This hidden valley sits almost dead-center between Verbier’s Val de Bagnes and Zermatt’s Mattertal, and has managed to escape the hype and renown of its neighbors, but not for a lack of world-class mountains, skiing, and hiking access – nor hospitality. The Val d’Anniviers is perched up a winding access road above the wine –producing city of Sierre, and comprises the 5 villages of Chandolin, St. Luc, Vercorin, Grimentz, and Zinal – all tourist-friendly, but also as authentic as an alpine Valais village can be. Narrow streets, lined with 200-plus year old barns and chalets, 4000m peaks, and sparkling glaciers provide the scenery and setting.
Each of these villages boast their own ski resort, with Zinal and Grimentz at the head of the valley connecting via a new cablecar, and offering the biggest skiing. Off-piste powder runs here are among the best in the Valais region, without the crowds of more popular resorts. And the small-village feeling takes you back to another time where life was simpler, before the advent of mega-resorts and the crowds they contribute.
And in the summer, Val d’Anniviers is an ideal starting point for some of our favorite hikes and bike rides in Switzerland. A well-laid out trail system, combined with the possibility to use existing ski lifts and the ubiquitous mountain huts and refuges, makes for accessible alpine walking and more adventurous point-to-point traverses for any age, fitness level, or ability.
Epic Europe is a luxury experiential adventure travel operator based in the Swiss Alps.
Epic Europe specializes in private bespoke itineraries for small groups. Experiencing the best of each region, from interacting with the local people and enjoying authentic regional food and wine, as well as time-honored traditions and festivals, to recreating in the alpine landscape, and truly understanding why the Alps are the birthplace of adventure travel. From custom ski, hiking, or cycling trips to building in city tours, cultural itineraries, or gastronomic discovery, these award-winning, multi-dimensional trips are tailored to our clients' wishes every time, and are not packaged tours. From Switzerland, Italy, and France's Alps, to world-class cultural cities and larger towns, Epic Europe can design a tailored adventure that fulfills your every need.
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