The sun-drenched Valais lies entirely in the Alps and offers a total of 41 mountain peaks over 4000 meters high. With the Matterhorn, probably the most famous mountain in Switzerland is located in this part of the country. But not only Zermatt is a paradise for hikers, climbers, skiers and other outdoor lovers. Saas-Fee, Verbier and Crans Montana also attract a wide audience in summer and winter. Valais is home to the two nature parks Binntal and Pfyn-Finges, both of which await you with indescribable beauty, unique flora and fauna and even rare gems
Most of this region lies entirely in the Alps. Nevertheless, you will find enormous contrasts here. On the one hand, Valais includes particularly mighty mountain massifs and, on the other hand, pretty valleys along the Rhone. In addition to vineyards and side valleys, Valais is home to 41 four-thousand-meter peaks, 18 of which belong to the Monte Rosa group alone. Therefore, the region also has the most and the largest glaciers to offer.
How many ski resorts does Valais have?
There are 44 ski resorts in Valais with a total of more than 2600 km of slopes. 576 ski lifts provide access to the ski regions. The largest ski resorts in the region are:
Les Portes du Soleil - Morzine/Avoriaz/Les Gets/Châtel/Morgins/
Champéry with 580 km of slopes and 170 lifts
4 Vallées - Verbier/La Tzoumaz/Nendaz/Veysonnaz/Thyon with 412 km of pistes and 67 lifts
Zermatt/Breuil-Cervinia/Valtournenche - Matterhorn with 322 km of slopes and 52 lifts
Crans-Montana with 140 km of slopes and 19 lifts
Grimentz/Zinal with 115 km of slopes and 21 lifts
Aletsch Arena - Riederalp/Bettmeralp/Fiesch Eggishorn with 104 km of pistes and 35 lifts
Saas-Fee with 145 km of pistes and 23 lifts
How many lakes are in the Valais region?
The Valais region includes far more than 200 lakes. Most of them are mountain lakes that you can find at altitudes between 1000 and 3000 meters. Among the most beautiful lakes are the Schwarzsee, the Riffelsee below the Gornergrat, the Stellisee with the reflection of the Matterhorn, the Bettmersee, the Champex-le-Lac and the reservoir Gibidum. Other popular lakes are the Blausee and the Daubensee on the Gemmi, which you can reach after a few minutes walk from the Gemmi mountain station.