters is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.6
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Belalp - Blatten - Naters, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.6
(1) Belalp - Blatten - Naters usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.4
(1) The staff at Belalp - Blatten - Naters are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Belalp - Blatten - Naters are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.4
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.4
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.6
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Belalp - Blatten - Naters has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Belalp - Blatten - Naters, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 2.4
(1) Not even a kicker at Belalp - Blatten - Naters, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Belalp - Blatten - Naters, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Belalp - Blatten - Naters has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.4
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 2.5
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.2
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.2
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.2
(1) Overall, Belalp - Blatten - Naters is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.8
(1) Overall, Belalp - Blatten - Naters is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
June 03, 2012
Shmoopoo from Switzerland
Belalp is a mostly unknown jem. With over 60k of runs and off-piste at 3000m there is plenty to occupy your week. We have been for the past two seasons and have our chalet booked now for the next. If you are young and single this may not be for you but it is perfect for the family vacation. Oh and you must try the 7k bob run down to the bottom at Blatten, sledging without the walk, cool!
January 04, 2011
kc from United Kingdom
Belalp is extremely popular with locals and visitors alike and for good reason. This is an outstanding ski area. Some of the runs compare favourably with almost anything else in the Alps. The 6 seater chair lift runs up the main part of the slope, down which there are numerous pistes that feature both technical sections and slopes of varying gradients and width to let it go or show your style as you wish! At the top there are two T bars that offer some excellent challenges both on and off piste. The skiing and the scenery will take away what breath you have left at 10,000ft. The only downside to this resort is the access cable car that is simply too small to cope with demand. Early in the day you have to queue for up to an hour to get to the slopes during high season and parking can be well away from the base station. A new cable car is due in 2014 and not before time. Apart from that gripe though this is an absolute gem.