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  • The Height of Pleasure Valais

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    Reliable Snow Conditions Thanks to High Altitude

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    Valais is a winter paradise. More sunshine than anywhere else in the Alps and plenty of snow until

    well into spring. Plus boundless ski areas and a wide range of pleasures appealing to young and

    old alike.

    Guaranteed Snow.The mighty glaciers and 47 four-thousanders not only ensure a perfect backdrop in Valais but also

    guarantee snow. Just about all the winter sport resorts here are located higher than 1500 meters

    above sea level, nine areas are even over 3000 metres above sea level. And to ensure that our guests

    find the very best conditions in which to enjoy the Valais sun, we invest state-of-the-art cable-car and

    piste-preparation equipment year after year.

    Diversity.Given this setting, the fun on the slopes is pretty much boundless. 2800 kilometres of prepared runs

    await skiers and snowboarders. If you dont want to venture onto the ski slopes, there are plenty of

    other ways to get out and enjoy the snow: over 1000 kilometres of cross-country tracks, over 1000

    kilometres of winter hiking paths, some 900 kilometres of snowshoe trails and over 60 toboggan runs

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    are ready for you to discover. Added to this are numerous snowparks and trend sports like snow-kiting

    or ice-climbing, while the world-famous thermal spas ensure that anyone can kick back and relax.

    Cosiness.People who like romantic mountain huts will love Valais as well. Indeed, the people of Valais like noth-

    ing better than a cosy get-together be it over a raclette or fondue by a wood stove or a top-quality

    dinner in an elegant atmosphere. The locals are also highly sociable, as can be seen at numerous

    festivities and events on and by the slopes such as mass downhill races in witch costumes, wild

    on-piste concerts and world-class freeride competitions.

    It is in our nature and culture to pamper you and do you good, as we have done for generations and

    you will no doubt notice as soon as you arrive. We dont simply leave you to enjoy the fascinating

    mountain scenery, we also love to welcome you properly less as guests and more as friends. Have

    we aroused your curiosity? If we have, why not leaf through these pages to gain a first impression for

    yourself. At the same time, we suggest you visit our website www.visitvalais.ch regularly until you

    arrive for the very latest information and news. We look forward to seeing you soon.

  • Bellwald TourismusT +41 (0)27 971 16 84, www.bellwald.ch

    Eggishorn TourismusT +41 (0)27 970 60 70, www.fiesch.ch

    Gstecenter ErnenT +41 (0)27 971 17 42, www.ernen.ch

    Obergoms Tourismus AGT +41 (0)27 974 68 68, www.obergoms.ch

    Oodles of Sunshine and Snow!The sun-drenched Goms region nestles between

    the Furka, Grimsel, and Nufenen Passes and the

    23-kilometre-long Aletsch Glacier. Discover the

    delights of this snowy mountain scenery with

    breathtaking views of the impressive Valais Alps.

    The variety of this unique landscape rich in natural

    beauty and culture is mirrored in the regions wide

    range of holiday activities. In the colder months,

    this winter paradise offers you plenty of options

    well-prepared cross-country ski trails and a wide

    range of downhill ski pistes, as well as snowshoe

    trails, winter hiking paths and sledge runs.

  • Panorama Goms

  • Aletsch Arena: www.aletscharena.chBettmeralp Tourismus T +41 (0)27 928 60 60, www.bettmeralp.ch

    Eggishorn Tourismus T +41 (0)27 970 60 70, www.fiesch.ch

    Riederalp Tourismus T +41 (0)27 928 60 50, www.riederalp.ch

    Brig Belalp Tourismus T +41 (0)27 921 60 30, www.brig-belalp.ch

    Belalp Bahnen AG T +41 (0)27 921 65 10, www.belalpbahnen.ch

    Simply Tops!Giant mountains grow from the eternal ice of the

    Aletsch Glacier. Thousands of years of peace and

    magnificent beauty. Whether Belalp, Riederalp,

    Bettmeralp or Fiesch-Eggishorn: the crystal-clear,

    pure air and the incomparable view over the Aletsch

    Glacier (UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site) make

    your heart jump with joy. Its no surprise that this

    white enticement enchants ski fans, snowboarders

    and families in equal measure and that the days are

    never long enough with all this snow, sport and sun.

    And where else can you unwind on 75.5 km of

    winter hiking trails? All around the mightiest glacier

    in the Alps. Skiers and snowboarders, too, will be

    thrilled by Rosswald and Rothwald. In Brig, the focal

    point of the Aletsch holiday and shopping region,

    you will find everything simply tip-top. And if all

    those sports and aprs-ski activities are still not

    enough, there is the added option of relaxing at the

    Breiten spa and wellness centre.

