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PORTES DU SOLEIL – CHABLAIS Diversity, adventure and authenticity between Lake Geneva and the Dents-du-Midi

PORTES DU SOLEIL – CHABLAIS Diversity, adventure and authenticity between Lake Geneva and the Dents-du-Midi

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Contents ..........................................................................................................................................................

General information

Pp. 02 – 03

Geographical situation

Pp. 04 – 05

Welcome to the region of Portes du Soleil – Chablais

Pp. 06 – 09

Lakeside and Rhone Plain destinations

Pp. 10 – 15

Alpine destinations

Pp. 11 – 19

Lodgings in the Rhone Plain

Pp. 20 – 22

Lodgings in the mountains

Pp. 23 – 27

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Original lodgings

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The gateway to winter

Pp. 29 – 33

The gateway to summer

Pp. 34 – 40

The gateway to fun

Pp. 41 – 45

The gateway to wellness

Pp. 46 – 47

The gateway to fine dining

Pp. 48 – 49

The gateway to culture

Pp. 50 – 51

The main summer and winter events

Pp. 52 – 53

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Chablais Tourisme SA Place de Tübingen 5 / Case postale 1429 / 1870 Monthey 2 / Switzerland T. +41 (0)848 SOLEIL / T. +41 (0)848 765 345 / F. +41 (0)24 471 12 00 www.chablais.info / marketing@chablais.info ..........................................................................................................................................................

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GENERAL INFORMATION .....................................................................................

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Geographical situation The 2 geographical regions of the Portes du Soleil recreational area and the Chablais Valaisan cover a combined area of 35 km, from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Dents du Midi mountains

Time zone > GMT + 1

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Population > 44 625 inhabitants .....................................................................................

Access Geneva International Airport: 120 km, 1hour 30 by car Zurich International Airport: 235 km, 2 hours 30 by car Highway A9/E62 Vevey – Sion, exit No 17, 18 or 19 Railway station Aigle (in winter « TGV des Neiges ») Train AOMC, TPC buses and/or PostBus

Public Holidays New Year’s Day January 1st / St Joseph March 19 / Good Friday / Easter Monday / Ascension / Pentecost / Corpus Christi / 1 August, Swiss National Day / Assumption August 15 / All Soul’s Day November 1 / Immaculate Conception December 8 / Christmas Day December 25 .....................................................................................

Currency Swiss Franc CHF 1.00 = 100 centimes The Euro is accepted in most tourist shops and businesses at the daily rate. Typically, change is given in Swiss Francs

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Altitude > from 386 m to 2500 m (1266 ft to 8200)

Electricity > 220 Volts (alternative current)

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Official Language > French Many major languages spoken and understood

VAT > 7,6% included in advertised prices

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Tips > Included

Climate Summer Average temperature at lake level : 25 degrees C Average temperature in the mountains : 11 degrees C

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Winter

Average temperature at lake level : 4 degrees C Average temperature in the mountains : - 4 degrees C

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Credit cards In general, all major credit cards are accepted .....................................................................................

Transportation A complete inter-urban public transportation network (buses, trains, taxis, boats, cable cars and ski lifts) .....................................................................................

Guaranteed snow cover thanks to wide coverage by snowmaking machines

Shopping Many high quality and luxury products are made in Switzerland. We are particularly well known for watches and clock-making, chocolate, textiles, embroidery and local artistry (bells, wood carving, cheese, etc.)

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Wine and Fine Dining Chablais Gourmands : This is a comprehensive guide to local wines, traditional specialties and restaurants which excel in regional cuisine. Chablais Gourmands is a unique guide presenting the rich culinary diversity and the multitude of eating establishments here in the Valais, Vaud and the Haute-Savoie. The Pass’Gourmet : In an effort to cater to our guests’ most discerning palates, while showcasing the diversity of the Portes du Soleil – Chablais Region, more than 46 restaurants have come together under the Pass’Gourmet label to offer the best of traditional local cuisine. ................................................................................................................................. .................................................................................................................................

> Les Dents-du-Midi

Sporting Activities The Portes du Soleil – Chablais Region spans the French-Swiss border, covering an area of more than 400 km2 and linking 12 Swiss and French villages and towns. This diverse region includes a vast recreational area with more than 650 km of ski slopes in winter and over 380 km of mountain biking trails in summer, as well as all the lakeside activities which can be enjoyed on the shores of Lake Geneva. .................................................................................................................................

> Théâtre du Crochetan, Monthey

Art and Culture In the larger towns at the foot of the mountains, culture and history abound. In Saint-Maurice, art and history go hand in hand, Massongex was founded on an ancient roman site, Monthey’s castle dates back to the 15th century, the Collombey-Muraz township boasts a Bernardine Monastery and St-Gingolph is home to the Boating History Museum. .................................................................................................................................

> Aquaparc, Le Bouveret

Amusement parcs Thrills and chills and fun for everyone ! Guests of all ages will enjoy the Aquaparc or the Swiss Vapeur Parc in Le Bouveret, the Labyrinthe Aventure in Evionnaz, Point Sud in Champoussin and Fun Planet in Villeneuve. .................................................................................................................................

> Les Bains de Val-d’Illiez

Wellness The Portes du Soleil – Chablais Region offers a haven of peace for anyone seeking relaxation and well-being. The warm, mineral-rich thermal baths in Val-d'Illiez and Lavey-les-Bains are oases of tranquillity in breathtaking natural settings. .................................................................................................................................

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GEOGRAPHICAL SITUATION PORTES DU SOLEIL - CHABLAIS .....................................................................................................................

Can you imagine a place where snow-capped mountains rise straight out of a lake fringed with palm trees ? Do you dream of adventure, fresh air and wide-open spaces ? Welcome to the region Portes du Soleil – Chablais !

Ireland

Great Britain

Germany

France

Austria

Suisse

Italy

Spain Portugal

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MAPS OF SWITZERLAND & CHABLAIS VALAISAN

Germany

Basel Zürich

France

Austria

Luzern

Bern

Chur Paris

Lausanne

A9/E62

Genève

Sion Lugano

Lyon Chamonix Mt-Blanc

Highway Airport Gd-St-Bernard

Access from France

Italy

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Lausanne

Montreux

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Evian

Genève

Morgins Troistorrents Val-d'Illiez Champoussin Les Crosets

Chablais Valaisan (Suisse) Portes du Soleil (Suisse)

Le Bouveret Les Evouettes Vouvry / Miex / Taney Vionnaz

St-Gingolph Torgon

Chablais Français

Villeneuve

Aigle / Bex Collombey-Muraz Monthey / Choëx / Les Giettes Massongex Lavey-les-Bains Saint-Maurice Vérossaz Mex Evionnaz

Chablais Vaudois (Suisse)

Champéry Martigny

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WELCOME TO THE REGION OF

PORTES DU SOLEIL - CHABLAIS .................................................................................................................

Our region lies at the juncture between the Swiss cantons of Valais and Vaud and the French Haute Savoie, where the majestic Dents du Midi mountains stand guard over Lake Geneva. Welcome to the Franco-Swiss Portes du Soleil recreational area with its 12 charming villages and communities. The mountain resorts of ChampĂŠry, Val-d'Illiez / Les Crosets / Champoussin, Morgins, and Torgon, in conjunction with French resorts across the border, form the world-renowned Portes du Soleil recreational area. In summer, the Portes du Soleil is a paradise for mountain biking, horse riding and hiking. Winter sports lovers can choose from an abundance of ski and snowboard slopes, snowshoe trails, cross-country skiing tracks and winter walks. The region is known for its international events (FOJE, MTB World Cup...) and offers unparalleled diversity within a radius of 35 km, with events and activities that appeal to children and adults alike. Amusement parks, educational walking trails and animal parks cater to the young and the young at heart while others enjoy the countless historical, cultural and natural sites. Saint-Maurice is known for its history and culture, Monthey is the place for an evening out at the theatre or for

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shopping and Le Bouveret and St-Gingoph are ideal for lakeside and water sports, cruises and mouth-watering fish dishes served up fresh from the lake. At the Val-d’Illiez or Lavey-lesBains thermal baths, guests in need of rest and relaxation will enjoy the therapeutic effects of warm, thermal waters in a spectacular natural setting.

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LAKESIDE AND RHONE PLAIN DESTINATIONS PORTES DU SOLEIL - CHABLAIS .....................................................................................................................

MONTHEY « Business, culture, and shopping » : The heart and economic capital of the Chablais valaisan and a good gateway to the Vald’Illiez, Monthey is a town with a festive character and love for culture. Visitors can explore the town’s colourful history and legends, like the thrilling tales of Gros-Bellet, at the Musée du Vieux Monthey, which was then a castle. The Old Wooden Bridge, another important landmark, once provided passage to Napoleon's troops. As a center for culture, Monthey’s renowned Théâtre du Crochetan and the P’tit Théâtre de la Vièze host a variety of plays, shows, concerts and conferences throughout the year. The famous Carnival in February is one of the largest and oldest Carnavals. One of the most important event of the year, however, is the traditional village market. The sporting facilities are countless and there is a great choice of infrastructures for swimming, skating, tennis and horse riding. » www.monthey.ch

At the top: Monthey’s hospital On the top left : The Old Wooden Bridge / Primary school On the bottom left : Cobble stone street — In the centre : Théâtre du Crochetan On the top right : Monthey’s carnival On the bottom right : View of the city

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LAKESIDE AND RHONE PLAIN DESTINATIONS PORTES DU SOLEIL - CHABLAIS .................................................................................................................

ST-GINGOLPH « From lakeside to mountain top » : St-Gingolph is a charming town sitting precisely astride the French-Swiss border on the southern bank of Lake Geneva. Situated 20 minutes' drive from Evian, Monthey or Montreux, the village is accessible by road, rail (the Tonkin line) or boat (CGN). Built on the alluvial cone of the Morge River, the river which marks the border between France and Switzerland, St-Gingolph is backed by two majestic mountains, the Grammont and the Blanchard. This unique setting between lake and soaring alpine peaks makes this an unrivalled point of departure for walking excursions. On the heights above the village lies the hamlet of Frenay, much sought after in summer for its forests and shady glades. Other popular destinations include the Lakes of Tanay, Lovenex and Darbon-Grammont or the Dent d'Oche and the Cornettes de Bise.

