Ski touring by night
Several ski resorts open one of their ski slopes for ski touring in the evening. In case of uncertain weather conditions, we kindly ask you to inform yourself directly at the tourist office about the opening. The ski resorts cannot be held responsible for any accident or eventcauses.
At Champex-Lac, ski tourers and snowshoeing enthusiasts enjoy pride of place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The restaurant of La Breya welcomes everyone for drinks and refreshments.
On Wednesday evenings from 9 January, the piste of Les Masques opens to ski tourers until 9.30 pm – the latest time to head back down. The restaurant at Pas-de-Maimbré is open until 8.30 pm; reservations obligatory for diners.
At La Tzoumaz, ski tourers and snowshoeing enthusiasts can take advantage of the opening of the Savoleyres sector on Wednesday evenings. The Savoleyres restaurant stays open until 9 pm.
At Crans-Montana, the Merbé sector opens for night-time ski touring on the following Wednesday evenings: 9 January, 13 February, 13 March, 10 April. The Merbé restaurant stays open until 10 pm.
At Veysonnaz, the piste of Les Mayens is open to ski tourers on Tuesday evenings. The ascent from the resort of Veysonnaz leads as far as the Mont-Rouge restaurant, which stays open until 9.30 pm.
Ski-touring and snowshoeing enthusiasts can enjoy night-time excursions on Thursday evenings at Nax. Meals and drinks are served at the restaurant La Dzorniva until 10 pm.
Ski tourers enjoy access to a piste at Les Marécottes on Friday evenings until 9.00 pm. The restaurant of La Creusaz hosts a weekly pasta party at which enthusiasts can fortify themselves after their exertions.
At Morgins, ski touring and snowshoeing enthusiasts gather every Friday evening. Equipped with head torches, they can climb as far as La Foilleuse from 5 to 9 pm.
On Wednesday evenings, Nendaz opens the Jean-Pierre piste or the Alpage piste to ski tourers. Enjoy typical dishes such as a fondue, Valais platter or oven-baked cheese “croûte au fromage” at the summit Tracouet restaurant, which stays open until 10 pm.
At Vercorin, ski tourers and snowshoeing enthusiasts gather on Tuesday evenings until 10 pm. For a well-deserved break en route, refreshments are available mid-way at the L’Etable restaurant.
Five rules for hiking on ski slopes
Outside of operating hours of transport facilities, ski slopes are closed and are therefore off limits. Ski tourers must also respect operating hours. Risk of death! Only ski slopes that are explicitly open outside of operating hours may be used for ski touring.
During operating hours of transport facilities, FIS rules apply to all users of ski slopes. The following rules apply specifically to ski tourers:
• Keep to the side of the ski slope when climbing.
• Only climb in single file, not side-by-side.
• Do not cross in places where visibility is restricted.
• Take particular care in the vicinity of mounds, in narrow passages, on steep slopes and in the presence of ice.
• Respect downhill skiers; they have priority
You must follow instructions given to you by ski slope and rescue workers. If the ski-lift operator charges a fee for use of ski slopes, then this fee must be paid in full.
When particular circumstances require, the ski-lift operator may prohibit ski tourers from accessing its ski slopes, even during operating hours.
Quiet zones and conservation areas must be respected at all times. Forest areas must be avoided at dusk and at night (particularly with headlamps).