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Cross-country skiing in Plats de la Lée

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  • Paysage hivernal à Zinal, Val d'Anniviers
    Paysage hivernal à Zinal, Val d'Anniviers
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All cross-country skiing enthusiasts will be charmed by this loop in Zinal at the foot of the Couronne Impériale, the “imperial crown” of 4,000-metre peaks that frame the valley. The trail is easily accessible, suitable for both classic- and skating-style skiing, and does not present any special difficulty.
Skating, Classic
easy
Distance 5.9 km
1:14 h
89 m
89 m
1,732 m
1,647 m

For anyone who loves cross-country skiing and beautiful landscapes, this route in Zinal is ideal. Graded “easy”, it does not present any special difficulty but boasts scenery to take your breath away. This is a chance to indulge in your favourite sport in a dream setting: take care not to lose your rhythm and trip up on your skis as you admire the impressive peaks that form the Couronne Impériale, the “imperial crown” of 4,000-metre summits!

The route begins at the car park of Plats de la Lée. The loop takes you as far as the Gietti bridge; the trail then descends again to the Singline bridge. From there, you have the option of continuing as far as the Barmette bridge and then returning to the Singline bridge. In all, you can take advantage of 19 km of marked trails (12 km classic, 7 km skating) along the river La Navizence.

Author’s recommendation

1.5 km of trail are illuminated in the evenings until 9 pm. Dogs are not permitted on the cross-country ski trails.
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Author
Hélène Delaloye
Update: October 16, 2019
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Zinal, 1,732 m
Lowest point
Zinal, 1,647 m
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Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at skiers’ own risk. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals. Do not leave any waste in nature, take with you waste from others.
  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential.

Tips and hints

More information about the destination: 

Start

Zinal, Singline parking (1,656 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'614'357E 1'109'374N
DD
46.135705, 7.624426
DMS
46°08'08.5"N 7°37'27.9"E
UTM
32T 393747 5110045
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Destination

Zinal, Singline parking

Turn-by-turn directions

This cross-country ski trail begins at the car park of Plats de la Lée (alternatively you can start below the Hôtel Europe). If you tackle the loop clockwise, starting on the right (east) bank of the river, you will climb gently as far as the Gietti bridge. Here, you cross over to the left bank, and follow it downhill to the Singline bridge. From this point, you have the option of continuing as far as the Barmette bridge and then returning to the Singline bridge (e.g. if you have parked at the Singline car park).

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Regelmässige Zugverbindungen nach Sierre, von dort Postauto-Verbindung nach Zinal (Umsteigen in Vissoie). Die detaillierten Fahrpläne der Züge und Postautos finden Sie unter sbb.ch. 

Getting there

Autobahn A9 bis Sierre, anschliessend Ausfahrt 29 Sierre-Est nehmen und Richtung Val d'Anniviers weiterfahren. Im Dorf Vissoie abbiegen und Richtung Zinal weiterfahren.

Parking

Free parking at Les Plats de la Lée, near the track.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'614'357E 1'109'374N
DD
46.135705, 7.624426
DMS
46°08'08.5"N 7°37'27.9"E
UTM
32T 393747 5110045
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist offices in Val d'Anniviers have got brochures and information material about cross-country skiing. 

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:50'000 : 283S Arolla

Equipment

 We recommend: 

  • good cross-country skiing equipment
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen

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cross-country skiing technique
Skating, Classic
Difficulty
easy
Distance
5.9 km
Duration
1:14 h
Ascent
89 m
Descent
89 m
Highest point
1,732 m
Lowest point
1,647 m
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