Media Trip Family adventures
Resorts: Nendaz & Grächen
Dates: to your own choice during winter season 2017/18 (max. 5 days, 4 overnights)
Number of participants: individual media trip with family
Programme possibilities (to your own choice): Beginners’ park for skiers in Nendaz, free beginner ski classes every Sunday afternoon, snowtubing, dog sledding, Hannigalp sledge run in Grächen, new Hannigalp mountain restaurant, Hotel Gädi Grächen***S (1st prize, Prix Bienvenu – awarded to Switzerland’s most welcoming hotels), new chairlift in Grächen.
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8 official “Family Destinations"
As Switzerland Tourism’s 2013 survey (TMS ST 2013) shows, Valais is Switzerland’s most popular family holiday destination for Swiss and foreign families alike. Families enjoy a particularly warm welcome along with especially family-friendly facilities at the eight Valais resorts that have won the “Family Destination” label: Aletsch Arena, Bellwald, Blatten-Belalp, Crans-Montana, Grächen-St. Niklaus, Nendaz, Saas-Fee and Zermatt–Matterhorn. All fulfil the quality criteria specified by the Swiss Tourism Federation (STF) for resorts focusing on the family market, including a specific commitment to sustainability.
Grächen is the place where fairy tales come true. This village is heaven for families, with an exceptional range of facilities including the SiSu family snow park – at more than 50,000 square metres, the largest of its kind in Switzerland. Four “magic carpets” offer children the chance to enjoy their first sensations of sliding on snow in a fun and safe way. The ski area boasts 44 kilometres of piste, which skiers of all ages can explore in the company of expert professionals. Even the gondola cabins are decorated with fairytale themes: riding up to the slopes is an adventure in itself. At Grächen, facilities have all been designed with children in mind, from the restaurants with play areas to the family-friendly hotels: no wonder Grächen has been awarded the prestigious “Family Destination” label by the Swiss Tourism Federation.
Located at the heart of the ski area of “Les 4 Vallées” (“The 4 valleys”), Nendaz has everything snow sports enthusiasts could wish for. Introduction to skiing by expert professionals, a fun children’s ski and snow play area, toboggan runs, snowshoeing trails, ice skating rink – there’s plenty for all the family. Nendaz boasts the coveted “Family Destination” label, and offers a wide choice of facilities and accommodation especially suited for families. In summer, Nendaz is known for its eight historical irrigation channels, known as “bisses” – hence the region’s nickname of “Pays des Bisses” (“Land of the Bisses”). Footpaths run alongside the channels, which still carry water – offering a total of 98 km of flat and easy waterside walks that children love. In winter, the snow along one of the channels – the “Bisse du Milieu” – is regularly prepared to provide a delightful snowshoe walk.