Winter hikes


Buvette de Loutze über dem Nebelmeer


This is an ideal family hike with its impressive panorama of the Valais Alps. You can never have enough of the superb view before your eyes.




6.84 km


2:15 h


Set off on a hike that offers a fabulous panorama of the Valais Alps. The villages in the plains stand out on the horizon, Sion and its castles come into view, and the Chamoson vineyard forms a patchwork on the slope. The trail climbs through the forest and white meadows towards the café at Loutze. The ascent takes you to the Loutze mountain pasture in the commune of Chamoson, close to Ovronnaz, a small resort, located on a sunny plateau which faces south and overlooks the Rhone valley. Surrounded by the Grand Chavalard, the summits of Petit and Grand Muveran and Haut de Cry with its limestone cliffs, the resort is also known for its thermal baths. Chamoson extends from the Rhone to Muveran and is particularly renowned for its wines.

Turn-by-turn directions

The route begins in the Tourbillon district, on the border of the two towns. It runs through the forest, and then it is open terrain up to the Croix de Loutze. The Dent de Chamosentse overlooks the surrounding area to the north. The Haut de Cry and the Rhone plain are a delight to see along the whole trail. You then follow the road, and this takes you to the Loutze café. With its panoramic view, the terrace invites you to take a welcome break, and you can enjoy Valais specialities there. The same trail then goes back towards Ovronnaz.


Ovronnaz, Tourbillon car park (1359 m) (1359m)


Ovronnaz, Tourbillon car park (1359 m) (1359m)

Author's recommendation

The forest around Tourbillon is home to a wide variety of wildlife. If you go quietly, you may be able to observe them in the early morning.

Technical information












Best time of the year

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec


  • Dog-friendly
  • Scenic
  • Fauna
  • Out and back
  • Refreshment stops available
  • Family-friendly
  • Groomed snow
Getting there

Public transport


Regional train from Sion or Martigny towards Riddes. From Riddes station, take the postbus to Ovronnaz and alight at the “Ovronnaz, Chevalley” stop. The walk from there to the Tourbillon car park is about ten minutes, and this is the starting point for the hike. All information about train and bus timetables is available on


From the A9 motorway, take exit no. 24, “Riddes-Leytron-Chamoson” and follow the signs for Leytron, then Ovronnaz.


Free parking is available at Tourbillon.


Sturdy footwear and walking sticks are recommended. Crampons or snowshoes may be necessary.

Safety information

Conditions vary considerably depending on sun exposure and temperatures. The trail tends to freeze or harden depending on the weather.

Additional information

The Loutze bar is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm and daily during holiday periods, weather conditions permitting. 

+41 79 657 02 00


  • 1:25 000 Du Rhône aux Muverans, édition mpa
  • 1:50 000 St-Maurice carte des sports d'hiver, Swisstopo


This activity is brought to you by Valais/Wallis Promotion