St-Gingolph runs for 8 km along the shore of Lake Geneva, making this charming town the record-holder for the longest shorefront in the Valais. At the entrance of the village, a fountain in the form of a barque, the « butterfly winged » sailboat used traditionally on Lake Geneva, attests to the town’s proud lakeside heritage. Visitors of the fountain are invited to sample the town’s natural mineral waters, already well-known for their curative properties in Roman times. After visiting St-Gingolph, take a leisurely cruise on one of the CGN’s (General Navigation Company) elegant antique paddlewheel steamships. The view from the lake of the nearby hamlet of Bret is so charming you may just want to step off the boat for a short stroll through its shady forest. » www.st-gingolph.ch

View from Lake Geneva / Lac de Taney

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THE PORTUARY VILLAGES OF LES EVOUETTES AND LE BOUVERET « Water sports and amusement parks » : Nestled between the shores of Lake Geneva and the soaring Alps, the Port-Valais Township boasts a unique geographical situation. The village of Les Evouettes, where life is still lived to the rhythm of harvests and vineyards, has preserved a quaint, rural atmosphere. Le Bouveret is a friendly and welcoming village whose advantageous location has allowed it to develop as a thriving centre for modern and original tourist attractions. Thanks to Aquaparc and Swiss Vapeur Parc, Le Bouveret is gaining renown for its lively, summer-fun ambiance. However, this is also the ideal departure point for some of the region’s most spectacular hiking and biking. The breathtaking natural preserves of Taney and les Grangettes are best explored on foot, while biking is the perfect way to enjoy the lushly tranquil Rhone riverbanks or the long, easy lakeshore ride to Villeneuve and Montreux.

César Ritz Institution / Swiss Vapeur Parc / Rive Bleue Beach / Aquaparc

In addition to a magnificent, sandy beach and a beautiful outdoor pool, Le Bouveret also offers a variety of nautical sports for all ages. Choose from catamaran sailing, waterskiing, windsurfing, paddleboats, dinghies or the « big banana ». Alternatively, the CGN (General Navigation Company) invites you onboard one of their historic steam paddlewheels for a glamorous, leisurely cruise to the Château Chillon, Lausanne or Montreux. » www.bouveret.ch ......................................................................................

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LAKESIDE AND RHONE PLAIN DESTINATIONS PORTES DU SOLEIL - CHABLAIS .....................................................................................................................

SAINT-MAURICE « Art, history, culture, heritage and learning » : Historically, Saint-Maurice was an important destination for pilgrims and throughout the ages it has gained a reputation as a centre of art and history. Guided tours of the Abbey, which was founded in 515 AD, allow visitors a rare glimpse of an unparalleled collection of gold artefacts and spectacular reliquaries dating from the Middle Ages. In the mysterious, forbidding cliff that towers above the town, the Fairy Grotto winds deep into the mountain to an underground lake and waterfall. Manmade, but no less impressive, Fort Cindey and Fort Scex testify to the town’s past as a national military stronghold and The Scex Chapel offers breathtaking, panoramic views and the Château, now a prestigious exhibition centre, overlooks the Dufour fortifications. While the Via Francigena can take pilgrims all the way to Rome, many other walking trails and cycling paths allow visitors to discover the Portes du Soleil – Chablais Region at their leisure. The Bois-Noir natural preserve is particularly rich in local flora and fauna. Access to three sites with the combined ticket : the Museum of Military History, the Fairy Grotto, and Fort Cindey. » www.saint-maurice.ch ......................................................................................

On the right and under : View from the Rhone / Grand-Rue

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On the top : Notre-Dame du Scex Chapel / Fairies’ Grotto / Maison de la Famille, Vérolliez / Castle Under : Grand-Rue / Abbey

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ALPINE DESTINATIONS PORTES DU SOLEIL - CHABLAIS .....................................................................................................................

TORGON « Nature and sport with family » : Perched high on the mountainside, and overlooking Lake Geneva and the Alps all the way to Mont Blanc, Torgon is often called the « Balcony of the Chablais ». Torgon was also the first Swiss ski resort to join the French villages of the Portes du Soleil. Although Torgon offers direct access to the massive Franco-Swiss recreational area, the terrain here is perfect for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Torgon is the first Swiss ski resort you reach when leaving the Lake Geneva region. If they could talk, the wild goats that have chosen Torgon as their home would tell you : « it’s the panoramic views and the warm welcome that make this resort so charming and friendly ». » www.torgon.ch ......................................................................................

La Jorette

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On the left : Val-d’Illiez In the middle : Les Crosets On the bottom : Champoussin

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VAL-D’ILLIEZ « Natural hot baths, nature and family » : Looking out onto the majestic Dents-du-Midi mountains, Val-d’Illiez (950m alt.) dominates the valley from which it has taken its name. This village, known for its natural thermal baths and for its proximity to the Portes du Soleil recreational area, is a haven for rest, relaxation and wellbeing. The baroque church with its distinctive spire at the centre of town is a striking landmark, and the well-preserved local wooden chalets and farms are a testimony to regional architecture. » www.valdilliez.ch ......................................................................................

LES CROSETS « Crazy sports and backpacking fun » : Les Crosets (1670m alt.) is appreciated for its ideal location at the very foot of the ski slopes. This is an ideal starting point from which to explore the Portes du Soleil Recreational Area, summer or winter. Surrounded by spectacular alpine peaks, the village boasts a mountain biking trail, a fishing lake and an animal park ideal for kids and families. » www.valdilliez.ch ......................................................................................

CHAMPOUSSIN « Family and nature » : Champoussin is a charming hamlet offering one of the region’s most picturesque examples of traditional local architecture. Perched at 1550m altitude, the village offers breathtaking views of the Dents du Midi peaks and unrivalled sunshine. In Champoussin, summer and winter activities are countless. » www.valdilliez.ch ......................................................................................

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ALPINE DESTINATIONS PORTES DU SOLEIL - CHABLAIS REGION .....................................................................................................................

MORGINS « The perfect get-away for sport and rejuvenation » : The pure alpine air in Morgins inspired its slogan : « Morgins, mon oxygène ! » Here in Morgins, we have just the ticket for you to enjoy an active summer season, with plenty of walking and cycling trails criss-crossing the pastures and mountains, even a chairlift if you’d rather skip the uphill climbs ! The sports centre is a great place to keep active in the summer, with an outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts, sunny terrace and a play area for the children. Morgins also offers horseback riding, gravity-powered go-carts, a bow and arrow hunting trail, fitness trail, mini-golf, skeet-shooting, fishing, bowls and more ; everything you need for a fun-filled vacation. Morgins’ nature trails hold many adventures in store for you : The Bridges Trail (great for picnics), the Forest Trail (learn about the local flora), the Planetary Trail (a little shorter we lost Pluto !), the Bee Trail (sweet) and the Water Trail (refreshing). We also have a lovely alpine lake, protected in

its pristine state ; a beautiful place for a stroll. Alpine restaurants stay open all summer to tempt you with local cheeses, meats and a variety of homemade treats. Ski and snowboard throughout the fabulous Portes du Soleil Recreational Area and schuss back to the heart of the resort in time for the aperitif ! Alternatively, explore nature in its pristine splendour on over 80 Km of marked snowshoeing, walking, horseback riding and cross country trails. Do you remember when you were a kid and winter meant snowball fights, rosy cheeks and delicious hot chocolate ? The idyllic setting here will make your children’s first ski lessons an unforgettable memory while convenient day-care keeps your infants warm and happy. Night owls will appreciate the lively ambiance in the local bars, restaurants and disco. A wide variety of musical and sport events are planned throughout the season. » www.morgins.ch

The Bridges Trail / Morgins / Carillon / View on the domain

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On the left : Champéry In the middle : Barma’s Plateau / Grand-Rue / Champéry’s Church On the bottom : Relaxation / MTB outing

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CHAMPÉRY «Sport-chic, traditional charm and authenticity»: Champéry has been welcoming tourists, nature lovers and sports enthusiasts this way for over 150 years. We offer picture perfect Swiss village charm, traditional architecture, a flourishing restaurant scene and direct access to one of the largest recreational areas in Europe. The Portes du Soleil boasts more than 650 km of ski slopes, 194 ski lifts and 214 ski runs. In summer, this mecca for hikers, rock climbers and mountain bikers has over 380 km of mountain biking trails. Champéry’s charming village features beautifully-preserved traditional wood chalets interspersed with tantalizing shops and restaurants. The 7 spectacular peaks of the Dents du Midi seem to stand guard over the village and rival even the world-famous Matterhorn and the Eiger in natural beauty. While Champéry’s scenery is a feast for your eyes, an influx of young, dynamic chefs in recent years has made Champéry’s restaurants a destination for discerning palates. The excellent cuisine in town is literally taken to new heights by the many on-piste restaurants just minutes away by cable-car. The Pass’Gourmet guidebook highlights the best local specialties. To add to Champéry’s wealth of outdoor activities, our brandnew Palladium offers on-site accommodations and meeting rooms, fitness, indoor and outdoor pools, skating and curling rinks, tennis courts, beach volleyball courts and a kids club. We think you’ll agree that Champéry is just next to Paradise, and we’re sure your stay here will be unforgettable. When you arrive, stop by the tourist office and check out the many activities planned throughout the year, from guided walks to concerts, outdoor films and festivals. Climb the award-winning Via Ferratta or have breakfast on a working farm and make yourself at home in the Alps ! » www.champery.ch ......................................................................................

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LODGINGS IN THE RHONE PLAIN PORTES DU SOLEIL - CHABLAIS ..................................................................................................................

The Portes du Soleil – Chablais Region offers a wide range of lodgings by the lake or in the mountains. Whatever your needs, from luxury hotels to convenient apartments, family size chalets or charming bed and breakfasts, we have just the thing to make your stay truly unforgettable.

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LE BOUVERET

HOTEL RIVAGE**

HOTEL RIVE-BLEUE LA LAGUNE

HOTEL BELLEVUE

14 rooms / 28 beds

13 rooms / 26 beds

16 rooms / 30 beds

This magnificent, modern, fully-renovated hotel is beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Geneva, just steps away from the French border. All the rooms have WC with shower or bath, TV, telephone, double or twin beds, soundproof windows, balconies and uninterrupted views across the lake. The hotel also offers a car park, landings with mooring for private boats, a tropical bar lounge (El Macao), a restaurant (Le Rivage), a shaded lakefront terrace, a dining room with panoramic views and access to the public beach. The CGN (General Navigation Company) steamships sail regularly between St-Gingolph and Geneva, Lausanne, Montreux, Villeneuve and other destinations. Landing 50 m from the hotel. » www.rivage.ch

The Hotel Rive-Bleu La Lagune offers a fine restaurant and 3*** accommodations. Whether you are here for business or for pleasure, our comfortable, spacious rooms have an exotic touch and are designed to create a haven for rest and relaxation. All rooms are equipped with shower and WC, TV, radio, telephone, minibar and air-conditioning. Disabled guests are welcome and can access the entire hotel thanks to a special elevator. Nothing has been forgotten in this sunny paradise ; guests have access to our private pool, beach and waterslide. The nearby golf course and tennis courts round out the usual lakeside activities of sailing and waterskiing. Your next perfect vacation awaits you at the Lagune ! » www.lagune.ch

Facing Lake Geneva and Montreux, the traditional-style Hotel Bellevue offers rooms with shower, WC, television and a balcony with a view of the lake and the Port of Le Bouveret. Our hotel is located just a few metres from the port and boat moorings. The CGN (General Navigation Company) organises transportation between the busy ports of Lake Geneva. » www.bellevue-bouveret.ch

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VOUVRY

SAINT-MAURICE

AUBERGE DE VOUVRY

HOTEL EDIROL

HOTEL DE LA DENT-DU-MIDI

14 rooms / 18 beds

23 rooms / 48 beds

17 rooms / 33 beds

This elegant and imposing hotel, majestically situated in the very heart of Vouvry, has 14 comfortable rooms and one of the finest restaurants in the region and well beyond. Chef Martial Brendle enchants discerning palates with fine seasonal cuisine, as original as it is subtle and varied. The Auberge boasts one Michelin star and is listed in the Gault et Millau, the Grandes Tables de Suisse and in the Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe. The well-stocked wine cellar offers a superb choice of fine wines. » www.aubergedevouvry.ch

Built in 1989, the Edirol welcomes you with quiet, modern hospitality in an ideal location, not far from the motorway and main roads. Our rooms are large and comfortable and we take a personal interest in our guests’ wellbeing. A nice bar, a sunny terrace, a Boccia playing area and covered parking spaces are available all year around. » www.motel-edirol.ch .......................................................

