Looking out over the Matterhorn, the Weisshorn and the Zinalrothorn, the St-Luc/Chandolin ski area offers absolutely stunning vistas. What’s more, it’s an extremely sunny location, whatever the time of year. Three chairlifts, a funicular railway and 11 ski lifts serve 60 kilometres of linked slopes.
Famous for its friendly, fun atmosphere and its eateries, St-Luc/Chandolin has some wonderful restaurant terraces right in amongst the slopes. If you’re looking for thrills, try speeding down the iconic 7 km-long Prilet piste from Bella-Tola, 3,000 metres above sea level, to the village of St-Luc, 1,700 metres above sea level. Moreover, as its funicular railway is open almost all year round, the resort may be enjoyed whatever the season. You definitely won’t be disappointed if you holiday in the Valais Alps.
St-Luc: the perfect resort for stargazing
Also known as the resort to the stars, St-Luc is the perfect place to learn more about astronomy. The François-Xavier Bagnoud Observatory enables visitors to delve into the secrets of the stars of an evening, against the backdrop of the mountains. The celebrated Planets Trail, which runs from the arrival of the funicular at Tignousa to the Hôtel Weisshorn, is a scaled-down representation of our solar system. The trail offers young and old alike the chance to learn something new whilst having fun on a walk which is accessible all year round.
If biking is more your thing, make the most of three downhill mountain bike trails complete with wooden bridges, banked turns and jumps. It’s suitable for all levels of expertise: there’s a blue, red and black trail. The St Luc bike park opens up the opportunity (depending on your level of skill and technical ability) to have the time of your life as you make one descent after another whilst enjoying a beautiful natural environment and stunning views of the Alps.
The heights of Chandolin
Keep going, and after St-Luc comes Chandolin, at 1,934 metres above sea level, one of the highest villages in Europe that’s inhabited all the year round. Chandolin is known for its very high number of annual sunshine hours and is a great place to catch the last of the sun’s rays. Long-appreciated by a range of illustrious visitors, Chandolin has played host to celebrities such as Ella Maillart, René-Pierre, Edmond and Corinna Bille, Konrad Adenauer, Ferdinand von Zeppelin and Edouard Ravel.