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Mountain Bike · Valais
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This route leads you across the alpine pastures above the resort of Anzère, offering exceptional panoramic views of the most beautiful peaks in Valais.
moderate
Distance 13.4 km
2:40 h
298 m
810 m
Your trip begins at the gondola station in Anzère with the easiest stage: a gondola ride up to the middle station. From here, you ride across the alpine pastures above the resort of Anzère; along the way, you will no doubt see herds of cows of the famous Herens breed. At Les Rousses, you reach the road up to the Tseuzier dam, which you follow downhill. When you arrive above Pracombère, a farming hamlet of old wooden buildings, you take the unpaved road to the right which climbs up to the Bisse de Sion. You then follow the course of this historical irrigation channel until you reach the hamlet of Les Grillesses, before riding along the Route des Luys back to the starting point.

Author’s recommendation

Stop en route to taste local specialities and enjoy fine views of the sparkling 4,000-metre peaks of Valais.
Difficulty
S1 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Plan des Conches, 2,078 m
Lowest point
Anzère, 1,554 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Alpage du Tsalan d'Arbaz

Safety information

Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing

through. Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority. When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability. All riding is at one’s own risk.

Tips and hints

Further information : Anzere

Start

Anzère (2,061 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'596'160E 1'128'386N
DD
46.306868, 7.388805
DMS
46°18'24.7"N 7°23'19.7"E
UTM
32T 375933 5129405
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Destination

Anzère

Turn-by-turn directions

Before mounting your mountain bike, take the gondola from Anzère up to the middle station. The ride starts here with a gentle descent to the Tsalan alpine pastures, where you can stop at Rosemarie’s café for refreshments and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views. Continue to the alpine pastures of Duex and Serin, where you can watch the sparring of cows of the local Herens breed, known for their feisty temperament. You then descend to Les Rousses, where you meet the road up to the Tseuzier dam; follow the road downhill as far as Pracombère. Just above this charming hamlet of historical farmhouses and barns, take the unsurfaced road that leads up to the Bisse de Sion. Follow the route of this irrigation channel as far as the hamlet of Les Griellesses, then continue along the Route des Luys as far as the base station of the gondola.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

PostBus from Sion to Anzère. (Note that there is also a bus stop at Les Rousses, along the ride.)

Getting there

A9 motorway to Sion Est (exit 27), then follow signs for Ayent/Anzère.

Parking

Parking available at various locations in the resort of Anzère.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'596'160E 1'128'386N
DD
46.306868, 7.388805
DMS
46°18'24.7"N 7°23'19.7"E
UTM
32T 375933 5129405
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Anzère has got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1268 St-Léonard

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • 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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Difficulty
S1 moderate
Distance
13.4 km
Duration
2:40 h
Ascent
298 m
Descent
810 m
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