On the edge of a beautiful wooded park, 5 minutes walk from the station, the Hotel de la Dent-du-Midi offers you peace and relaxation. The hotel is ideal as a departure point for many excursions throughout our beautiful region. 15 rooms and two studios (33 beds) are comfortably accessible by lift : with shower or bath, TV, telephone, minibar and hair dryer. Wireless Internet is also available. Pets are welcome. » www.torrente.ch

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MONTHEY

SAINT-MAURICE

HOTEL DES CHEMINOTS

HOTEL DE LA GARE

MOTEL INTER-ALP

23 rooms / 40 beds

18 rooms / 29 beds

19 rooms / 76 beds

Our hotel is modern and cosy, conveniently located near the railway station and offers conference rooms, a carnotzet and private parking spaces. Our 23 comfortable rooms have bathrooms and TV. Groups and clubs are welcome.

Built in 1900, this charming hotel is housed in one of the oldest buildings in town, and has been entirely renovated to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. » www.hotelgaremonthey.com

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Set in the heart of the Bois-Noir natural preserve, we offer bungalows with lounge, TV, bedroom, kitchenette, a terrace and private parking. The Motel is located just off the Saint-Maurice – Martigny highway, on the Swiss biking trail (Rhone route) and next to Lavey’s Thermal Spa. » www.interalp.ch

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LODGINGS IN THE RHONE PLAIN I PORTES DU SOLEIL – CHABLAIS ..................................................................................................................

LAVEY-LES-BAINS

MARTIGNY

GRAND HOTEL DES BAINS***

HOTEL LE CÊDRE****

MERCURE HOTEL DU PARC****

68 rooms / 107 beds

43 rooms / 84 beds

109 rooms / 190 beds

Come to the Grand Hotel des Bains and enjoy premier facilities and services nestled in a lush green park of serene beauty. Stay in one of our 68 guestrooms with superb garden views backed by scenic alpine grandeur. Our guests enjoy direct access to the spa facilities, the perfect place to soothe the mind and pamper the body and spirit.

The Hotel du Parc is a modern hotel with sleek contemporary style. Impressive glass walls look out onto lush greenery for breathtaking vistas and an interesting contrast between exterior and interior. If the building’s exterior has the stark austerity of the alpine glaciers, the interior is convivial and warm. We are ideally situated at the very crossroads of Europe, where history and culture come together. Martigny is a big city with a small-town feel. Surrounded by the spectacular Swiss Alps, we offer beautiful scenery and an easy access to nearby ski resorts.

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Facing the majestic summits of the Dents du Midi, the hotel Le Cèdre is named after the ancient Lebanon Cedar that towers regally in front of the hotel. Le Cèdre is located in Bex, a picturesque town known for its fine wines, its historical salt mines, and fabulous scenery. With the Swiss Alps and Lake Geneva so close, guests may choose from hiking in the mountains, strolling along the lake, or skiing in the winter months. Built in 1992, our establishment is bright and spacious, and features a first-class restaurant for 65, a bistro-café seating 45, a bar, a comfortable lounge and a summer terrace with panoramic views. We also offer conference and banqueting rooms, an indoor car park (45 places) and outdoor parking (40 places). Our 40 rooms and family suites are tastefully equipped with full 4**** comfort for a demanding clientele. » www.hotel-cedre.ch

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Facts & Figures: » Wine bar (Le Verre à Pied) and wine tasting » Restaurant (Brasserie des Arts); traditional cuisine with a modern spin » Fitness, Turkish bath and Jacuzzi » Large, free parking lot for 60 cars and buses » Heliport » www.hotelduparc.ch

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Seminar rooms Our 8 seminar rooms come in a variety of sizes, from the «Office Manager» for 2 to 4 persons, to the «Historical Room» with a capacity of up to 160 persons in auditorium configuration. » www.lavey-les-bains.ch ....................................................... ....................................................... ....................................................... ....................................................... ....................................................... .......................................................

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Capacity: » 101 rooms and 4 junior suites » Several technology equipped rooms (for 5 to 300 people) » 2 modular rooms for banqueting (for 20 to 300 people)

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LODGINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS PORTES DU SOLEIL - CHABLAIS ..................................................................................................................

TORGON

TROISTORRENTS

MORGINS

HOTEL RESTAURANT TORGON*

AUBERGE DE LA BOURGEOISIE

HOTEL BEAU-SITE

12 rooms / 28 beds

6 rooms / 14 beds

10 rooms / 22 beds

This lovely, boutique hotel offers spacious, charmingly decorated rooms, equipped with double beds, TV, a safe for valuables and bathrooms stocked with all the necessary beauty products. In an effort to put our guests’ comfort first and foremost, we also offer various other items for your convenience, such as bathrobes, slippers, newspapers and magazines. » www.hotel-torgon.com .......................................................

Enjoy your holiday, we’ll do the rest ! Discover a lovely, cosy place in the Portes du Soleil. At the Auberge, you will find a heady combination of pleasant atmosphere, delicious food from our cuisine and fine wines from our cellar. Friendly, professional service and a welcoming ambiance is our goal. Our hotel-bar-restaurant is ideally situated for winter sports and summer hikes, cycling, paragliding and more. You’ll love the mountains as much as we do ! » www.aubergebourgeoisie.ch

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The Beau-Site is a charming mountain hotel dating from the end of the 19 th century. Located in the small village of Morgins, in the heart of the Portes du Soleil Recreational Area, the hotel is situated on a gentle slope slightly above the village centre, and enjoys a lovely view over the village. The oldest hotel in Morgins is a petite jewel of yesteryear that charms travellers seeking a site rich in history and redolent with authentic atmosphere. Close to the ski slopes and the hiking trails, it's the ideal residence for a vacation in the Portes du Soleil. » www.beausite.net

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VAL D’ILLIEZ

HOTEL LA REINE DES ALPES

HOTEL DU REPOS

HOTEL COMMUNAL

11 rooms / 26 beds / 2 suites

14 rooms / 30 beds

13 rooms / 31 beds

La Reine des Alpes lies in the centre of the village of Morgins in the Swiss Alps, south-east of Lake Geneva. La Reine des Alpes is a traditional, atmospheric hotel with beautiful spacious rooms, a large terrace, a cosy bar and a delicious restaurant with French and English speaking waiters. The restaurant can seat up to 60 and has panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The terrace is decorated year round and heated so that guests can enjoy a tasty lunch or evening meal right at the foot of the Alps. On a sunny day, this is the ideal spot to lounge on a long deck chair and enjoy the warm alpine sunshine. The hotel’s tranquil, informal atmosphere and breathtaking surroundings will allow you to relax to the fullest and enjoy your stay in the mountains, winter or summer. » www.lareinedesalpes.ch

This family hotel dates back to 1885 and offers a calm situation and is close to the Thermes Parc. All 14 bedrooms have TV, radio, phone and private bathrooms with shower/WC. Cosy lounge with open fire place, sunny terrace, bar and restaurants serving traditional cuisine with house specialties, fondue, beef bourguignon and homemade pizzas baked in a wood fired oven. Ideal for families and small groups. » www.hoteldurepos.com

The Hotel Communal has thirteen charming rooms and studios (two rooms) for a total of 29 beds, which allows us to offer you the kind of personal attention and tranquillity you are looking for here in Val-d’Illiez. The hotel is ideal for romantic couples getaways, relaxing family vacations, visiting groups or simply for a few days rest and relaxation all on your own. Our rooms feature TV, telephone, shower, WC and hairdryers. » www.caquelon.ch

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LES CROSETS HOTEL TÉLÉCABINE***

HOTEL DES PORTES DU SOLEIL*

23 rooms / 50 beds

21 rooms / 54 beds

The Hotel Telecabine*** is ideally situated on the very slopes of the massive Portes du Soleil Recreational Area. Our 23 rooms have from 2 to 4 beds and our comfortable hotel offers a restaurant, a carnotzet, a salon with television, a sauna, a solarium and a sunny terrace. Nearby covered parking means that you can park your car and leave it for the duration of your stay. Who needs a car when all you have to do is step into your skis and go ! » www.hoteltelecabine.ch

Open through the winter and the summer seasons, this hotel-restaurant and self-service restaurant welcomes guests in a most cordial way. Located at the bottom of the Mossettes chairlift, with its large, sunny terrace facing the glorious Dents du Midi peaks, the Gillabert family takes special pleasure in providing guests with traditional dishes and cheese specialities. Our comfortable rooms hold from 1 to 4 people. We offer private underground car parking and an ideal location. Dining room, pool table and fussball are available for use by guests. Wedding and banquet rooms (approximately 100 seating) and conference rooms are available upon reservation. » www.hotel-portes-du-soleil.com

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CHAMPOUSSIN

HOTEL LE RELAIS PANORAMIQUE

HOTEL ROYAL ALPAGE CLUB***

AUBERGE CHEZ GABY

16 rooms / 40 beds

55 rooms / 130 beds

11 rooms / 34 beds

The restaurant and hotel Le Relais Panoramique is ideally situated in the Val-d’Illiez / Les Crosets region. This is part of the Portes du Soleil, renowned for being one of the largest ski areas in the world in winter, but every bit as spectacular in summer as well. Visitors to the Relais year-round will love the unique attraction that makes us so special : a petting zoo with some really exotic creatures ! We offer 14 charming double rooms with shower, WC and TV and 2 rooms with 6 beds. We also have a fitness room, sauna and a comfortable quiet area where you can stretch out on a long chair for a little rest and relaxation. When the weather is good, you’ll want to stake out one of the deck chairs on our sunny terrace and drink in the truly breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Alps. Our restaurant specialises in every kind of rösti, a traditional dish based on pan-fried shredded potatoes. Le Relais is easy to get to, whether you are coming by car, by bike, on foot, on skis or in a baby buggy ! This is also the ideal departure point for any number of excursions throughout our region. » www.relais-crosets.com

