Escape To Valais!

Dear journalists,

Escape to Valais! Not physically, of course, in the current circumstances, not just yet; your next trip to Valais in person needs a little more patience. But since May 1, it has been possible for you to make a virtual journey. We invite you to visit an authentic Valais chalet. Once inside, you can try to solve various puzzles – with the assistance of Professor Matt Erhorn at your side and with the help of your wits and knowledge of the region. Your goal: Farinet’s treasure.

We would like to bring Valais to you at home in other ways, too. How about some recipe ideas, for example? Or some interesting articles? You’ll be surprised – and inspired! We are also venturing a look at summer, with news for you from the worlds of cycling and mountain biking. All in the spirit of “Dream now – travel later”.

Would you like to find out more about Valais? Don’t hesitate to contact us: we would be delighted to provide you with further information or organise interviews.

Escape To Valais

Escape To Valais

On May 1 we have launched “Escape To Valais”, an online escape game. An authentic Valais chalet full of riddles awaits you for a virtual visit. Discover fascinating facts about Valais and solve the puzzles to finish the game in the shortest time possible. Once you reach Farinet’s treasure, there are wonderful prizes to be won. Enjoy the game… good luck!

Valais from your home

Valais from your home

The escape game is not the only way to explore Valais from the comfort of your home. Read articles about Valais or stories about its people, for example, or listen to some Valais music. If that whets your appetite, find inspiration in our wide selection of recipes to prepare a tasty meal. Top tip: asparagus is currently in season.

asparagus on a plate

The routes of the Road World Championships

The routes of the Road World Championships

How about we take a look at summer, in the hope of welcoming you to Valais then?

The UCI 2020 Road World Championships are due to take place from 20 to 27 September in Aigle and Martigny. The various routes will cross the Rhône valley, linking the two towns. Come and watch the thrilling road races, which finish with a multiple climb to the Col de la Petite Forclaz: an ascent of 400 vertical metres over a distance of four kilometres, to be looped seven times.

The new bookable package “The routes of the Road World Championships” offers a wonderful opportunity to cycle trails through the vineyards of the Rhône valley, to climb up to iconic Alpine passes and explore spectacular landscapes. From your hotel in the Martigny region, ride the roads that will host the UCI 2020 Road World Championships as well as some of the most beautiful cycle routes in Valais.

In order to showcase the bookable package and the routes of the UCI 2020 Road World Championships, we are organising a press trip from 26 to 30 August 2020 in collaboration with the canton of Vaud. Among the highlights is the climb up to the Sanetsch Pass, one of the finest in the Alps – a real insider tip. Interested cyclists can find the detailed programme of the press trip by following the link on the right. If you would like to join the trip, please contact us before 31 July.
Covid-19 measures in place at the end of August will determine if the trip takes place and in what exact form.

Cyclist, Petite Forclaz, Valais, Switzerland

New mountain bike offers

In addition to the bike package above, there are also two new bike offers.

Valais Bike
Starting in the spa resort of Leukerbad, set off to explore the finest singletrack in Upper Valais thanks to the new Valais Bike tour. Three days of top-class mountain biking guarantee high thrills in breathtaking landscapes. The package includes spa admission, daily luggage transfers and cable car ride, and promises an unforgettable experience.

Best of Valais with a guide
Explore the best of Valais in the company of a local mountain bike guide for an unforgettable day out. Whatever your level of experience and whatever your taste – from hard riding to gourmet breaks, from enduro to e-bike – any combination is possible. Book two nights at any of the 17 Valais resorts on offer, and simply follow the guide!

Mountainbike in summer, Leukerbad, Valais, Switzerland

Haute Routes by e-bike

Enjoy all the charm of the Swiss Alps on one of the e-bike experiences offered by the company E-MTB Swiss Alps. The choice includes the iconic Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt; the  Petite Haute Route from Hérémence to Zermatt; the Family&Friends Haute Route; and the Haute Route des Glaciers from Crans-Montana to the Great Aletsch Glacier. In all cases, qualified guides lead you through spectacular alpine landscapes. Over the course of several days, among family or friends, you will ride along the finest singletrack trails surrounded by 4,000-metre peaks. You’ll sleep in accommodation typical of the Alps, and will even have the chance to relax in a hot tub at 2,000 metres above sea level as a reward for your efforts.

EMTB, 2019, Valais, Switzerland

Did you know?

Our suggestions

  • Tip 1

    E-bike routes

    Electric mountain bikes offer a pleasant alternative way of exploring, and are suitable for riding on any of the region’s mountain bike trails. A wide choice of routes will take you to all the most beautiful spots in Valais: through pristine natural landscapes, high above deep valleys, through fragrant forests and up to panoramic vantage points.

    Further information
  • Tip 2

    Bike transport: Resabike

    This online platform allows you to book your journey with your bike on one of the many bus routes that offer a bike transport service, provided by vehicles equipped with bike racks or special trailers. During the main summer season more than 40 bus routes allow you to travel with your mountain bike.

    Further information
  • Tip 3

    Vineyard Trail Valais

    The Vineyard Trail between Martigny and Leuk is the best way to explore the vineyards of Valais. There are three different versions: for motorists, for cyclists and for walkers. The routes lead for more than 82 km along the south-facing slopes overlooking the Rhône valley, passing through historical villages and ancient vineyards. The gentle itinerary follows the contours of the hillsides and reveals magnificent alpine views, with opportunities for tastings en route.

    Further information


Meet two Valais cyclists who find ideal training terrain in their region.

Simon Pellaud

Date of birth: 6 November 1992

From: Chemin (VS)

Activity: Racing cylist

Achievements: Swiss under-21 champion, 2013
Winner of the 9th stage of Tour of Hainan (China) 2018 with the Swiss team
Best Climber and Combativity Awardin the Tour de Romandie 2019

Further information

Simon Ruff

Date of birth: 19 May 1983

From: Törbel (VS)

Activity: UltraCycling racer

Achievements: World UltraCycling champion in 2011 and 2018

UltraCycling involves endurance cycling races longer than 300 kilometres. Simon  Ruff’s longest race to date was 2,200 kilometres.

Further information

Valais in figures

• 300 sunny days a year
• 45 summits above 4,000 metres
• 8 AOP and IGP products
• 15% of Swiss asparagus production
• 1928 tons of Raclette AOP in 2019
• More than 50 grape varieties
• 2,000 km of cycling routes
• 1,500 km of mountain bike trails