Active through the Valais winter
Valais offers endless winter sports options: until the end of April, guests can enjoy 2,000 kilometres of ski pistes as well as ski touring parks, secured freeride routes, snowshoe trails and mountain huts for ski tourers. And with the new interactive map on visitvalais.ch, planning your next stay in Valais is easier than ever.
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Freeride in Valais
Martin (14) and Théo (17) Bender love speed. That’s why they spend their winter leisure time skiing – preferably on secured freeride routes. Valais is the perfect place for the two brothers. After all, it’s home to some of the most legendary freeride areas in the world. Several Valais ski areas have established secured freeride itineraries or are venues for international competitions. Upcoming freeride events in Valais:
- 1.-3.03.2019: First-Track Freeride St-Luc/Chandolin
- 8.-20.03.2019: Nendaz Freeride
- 23.-31.03.2019: Xtreme Verbier
A new ski touring park in Val d’Anniviers
Ski touring is in vogue at the moment, and the new ski touring park in Val d’Anniviers offers the opportunity to practise the sport on marked and secured trails. It features five routes in the St-Luc/Chandolin ski area and two in Vercorin. The Anniviers Touring Tracks join the existing ski touring parks in Morgins, Crans-Montana, Torgon, Arolla, Verbier and Nendaz.
A new interactive map of Valais
An interactive map has recently been added to visitvalais.ch. It covers the whole of the canton and makes it quick and easy to plan activities – even for people unfamiliar with the region. The interactive map is divided into the categories of «Activities», «Events», «Offers», «Hotel», «Destinations», «Tips» and «Webcams», giving winter sports fans an overview of the canton’s ski areas, secured freeride routes, children’s snow playgrounds and longest descents. Despite the wealth of information it features, the map remains both clear and intuitive.
5 reasons to spend Easter in Valais
To finish the winter season in style, nothing beats a few last runs up on the slopes. If the sun is uncharacteristically absent one day, treat yourself to a few hours of blissful relaxation at one of our thermal spas. There will also be a host of restaurants ready to spoil guests at the end of a day packed with experiences - delicacies of Valais included.
Tip 1Switzerland’s largest ski area – 4 Vallées
Over 400 kilometres of prepared pistes, freeride routes, snowparks and the legendary «Piste de l’Ours» await winter sports fans in the heart of Valais. The «4 Vallées» ski area comprises four valleys and the six destinations of Thyon, Veysonnaz, Nendaz, La Tzoumaz, Verbier and Bruson.Further information
Tip 2The longest ski runs
The ski areas of Valais boast many iconic runs of spectacular beauty. And what’s more, some of the routes are up to 25 kilometres long!Further information
Tip 3Ski touring to mountain huts
Experience the unspoilt winter landscape of Valais away from the marked pistes and accompanied by a mountain guide. Tackle a climb on touring skis and enjoy the perfect end to a day out in nature: a delicious Valais meal and a night in a mountain hut.Further information
Tip 4Snowshoeing around Crans-Montana
The Aminona-Aprili circular snowshoe hike leads through unspoilt nature close to the winter sports resort of Crans-Montana, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding 4,000-metre peaks and the Rhone valley. Along the 8-kilometre route, mountain restaurants serve Valais specialities.Further information
Winter in Valais in figures
- More than 2,000 kilometres of pistes
- 29 ski areas at 1,500 to 3,885 metres above sea level
- 7 ski touring parks
- Ski runs of up to 25 kilometres in length
- Ski resorts open 124 days per year on average