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If you’re looking for adventure, Valais is set up with a wealth of hotels to get you as close to all the action as possible. The great outdoors is what it’s all about in this spectacular region in south west Switzerland. With a huge diversity of landscapes – including more than 40 mountains over 13,123 feet, vast glaciers, ancient forests, alpine meadows and sun-kissed valleys – the stage is perfectly set for an active getaway, no matter what time of year you’re visiting Valais.
Book a room in Valais and you’ll be able to get a piece of the action at some of the best ski resorts in the world. Valais has nearly 1,500 miles of slopes offering everything from nursery runs for children and absolute beginners all the way up to adventurous black runs and off-piste opportunities only to be taken on by the most expert of skiers and snowboarders. Large resorts like Verbier, Zermatt and Crans-Montana are ever popular, but there are so many villages and towns in Valais with great hotels and access to the slopes, that it’s worth exploring several to find one that’s just right for you. Valais is one of the few destinations with 365-day-a-year skiing on offer thanks to the Allalin glacier in Saas-Fee and the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise in Zermatt.
During your stay in Valais, it’s not just traditional skiing and snowboarding that are on hand to tempt you out of your hotel. Step out of your hotel and out of your comfort zone and take on a challenge – you could try cross-country on a frozen lake, snowkiting or ice-karting with Europe’s most-photographed mountain, the Matterhorn, as a backdrop or even some winter hiking on hundreds of miles of well-managed trails.
In the summer, head out along spectacular walking routes suitable for both beginners and enthusiasts to enjoy. Why not head out from your adventure sports hotel to follow one of the ancient trackways that have been trading routes in Valais for centuries? Or for mountain biking pros, take advantage of a natural playground of forests, downhills and streams.