Bella Tola Campsite
Susten, SwitzerlandSite code: SW011
This campsite is situated approximately 50km from two excellent summer ski resorts in Switzerland: Zermatt and Saas Fee.
Zermatt’s Theodul glacier offers 21km of piste to ski during the summer months, with national alpine teams enjoying the fantastic skiing on offer. There is also a newly renovated 990m2 large glacial palace and summer freestyle park with a thrilling ice slide.
As well as summer skiing, there are plenty of other unique outdoor activities to experience making a trip to Zermatt well worthwhile. A must for those with a good head for heights is a visit to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, which offers the highest 360 degree panoramic viewing platform in Europe providing breath-taking views you will never forget.
Lower down, there are 400km of marked hiking tracks and trails to explore, plus 6 mountain bike routes covering 100km. For something a bit more daring, there are dirt scooters to hire which offer an exciting way to speed back down to the valley.
The cableways in Saas-Fee are the gateway to stunning mountain scenery and a whole world of fun! The Allalin glacier offers ideal summer skiing and snowboarding conditions, with an altitude of 3600m and 20km of slopes, including smooth pistes for carvers, mogul pistes for experts and flat pistes for beginners. This is truly a summer skiing hotspot, and it’s not unusual to see the Swiss and other international teams here for their summer training sessions. There is also a freestyle park suitable for all abilities.
Post summer skiing there is plenty of action for those who love the great outdoors. Why not try out some aerial trekking with high ropes and zip wires in the Adventure Forest, or there’s fun for all ages at the Feeblitz toboggan run, where the steepest toboggan run in the Alps hurtle you back down the valley at speeds of up to 40kph!
The Gorge Alpine Via Ferrata is open all year round and is a must for thrill-seekers. Crossing the impressive Fee Gorge is definitely not for the faint hearted, using a combination of zip-lines, hanging suspension bridges, ladders and via ferrata! Back on land, the action continues with scooter biking, offering a novel and exciting way to reach the valley down below.
Just some of the heights you can reach
Number of lifts:
|8 (5 ski lifts, 2 gondolas and 1 chairlift)|
|4 red, 3 blue|
Lift pass cost:
|20/4-24/5 and 27/6-27/11: 84CHF Adult, 71CHF Youth, 42CHF Child
25/5-26/6: 66CHF, 56CHF Youth, 42CHF Child
Youth = 16-19 years. Child = 9-15 years
Distance from campsite:
|50 km (total journey time 3-4 hours)|
Number of lifts:
|6 (x2 cable cars, 1 gondola, 3 drag lifts)|
Lift pass cost:
|Adult 71CHF, Youth 60CHF, Child 36CHF
Youth = 17-20 years, Child = 7-16 years
NB: There's also a one-off charge of 5CHF per pass for a key card.
Distance from campsite:
|46 km (journey time 2.5hrs)|
Whilst we advertise glacier opening dates and times, these are always subject to local weather conditions and availability may be limited during your holiday. Unlike in winter, Summer Ski should be seen as a fun, one-day experience rather than a holiday choice. Please check availability with your Holiday Couriers before setting off for the day.
How to get there
Zermatt is 50km from Camping Bella Tola and is a car-free resort. Private traffic is only permitted up to Täsch (5 km before Zermatt), and the road between Täsch and Zermatt is closed to private transport.
Various car parks (2,900 spaces; 2,100 of them in the Matterhorn Terminal Täsch) and uncovered parking spaces (900 spaces) are available in Täsch. Some of the multi-storey car parks also have outside parking spaces, and offer a taxi service to and from Zermatt.
The Matterhorn Gotthard Railway has shuttle trains which run between Täsch and Zermatt every 20 minutes. A 12 minute train journey takes you to the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt – at the heart of the Matterhorn village.
To get to the ski lifts from the station at Bahnhofplatz you can either walk or take public transport. There are 2 bus lines, a green and a red, which circle Zermatt. The green line is the Skibus which runs every 8 minutes between the train station and the bottom ski lift stations. Or take an electric taxi ride from the train station which costs around 20CHF.
From the bottom lift stations there are 3 lifts to get to the summer ski area -2 Matterhorn Express gondolas followed by 1 cable car from Trockener Steg to the Matterhorn glacier paradise. Please note: The estimated total journey time from Camping Bella Tola to the top of the glacier, including time to park, obtain train tickets, take train, ski hire and gondola ride, is around 3-4 hours. A very early start is definitely required to benefit from the best conditions in the morning.
Saas Fee is 46km from Camping Bella Tola and is a traffic free are. There is a large car park on the outskirts of town, from where it is a pleasant walk along the main street to the Alpin Express lift station which will take you to the funicular rail lift to the glacier. Parking in the summer months is around 15CHF for the day. To reach the glacier take the Alpin Express 1&2 cable cars and then the Metro Alpin gondola.
Please note the total estimated journey time from the campsite to Sass Fee ski resort is about 2.5hrs
The typical climate in during the summer months is between 22-25 degrees in the valleys and is refreshingly cooler on the slopes.
If you’d like to book your ski hire before you set off for the day, your Holiday Couriers can provide details of local ski hire company websites, meaning you can go online, reserve your gear, and you’ll be fitted with everything you need quicker and have maximum time on the slopes.