St Luc is named after the latin for light (lux) and it is one of the sunniest villages in Switzerland. It sits at the entrance to the Val d’Anniviers, a hidden valley where the road was only laid in the 1950s with the result that the area is still unspoilt and breathtakingly beautiful. There are five villages within the valley, all with their own individual charm and all accessible by the local Post Bus.
St Luc is a village of some four hundred inhabitants and has the sunniest aspect of all the villages. It sits majestically at 1500m overlooking the village of Grimentz with a breathtaking view of the peaks over 4000m namely the Bishorn , the Weisshorn, Zinalrothorn, the Matterhorn (Cervin) and the Dent Blanche. The ski area is linked with the next door village of Chandolin.
At 2000m, Chandolin is the highest inhabited village of Europe. It has a pretty old village with an English Chapel.
Grimentz is slightly bigger than St Luc with great skiing (favoured by some due to its more northerly aspect). It now benefits from a new telecabine (opened January 2014) that connects you with the Zinal ski area. Grimentz has a beautiful chocolate box old town which in summer is wonderfully decorated with red geraniums.
Moiry – Barrage (Dam)
Moiry features a stunning man-made lake of aquamarine glacier water filled by the Zinal Glacier behind. The water is held back from the valley below by a dam. Buses to Moiry go from Zinal and Grimentz. A tour of the lovely 2 hour walking circuit (reasonably flat) is best followed by a stop at the great café/restaurant overlooking the lake.
Zinal is at the far end of the valley and closest to the big mountains of the Couronne Imperiale. The town is a pleasant size, and there are great views to be had from the top of the Zinal cable car. The town features an indoor swimming pool and spa.
Vissoie, being the administrative capital of Val d’Anniviers, is the hub for buses, doctors, banks etc. It has a nice bakery and butcher and a good restaurant. There is an outdoor swimming pool which is open in the summer.
Vercorin looks down over Sierre and Crans in the distance. It is the gateway for the totally unspoilt Vallon de Rechy, a conservation area of outstanding beauty.
Sierre is the nearest local town and has all the necessary amenities including the railway station, hospital and big supermarkets.
Crans and Montana lie on the opposite side of the Rhone valley and feature outstanding skiing. They can be reached by bus or funicular departing from Sierre railway station.