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Brig

Brig Ski Resort Guide

Brig, Switzerland

Rated: 2/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners, Snowfall and Apres-Ski.
Total Piste Length39km24 miles
Highest Lift2,600m8,530ft
Resort Height680m2,231ft
 Nearest AirportsSion and Berne
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Brig

Located at an ancient European crossroads by the Simplon Pass, there are many architectural treasures as well as excellent skiing from Rosswald, reached by gondola. Easy access to bigger ski areas at Zermatt and Saas Fee.

Summary

The Swiss ski resort of Brig is in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 680m2,231ft, with 39km24 miles of marked runs.

Brig has direct access to 39km24 miles of downhill skiing, with 80 marked pistes, served by a total of 9 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,600m8,530ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Brig?

The next notable snow forecast is 6cm3in, expected on 18 June, with around 10cm4in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Brig Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 2 4km2 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
1234km21 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 1 1km1 miles
Downhill
Total Length
39km24 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
4km2 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
9

Altitudes

Brig Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,600m8,530ft
Lowest Piste1,820m5,971ft
Resort Altitude (Brig)680m2,231ft
Max Vertical1,920m6,299ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Brig
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Brig Overview

Located at an ancient European crossroads by the Simplon Pass into Italy, the small and picturesque town of Brig was on the route for Napoleon's road building to give his armies better communications around Europe. It is equally well placed today to give skiers rapid access to the major ski centres of the Swiss Valais, including Zermatt and Saas Fee.

Brig boasts many architectural treasures, dominated by the impressive Stockalper Castle, with its three gilded onion-domed towers and galleried court yard. The palace dates from the heyday of the town back in the 17th century under Kaspar von Stockalper, the greatest Valaisian merchant. He established a flourishing salt and silk trade between Milan and Lyons, and even organized the first postal service. Stockalper built his sumptuous palace in the town center. The three square towers form the corners of a great courtyard with three tiers of arcaded walkways. The palace was in the hands of the Stockalper family which had become impoverished, until 1948, when it was fully restored. In summer, every space is filled with flowerboxes.

The heart of Brig today, as for centuries past, runs up the Bahnhofstrasse, until it widens into two squares at the intersection with Rhonesandstrasse, and then Furkastrasse. Each square is focused on a fountain, monument or church. Most of this area is a car-free pedestrian zone lined with old buildings which have a certain Mediterranean flavor. Lined with shops and restaurants it makes a very pleasant base when off the slopes. As well as excellent skiing from Rosswald above the resort, reached by gondola, there are a dozen major ski centres within an hour's drive including Belalp, Riederalp, Bettmeralp, Bellwald, Fiesch and, a little further, Zermatt, Saas Fee, Saas Grund, Crans Montana and Leukerbad.

Skiing

Brig's location at the crossroads of major Alpine travel routes benefits skiers today as it did travellers and traders in the past. There's easy access by train and bus to larger neighbouring ski areas including Belalp and, slightly further on lift inter-connections, Riederalp (2335m), Bettmeralp (2872m), and Fiescheralp (2926m), all on the joint Aletsch Glacier Pass. Slightly further afield but still with an hour's drive are world class Zermatt, Crans Montana, Leukerbad and Saas Fee, the latter included on Brig's season pass.

For the experienced skier, the high Alpine ski-touring opportunities in the area are outstanding. The main 'local' ski area is at Rosswald, a traditional village located at a snow sure 1825 metres and reached by a gondola that departs from Ried-Brig a short distance from the edge of the town. Rosswald's four T bar lifts serve largely wide easy trails above the treeline, with the hamlet's chalets dotted around the bottom of the slopes for ski in accommodation (there are 1500 visitor beds up on the mountain) and cafés , with good views of Brig itself down in the valley below.

This is a nice friendly area for beginners to get started and for early intermediates to improve their technique, whilst mixed parties including more advanced skiers might opt to split up during the daytime, the more experienced tackling some of the major international ski areas mentioned in the vicinity. A regular service bus connects Brig with the gondola base or there is a free car park for those with their own transport. It's possible to buy a lift ticket to include the bus, or not.

Two further small ski areas on the road further along past Rosswald towards the Simplon Pass. One is Rothwald, at 1745 metres where three drags take you up to 2626 metres, the second at the Simplon Pass itself where there are a few road side drag lifts by this high altitude settlement at 2005 metres (base).

Cross country skiers are well catered for with the long trail of the Goms Valley or on the Simplon Pass.

Brig offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

Snowboarding

A 120 metres half pipe was opened on the Rosswald slopes as longb ago as the '97 - '98 season.

The Swiss Ski and Snowboard School Rosswald is the best bet for tuition and guiding in the immediate area.

Location and Map

Where is Brig?

This ski resort is in the Swiss Alps.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Brig is Sion, 60 minutes drive away.

Berne, Geneva, Milan Malpensa, Basel, Milan Linate, Lugano, Annecy, Bergamo and Turin Caselle airports are all within three hours drive.

Sion is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The nine ski lifts are able to uplift 4,400 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 1km1 miles of ski runs, with 4 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Brig open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Brig, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Brig Tourist Office for the latest.

Aprés Ski

Brig's nightlife is generally relaxed and largely limited to hotel bars and restaurants. The Britannia Pub, beneath the Hotel de Londres (bit of an unexplained British flavour here...) is often lively, whilst the 'Schlosskeller' (Castle Cellar) is a good place to check out the local beers and wines in the atmospheric, centuries old Palace. Choices in the pedestrianised centre include the friendly aperetif bar in the Simplon Hotel.

Brig