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Leukerbad

Leukerbad Ski Resort Guide

Leukerbad, Switzerland

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length52km32 miles
Highest Lift2,850m9,350ft
Resort Height1,410m4,626ft
 Nearest AirportsSion and Geneva
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Leukerbad

It doesn't matter whether you're sports mad, a wellness fan, in search of peace and quiet, or more family-oriented. The largest thermal spa and wellness resort in the Alps offers a wide range of relaxation options and activity programs amidst the fascinating Valais mountains at approx. 1,400 metres above sea level.

Summary

The Swiss ski resort of Leukerbad is in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 1,410m4,626ft, with 52km32 miles of marked runs.

Leukerbad has direct access to 52km32 miles of downhill skiing, with 18 marked pistes, served by a total of 11 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,850m9,350ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Leukerbad?

The next notable snow forecast is 29cm11in, expected on 26 October, with around 31cm12in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Leukerbad Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 7 23km14 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 8 24km15 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 5 6km4 miles
Downhill
Total Length
52km32 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
30km19 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
11

Altitudes

Leukerbad Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,850m9,350ft
Lowest Piste1,410m4,626ft
Resort Altitude (Leukerbad)1,410m4,626ft
Max Vertical1,440m4,724ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Leukerbad
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Snowboarding
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Apres-Ski

Leukerbad Overview

Leukerbad's curative waters have been well known since Roman times. Every day 3.9 million litres of thermal water flow into the private and public pools. With a total of 22 thermal pools (indoor and outdoor) Leukerbad is home to the largest thermal pool offer in the Alps. In the impressive Burgerbad complex visitors can enjoy 11 pools with temperatures between 28° C and 44°C, looking up at the mighty peaks all around, such as the magnificent Balmhorn (3699m) from the outdoor pools. Winter sports haven't been around so long, but there have been ski lifts here for more than 50 years. They've recently been upgraded in part but with a large part of the clientelle of this resort here for the hot water, not the snow, the slopes are often delightfully quiet. The mixed ages of clientelle, give Leukerbad coupled with the smart town and impressive scenery make Leukerbad a rather cosmopolitan destination.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Leukerbad is 11km7 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Rinderhalde FIS', which is 2km1 miles in length.

Skiing

There are two drag lifts by the village so most skiers and boarders past beginner level take the cable car across the valley up to the bigger ski area above with 50 km of slopes of all levels of difficulty (but mostly reds and blacks), including some World Cup training runs. Six drag lifts a chair and a cable car connect the skiing areas of Torrent and Albinen. From the top at 2610m there are spectacular views over the Alps with their 4.000m peaks.

The heart of the ski area is the Rinderhutte, above the treeline at 2340m in the centre of a giant powder field, where seven lifts arrive or depart, including the top of the main cable car up from resort. Most of the ski lifts from here are drags. Experts should carry on up lifts F to the top where they'll find a succession of black trails (Numbers 3, 4 and then as you hit the treeline, hopefully not literally, 5) that can take them quickly down the full 1,200 metre vertical to resort. Intermediates can do the same thing over a longer, less steep route, from the top of lift F - taking red runs 7, 11 and 12 in succession.

There are plenty of off piste and tree skiing opportunities around Leukerbad's slopes. The best route up to get maximum vertical is to take the cable car up to Rinderhutte, then drags F and H in succession to reach the top ridge. From there, after a little hike, it's possible to make a variety of top to bottom descents, starting with the open powder field before dropping down in to the trees above the resort. To find your way, hire a guide.

Leukerbad operates a 18km high altitude cross country loipe at Gemmipass at 2350m, served by its own cable car separate to the downhill ski area.

There are three different access points to the main slopes, a cable car and a gondola at separate departure points. Ask the ski bus driver to take you to the best on the day.

In December 2008 a new detachable six-seater chairlift was be introduced on the Torrent as a replacement for the two existing ski lifts. What's more, we shall be making a couple of adjustments to the slopes which will result in a brand new blue piste.

Leukerbad offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate skiers.

Snowboarding

Fun Park with 3 kickers, 4 rails, a box and various other obstacles in natural terrain.

Location and Map

Where is Leukerbad?

This ski resort is in the Swiss Alps in Leuk, Valais.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

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

Geneva, Berne, Annecy, Basel, Milan Malpensa and Chambery 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 11 ski lifts are able to uplift 12,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 10km6 miles of ski runs, with 5 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Leukerbad open?

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

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Mid April.

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

Piste Map

Leukerbad Piste Map
Leukerbad

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Leukerbad, 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 Leukerbad Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Leukerbad

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Aprés Ski

After an active day on the ski runs you can lie back in the outdoor pool and relax in the warm thermal water and let the snow flakes dance all around you: this is the perfect way of experiencing winter in Leukerbad!

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