The three resorts of Riederalp, Bettmeralp, and Fiescheralp are connected by trails, lifts, and shuttle buses. There are 35 lifts and 104 km (65 miles) of runs, a quarter of which are expert and peak at 9,415 feet. A one-day lift ticket for access to the whole Aletsch ski area costs 60 SF; a six-day pass costs 335 SF. All the essentials are in place in these picture-book villages, but don't expect lots of amenities, varied dining choices, or glitzy nightlife.

Swiss Ski School Riederalp. Anyone requiring a ski school up here should contact the Swiss Ski School Riederalp. Riederalp, Valais, 3987. 027/9271001;