Tourists wanting to visit the remote place in the19th century had no other option than setting foot on the strenuous mule path. Meanwhile, the village is accessible from all directions, yet at the same time has fortunately lost none of its original charm.
Arolla is your starting point for around 50 hikes, including the Col de Riedmatten, from where you enjoy stunning views and can even be surprised by the appearance of an ibex, marmot or chamois. The breathtaking mountain and glacier landscape and natural farming here is simply remarkable. I00 kilometers of marked routes are open to mountain bikers and fishers can try to get a bite in the mountain lakes. Paragliding is another enjoyable outdoor pastime as well!
The ski resort offers five ski lifts, 47 km of slopes and guaranteed snow until spring thanks to its high elevation. Arolla is also popular for its ski tours and represents a leg of the "Haute Route", which runs from Zermatt to Chamonix. A beautiful cross-country ski trail leads to the Arolla glacier and the Borgne river and, all in all, you have 10 kilometers of well-prepared cross-country trails at your disposal in this attractive region.
Snowshoe walkers also get their fill of enjoyment with over 85 kilometers of safe, marked trails leading through the Val d'Hérens (Eringer Valley) as they discover the natural, almost magic landscapes of this particular valley. Here, tours lead through forests and clearings, past authentic villages with sun-tanned chalets and a number of restaurants - where you’re spoilt for choice with tasty regional dishes.