  • Panorama Aletsch

  • Brchen TourismusT +41 (0)27 934 17 16, www.buerchen-unterbaech.ch

    Eischoll TourismusT +41 (0)27 934 24 43, www.eischoll.ch

    Gspon TourismusT +41 (0)27 952 16 46, www.staldenried.ch

    Heidadorf VisperterminenT +41 (0)27 948 00 48, www.heidadorf.ch

    Unterbch TourismusT +41 (0)27 934 56 56, www.buerchen-unterbaech.ch

    The Wintersports Arena.Fancy some skiing? You wont encounter stress,

    noise or ski-lift queues here. You wont find crowd-

    ed slopes or bad-tempered people here either.

    Instead, we offer a wonderful winter landscape with

    a panoramic view of the most beautiful and highest

    Swiss mountains, offering a tempting prospect for

    skiing or snowboarding. We are Valais in miniature,

    where children up to 9 years of age ski free

    of charge, major theatrical works, operettas and

    musicals are performed and the Heida grape vine

    flourishes in the highest vineyard in Europe. And

    culture does not come at the expense of fun:

    anyone who has skied one of our many slopes will

    know what we are talking about. And if you would

    like to swap skiing areas for variety, it couldnt be

    easier: you can use the same ski pass in Brchen,

    Unterbch, Eischoll, Visperterminen and Gspon. And

    for snowshoe tour enthusiasts, we would like to

    mention our hiking trails through snow-covered

    forests or on a beautiful full-moon night.

  • Panorama Visp Region

  • Grchen-St. Niklaus TourismusT +41 (0)27 955 60 60, www.graechen.ch

    A Winter Fairy Tale.High above the Matter valley, the village of Grchen

    lets dreams come true. Much has been invested in

    the infrastructure in the past years to be able to

    offer all you can wish for when it comes to holidays

    for families and adventure seekers. The Sisu family

    park is the largest and nicest of its kind in Switzer-

    land, a magic world of over 50000 m. Here your

    children can learn how to ski, assisted by Sisu. Four

    childrens ski lifts take them uphill, and soon theyll

    be able to ski down on their own safely, easily

    and playfully. The day nursery with its experienced

    staff, situated right in the skiing area, is also very

    popular with the little ones, which makes the adults

    happy as well! Grchen is a wonderful destination

    for skiers and snowboarders, but non-skiers can

    also have fun, be it with the snowtubing carousel,

    the snowtubing train or the igloo cinema. After

    spending a splendid day on the slopes you have an

    attractive choice of restaurants to visit they offer

    something for all tastes and budgets, and you will

    find childrens menus as well as gourmet cuisine to

    suit your fancy.

  • Panorama Grchen-St. Niklaus

  • Saas-Fee / Saastal TourismusT +41 (0)27 958 18 58, www.saas-fee.ch

    Free Republic of Holidays Saas-Fee.18 four-thousand-metre peaks encompass Saas-

    Fee, Saas-Grund, Saas-Almagell and Saas-Balen like

    an oyster shell. And in it lies a pearl. The typical

    Valais villages with their family-oriented winter

    programme enchant people and put a sunny smile

  • Panorama Saas-Fee / Saastal

    on childrens faces. Take a trip on the Metro-Alpin

    to the highest revolving restaurant in the world on

    the Mittelallalin where you will enjoy a panorama

    that stretches to Milan in good visibility. You should

    also take advantage of the opportunity to visit the

    largest ice pavilion in the world. And with 150 km of

    slopes to choose from, skiers, snowboarders and

    carvers are bound to find the perfect run. Speaking

    of slopes and snow: the glacier region ensures

    reliable snow conditions with slopes extending up to

    an altitude of 3600 metres.

  • Zermatt TourismusT +41 (0)27 966 81 00, www.zermatt.ch

    The Height of Pleasure.Zermatt is one of the most renowned holiday re-

    sorts in Switzerland and attracts many international

    guests. 38 four-thousand-metre peaks soar up

    around the village, dominated by the worldfamous

    Matterhorn, the most-photographed mountain in

  • Panorama Zermatt-Matterhorn

    the world. Despite its fame, Zermatt retains the

    charm of a Swiss mountain village. In the car-free

    resort, guests switch over to electric cars and

    horse-drawn coaches. This skiing area with reliable

    snow conditions offers 360 km of slopes in the

    three ski regions of Rothorn, Gornergra