The Valais winter is about to begin

Dear journalists,

Peaceful, restful and pure white: the Valais winter is on its way. This magical season begins officially on 21 December, and Valais now invites you to discover the latest developments at its new Media Corner. Find out also about our press trips and read our top tips. Whatever your interests – winter sports, food & drink, family holidays, or more – you will find plenty to inspire you in Valais. And take the opportunity to meet Edelbert Kummer and Marcio Morais, two local characters who are passionate about the joys of the Valais winter. 

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

Our new Media Corner

Visit our new Media Corner and find inspiration among the latest winter news from Valais.

Find out what’s new this winter at our brand-new Media Corner. It’s packed with content to inspire you – everything from a new snowshoeing trail in Saas-Fee and the opening of the new Eringer Hotel in Hérémence to a workshop in the Aletsch Arena to weave your own traditional “Tschiffra” rucksack from Valais. You will also find the latest news from Valais, our press releases, our media library, and fascinating stories about local personalities. 

Snowshoes in the snow in Belalp, Valais, Switzerland

Your trip in two clicks

Book your winter break in a couple of clicks.

Thanks to our online shop, you can book and pay for your whole break in Valais at one single website. In just a few clicks, you can reserve your stay at one of the region’s authentic hotels with sweeping views of the Rhône valley, buy an online lift pass to access the ski pistes without having to queue at a counter, and plan an evening’s showshoeing and Raclette adventure complete with tasting of local wines. Check out our deals now for an unforgettable winter break in Valais.

A family fitting their child's glasses, Valais, Switzerland

Our winter press trips

Experience Valais on one of our press trips.

This winter, we offer two experiences that are 100% Valais. The first press trip, from 7 to 12 March, offers skiing enthusiasts the chance to try the Skisafari deal at Nendaz and Veysonnaz (both part of the ski area of “Les 4 Vallées”), to experience the superb skiing in the Région Dents du Midi (“Portes du Soleil” ski area), and to enjoy local delicacies as part of the après-ski programme. The second press trip, from 16 to 19 March, focuses on sustainable, eco-friendly travel, and promises a gentle experience of Valais – with relaxing nights at the wellnessHostel4000 in Saas-Fee and at the Hotel Waldhaus in Bettmeralp, and three daytime excursions of fairy-tale charm. The cherry on the cake: a walk by torchlight under starry skies with a fondue.

Have we managed to arouse your curiosity? Would you like to find out more about our press trips? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Belalp landscape with snow and trees, Valais, Switzerland

Did you know?

Our top tips

  • Tip 1

    Relaxing après-ski at an alpine thermal spa.

    The best reward for sporting exertions? Mountain wellness at a thermal spa. Valais has six: Brigerbad; Leukerbad Therme; Therme51 Hotel, Physio & Spa; Solebad Breiten; Les Bains d’Ovronnaz; and Les Bains de Saillon (currently closed). After an exhilarating day’s skiing – or simply for pleasure – relax in the blissfully warm thermal water. Benefits include soothing and boosting muscles, improving joint mobility, and relieving various chronic conditions. Enjoy a moment of pure wellbeing in the heart of the Alps.

    Further information
  • Tip 2

    Enjoy an epic ski weekend!

    To make the most of a long weekend’s skiing in Valais, explore a new ski area every day. A special package deal offers a choice of accommodation together with the Skisafari lift pass, which provides access to all the pistes of Valais. Choose a new ski area each day – and enjoy an unforgettable adventure!

    Further information
  • Tip 3

    Holidays on a budget.

    Many holiday destinations in Valais lay on a variety of attractive free activities. Some resorts, for example, offer children the chance to ski or take part in open-air activities free of charge, under certain conditions. Others organise free cultural activities. The wide choice in Valais ensures that everyone will find an enjoyable holiday to suit, even on a small budget.

    Further information


Meet two inspiring characters in Valais who showcase the different facets of the Valais winter.

Edelbert (Ed) Kummer

Age: 80

From:  Aletsch Arena

Activity: Snowshoe pioneer

Note: Ed was one of the first people in the Aletsch Arena region to offer guided snowshoe walks back in the 1990s. Now in his 80s, he still enjoys exploring the spectacular natural landscapes with visitors.

Further information

Marcio Morais

From:  Paris

Activity: Ski lift attendant and snow sculptor

Note: “After a day’s work on the lifts at the Télé-Evolène ski area, I often linger a while by the snow sculpture. The tranquillity that descends on the mountain in the evening, the light of the setting sun – these are moments that are just indescribable.”

Further information

Valais in figures

300 days of sunshine a year
45 mountain summits above 4,000 metres
8 resorts with the “Family Destination” label from the Swiss Tourism Federation
445 cable cars, gondolas, chairlifts and other ski lifts
45 ski areas
3,800 metres above sea level: Switzerland’s highest ski areas
403 kilometres of officially approved winter walking trails
117 mountain huts for visitors
323 kilometres of officially approved showshoe trails
71 kilometres of officially approved cross-country ski trails
6 thermal spas