Hotel Royal Alpage Club is situated in the centre of Champoussin and is the main hub of the village. The three star hotel has capacity for 130 guests and a variety of room styles ; single, twin and double rooms together with triple, duplex and mini apartments are ideal for families with 1- 3 children. The majority of rooms are south-facing with balconies offering a spectacular views of the famous Dents du Midi mountains. In addition to our hotel service, we also offer a large selection of chalets and apartments. Our facilities include a spacious, comfortable lounge with log fire and bar, « ski in, ski out » service, Wi-Fi, a large indoor pool, sauna, gym and massages (on request). In the Alpage restaurant we serve delicious, 3 course meals to our half-pension clients. Downstairs is our bar/pizzeria where we organise special evenings ; check out our kid’s disco on Thursdays ! Pets are not allowed in the hotel. » www.royalalpageclub.com

Step into this traditional Valaisan chalet, which has been given new life as a restaurant and inn, and let yourself be enveloped in the warmth of cosy alpine décor. Our restaurant’s vast selection will please even the most demanding of palates. Summer and winter, diners enjoy a spectacular view onto the Dents du Midi through our panoramic windows or from the terrace. Our affordable rooms offer two to four beds. Breakfast is served in the restaurant and is the perfect opportunity to indulge in our delicious homemade jams spread thickly over freshly baked bread. » www.chezgaby.ch ....................................................... .......................................................

CHAMPÉRY HOTEL BEAU-SEJOUR*** 18 rooms / 35 beds

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The Hotel Beau-Sejour is a gracious chalet-style hotel on the main street of the charming village of Champéry. Here, service and welcome is our philosophy and from the moment you step through our door, we hope you’ll feel right at home. From the carefully chosen décor to the homemade cakes served each afternoon in the lounge by a crackling fire, we’ve put our guest’s comfort first and foremost. » www.bo-sejour.com ...............................................................................................................................................................................

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CHAMPÉRY HOTEL SUISSE***

HOTEL NATIONAL***

HOTEL DES ALPES**

40 rooms / 80 beds

24 rooms / 52 beds

24 rooms / 52 beds

The Hotel Suisse is a charming 40-room hotel built in the style of the alpine chalets of yesteryear. The rustic wood panelling throughout creates an atmosphere of elegant simplicity that is both warm and welcoming in true Valaisan fashion. Ideally situated in the heart of the quaint village of Champéry, our rooms are equipped with full 3 *** comfort with bathroom, TV and balconies adjoining many of the rooms. This is the perfect way to enjoy one of the largest ski and mountain-biking resorts in the world. » www.hotel-champery.ch

In the heart of Champéry’s lovely main street, just minutes away from the sports centre, is a warm and welcoming family-style hotel in true Valaisan tradition. We hope to welcome you for an enjoyable stay and a memorable holiday. Our rooms are equipped with bathrooms, telephone, radio, cable TV, Wi-Fi and most have south-facing balconies. The hotel also offers a comfortable salon, TV room, restaurant, bar and private parking. » www.hotel-desalpes.ch

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The Hotel National is a hotel and restaurant where tradition and history go hand-in-hand with the highest standards of service. We are professional hoteliers whose goal is to provide firstclass quality, a warm welcome and service with a smile ! Michel’s cuisine is a treat for the palate after a long day in the Alps, with subtle but spectacular dishes catering to true epicureans in search of surprising novelties and elegant presentation. Eve-Marie and Michel Gatinois constantly strive to provide their friends and guests with the very best ! » www.lenational.ch

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HÔTEL PLEIN CIEL** 37 rooms / 100 beds

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HOTEL LA ROSE DES ALPES 27 rooms / 48 beds

AUBERGE DU GRAND PARADIS 10 rooms / 23 beds

The Rose des Alpes is a traditional Swiss alpine chalet-style hotel with stunning views of the Dents du Midi and an ideal location, just steps from the main street in the centre of Champéry. The chalet has 20 bedrooms for a maximum of 52 guests in 7 twin rooms, 2 double rooms, 2 triple rooms, 3 family rooms and 3 family-style suites. Most rooms have balconies, washbasins and showers, 4 rooms also have en-suite WC. The chalet also has free wireless Internet, an Internet terminal and a 8 person outdoor hot tub. » www.rosedesalpes.com 26

The Auberge nestles cosily at the bottom of the renowned Grand-Paradis ski run, just next to a new, six-seat, highspeed chairlift. Situated between the Dents du Midi and a wooded area on the right, the Auberge enjoys an ideal location, the envy of many landlords ! With 10 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a bar, a restaurant with a crackling log fire and a non-smoking TV lounge, this is the perfect place for couples, families and groups. » www.grandparadis.ch

The Plein Ciel is a haven of peace and tranquillity, perched spectacularly on the craggy mountainside of Planachaux, high above the quaint village of Champéry. » 28 double rooms with en-suite bathrooms » 6 family rooms » 3 dormitory style rooms for the « Marmottes » (kids from 6 to 16 yrs) » In-house restaurant » Delicious cuisine » Terrace and sun room on the roof » Two salons, a bar, pool table » Unparalleled views of the magnificent Dents du Midi peaks » Sauna » Film projection room » Entry ticket to the Palladium (ice-skating, pool, fitness room) » www.pleinciel.com

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CHAMPÉRY

SALANFE

HOTEL LE PALLADIUM

CHATEAUFORM’ LE CHALET

AUBERGE DE SALANFE

18 rooms / 80 beds

60 rooms / 127 beds / 9 seminar rooms

8 rooms / 20 beds / 120 places in dormitories

Welcome to the Palladium of Champéry, a state-of-the-art facility in an idyllic setting, perfect for sports clubs, teams, groups and schools. Our superior quality two-star hotel accommodations provides 18 double rooms, with a maximum capacity of 80 beds thanks to our modular facilities. Each room is equipped with shower and WC. The Palladium offers the following services : » An indoor skating rink (60m x 30m), open all year except for the month of May. The rink can be configured to seat 800 people with 300 standing spectators. » An indoor pool (25m, 4 lanes, water temp : 27°, air : 27°) » An outdoor pool (water temp : 26°) » A curling hall with 4 lanes » 4 clay tennis courts » A multi-purpose room (32m x 19m) with a theatre, equipped for gymnastics and indoor sports » A fitness room with weight training machines, mirror and dance barre » A kids club » Free Wi-Fi access throughout the facility » www.palladiumdechampery.ch

This is the very first Châteauform Hotel in Switzerland ! Located at the heart of Champéry, a quaint village in the Swiss Valais, our hotel sits at the very foot of the extensive Portes du Soleil Recreational Area. Le Chalet comprises 60 warmly decorated rooms, complete with bathroom and telephone. It is entirely dedicated to seminars, conferences and meetings, offering an auditorium, an Executive Committee meeting room, and 8 other meeting rooms fully equipped with latest generation audiovisual equipment, interactive boards and a Wi-Fi network. We also offer two additional business areas, a sauna, a steam bath, a gym and various other lounges. In an effort to help you organise your events, we gladly offer advice on how to best schedule your time here and will seek out the best service providers to fit your needs. Furthermore, our allinclusive packages mean there are no unpleasant surprises at the end of your visit. Céline & Sylvain, the host couple, and Emmanuel the Chef tend to guests daily in a « home away from home » atmosphere. Welcome to the Chalet ! » www.chateauform.com

Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, with a lovely view over Lake Salanfe, our inn is the ideal departure point for hikes and walks in our spectacular mountains, or for fishing and mountain biking. From the nearby peaks you can enjoy breathtaking panoramas of the Swiss and French Alps.

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Discover luxurious 4 star apartments offering you « à la carte » services. In order to furnish the most complete services possible, « Mrs. Miggins Luxury Chalet Services » takes under their care all of your needs as soon as you get to the resort up until you leave. The society proposes you ski lessons, grocery delivery, diverse reservations such as to the restaurant, sports stores, guides etc… or even the possibility of hiring a chef to cook your meals. These personalised services allow

guests to spend more time practicing their favorite sports, discovering the village and appreciating the natural beauty of the surroundings and Champéry’s gastronomic offer. » www.miggins.ch or » www.champerylodge.ch.

The inn offers 21 beds in comfortable bedrooms. There are three double rooms and the five triple rooms with balconies overlooking the lake. These rooms have duvets, towels and running water. WC on the ground floor. We also offer 120 beds in dormitories with approximately 9 bunk beds (18 places) in each dormitory. Woollen blankets and pillows are available. » www.salanfe.ch ....................................................... ....................................................... ....................................................... ....................................................... ....................................................... ....................................................... ....................................................... ....................................................... ....................................................... .......................................................

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ORIGINAL ACCOMMODATIONS PORTES DU SOLEIL - CHABLAIS ..................................................................................................................

WHITEPOD Whitepod is not just another hotel, it’s an exclusive resort which is both unique and ecological. Our distinctive igloo-shaped accommodations offer unprecedented luxury in a rustic camp-like setting. Alpine living is redefined at this mountain refuge; it is both pure simplicity and absolute exclusivity. Each pod (we have 6 in total) has a private front terrace offering breathtaking, uninterrupted views of the Alps. Covered with white canvas in the winter and green in the summer, the pods complement the surrounding landscape perfectly. Pitched on raised wooden platforms, they have little impact on the ground underneath so they can be taken down at any time without leaving any trace on the fragile ecosystem. Wood burning stoves and the latest insulation technology keep the pods comfortably warm day and night. » www.whitepod.com ...................................................................................................................

BOAT & BREAKFAST At this surprisingly original B & B, you will slip gently to sleep to the soothing rhythm of waves rippling against the hull of your very own boat; well your own boat for the night anyway! We have two sailboats in the Le Bouveret Port available for a truly unforgettable stay, with breakfast delivered right to your doorstep in the morning. » The Grand Bleu : This boat is ideal for a large family or for a group of friends. It offers two sleeping cabins, one single in the back, one double forward, one double couchette in the middle and a CD player. The small bathroom has a sink and WC. Breakfast is available from 8am on. » The Tonic 23 : This boat is ideal for a couple or a small family. It offers two double couchettes, a CD player and a small bathroom with chemical WC. CD Breakfast is available from 8am on. » www.ladamedulac.ch ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE A NIGHT IN THE HAY (Chalet Motteux) Jacqueline Dubosson and her family open their chalet to visitors. Share a moment of their daily lives on the farm, milk the cows, then sit down to a hearty meal of local delicacies with the family before bedding down in the hay for the night (accommodations can be made for privacy). You’ll wake to the sound of cowbells, then dig into a hearty, homemade breakfast. Additional daytime activities might include a trip to Champoussin to visit Gaby’s Farm, a visit to a local alpine dairy to see how cheese is made in the high-mountain pastures or alpages. You may simply want to spend the day strolling through the nearby meadows, observing the local flora and fauna. » www.morgins.ch ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

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THE GATEWAY TO WINTER PORTES DU SOLEIL - CHABLAIS ..................................................................................................................

