Pristine nature in Valais: pure, refreshing and invigorating.

Dear journalists,

Between work, current affairs and social life, it is important to take time for yourself and relax. Take advantage of the pure tranquillity of the Valais mountains to slow down and find new energy in an idyllic setting. Discover the “cocooning” hotels of Valais, visit some of our quieter ski resorts or try out our exhilarating ski touring routes. And meet the Valais personalities Kilian Volken, Florent Massy and his dog, Reck, who will inspire you to explore some of the scenic trails of Valais.

Would you like to find out more about Valais? We would be delighted to provide you with further information or organise an interview.

Find your oasis of wellbeing in the heart of the Valais Alps.

Find your oasis of wellbeing in the heart of the Valais Alps.

Valais is often described as perfect for skiing and exploring on foot. But this can also be the ideal setting in which to escape for a while to a private world of blissful comfort, in which your wellbeing takes top priority. “Cocooning” hotels provide just this kind of pampering. Forget the stresses of day-to-day life and relax in a bewitching environment, where pure tranquillity ensures a uniquely refreshing and energising break.

Cabane des Violettes in Crans-Montana, winter in Valais, Switzerland

Small but charming ski areas you’re sure to love.

Small but charming ski areas you’re sure to love.

Valais is home to no fewer than 45 ski areas. These include several small and peaceful resorts full of irresistible charm: since they attract fewer visitors, they offer the exhilarating sensation of gliding down pistes almost all to yourself. Less time queuing for lifts also means more time for skiing: the perfect way to treat yourself to some quality time, far from the crowds and everyday cares.

View from the ski slopes of Nax, Mont-Noble, winter in Valais, Switzerland

Admire the spectacular natural landscapes of Valais on a ski tour.

Admire the spectacular natural landscapes of Valais on a ski tour.

Like to experience the beauty and tranquillity of the Valais winter landscapes in a different way? Ski touring offers a thrilling encounter with nature, far from the crowds and the ski lifts. Beginners can enjoy a first taste of this activity at one of the many ski touring parks in Valais. Experienced tourers can take advantage of qualified guides, who will reveal the region’s finest routes, views and descents. From April 25 to May 1, Valais will once again welcome the world’s biggest ski mountaineering race: the legendary Patrouille des Glaciers. Take the time to try out this increasingly popular discipline for moments of pure magic as you tackle snowy summits framed by a pristine winter wilderness.

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Top Tips.

  • Top tip 1

    Valais wine experiences in winter.

    Winter may not be the obvious season for wine experiences, but several partners in Valais organise wine-related activities that offer enthusiasts the chance to discover new grape varieties and other Valais specialities.

    Find out more
  • Top tip 2

    Immortalise the snowy landscapes of Valais.

    Dreaming of taking the perfect picture? Local photographer Patrick Güller reveals the top photo spots in Valais in winter, with landscapes to take your breath away.

    Find out more
  • Top tip 3

    Experience Valais on one of our press trips.

    We still have places available on our winter press trip from 7 to 12 March on the theme of the pleasures of skiing in Valais. Journalists who would like to try out different ski areas in Valais and enjoy local gastronomic specialities as part of a mouth-watering après-ski programme are warmly invited to take part.

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Portraits.

Meet two fascinating and inspiring characters from Valais who will introduce you to some of the iconic panoramic views of Valais.

Kilian Volken

Year of birth: 1951

From: Fiesch

Activity: mountain guide and ski instructor

Note:  Kilian Volken has been accompanying children on guided treks across the Great Aletsch Glacier for about ten years. With a length of 20 kilometres and containing an incredible ten billion tons of ice, “Gletschi” is the largest glacier in the Alps.

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Florent Massy and Reck

From: Val d’Anniviers

Activity: ski patroller and rescuer

Note: The ski patroller’s golden retriever has undergone training as an avalanche rescue dog.


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Valais in figures

300 days of sunshine a year
45 mountain summits above 4,000 metres
445 cable cars, gondolas, chairlifts and other ski lifts
45 ski areas
403 kilometres of officially approved winter walking trails
117 mountain huts for visitors 
323 kilometres of officially approved snowshoe trails
71 kilometres of officially approved cross-country ski trails
8 resorts with the “Family Destination” label from the Swiss Tourism Federation 
6 thermal spas