With 29 ski areas, the Valais is the destination glide n°1 in Switzerland. Situated between 1,500 m and 3.885 m altitude, these playgrounds range from the mini-snow field at grand blanc XXL. Such as the domain of the 4 Valleys, the largest Confederation with over 400 km of pistes. They connect the six stations, among which Verbier, mecca of great skiing, in the same way as Chamonix and Val d’isere with us.

As its name suggests, the ski safari is to vary the pleasures in the changing of scenery. It is, in the present case, an obligation for the benefit of the formula. It includes a “subscription” (the word used in the helvetic republic to designate the ski pass) for 4 days, valid on all areas, but only once on each. We discover, therefore, four.

Saas-Fee, open view on the massif of the Mischabel. SAASTAL TOURISMUS AG/Keystone

The accommodation, on the other hand, is expected in the same hotel for 5 nights. Twenty institutions are involved in this operation. Categories 3 and 4-star exclusively, these base camps are either in resort, or in one of the smaller cities (Martigny, Sion, Sierre, Visp, Brig) of the valley, the plain of the Rhône where you can take all the roads up to the track.

Two formulas to choose from

to Stay in altitude is certainly more pleasant, but you can stay at the bottom is, for this ski-roaming, more practical. In addition, these small towns, where we often only pass are not without interest. It is up to Martigny, by example, that is the famous Fondation Giannada, cultural mecca renowned in the entire world.

Two types of packages with single prices are available until 21 April. The simplest includes the hotel, breakfast and ski pass. For two people in a double room, it is up to 1.131 € 3-star hotel, and CHF 1.220 € in 4-star. For a person, these rates are respectively 742 € and 830 €.

Verbier, in front of the Grand Combin D. Carlier/© davidcarlierphotography.com

More developed, the second formula includes these same benefits as well as a rental car equipped with snow as 4×4 and the rental of winter sport equipment (boots and skis) to the top of the range. Or, for two persons, with an overall budget of 1.942 € with the stay in 3-star hotel and 2.030 € in 4 – star. We have, it should be noted, converted the price in euros. Because it is in swiss francs that they are listed on the website of the Valais.

gliding, panoramic, specialty valais

The reservation is made online, on this same site. There is also an information telephone number. And amount of information that is useful, even essential, to make a choice: presentation, each area of skiing, snow reports, weather, webcams. While clicking on “selection of ski areas” makes them appear on a map with on a summary table of distances and travel time between the cities of the valley and the stations. Range of between 30 mins and 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Crans-Montana, a balcony on the summits giants. Annie Barbaccia, Le Figaro

Finally, the site has also, good idea, listed the most long descents. There is a fortnight. Special Mention to Zermatt, with 25 km of gliding non-stop to the highest point of the slopes, to 3.885 m altitude up to the station (1.600 m). Also includes 12 spaces freeride secure area, of which almost half are down in the 4 Valleys.

This site does not say, but the pictures speak for themselves, it is that everywhere we take full view. Between the Matterhorn, the rock star of Zermatt, but you see it elsewhere, the Grand Combin guardian angel of Verbier, the White Teeth and the dents du Midi lookouts of the Portes du Soleil area, the Mischabel sentinels of Saas-Fee and Crans-Montana, in a balcony facing a line of vertices giants, the sliding pan is, far more than the raclette, or the splitting, the specialty from the valais excellence. To consume without moderation.

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