In the Portes du Soleil, one hands-free ski pass unlocks the doors to one of the largest ski areas in the world. With some 650 km of ski slopes and a multitude of activities for the whole family, experts and debutants alike can experience the joys and thrills of skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, sledding and cross-country, Nordic skiing and more. The possibilities are endless ! Offering a unique blend of modernity and tradition, with the highest standards of quality and innovation, the Portes du Soleil – Chablais Region is the perfect holiday destination.

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« ACROSS-COUNTRIES » WINTERSPORTS PORTES DU SOLEIL - CHABLAIS ..................................................................................................................

The mountain resorts of Champéry, Morgins, Val-d'Illiez / Les Crosets / Champoussin and Torgon make up the Swiss side of the international Portes du Soleil Recreational Area. The Portes du Soleil straddles the Franco-Swiss border and is one of the largest ski areas in the world, offering 12 holiday resorts, 650 km of ski runs for every level of difficulty, 204 ski lifts, 7 snow parks, 3 half pipes, 4 boarder cross, 4 snow cross, hundreds of kilometres of freeride skiing and 1, convenient hands-free ski pass.

EXCURSIONS ON THE SKI SLOPES .................................................................................................................

THE SWISS WALL IN LES CROSETS Chavanette is a vertiginous and intimidating black ski run, sometimes known as the Swiss Wall. It is spoken about in hushed tones by the skiers who come over the French border from Avoriaz, on their way to Les Crosets, and for good reason. The Pas de Chavanette is one of the most awe-inspiring ski slopes in the world. A relatively short slope, it is only about a kilometre long, but over those 1000 metres there is a gut-wrenching 400 m difference in altitude. In some places, the inclination can be as much as 50°. Only very experienced skiers and snowboarders should attempt the steeper part of the run. Skiers with less experience can take the chairlift partway down. On the very upper ridge of the Pas de Chavanette, skiers and snowboarders must track the slope alone after a long period of snow, as the piste-bashers cannot access the summit. This also means that the monster moguls under the ridge can grow to a whopping 2 m high ! Steep slope fans might enjoy this interesting tidbit of information ; Dominique Perret, the Swiss native and extreme skier who holds the world record for cliff jumping with skis, takes about 20 seconds to ski down the whole slope. By comparison, even a good skier will still take around 5 minutes to ski Chavanette. ...................................................................................................................

THE GRAND-PARADIS SKI RUN TO CHAMPÉRY This evocatively named ski run starts at the top of the Ripaille ski lift, a panoramic viewpoint providing an unobstructed view of the Dents du Midi and the Dents Blanches mountains. From February onwards, keep your eyes peeled. If you are lucky, you just might catch a glimpse of a herd of moufflons, or wild mountain sheep, grazing below the Pointe de Ripaille. To really live the Grand-Paradis experience to the fullest, you might want to stop off at either the La Pisa or Chez Marius restaurants. These quaint, on-piste restaurants serve up the perfect glass of chilled wine or steaming-hot cheese fondue to keep you going. From here on out, just point your skis downhill, sit back and enjoy the ride. Your magical journey through the pristine alpine woods ends at Grand-Paradis where a new, sixseat high-speed chair lift will whisk you back up to the top of the slopes. If you’re ready to head home for some après-ski fun, shuttle busses run regularly from Grand-Paradis to Champéry’s cable car. ...................................................................................................................

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THE MILK BAR IN TORGON Attention all chocolate lovers! Spend at least one day in Torgon ; not only do we serve the best hot chocolate around, but we also enjoy some pretty extraordinary 360° panoramic views. This mountain village is one of Switzerland’s smallest destinations, but we pack a lot of punch with spectacular views over both Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. The only Milk Bar in the Portes du Soleil is situated at the bottom of the beautiful Jorette (red) ski run. The Milk Bar shoulders right up under one roof with Torgon’s highest climbing wall and ski school, so once you’ve had your chocolate cow, book a guided tour round the Portes du Soleil and explore a region that’s just full of surprises. ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

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SNOWCROSS The Snowcross is a ski area reserved for skiers who want powder and wide-open spaces ! These non-bashed slopes are created and supervised by the resorts to offer skiers and snowboarders the unconventional, freeriding sensations they’re looking for, but in the safest possible environment. These slopes are clearly marked-out with itineraries to guide the users. Snowcross slopes can now be found in the following Portes du Soleil resorts : Morgins, Champéry and Torgon on the Swiss side and Avoriaz, Châtel and Morzine on the French side. ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

SNOWPARKS Les Crosets, Crosets II slope Open during the winter season depending upon snow conditions. 1 quarter-pipe, 1 half-pipe, a few slides and a lot of jumps to make your hair stand on end. » www.superpark.ch Morgins, Crêtes slope Open during the winter season depending upon snow conditions. Jumps. » www.telemorgins.ch Edge Park in Champoussin On Sepaya, the 300 m long Edge Park welcomes beginners and offers 2 lines, 5 beginner modules : ebox, shake it, wall, bump, rock it. SnowPark Freeridezone in Torgon 500m long freeride zone in Plan de Croix. ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

SNOWSKATEPARK The Snowskate is quite simply a skateboard for the snow, made popular by snowboarders and freestylers. The Snowskate is perfect for some après-ski fun, or for when the weather conditions are less than ideal. » www.morgins.ch ................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

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SNOWSCOOT The Snowscoot is a mix between a BMX bike and a snowboard. It looks something like a scooter with two skis, one behind the other, with the back «ski» twice as long as the one in the front. Snowscoots are allowed on all the slopes in the Portes du Soleil and may also be taken onto the chairlifts and ski lifts. ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

SNOWKITE Experience the thrilling sensations and the sheer speed of the Snowkite. A qualified instructor can teach you the rudiments of this new sport, like kitesurfing but on snow. » www.champery.ch or www.lelykan.com (Kitesurf Center) ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

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CHAMPÉRY The 10 km cross-country circuit in Grand-Paradis allows skiers to practice both classic and skating styles. This circuit includes 100 metres of unleveled slope. A 4 km section of the slope is lit up at night until 10 pm. » www.champery.ch ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

MORGINS Three cross-country slopes, for a total of 20 km, take skiers into the pristine backwoods silence for a magically enchanted journey through snowy forests and along the icy river. » www.morgins.ch ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

LES CROSETS Departure behind the « Relais Panoramique Restaurant ». Tel. +41 (0)24 479 34 12 » www.relais-crosets.com ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

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Listen to the muffled music of a snow-enshrouded world, enjoy the pristine landscape and the magic of winter in the Portes du Soleil. There are numerous walking trails throughout our region that will take you off the beaten path, and right out of this world, like the Planetary Trail in the Vallon de They near Morgins. ...................................................................................................................

SNOWSHOE TRAILS Strap on your snowshoes and step out into the incredible alpine vistas of the Portes du Soleil. The region offers numerous snowshoe trails, with new trails cropping up every year. Morgins, Val-d’Illiez / Les Crosets / Champoussin and Champéry offer many newly marked snowshoe trails. Morgins : new snowshoe trails between Morgins (Switzerland) and Châtel (France). 64 km. Les Crosets - Champoussin : new marked snowshoe trails and new map. 18 km. Champéry : new, marked, snowshoe trails and new map. 10 km. Torgon : 2 marked trails. » www.chablais.info ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

SLEDGING / SLEDDING However you pronounce it, sledging or sledding, this is of the oldest means of transportation in winter and remains one of the most popular winter sports today. Champoussin / Les Crosets (4 km) and Champéry offer a total of 4.8 km of sledging runs, all with breathtaking views. Every year, Champoussin hosts a sledge race which showcases traditional sledges as well as more modern equipment like the Flitzer sledge. ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

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THE GATEWAY TO SUMMER PORTES DU SOLEIL - CHABLAIS ..................................................................................................................

The austere beauty of the Alps and sunny lakeside serenity in one, idyllic holiday ? Impossible you say, and yet‌ Lake Geneva is a vast freshwater lake, perfect for sailing, waterskiing, kayaking or cruising on the famous steamboats. The days on the lake are long and golden and the moments spent strolling the shores or relaxing on a shady restaurant terrace are unforgettable. A stone’s throw from the lake, the Portes du Soleil Recreational Area spans the French-Swiss border. In winter, this is one of the largest ski areas in the world, with 650 km of marked ski runs. In summer, over 24 chairlifts feed an unparalleled network of VTT biking, hiking and horseback-riding trails dotted by countless restaurants, sunny terraces, panoramic views and adventure parks.

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MOUNTAIN BIKES AND CYCLING ................................................................................................................. The French-Swiss MTB tour of the Portes du Soleil uses 380 km marked trails including 80% downhill trails, 15% flat trails and 5% uphill trails. 24 chairlifts operate daily from mid-June to mid-October. The downhill tracks are red (medium difficulty) but there are also many blue trails which be used in total security by beginners. The MTB tour of the Portes du Soleil can be done in one day with the chairlifts, but if you prefer to take the time to admire the landscape and enjoy a meal along the way, it is better to plan this tour over two days. ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

MOUNTAIN BIKING AREA, BIKEPARK.CH With over 20 lifts opened during the summer, the Portes du Soleil is certainly one of the greatest mountain biking regions in the world. The BikePark.ch Champéry / Val-d’ Illiez / Morgins, which is definite MTB territory in the Portes du Soleil, offers a multitude of tracks for riders of all abilities. The more practiced bikers can choose from between 10 especially arranged circuits and cross-country courses. The various circuits in Bikepark.ch are indicated on a map distributed for free by the local Tourist Offices and Chablais Tourisme SA. The routes are marked using the same colours as ski runs : blue for easy tracks (dirt or paved roads suitable for motor vehicles), red for medium difficulty and black for very difficult runs. » www.bikepark.ch ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

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On the Dents du Midi and the Dents Blanches hiking tours, nature-lovers will truly have the chance to delve into our region’s magnificent flora and fauna. The spectacular landscapes of craggy alpine peaks and pristine mountain lakes, the festivals, and the multitude of unique activities on offer, like spending the night in a barn or visiting an alpine cheese-maker, promise to make this your best holiday ever. ...................................................................................................................

