Top free activities and attractions in Valais
The wide variety of activities and attractions in Valais includes many free deals for families and culture lovers. For example, children can ski free of charge at several ski areas, under certain conditions, or take part in free outdoor activities. When it comes to culture, the resorts also have something to suit every taste. Discover our selection of free activities to make your holiday even more fun and diverse for you and your children.
Free skiing and cross-country skiing for children
In many resorts and ski areas, children and even teenagers receive a free lift pass. In Zermatt, you simply order a Wolli Card online and your children up to the age of 9 ski free of charge; on Saturdays, even teenagers up to the age of 16 ski for free. In Crans-Montana, too, children up to the age of 9 ski free of charge when their parents have a valid one-day ski pass. In the Aletsch Arena, meanwhile, parents can spend the Saturday they arrive or depart quietly unpacking or packing – or can simply enjoy a couple of hours of peace and quiet. That’s because with the Saturday “Ski for free” deal, children, teenagers and young adults up to the age of 20 can have a wild time exploring the ski area – free of charge. In the Lötschental valley, too, and in the ski resorts of the Région Dents du Midi, there are free ski days for children, while in the Obergoms – the upper Rhône valley – youngsters can use the cross-country ski trails without paying anything at all.
Free outdoor activities for families
Away from the pistes, too, there is always plenty going on. Children and families love active adventure outdoors – and this need not be expensive. Above Verbier, for example, you can explore the panoramic 3-D sculpture park on foot throughout the year. In the Val d’Hérens, the winter walk along the fascinating Animal Tracks Trail leads past 16 info panels that enable you to “read” tracks in the snow and identify which animals have made them. At the ATC Avalanche Training Center in the Aletsch Arena, you can practise avalanche search and rescue techniques. The large site (150 sq. m), equipped with buried transmitters, is easy to get to on skis, snowboard, snowshoes or on foot. And do you know what Curl’Charlette is? In St-Luc you can find out at a free introductory class. The game is based on classical curling, but instead of stones you use milking stools, the so-called “Charlettes”. Over in the Lötschental valley, meanwhile, at the “Loichiland” high up at Lauchernalp, children enjoy live storytelling: fairy tales are more magical than ever in this idyllic mountain setting.
Free cultural activities
Valais has countless cultural attractions, too, and many of them are free: ideal no matter whether you are with or without children. How about a guided village tour, with the chance to hear entertaining stories from the past and present and visit interesting historical sights? The pretty village of Hérémence, for example, organises them regularly. Many museums, of course, open their doors to visitors free of charge – such as the “Musée de Bagnes”, which stages imaginative temporary exhibitions. At Champéry’s open-air museum, you see a retrospective of village life in the 19th Century in the form of a graphic novel displayed on panels along the main street. The Aletsch Arena, meanwhile, invites visitors to explore a multimedia exhibition called “World of the Great Aletsch Glacier”, which reveals the secrets of the longest river of ice in the Alps. It’s fascinating – and free!