What made the Valais decide to become a LISTEX sponsor this year?
LISTEX’s B2B event with UK’s snowsports industry is the perfect platform for us to put forward Valais as Switzerland’s highest ski region. Moreover, as we are already present at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead due to a partnership, the location for LISTEX makes it even more appealing.
Why would skiers head to Valais this winter?
We have reliable snow conditions thanks to high altitude! The majority of winter sports resorts in Valais are situated at or above 1500 metres extending up to 3800m. The region is also easily accessible from Geneva or Zurich airports within 2 hours. And in February there are direct SWISS flights from Heathrow and City airport to Sion – which is only 30 minutes away from the closest resorts in the Valais. This year we are proud that we are now home to the brand new world’s highest (3821m) 3S cable car station in Zermatt, Matterhorn Glacier Ride, which links Trockener Steg & Klein Matterhorn year-round
Tell us more about your region and its unique offerings
It is probably easiest for me to list our unique offerings – there are many of them!
More than 40 ski areas
2,000 kilometres of piste
45 summits above 4000m
446 cableways and mountain railways
More than 2’000 hours of sunshine annually
6 Thermal spa resorts
50 grape varieties within 5000 hectares of vineyards and is therefore Switzerland’s foremost winegrowing region
Gastronomic treasures with Switzerland’s greatest number of gourmet restaurants relative to population and many local specialities such as Raclette, Valais Platter, Rye bread, Saffron from Mund, Abricotine, Williams pear brandy etc.
UNESCO’s first alpine World Heritage Site: Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch, acclaiming a landscape of unique beauty. At its heart, the mighty glaciated massif of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau frames the Great Aletsch Glacier – at 23 kilometres, the longest in the Alps.
Living traditions such as carnival. Depending on region, you’ll encounter all kinds of characters in fanciful costumes, whose original role was to drive away the winter or evil spirits.
Do you have any special or big events this winter?
We have many major events happening in the Valais this winter. These are the highlights:
25-26.01.2019 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup Saas-Fee
23-24.02.2019 International Goms Cross-Country Skiing Race Goms
23-24.02.2019 FIS Ski World Cup Ladies Crans-Montana
Tbc Patrouille des Glaciers Zermatt, Arolla, Verbier
08-20.03.2019 Nendaz Freeride Nendaz
17-23.03.2019 Rock the Pistes Festival Portes du Soleil
Tbc Swatch Xtreme Verbier Verbier
09-13.04.2019 Zermatt Unplugged Festival Zermatt
11-14.04.2019 Caprices Festival Crans-Montana
What are you looking forward to the most about LISTEX?
I am looking forward to the Trade Exchange as I have some interesting meetings scheduled. I am also looking forward to the Forum and the discussions affecting our industry. It is very interesting to hear about latest trends and innovations.
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