NORDIC WALKING From the far North comes the new fitness rage! Nordic walking is just like regular fitness walking, except that it is practiced with special, lightweight poles which allow you to work 90% of your body and burn 45% more calories than regular walking ! It’s great for strengthening neck and back muscles, and is also an excellent cardiovascular workout. This is a sport for anyone; just lengthen your stride, roll your hips and swing those poles ! » www.chablais.info ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

THE HIKING TOUR OF THE PORTES DU SOLEIL Stroll through meadows carpeted with flowers to the lulling sound of cowbells ringing in the distance. The postcard-perfect scenery, the charmingly rustic alpine chalets and the mouth-watering local cuisine will leave you with the souvenir of an exceptional holiday. The Portes du Soleil walking tour can start in any one of the 12 resorts with plenty of criss-crossing shortcuts to allow you to come back to the starting point if you linger in the meadows. Total walking time, if you do the whole tour : 33 hours for the French part and 15 hours for the Swiss part, which equals about 7 days of walking, 6 to 8 hours per day. » www.portesdusoleil.com ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

THE PORTES DU SOLEIL ON HORSEBACK The Portes du Soleil is a dream destination for horseback riding. Most of the 12 Swiss and French resort villages here offer accompanied outings on horseback, an ideal way to explore the nature and wildlife of this diverse region. At a leisurely pace, over several days, riders can explore two different countries which share a unique perspective. A variety of viewpoints offer magnificent panoramas as you ride through the alpine meadows. Stay the night in a gîte, then head out the next morning refreshed and ready for new adventures. Explore the French-Swiss Alps on horseback and experience the true Portes du Soleil, where free-spirited camaraderie and conviviality go hand in hand. There are equitation centers in Champéry, Champoussin (western style), Morgins and Les Crosets. The season lasts generally from June to October. » www.portesdusoleil.com ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

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HIKING TOUR AROUND THE DENTS-DU-MIDI The Tour des Dents du Midi hiking trail is a well-marked, mid-altitude trail 42 km long, circling the foot of the majestic Dents du Midi massif. The course, which varies between 1040 and 2500 m altitude, is an ecological treasure trove. Sites to see include the Fahy waterfall, the breathtaking view of the Cime de l’Est’s north face and an abundant fauna and flora in its most untouched state. This is one of the most spectacular hikes in the world and it is also one of the most versatile. It can be completed in a day or over several days, with most people averaging 3 to 4 days. There is never a dull moment as each spectacular view is succeeded by the next. The river rapids, lovely old mountain chalets, plunging valleys, waterfalls, lakes, alpine pastures, rocky outcrops and forests seem to come straight out of the old Swiss legends. Around every corner, at every resting point, something magical awaits the patient explorer who knows how to listen to the language of nature; water splashing over stones, birdsong or the startled cry of a groundhog. Can you read the stories written in the changing patterns of shadow and light on the Alps ? Look carefully ! The animals are watching you and the flowers in the meadows are bobbing their heads to welcome you as you pass by ! » www.dentsdumidi.ch ...................................................................................................................

THE TOUR DE DON, PANORAMIC VIEWPOINT OVER THE CHABLAIS In the Chablais, not far from the shores of Lake Geneva and just above Torgon, there is a little-known mountain where visitors will find an inspiring walking trail, incidentally one of the most beautiful trails in the region. It is called the Tower of Don (1998m alt.). After making it to the top, either on foot or by chair lift from Torgon, visitors are rewarded with an extraordinary scenic view, unique even in the extraordinary Portes du Soleil region. Both Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva are visible from here, as well as some of the most impressive mountains of the lower part of the Valais : the Dents du Midi and the Combins. From the top, visitors can continue a charming walk towards the Col de Croix and onwards, via the Chalet Mouet, to the Savoyard side of the Portes du Soleil recreational area. Once here, you can stop and enjoy the food and drink available in a tranquil meadow hut before continuing on in the direction of the Col de Recon (CH). As you descend over the pass into the valley below, you might witness a rare sight : grazing mouflon, or mountain sheep. As watching for these shy creatures requires a great amount of patience and even more stealth, you may want to sit and wait for them to appear. On the sunny terrace at the La Bourri mountain refuge, you will find a comfortable seat and a beautiful view over the animals’ preferred side of the mountain. » www.torgon.ch ...................................................................................................................

THE BARMAZ PLATEAU At 1500 m, Barmaz, is one of the highlights of the Chablais region. Traditional chalet-style farms dot an idyllic valley, which is a perfect spot for family outings, picnics, walks in the woods and mushroom-picking. Worthy of mention are the two welcoming cantines, where accommodation is available (from the end of May to the beginning of October). In some of the mountain farmsteads, delicious cheeses are still made according to age-old traditions. For amateur rock climbers, a natural climbing wall is located on the spectacular Barme Rock, two minutes from the restaurants. The 47 different climbing routes range in difficulty from 3 to 7b. Whether you are on foot, on horseback, on your bike or travelling by car, Barme is easy to get to and certainly worth the detour ! Barme is not an end in itself, but a great departure point for many more destinations on foot, bikes or horseback. » www.champery.ch ...................................................................................................................

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MORGINS’ PLANETARY TRAIL The Planetary Trail is really out of this world ! Dotted along a trail that follows the They Vallon are yellow discs identifying the different planets in order. The planets’ technical characteristics are shown through the discs, allowing walkers of all ages to explore the solar system on a human scale ; every step you take corresponds to a distance of 1 million kilometres in the Cosmos ! When you come back to Earth, try exploring Morgins’ other educational theme trails : the Forestry Trail, the Bridges Trail and the Bee Trail. » www.morgins.ch ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

THE GALLERY DÉFAGO IN CHAMPÉRY In 1862, M. Emmanuel Défago created the Défago Gallery by carving out a natural fissure in the sheer rock wall opposite Champéry, leaving us with a spectacular promenade 600 m long. From the gallery, visitors have a breathtaking, panoramic view over Champéry and a good part of the Val-d’Illiez. In the late morning, when the sun is fully up over the Dents du Midi, this may well be the most perfect view of a picture-perfect village. Many have been charmed by this magical place hewn into the unforgiving granite of the Alps. At the turn of the 20 th century, Arthur of Clarapède wrote, « When examining the large rock wall facing Champéry, on the other side of the Vièze River, one is struck by the word gallery, written in capital letters on the rock like a shop sign. This inscription on the side of a mountain, indicates one of the prettiest and most interesting walks around Champéry. » www.champery.ch ...................................................................................................................

THE VIA FERRATA IN TIÈRE Between Val-d’Illiez and Champéry lies the Via Ferrata de Tière. This is a mountain climbing trail equipped with fixed cables, ladders and bridges, making a rather vertiginous pathway in the mountains accessible to walkers and climbers with a wide range of climbing abilities. The Via Ferrata de Tière winds its way through forests and crosses over waterfalls and rapids three times with the help of hanging bridges and passageways (the longest measures 20 meters). It is built into a rock wall with a 75° incline and full southern exposure. The technical course has an altitude gain of 125 m and the total length of the cabled course is approximately 460 m. This sport, a mix of hiking and mountain climbing, is perfect for adults and children alike. Safety equipment is obligatory and can be rented in any sports shop in Val-d’Illiez or Champéry. Advice for the people afraid of heights : the presence of a mountain guide may be helpful and will increase your enjoyment of this challenging activity. » www.champery.ch and www.valdilliez.ch 38

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VIA FRANCIGÉNA Within it’s first five centuries of existence, the Roman Empire had built almost 80 000 kilometres of roads. One of these routes was particularly well travelled, for centuries assuring a steady back-and-forth circulation of people and goods from Italy to England, via Switzerland and France. This road, alternately called the Via Francigena or Via Romea, was built in the 7 th century and linked Canterbury with Rome, making it possible for the Catholic English pilgrims to go to Rome. The already well-established 5 th century St-Maurice Abbey and its treasure significantly predate the Via Francigena, which first appears in historical documents in 876. The small town of St-Maurice was thus historically an important stop on this road, the last stop before the intimidating passage over the Alps. In 990, Sigeric, the archbishop of Canterbury then, made a journey to Rome to be invested with the symbol of his appointment. On his return journey, he carefully made notes of the 80 stages of his voyage. The route he took often crosses the old Roman road, especially in Switzerland and France. In his writings, Sigeric mentioned places like the Grand-St-Bernard Pass, Bourg-St-Pierre, Orsières, St-Maurice, Vevey, Lausanne and Orbe. » www.saint-maurice.ch ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

A CRUISE ON LAKE GENEVA Le Bouveret and St-Gingolph are perfect starting points for a cruise on Lake Geneva over to the Château de Chillon, Montreux, Lausanne or Evian. Aboard one of our ships, enjoy a delicious supper while looking at the amazing country side going by. » www.cgn.ch ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

SAILING ON LAKE GENEVA Lake Geneva hosts the biggest lake regatta in Europe, the Bol d’Or, and is a paradise for water sports. The sailing schools in Le Bouveret offer lessons for beginners, children, adults, schools and companies. The school also offers catamaran excursions, sailboat rentals, motorboat lessons, sailing license preparation and combined licences. If you love the water and water sports, sun and spectacular scenery, then Lake Geneva is the perfect vacation destination for you. And who knows, you may even go home an expert sailor ! » www.bouveret.ch and www.st-gingolph.ch ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

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ALPEMOTION AlpEmotion makes dreams come true. We design high-quality, unique, tailor-made trips to help you get the very best out of your vacation experience. Our professionals will : » organize your trip according to your desires, your interests, physical conditions and technical level. » escort you to and from activities, ensuring total comfort and security while exposing you to new aspects of mountain life. » organize all the technical details of your trip so that it goes without a hitch. Visit our website and choose your Emotion. AlpEmotion will design your trip, summer or winter, for private clients or businesses (groups from 2 to 20 people). » www.alpemotion.com ...................................................................................................................

RIVER RAFTING ON THE RHONE Here is an interesting idea for a wild outing among friends, and probably one of the more adventurous activities the Chablais has to offer ! The 8 km long rafting circuit between Aigle and Le Bouveret exploits the wild twists and turns of the Rhone River and ends with an adrenaline-charged moment when the river pours into Lake Geneva. Other, more challenging circuits can also be organised. River rafting is practiced on an inflatable rubber raft steered with paddles, extremely stable and safe and perfect for teams of 6 to 8 people. » www.bouveret.ch and www.st-gingolph.ch ...................................................................................................................

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THE GATEWAY TO FUN PORTES DU SOLEIL - CHABLAIS ..................................................................................................................

The Chablais Region offers a great choice of activities and guaranties fun and entertainment for the whole family all year round. At the Labyrtinthe Aventure in Evionnaz, search for mysterious treasures in a giant open-air maze. Plung in a Carribean paradise at Aquaparc in Le Bouveret. At Point Sud in Champoussin swing from branch to branch like a modern-day Tarzan. At the Swiss Vapeur Parc in Le Bouveret, climb onto reduced steam trains and visit a miniature Switzerland. Finally, get lost in the Fun Planet in Villeneuve or enjoy the animal park in Les Crosets...

