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Lots to do all year round

Or simply relax...

 

The Evolène region has a rich natural and cultural heritage.   The way of life continues today, as it has for centuries, with traditional farming, festivals and celebrations.  Visitors are encouraged to find out more through events organised by the Tourist Board.   The Evolene region website (under Useful Links) gives more details.  

 

The picturesque valley, where the river flows between green pastures and paths lead up into the mountains and glaciers beyond, provides the perfect environment for a wide variety of activities.   These can all extend well into the autumn.

 

Walking:  With over 250km of tracks and trails in the area, walkers can plan a route with almost any degree of difficulty.  From a low-level riverside amble to a full day trek to over 3,250m.  Having walked most of the paths in the area ourselves, we can advise on the best routes to suit your level of ability. 

 

Flower enthusiasts will find the spring and early summer particularly interesting.  The higher pastures turn into a wonderful carpet of colour when a myriad of different Alpine species come into bloom.  Butterflies are also in abundance.

 

Mountaineering and rock climbing:  Climbers have been coming to the area since Victorian times and Evolène is an ideal base.  From here you can tackle some of the best known alpine peaks, such as the imposing Dent Blanche (4356m), the Pigne d'Arolla (3796m) and the Aguille de la Tsa (3668m).   We can put you in touch with fully qualified British mountain guides, one of whom lives locally. 

(See www.frostguiding.co.uk).  

 

There are over 100 climbing routes in the area - including a huge boulder less than 100m away !

 

Via ferrata:  There is a via ferrata climb overlooking the village (see gallery) and another in Nax, which is a short drive away.

 

Mountain biking:  The valley has many trails including the 'Evolenard' which is split into 3 distances of 18, 28 and 54km.   Trottinettes are also available to hire in the area.

 

Parascending:  Parascenders regularly fly around the valley, landing in a field close to the village.  Tandem flights can be arranged with a local company should you wish to try this exhilarating sport.

 

Pétanque:  Several pistes are available in the village and Les Haudères. 

 

The Valais is the sunniest area in Switzerland.  To be high on the slopes here in the Val d'Herens surrounded by very few people, pure mountain air, blue skies, warm sunshine, amazing views of  gleaming 4000m peaks is a special experience.  The Evolène Region   (l'Espace Dent Blanche) has 100km of downhill pistes, 60 km of marked and pisted ski de fond (Nordic cross country skiing), 25 km of marked snowshoeing trails and 60 km of winter walking trails.

 

There is the opportunity for the more adventurous to hire a fully qualified Guide for ski-touring or ice climbing on frozen waterfalls and glaciers.

 

Evolène itself has a beautiful ski area with wonderful views over to the Dent Blanche and Matterhorn and is reached by a long peaceful scenic ride on the chair lift.  The pistes are wide, full of variety and usually pretty quiet!

 

There may not be the glitz, glamour and lively nightlife of other more well known places, but  the peace, the open space and lack of queues both here and in  the other small resorts nearby, like Arolla and Nax, all help to create a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere for a great days skiing.

 

For those who prefer the larger resorts, Crans Montana, Nendaz, Anzère, Ovronnaz and Grimentz are not far away. Even Verbier, Zermatt and Chamonix are easily accessible for a day trip.

 

Downhill skiing and boarding:  As mentioned above, there are a number of resorts nearby, offering slopes for all abilities.   Equipment hire is available in the village and there is an excellent ski school.   We can book lessons for you if required.

 

Nordic cross country skiing:  The pistes wind between the trees on both sides of the river between Evolène and Les Haudères.  They are beautifully prepared for both the classical and skating techniques with different levels of distance and gradient.  

 

Snowshoeing (Racquettes):  There are at least 5 well marked circular routes available in the valley.  It's a fantastic way to reach some of the higher villages, where you could enjoy a fondue or rösti on a sunny restaurant terrace. 

 

Walking:  You can enjoy many beautiful 'winter wonderland' walks along marked paths in the valley.

 

Ski-Touring:  There are several recognised ski-touring routes for expert skiers.   We can put you in touch with a qualified guide.

 

Ice skating:   Is available in Les Haudères. 

To find out more about  Evolène and specific events:            www.evolene-region.ch

  To find out more about the Val d'Hérens region:  www.valdherens-tourisme.ch

 Our British friend Graham, who lives locally, is an international IFMGA qualified guide:           www.frostguiding.co.uk

For Swiss travel information:                                 www.sbb.ch

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