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The Valais: Switzerland between the Mediterranean and High Alps

Discovery, inspiration, amazement. Feel yourself, let your spirit free and enjoy moments of happiness. In a region in the heart of the Alps that boasts 300 sunny days each year and will enchant you with a beauty created by nature and brought to life by the kindness of its people: amid famous peaks, glaciers and rivers, pastures and vineyards. In places with glamorous names or in tranquil villages where silence is a powerful force. For the weekend, a holiday or as an inspiration for business.



Winter
The background is certainly imposing: From the Rhone glacier to Lake Geneva more than 50 four-thousand- metre peaks reach up to the Valais skies. Some powder runs are close to 4,000 metres above sea level.

There are paths with panoramic views, cross-country ski trails and toboggan runs down valleys and across hills. In this crystalline landscape, snow-covered woods under brilliant winter-blue skies alternate with age-blackened wooden houses - treasures lovingly tended and preserved. The wide range of winter sports available reflects the variety of this unique stretch of country. Whether you try snow-shoeing in the Obergoms accompanied by huskies, go from a downhill run directly to a thermal bath in an ancient spa, learn to snowboard, conquer 4,000-metre peaks on touring skis or treat yourself to a sociable evening with a glass of cool Fendant wine accompanied by a meal of Raclette cheese at the end of the day - winter in the Valais will never fail to charm you.

Summer
Finding, enjoying, understanding. Balmly summer warmth bathes the valley. Water gurgles from pond to pond in pine forests and vineyards.

A cool breeze wafts down from the glaciers. The mountain tops seem closer to reaching the heavens than anything else on earth. The Rhone River is like a blue ribbon, fed by numerous tributaries that emerge from steep valleys. In Goms, the river is wild, in the lower Valais, gentle. It flows past mountain villages of sun-scorched houses, past towns where ancient history and modern impulses combine, past orchards and vineyards, until, well tamed, it enters Lake Geneva. In short, it is a landscape of opposites; of steep rock faces and soaring Alps; of German and French; of northern and Mediterranean flair. It is a region of 4,000 metre peaks, the twelve largest glaciers and a multitude of Alpine passes.


SKI REGIONS OF VALAIS
Region Number of elevators Length
of
skiing
trails
(km)
Blue Red Black The highest
point
(m)
Drags Chairs Gondolas
Bellwald 3 2 1 35 10 20 5 2560
Aletsch Arena 15 8 12 104* 40 50 12 2869
Belalp 5 3 1 60 20 20 20 3112
Rosswald 4 0 1 25 n.d. n.d. n.d. 2600
Rothwald 2 0 0 24 8 8 8 2300
Lauchernalp-Lötschental 2 2 2 33 9,5 16 7,5 3111
Visperterminen 4 1 0 20 7 10 3 2338
Staldenried-Gspon 2 0 1 5 0 5 0 2200
Bürchen-Moosalp 9 1 0 25 5 15 5 2550
Unterbäch 3 2 0 20 15 3 2 2500
Eischoll 2 1 0 15 n.d. n.d. n.d. 2200
Leukerbad 2 1 3 50 2,5 20 27,5 2610
Grächen 5 3 1 40 7 31 2 2868
Saas-Fee 12 2 8 100 25 50 25 3600
Saas-Almagell 4 2 0 12 4 8 0 2400
Saas Grund/Saas Balen 2 0 3 35 12 21 2 3200
Zermatt 34 14 25 245 56 108 81 3820
Sorebois (Zinal) 6 2 1 70 10 45 15 2896
Grimentz 7 3 1 50 15 20 15 2900
Chandolin- St. Luc 11 2 1 65 35 20 10 3000
Vercorin 8 0 2 35 15 17 3 2336
Crans Montana 11 6 6 140 55 70 15 3000
Anzére 8 2 1 52 12 34 6 2500
4 Vallées 46 27 15 412 140* 180 18 3330
Evoléne 6 1 0 42 12 25 5 2600
La Forclaz 3 0 0 15 8 7 0 2200
Arolla 6 0 0 47 19 22 6 3000
Bruson 3 2 0 40 24 4 12 2220
Ovronnaz 5 3 0 30 5 20 5 2500
Les Marécottes 3 1 1 30 14 6 5 2200
Champex-Lac 2 2 0 15 3 10 2 2200
Liddes-Vichéres 2 1 0 15 7 5 3 2267
Val Ferret-La Fouly 2 1 0 20 6 4 10 2200
Super-St-Bernard 2 0 1 25* 5 0 10 2800
Portes du Soleil 108 86 14 650 170 380 100 2466
Mont Noble n.d. n.d. n.d. 35 n.d. n.d. n.d. 2640
* including ski touring or freeride possibilities