AQUAPARC IN LE BOUVERET Was that the infectious beat of a steel-drum band I just heard ? Step into the Aquaparc in Le Bouveret and plunge yourself into a tropical paradise complete with toboggans, a jungle wave pool, waterfalls and the occasional dastardly pirate ! At Aquaparc, swimming is an adventure. The most beautiful aquatic leisure park in Switzerland, Aquaparc is made up of three fabulous worlds : Cap’tain Kids Land for the little ones, Jungle Land for hair-raising speed and vertical drops and Paradise Land, an oasis of calm and well-being. Aquaparc has something for everyone, me hearties, Yo-Ho ! Open : all year round. Groups / businesses Aventures Caraïbes : this is the perfect way to spend an unforgettable day out ! When you reserve a group visit to Aquaparc, we will offer you a tailor-made program to fit your individual needs. Benefits include : a personal welcome upon arrival, priority access to dressing rooms or even dressing rooms reserved for your private group use and a security briefing tailored to your needs. Wet n’ Delicious For a fabulous day of fun and relaxation for your company outing, our « Wet ‘n Delicious » offer is as tasty as it is splashtastic ! This offer starts at Fr 110.– for 50 people or more. To wet your whistle, here is an idea of a Wet ‘n Delicious evening at the Aquapark. 2:00 pm : Entry into Aquaparc From 4:00 to 6:00pm : Organized games, timed waterslide races. Water polo (from 9:00pm). From 6:00 to 7:30pm : cocktails in Paradise Land. From 7:30pm to 1:00am : cold buffet in Paradise Land, specially reserved for private use by your group. Seasonal salads, drinks included. Throughout the evening, all the Aquapark installations remain open for your use to the sunny sounds of Carribean music. The price includes: park entry, personal welcome, organized games, meals and drinks. » www.aquaparc.ch ...................................................................................................................

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THE SWISS VAPEUR PARC IN LE BOUVERET The Swiss Vapeur Parc, one of Europe's most magnificent miniature railway parks, is ideally located on the shores of Lake Geneva in the port town of Le Bouveret. At the Swiss Vapeur Parc, dozens of miniature antique and vintage steam and diesel trains puff their way through tunnels, over bridges, around alpine peaks and past charming hamlets. This lovely 17 000 m2 park delights visitors of all ages with pint-sized replicas of famous Valaisan landmarks. Good to know : cold and hot food available, snack bar and terrace. International Steam Festival in June. Open : mid March to end of October. » www.swissvapeur.ch ...................................................................................................................

POINT SUD IN CHAMPOUSSIN Imagine a place, just around the corner from here that plunges you right into the heart of an Amazonian jungle. In this exotic setting, visitors swing from tree to tree fifteen meters above the ground, surrounded by a cacophony of jungle sounds. Participants can experience a variety of challenges without ever touching the earth. Each post offers something new, from rope bridges and swinging ropes, to suspended pathways and zip lines. This is an activity for adults and children alike, the only condition being is that participants measure at least 1m40. The Point Sud and its 400 m of bridges, pathways, balance beams, ladders and nets guarantee an unforgettable experience, 5 to 20 meters up in the air. Open : May to November. » www.pointsud.ch ...................................................................................................................

THE LABYRINTHE AVENTURE IN EVIONNAZ Even if you do manage to find your way out of the impregnable outdoor maze at Labyrinthe Aventure, it will be hard to finish all of the puzzles, riddles and games that await you around every twisting and turning passage. There are zip lines, obstacle courses, climbing walls and many other challenges to test your mettle. The maze is made up of more than 18 000 Thuja bushes, planted in the shape of the Valais. The paths in our maze are 3 km long. Visitors of all ages will love the countless activities that await them in the Labyrinthe’s lush grounds, like huge trampolines, a massive, twisting stainless-steel toboggan and games for little tykes. We offer guided tours, catering, a picnic area, a snack bar and souvenir shop. Visit us at Halloween for the spookiest, jack o’ lanternlit nights in Valais. Splash party, from June to August. Halloween in the Labyrinthe, mid to end of October. » www.labyrinthe.ch ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

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FUNPLANET IN VILLENEUVE FunPlanet is the amusement park in Europe with the largest variety of activities under one roof. Whatever the weather, there is fun to be had and a multitude of games to be played. FunPlant offers plenty of activities for people of all ages, gocarting, bowling, snooker, electronic games, a playground for small children, a climbing wall, a disco, bars, conference rooms and much, much more. There is also some great shopping to be done in the neighbourhood shopping centre or in the lovely nearby town of Villeneuve. Finally ! A place where you and your kids can have fun ! Bowling The Fun Planet has 20 bowling lanes, which means fun for everyone and strikes galore ! Go-carting We’ve moved our go-cart track indoor so the fun never stops all year round. We offer a premier in Switzerland with electric, ecological carts and even more power than ever before ! It’s all fun and video games ! We have more than 100 video games, 10 pool tables, pinball machines, foosball machines, a climbing wall and a kiddie area with a bouncy castle so no one feels left out ! Conference Rooms Our 6 conference rooms have a combined area of 375 m2, and are completely equipped to allow you to organize conferences and presentations to fit your needs. Banqueting Rooms The Repaire is a veritable pirate’s lair with decor straight out of the Pirates of the Carribean. The room can accommodate groups of up to 150 people. Food and Drinks FunPlanet also houses a fast-food restaurant and a pizzeria with the best pizza on the « Planet ». At FunPlanet, the fun is out of this world ! We hope you’ll drop by and visit us soon ! » www.funplanet.ch ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

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THE BEX SALT MINES Carved into the hillsides of Bex is a vast labyrinth of twisting and turning tunnels, bottomless pits, winding staircases and cavernous underground rooms. The tunnels delve a massive 50 km into the earth beneath the towns of Villars, Chesières and Arveyres. The public can now visit a few of the tunnels in this immense underground network. This visiting area allows guests to see the most spectacular aspects of this unique mine and gives a comprehensive presentation of the diverse saltmining techniques that have been used since the first galleries were dug in 1684. The Taverne du Dessaloir Underground Restaurant At the Taverne du Sessaloir, we can help you stage a truly unique and memorable event, in an underground room that can accommodate anyone from 30 to 200 guests. Our competent personnel will organize meals, snacks or cocktails in conjunction with a guided tour of the Salt Mines. Don’t hesitate to contact us for menus and a detailed offer tailor-made for you. Seminars Why not try planning a seminar in a place no one will ever forget ? Our underground rooms are equipped with projectors and screens, microphones and speakers and plenty of electrical connections. » www.mines.ch ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

THE ANIMAL PARK IN LES CROSETS Goats, lamas, and even kangaroos live here, Chez Suzanne, in the little zoo at the Relais Panoramique in Les Crosets. Children and adults alike will love meeting Suzanne’s exotic, furry family, and there’s no better place to have a bite to eat and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Dents du Midi peaks. Although many visitors come here for the animals, this is also a popular restaurant, known for making the best rösti in town. Rösti are mouth-watering pan-fried grated potatoes. The Relais Panoramique is accessible by car, foot or mountain bike but also with skis and snowshoes in winter. If you just can’t tear yourself away from this charming place, you can always arrange to spend the night. The Relais Panoramique is a charming alpine hotel as well ! Open : end of June to end of October, also open in winter. » www.relais-crosets.com ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

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GABY’S FARM IN CHAMPOUSSIN Gaby’s Farm is a working goat farm, home to over 50 goats of the alpine Chamoisée race, but it is also the perfect destination for a family outing. Visitors here get a glimpse of rural alpine life, while learning about the history of cheese-making in the Alps. On the second floor of the farm, a quaint little museum presents mountain life in the old days, with antique household and cheese-making items. Downstairs, in a sleek, modern milking room, Gaby produces an absolutely scrumptious cheese, which is sold at the farm and can be sampled in the farm’s restaurant. The hot goat cheese salad is delectable ! Gaby’s farm isn’t only a farm and restaurant ; it is also a charming family-style auberge. Have a leisurely meal on the huge, sunny terrace and drink in the gorgeous scenery of the Dents du Midi peaks and the Valaisan Alps. Stay the night and use this as your departure point for a fabulous horseback trek through the Portes du Soleil. Open : end of June to end of October, also open in winter » www.chezgaby.ch ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

THE «REINES» OF TOVASSIÈRE High in the Alps near Morgins lies the alpine pasture of Tovassière. Here, the old, alpine traditions are as firmly anchored as the grey rock from which the name Tovassière was taken. This is home to one of the most impressively beautiful species of cows in the Alps, the black Herens. Thought to have been brought here by the Romans, the Herens cows are one of the most highly-prized species of cattle in the Alps, well known for their agression, intelligence and the deeply entrenched hierarchic order of the herds. Combats are held yearly to establish which dominant female will lead the group. This has given rise to one of the oldest and most cherished of Valaisan traditions : the Combats des Reines. When the cows return to the alpine pastures in spring, at the famous Inalpe, the Reines, or Queens, fight each other in spectacular and hotly contested battles. The charming, family-run Tovassière Alpage restaurant serves tasty regional specialities from The Valais like Croute au Fromage, Fondue and Viande Séchée. Open : June to October. » www.tovassiere.ch ...................................................................................................................

THE FAIRY GROTTO IN SAINT-MAURICE Discovered over a century ago in the forbidding cliff face overhanging SaintMaurice, the mysterious Fairy Grotto was carved over time by the action of water on stone. The tortuous tunnel plunges 650 m into the earth, to end at a small underground lake, fed by a spectacular waterfall. Some say that the Good Fairy Frisette can still be seen, watching over the visitors of her home. Others tell a chilling legend about a dragon that once lived here and was petrified by the fairy Carabosse as he tried to escape. What we do know is that the grotto was originally opened for exploitation in 1863 by the nuns who ran the Vérolliez orphanage in order to bring in extra funds for the orphans. After visiting the grotto, stop and sample some delicious local specialties at the charming café. Open : 15 th March to 15 th November. » www.grotte.ch/fee ...................................................................................................................

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THE GATEWAY TO WELLNESS PORTES DU SOLEIL - CHABLAIS ..................................................................................................................

From deep below the Alps, naturally-heated pure glacial waters spring to the surface of the earth rich in healing elements and minerals. These waters, which have been tapped at two thermal spas here in the Chablais, are veritable wellsprings for rest and relaxation...

