Valais welcomes winter!   
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The loveliest season of all… Valais!
Dear friends of Valais, 
Winter is on its way: the mountain summits are already covered in snow. Valais is ready to welcome all who love winter. If you can’t wait to get back on the pistes, dig out your snowsports kit now because the first ski areas have already opened. The thermal spas are at the perfect temperature and we’ve stocked up on Raclette cheese. Pack your bags, all that’s missing is you
Why come to Valais in winter?
Valais at its best! | Valais is well worth a visit at any time of year, but it is in winter that the region is at its most magical, under a sparkling white blanket of snow. With 2,000 km of piste, Valais offers an unrivalled playground for winter sports enthusiasts. Culture lovers, foodies and anyone seeking pure relaxation are also all in for a treat!
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Don’t miss our special offers
Great holiday deals | At Saas-Fee, enjoy a package including 2 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast, a 2-day lift pass and a ski test. For families, the resort of Belalp – awarded the Family Destination quality label – offers a 6-day break including ski passes and hotel accommodation. At Crans-Montana, take advantage of the “4 nights for the price of 3” deal at the hotel of your choice. So – all you have to do now is choose!
To the offers
VALAIS magazine | The Winter 2018/19 edition of VALAIS magazine has arrived – along with the first snowflakes. Read profiles of personalities who make today’s Valais, including former World Champion ice skater Stéphane Lambiel, Olympic gold medallist skier Ramon Zenhäusern and cable-car supremo Franz Julen. Discover legendary sites such as the Great St Bernard Hospice, and find about the mysterious tradition of the Tschäggättä.
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Stéphane Lambiel, magician on ice
Skating sensation | The former World Champion figure skater has not quit the ice. A few years ago, he founded an academy for figure skating in Champéry: the Skating School of Switzerland. Here, he trains international young talent: a new vocation that has reconnected him with the thrills of the sport. The native of Saxon in Valais tells us about his new role.
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Advent calendar
Valais prizes to be won | Christmas is coming! But we aren’t waiting for Christmas to offer you some wonderful presents. With our traditional Advent calendar, you can look forward to happy surprises every day from 1 December. Our fabulous selection of gifts, 100% from Valais, includes Alpine breaks, local produce, tickets to events and more… Good luck!
To the competition
Which ski areas are already open?
First turns | Can’t wait to get back on the pistes? To carve your first turns of the season?  You’re in luck, because certain ski areas in Valais (Verbier, Nendaz, Thyon Veysonnaz, Zermatt or Saas-Fee) have taken advantage of the first snowfalls to open this weekend. The cross-country ski trail in Goms will also open this weekend. Other resorts will soon open as well. 
Hit the snow
Top Events
Ski with a star | The Zermatt Ski Festival offers you the chance to ski with former champions such as Chantal Bournissen and Bruno Kernen. The programme also features a ski test, relaxation and fun. From 27 November to 2 December 2018.
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50th anniversary of the Titzé race | The inaugural “Trail des Châteaux” launches on Saturday, 8 December, marking the 50th edition of the popular Titzé “Christmas” race, held on the same day. The new route measures 30 km, with 1,380 metres of vertical gain.
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Learn to ski for free | The members of Swiss Ski Schools have come up with a special promotion to launch the winter season 2018/19. Test their ski instructors free of charge – and find out just how good they are! On 15 December 2018.
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