St Luc is a traditional Swiss ski resort where thanks to Swiss efficiency and hospitality little has changed over many years. Verbier, Crans-Montana, Zermatt it is not – but if you want skiing up to 3 000 metres with traditional mountain restaurants, friendly people, an unbeatable panorama of the highest mountains in the Alps – then this is the place for you. St Luc is an ideal place to rejuvenate whether you want to ski or just chill out and relax.
The local commune has made the resort as practical as possible; as well as the inter-linked slopes of St Luc and Chandolin (60kms), your pass entitles you to ski in the neighbouring resorts of the Val d’Anniviers – Grimentz, Zinal and Vercorin (230km in total) . All the resorts are connected by a regular free ski bus. The Valley is known for some of the best off piste skiing in the Alps – so you can either ski leisurely and sunbathe on the south facing St Luc side or go for it off piste in Grimentz or Zinal and share amazing but very different stories with your friends over a fondue at the end of the day. Click here to to view an interactive map of the Val d’Anniviers ski domains.
If you want lessons for you or your family then there is the ski school in St Luc and for the more advanced who want to take advantage of the vast offpiste areas of the valley then then guides can be arranged through the ski school to show you safely their favourite places. For Val d’Anniviers ski pass prices please click here.
Other winter activities
For those who don’t want to ski downhill there are many other activities to do in winter. There are tracks for cross country skiing, snowshoeing (raquettes), sledging, wildlife tracking in St Luc as well as across the valley and equipment is available to rent in the resort.
When you are not skiing then the Hotel Bella Tola just above us will look after you . This hotel is one of the best in the region – as well as a spa (equipped with pool, sauna, massages, etc) they have two fabulous restaurants. Click here for the Bella Tola website.
Taking advantage of some of the clearest skies in Europe, the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Observatory is open to the public all year round and provides regular tours of the solar system by day and by night. It is designed to appeal to adults and children. Click here to visit the website.
Click here to visit the Val d’Anniviers website.
Top image courtesy of SwissMountainLeader.com
The Val d’Anniviers is one of the few remaining unspoilt corners of Europe.
There are hundreds of kilometres of trails to hike in the valley and surrounding mountains; all are well marked and easy to follow; and all have stunning views. From 30 minutes to all day, whether you want a short stroll or a longer hiking challenge St Luc has all you could want. From classic routes such as the Chemin des Planetes, the Haute Route, to the Weisshorn hotel and back, you have the Alps to yourself – meadows, mountain flowers, streams, woods. Your only companions will be the famous Swiss cows at the lower levels and up above, if you are lucky, marmottes and chamoix. There are many fabulous walks in St Luc and around the Val D’Anniviers. The Tourist Office has detailed Ordnance Survey maps to buy as well as free maps of the local walking trails, which are also well signposted once up in the mountains
For a greater adrenalin rush, you can try cycling in St Luc. From the serious to the beginner, there is something for everyone to do on two wheels. You don’t even need to cycle up as all the lifts carry bikes. You can rent conventional mountain bikes or all-terrain scooters and can free ride or follow the trails; every summer the St Luc Bike Park offers 500 metres of height difference, three downhill runs and three difficulty levels for all levels of ability.
For swimmers there is a choice of indoor and outdoor pools as well as mountain or valley lakes; there is also tennis, table tennis, boules and a children’s playground nearby.
If you are looking for something more extreme or technical, then the natural environment of the Val d’Anniviers provides the perfect playground. These include rock climbing, Via Ferrata, paragliding, and a bungy jump.
The best thing to do in St Luc is nothing – just take in the serenity and majesty of the mountains and nature around you; to complement this, the commune organises local tours and courses – such as in painting, photography, and wildlife. You can also learn more about the local traditions and specialties such as wine-tasting, cheese-making, bread baking, all taking advantage of the fertile valleys of the Valais and its tributaries. Or you can just chill on the balcony or in the garden or on a hillside.
Culture and tradition is on your doorstep and the Hotel Bella Tola also organises regular concerts and events throughout the year. If you are looking for more, then St Luc is close to so many great places to visit – a bit more than an hour from Lake Geneva, two hours from the Italian lakes, etc