THERMES PARC, VAL-D’ILLIEZ At the Thermes Parc in Val-d’Illiez, meticulously tended lush gardens and warm thermal waters make a veritable oasis of relaxation. The swimming pool is a comfortable 32°C, and the man-made river winding through the gardens with waterfall and shady grotto, children’s play area and sunny green lawn, hovers around 29°C. We also offer massages, beauty treatments and delicious local, seasonal cuisine in our restaurant. For a longer stay, visitors can rent one of our elegantly appointed, furnished apartments. A relaxing dip in the baths is the perfect way to end a long day on the ski slopes in winter and just the thing to soothe tired feet after a challenging hike in summer. The mineral-rich waters produce an immediate sensation of well-being and have a measurable long-term effect on parts of the nervous system such as heart rate, breathing and digestion. At Thermes Park, our bywords are nature, health, wellness and authenticité. This is the ideal place to shed the daily stress of life and get back to nature, recharging your mind, body and spirit in the process. We are proud to announce the opening in summer 2008 of a magnificent new aquatic wellness centre. » www.thermes-parc.com

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LAVEY-LES-BAINS Welcome to Lavey les Bains, and the warmest thermal waters in Switzerland ! Our magnificent facilities offer one indoor pool and two outdoor pools (1000 m2 of water) surrounded by a spectacular scenery for a truly magical moment of rest and relaxation. In winter, the alpine peaks surrounding the pools are snow-capped but you will soak luxuriously in waters reaching 36°. In summer, the waters are kept slightly cooler, at 28°. Pamper yourself from head to toe : » jacuzzis » massage jets » swan-neck fountains » mushroom-shaped cascades » waterfalls » active current pools » bubble-jet underwater massage beds » health and wellness center From the Scandinavian purity of the Nordic Pavilion sauna and the starlit Arabian Night steam room in the Oriental Pavilion to the massive outdoor pool magically at night, this is a fairytale kingdom dedicated to your happily, and healthily, ever after. » www.lavey-les-bains.ch ...................................................................................................................

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THE GATEWAY TO FINE DINING PORTES DU SOLEIL - CHABLAIS ..................................................................................................................

THE «CHABLAIS GOURMANDS» LABEL OF QUALITY Visitors to our region will be hard put to choose from among the many mouthwatering recommendations in Chablais Gourmands. Launched in 2003, this is a food-lovers guide to the best tables in the three areas of the Chablais Region : the Swiss Valais, the Swiss Vaud and the French Haut-Savoy. Additionally, for diners who really want to immerse themselves in local terroir and traditions, Chablais Gourmands features a list of restaurants that specialize in traditional regional dishes. Finally, the guide showcases some of our most spectacular local wines, abundant in character and redolent with subtle aromas. Of course, the restaurants and producers listed in our guide must meet the rigorous standards of quality stipulated in the association's charter. Chablais Gourmands is distributed free of charge by local tourist offices, and is our way of celebrating the culture, history and traditions that have created our unique Chablais Region. The local producers, wineries and chefs wish you a very warm welcome and a Bon Appétit ! » www.chablais-gourmands.com ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

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THE «PASS’GOURMET» Here in the Portes du Soleil, we are always looking for new and interesting ways to welcome our guests and make sure that you get the very best out of your stay in our unique and diverse region. In this spirit, an enterprising group of restaurant owners has come together to create the Pass’Gourmet. On skis, on snowboard, or with snowshoes, this gourmet circuit will take you on a discovery trip of our valley’s local produce and culinary traditions. We hope the Pass’Gourmet will make all your five senses come alive as you » Look on the spectacular scenery with new eyes, » Listen to the pristine silence of the Alps in winter, » Feel the crunch of fresh snow under your feet and the sun on your face, » Smell the wood smoke from a log fire and the rich aromas of our local cuisine » Taste the very best of our regions specialities, cooking and wines. For a holiday that tastes as good as it looks, choose restaurants with the Pass’Gourmet label, and you’ll be guaranteed quality, authentic produce and and reasonable prices. Bon Appétit ! » www.portesdusoleil.com ...................................................................................................................

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THE GATEWAY TO CULTURE PORTES DU SOLEIL - CHABLAIS ..................................................................................................................

Although our feet are firmly planted in the 21st century, the Chablais is an ancient land with a long history. Our mountains and valleys are dotted with historical sites like the castles of Chillon and Saint-Maurice, the St-Gingolph Boating History Museum and the Old Mill on the Tine River in Troistorrents. One of our most famous sites is the fascinating Abbey of St. Maurice, which was founded in 515 and is now the oldest active abbey north of the Alps.

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THE ABBEY OF SAINT-MAURICE The Abbey of St. Maurice was founded in 515 on the tomb of the Theban martyr Maurice and his companions. Today, the Regular Canons of Saint Augustine are active in parish ministries, teaching and missionary work. The Cult of Martyrs developed here at the Abbey and the land around the city of Agaune became a spiritual centre during the second reign of the Burgundians (888), and following that during the dynasty of the Dukes of Savoy. Agaune took the name of Saint-Maurice after the Abbey, which was built on the tomb of the warrior-martyr Maurice. Legend says that Maurice, leader of the famed Roman Theban Legion in the 3 rd century, was beheaded after refusing to attack local Christians. Maurice’s troupes were then « decimated », a practice which consisted of beheading every 10 th soldie. » www.saint-maurice.ch ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

THE OLD MILL OF THE TINE The Old Mill on the Tine River is one of the jewels in our cultural and historical crown. This ensemble of traditional buildings, dating from the 15th century, clings to the steep rocky walls of the Tine River Gorge near Troistorrents. In this spectacular setting above the cascading waters of the Tine River, shadows and light play beautifully on the lovingly-restored wooden walls. At night, the mill is spectacularly lit making it a truly unforgettable sight. Day or night, these buildings give us a glimpse into one of the important local industries of the past. Modern-day visitors get a hands-on understanding of the antique hydraulics used to operate the mill, press, forge and sawmill. A small exposition of furniture and antique tools completes the visit. Open : July and August. Rest of the year, upon reservation. » www.vimoti.ch ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

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THE CHABLAIS HISTORICAL MUSEUM, VOUVRY Become an archaeologist and take a trip back in time to the dawn of humanity and of the Chablais ! Learn about Homer’s Troy and see the stone tools used by of the Chablais’ earliest inhabitants over 40 000 years ago, but watch out for the wild warriors and bearded wise men you might meet on the way ! » www.museeduchablais.ch ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

THE ST-GINGOLPH BOATING HISTORY MUSEUM This unique and intriguing museum presents a fascinating array of documents and objects concerning the boats that have crisscrossed Lake Geneva, or Lac Leman in French. Perched high in the attic of a grand manor house, under a magnificent framework of beams dating back to 1752, the museum retraces the history of merchant boating on Lake Geneva from the XV to the XX centuries. Other exhibits cover the naval shipyard and the village community in the golden age of the barques, the instantly recognisable Lemanic boats with the graceful lateen sails, or « butterfly wing » sails. We also have a whole fleet of model boats, from the huge old ocean-going Naus to brigantines, corsairs and steamers. » www.st-gingolph.ch/musee ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

CHÂTEAU DE CHILLON, MONTREUX Step over Chillon’s drawbridge and take a trip back in time to the XII and XVI centuries, when this starkly beautiful castle perched on a rocky outcropping in Lake Geneva was a strategic key on the road to Italy. From the mountainous coastline, Chillon presents the unforgiving façade of an impregnable military fortress. From the lakeside, the castle is all elegance and princely residence. The site is made up of some 25 buildings, some of which are over a thousand years old. The castle was completely renovated and considerably enlarged in the XIII century by Pierre II of Savoy and has changed hands many times since. Today, visitors may tour Chillon from the cellar to the top of the donjon, with a particularly chilling stop in the prison where the Swiss patriot Bonivard was held from 1530 to 1536. This inspired Lord Byron’s famous poem, « The Prisoner of Chillon » (1816). Banquet capacity : 360 / cocktail capacity : 650 » www.chillon.ch ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

CHÂTEAU D’AIGLE Perched on the remnants of a prehistoric Bronze Age refuge, Aigle Castle was built as an important 13th century bastion in the relentless Savoyard advance into Valaisan territories. The castle has recently undergone a complete and painstaking restoration and part of the castle now houses the Museum of Wine and Vineyards. Banquet capacity : 210 / cocktail capacity : 460 » www.chateauaigle.ch ................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................

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May

Livestock Fair, Champéry

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Mid June – mid October

Portes du Soleil opens for MTB

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Early June

Inalpe and Combats of the Reines, Tovassière

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June

Music Festival, Saint-Maurice .......................................................................................................

Steam Festival at the Swiss Vapeur Parc, Le Bouveret .......................................................................................................

Ceremony of Toupins (summer solstice), Morgins .......................................................................................................

Bol d’Or-Regatta, Le Bouveret .......................................................................................................

Summer Festival, Monthey ................................................................................................................................................................................

Early July

PassPortes du Soleil (MTB meeting) .......................................................................................................

Portes du Soleil, Summer Festival at the Portes du Soleil Pass ................................................................................................................................................................................

July / August

Folklore markets, Morgins

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July

Village Festival, Val-d’Illiez .......................................................................................................

Flâneries Musicales, Champéry ................................................................................................................................................................................

July 31st

Fireworks, Le Bouveret

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August 1st

Swiss National Day, all mountain resorts and Le Bouveret

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August

Torgona Bike, MTB races, Torgon .......................................................................................................

Midsummer Festival at Auberge chez Gaby, Champoussin .......................................................................................................

Midsummer Festival with costumed group Champéry 1830, Champéry .......................................................................................................

Lake Festival, Morgins .......................................................................................................

Livestock Fair, Les Crosets .......................................................................................................

Mountain Sheep Festival, Torgon ................................................................................................................................................................................

September

Fête de la Montagne, Champéry .......................................................................................................

Festival of French Philosophy, Saint-Maurice .......................................................................................................

Fête du Gros-Bellet and désalpe, Monthey .......................................................................................................

Désalpe on the Place du 6 août, Morgins ................................................................................................................................................................................

October

Chestnut Festival, St-Gingolph

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December

Christmas Park, Val-d’Illiez .......................................................................................................

Torchlight descent, Vouvry .......................................................................................................

Telethon, Le Bouveret .......................................................................................................

It’s winter in Morgins .......................................................................................................

Ceremony of Toupins (winter solstice), Morgins .......................................................................................................

Flaming torchlight show by ski school, Morgins ................................................................................................................................................................................

January

Le Grand Nord, Grand Paradis in Champéry .......................................................................................................

La Grande Odyssée, dog-sled races Champéry .......................................................................................................

Cross-country day, Vouvry ................................................................................................................................................................................

End January / February

Carnival in Monthey

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March

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Snow up, Morgins .......................................................................................................

Spring Festival at the Portes du Soleil Pass .......................................................................................................

Champions Night, Morgins ................................................................................................................................................................................

April

Happy End, Champéry

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