Mountain bike tours

Mountain bike tours

Valais Alpine Bike 7. St-Luc - Grimentz

This stage will give you a chance to discover the Val d'Anniviers in all its splendour, from St-Luc to Grimentz, along with a breathtaking view of Moiry Lake.

  • Difficulty

    medium, S2

    Difficulty: medium
    S2 Many obstacles such as roots, stones and larger steps; tight corners. Certain passages may have gradients of up to 70%. Basic technique required, including controlled braking and body displacement to overcome obstacles
  • Length

    33 km

  • Duration

    3:30 h

  • Show on map

Your route starts at Tignousa, at the top of the St-Luc funicular. Follow the Bike Planet Tour to "Combavert", then turn right, cross the river and take the path that runs along the hillside below the Hotel Weisshorn. Continue through the alpine meadows and forests, before ascending a 4x4 track to the Nava alpine meadow. From here, you’ll start a long descent on a wide path, followed by a very technical trail (S3) that plunges down to the village of Mottec. After climbing up the valley to Zinal, board the Sorebois gondola which will take you nearly 1,000 metres higher in a few minutes. Get on your mountain bike and ride to the Corne de Sorebois, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding 4,000 m peaks. Then begins a long descent on a path that offers a splendid view of Moiry Lake. From the dam wall, you’ll link up with the route of the legendary Grand Raid BCVS race to finish your day in Grimentz.

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Turn-by-turn directions

From St-Luc, take the funicular to Tignousa, then follow the 4x4 track along the Bike Planet Tour to Combavert. Turn right to join a path that crosses the forest of Lâche, located below the Hotel Weisshorn. After the alpine pasture and Gilou forest, take a 4x4 track to the area known as Copaté. After a short descent through the forest, head up to the Nava (Navetta) mountain pasture, then down to the village of Mottec, before going up towards Zinal (the last trail before Mottec is technically difficult). Go around the Navisence reservoir and cross the river onto the right bank to Zinal, before boarding the Zinal-Sorebois cable car. Head for the crest of the Corne de Sorebois, where a singletrack takes you to Moiry Dam. Cross the top of the dam and take the path that runs along the base of its imposing wall, then follow the river and take the rocky path leading to Grimentz.

Start: St-Luc (2175 m)
Destination: Grimentz (1586 m)

Author's recommendation

Downhill enthusiasts will be able to test the St-Luc bikepark trails by doing several descents between Tignousa and St-Luc.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2856 m 1532 m

  • Ascent

    855 m

  • Descent

    2460 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 6 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Take the train (CFF) to Sierre then take the Sierre-Vissoie post bus, change in Vissoie for the Vissoie-St-Luc line to St-Luc. Don't forget to reserve a place for your mountain bike on the Val d'Anniviers bus lines using the Resabike platform (www.resabike.ch).

Approach

From Basel and Zurich: Take the A1 motorway to Bern; A6 to Spiez; follow the signs to Kandersteg; Kandersteg–Goppenstein car-carrying train; follow the signs to Visp; Leuk; Sierre; Val d’Anniviers.

From Geneva: Take the A1 motorway to Lausanne; follow the signs to Sion/Sierre; Val d’Anniviers.

From Milan: Take the A8/A26 motorway in the direction of Simplon; Iselle-Brig car-carrying train; follow the signs to Visp; Leuk; Sierre; Val d’Anniviers.

Parking

Follow the directions for parking in Sierre or St-Luc. For this leg of the Valais Alpine Bike, we recommend you park your vehicle in Sierre and use public transport (post bus) to get to the Val d'Anniviers Don't forget to reserve a place for your mountain bike on the Resabike platform (www.resabike.ch) for the Val d'Anniviers bus lines.

Equipment

We recommend: a bike in excellent working order, a helmet, gloves and a bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Preparing for mountain bike outings

Safety information

Follow the Valais Alpine Bike route no. 41 in Mountainbiking in Switzerland. View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility: Valais Alpine Bike no. 41.

Use marked bike trails and routes only, making sure you observe all signposting.

Kindly close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers, as well as to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority. When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability. All riding is at one’s own risk.

Preparing for mountain bike outings

Additional information

Book one of the Valais Alpine Bike holiday offers! Choose between three, four or seven nights and enjoy some great riding days. You will be staying in bike hotels and will be provided with a daily luggage transport service; all that’s left for you to do is hit the trails! Go to www.visitvalais.ch/shop-valais-alpine-bike

More information about the destination:

Valais Bike regional route: see full itinerary

View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility: Valais Alpine Bike no. 41

Literature

Get the the Valais/Wallis mountain bike & e-bike map to discover the best routes in the region.

The tourist offices in Val d’Anniviers have got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1287 Sierre