Skiing in Switzerland, a holiday in the Valais
Complete guide for a holiday in the Valais: tips and useful information for skiing in Switzerland.
There is already an air of spring in Northern Italy and the sun each day exceeds the two-digit temperature, but there is still the desire to ski, to breathe the fresh air of the high mountains, and do not know where to go? Veraclasse.it managed to find a place that is far too simplistic to define beautiful. It ‘set in the midst of a battery of about 4,000 meters peaks in the Swiss Alps (less than 29), exactly in the area of Valais, a few hours by train from Milan (245 km) and only 15 km from Sion, the capital of the region served Also from an airport. More than a resort is a ski area, which includes four valleys, all passable with skis in a carousel exciting, not only for experts, but also for families with children. The variety of tracks is something never seen before and includes 400 km, with 92 lifts, 6 trails Freeride (off piste in the security), 100 km of winter hiking trails, snowtubing, snowpark, boardercross and skating rinks. In addition to a lot of facilities for various sports activities, as well as two towers for climbing. In short, an exceptional offer, including the various Spa (Salus per Aquam), scattered in hotels, the envy to the best winter resorts of the entire alpine area.
Our tour begins in Verbier, the most famous and fashionable. A cute Alpine style hotel, the Bristol, welcomes us, a few steps from the ski lift main leading us on top of the track, from which – after a welcome drink – we go down at nightfall with torches. For those who have not ever made, is a very positive experience, get off without poles, the only torchlight. A walk more than 3 km of the track gave us a hand a ski dell’Adrenaline, one of the many schools in the area.
A normaly we thought then experts chef of the restaurant Le Caveau, with a delicious Raclette (cow’s milk cheese “crumbs” from the form just melted, accompanied with potatoes cooked in their skins and pickles). Three / four laps of-course dinner is served, watered by delicious Swiss wines. The nightlife then you spend in the most famous resort Valais, among which the Casbah, the Coco Club, the Farm Club.
Verbier has always been a favorite destination for all skiers looking for a classic skiing holiday in Switzerland, with the addition of a touch of class. In this village perched on a sunny plateau have fun skiing and après-ski is even more animated. However, what makes Verbier one of the best vacation destinations are its less known areas: the ski resort Bruson to environmentally friendly accommodation and to small villages in the region of San Bernardo. Each year the popular resort Valais hosts the long-awaited final of the Freeride World Tour between the insidious narrow passages and extremely steep slopes of the legendary north face of Bec des Rosses. Verbier also hosted in recent days the World Cup alpine skiing, with 300 athletes from 25 countries. Soon it will be too active an App so interactivity, also available offline.
Hailed Verbier, in a couple of hours on skis you get to Nendaz, another popular spot, quieter and less expensive than the last, most family. The reception of the hotel Nendaz 4 Vallées, a brand new 4 * S features not only a fabulous Spa, but also a cable car underground public that in a minute door to the lifts without having to endure grueling uphill transfers, with the boots on and skis.
With the cable then, in a few minutes you get to 2,400 meters, where it opens a scenario really incredible. It is completely surrounded by high mountain peaks, among which stands the legendary Mont-Fort (3.330m.), Incomparable destination of rare beauty. At the top you can get there with a cable and is a building igloo-shaped dining and a large terrace from where you can wander at will on the many surrounding peaks. A kind of crown that embraces the look 360 °. The first part of the track is no joke (is so steep that snowmobiles do not get it), full of humps but equally fun. Then swooping down on tracks such as highways, scattered by long avenues fast connection. The real pleasure of skiing.
You have never skied with the full moon? Do not worry, in Nendaz you can do each month at the right time, taking part in the Full Moon Party. Vin brulee sipped steaming listening to the music of the horn players, a dinner at the restaurant Tracouet and night skiing guaranteed by moonlight, that accompanies you like a beacon above you. An experience not to be missed.
At Nendaz, in the midst of the slopes there is a great deal of huts and small restaurants, where to stop for lunch. Soups are excellent, as well as meat, cooked and served in a thousand ways. And in the afternoon close plants and opens the Spa, where you find a lot of pampering aquatic and even the pool with salt water, which you seem to swim on the surface of the sea.
Interesting in Nendaz and surroundings also “Bisses”, a sort of canals used to irrigate the fields, dating back to ancient times, which can be seen walking along the routes in the woods. Finally, do not miss special offers Ski & Spa, Spa and Le Gourmand delights of the Senses, available until mid-April, also taking advantage of the favorable exchange euro / Swiss franc, granted to some locations. Verbier, inter alia, in practice already 15% off, just in some way to counteract the strong franc. But above all, remember the sunscreen (over 2,000 meters there is always the sun), the bathing suit and a good camera to capture unique locations around the world.