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Tourbillon-Chou

Cross-Country Skiing
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  • Forest track with beautiful views
    / Forest track with beautiful views
    Photo: Aline Martinet, Valais
  • / Cross-country fun for the whole family
    Photo: Aline Martinet, Valais
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This moderately tricky circuit is designed for both classic and skating cross-country skiing. It connects Tourbillon to the hamlet of Chou and runs along a gently sloping forest track.
Classic
moderate
Distance 9.3 km
2:20 h
209 m
265 m
Step into a pair of skis at the Tourbillon Nordic Centre. The forest circuit, designed for classic and skating cross-country skiing, leads you up the slope to Lui Teise. The trail is somewhat uneven, with several lovely views of Ovronnaz that play hide-and-seek between the trees. The handful of chalets at Lui Teise bask in the sun and look out toward the start of the chairlift and toward the Petit Muveran. Please note that this stretch of the itinerary is also intended for use by pedestrians. The trail then plunges into the forest, reaching the picnic sites at Plan Passé and then continuing towards Chou. One can glimpse the village through the trees, and the view then opens up onto the hamlet of Chou, nestled at the foot of the Seya. The return journey follows the same itinerary. Please note that after Lui Teise, the route may be temporarily closed due to the risk of avalanche, so make sure to ask before starting this circuit.

Author’s recommendation

This cross-country track is also used by people on foot (Tourbillon - Lui Teise). Please be careful and courteous along the circuit.
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Author
Aline Martinet
Update: May 18, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Ovronnaz, Plan passé, 1,492 m
Lowest point
Ovronnaz, Lui Teise, 1,359 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

By snowfall, gradual opening of the cross-country ski trails.

Tips and hints

https://www.ovronnaz.ch/en/activities/cross-country-skiing

Start

Tourbillon (1,415 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'579'675E 1'116'875N
DD
46.203018, 7.175328
DMS
46°12'10.9"N 7°10'31.2"E
UTM
32T 359229 5118222
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Destination

Tourbillon

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting from the Tourbillon Nordic Centre, this cross-country ski trail leads through the heart of the woods following the Petite Corniche forest track to Lui Teise. This first stretch of the itinerary is also intended for people on foot: please be careful! You can also leave the route and return to the car parks at the exit of the village of Ovronnaz on the way to the chairlift. The second part of the route is restricted to cross-country skiers and leads to Plan Passé, following the same forest road that leads to the charming hamlet of Chou. The return trip follows the same route.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From Sion or Martigny, catch the bus to the "Ovronnaz, Chevalley" stop. From there, it takes about ten minutes on foot to reach the Tourbillon car park, the starting point of the hike.

Getting there

Exit the A9 motorway at exit n° 24 "Riddes-Leytron-Chamoson" and follow the signs to Leytron and then Ovronnaz.

Parking

Tourbillon (free)

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'579'675E 1'116'875N
DD
46.203018, 7.175328
DMS
46°12'10.9"N 7°10'31.2"E
UTM
32T 359229 5118222
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Cross-country skiing equipment.

Basic Equipment for Cross-Country Skiing

  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Cross-country skiing gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap

Technical Equipment for Cross-Country Skiing

  • Cross-country skis
  • Cross country ski bindings
  • Cross-country boots
  • Cross-country poles
  • Waxes if required
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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crosscountry skiing technique
Classic
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.3 km
Duration
2:20 h
Ascent
209 m
Descent
265 m
Classic Out and back

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