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Valais Alpine Bike 7. St-Luc - Grimentz

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  • Mountain bikers at Corne de Sorebois - Barrage de Moiry, Val d'Anniviers
    Mountain bikers at Corne de Sorebois - Barrage de Moiry, Val d'Anniviers
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This stage will give you a chance to discover the Val d'Anniviers in all its splendour, from St-Luc to Grimentz, along with a breathtaking view of Moiry Lake.

moderate
Distance 33 km
3:30 h
855 m
2,460 m
2,856 m
1,532 m

Your route starts at Tignousa, at the top of the St-Luc funicular. Follow the Bike Planet Tour to "Combavert", then turn right, cross the river and take the path that runs along the hillside below the Hotel Weisshorn. Continue through the alpine meadows and forests, before ascending a 4x4 track to the Nava alpine meadow. From here, you’ll start a long descent on a wide path, followed by a very technical trail (S3) that plunges down to the village of Mottec. After climbing up the valley to Zinal, board the Sorebois gondola which will take you nearly 1,000 metres higher in a few minutes. Get on your mountain bike and ride to the Corne de Sorebois, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding 4,000 m peaks. Then begins a long descent on a path that offers a splendid view of Moiry Lake. From the dam wall, you’ll link up with the route of the legendary Grand Raid BCVS race to finish your day in Grimentz.

Author’s recommendation

Downhill enthusiasts will be able to test the St-Luc bikepark trails by doing several descents between Tignousa and St-Luc.

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Author
Laura Marro
Update: September 16, 2022
Difficulty
S2 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Corne de Sorebois, 2,856 m
Lowest point
Mottec, 1,532 m
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Track types

Asphalt 6%Dirt road 0.02%Forested/wild trail 39.02%Path 45.54%Road 3.70%Lift/cableway 5.39%Unknown 0.30%
Asphalt
2 km
Dirt road
0 km
Forested/wild trail
12.9 km
Path
15 km
Road
1.2 km
Lift/cableway
1.8 km
Unknown
0.1 km
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Rest stops

Restaurant de Tignousa
Hôtel Weisshorn
Restaurant Barrage de Moiry

Safety information

Follow the Valais Alpine Bike route no. 41 in Mountainbiking in Switzerland. View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility: Valais Alpine Bike no. 41.

Use marked bike trails and routes only, making sure you observe all signposting.

Kindly close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers, as well as 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.

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Tips and hints

Book one of the Valais Alpine Bike holiday offers! Choose between three, four or seven nights and enjoy some great riding days. You will be staying in bike hotels and will be provided with a daily luggage transport service; all that’s left for you to do is hit the trails! Go to www.visitvalais.ch/shop-valais-alpine-bike

More information about the destination:

Valais Bike regional route: see full itinerary

View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility: Valais Alpine Bike no. 41

Start

St-Luc (2,175 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'613'185E 1'119'754N
DD
46.229106, 7.609541
DMS
46°13'44.8"N 7°36'34.3"E
UTM
32T 392779 5120442
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Destination

Grimentz

Turn-by-turn directions

From St-Luc, take the funicular to Tignousa, then follow the 4x4 track along the Bike Planet Tour to Combavert. Turn right to join a path that crosses the forest of Lâche, located below the Hotel Weisshorn. After the alpine pasture and Gilou forest, take a 4x4 track to the area known as Copaté. After a short descent through the forest, head up to the Nava (Navetta) mountain pasture, then down to the village of Mottec, before going up towards Zinal (the last trail before Mottec is technically difficult). Go around the Navisence reservoir and cross the river onto the right bank to Zinal, before boarding the Zinal-Sorebois cable car. Head for the crest of the Corne de Sorebois, where a singletrack takes you to Moiry Dam. Cross the top of the dam and take the path that runs along the base of its imposing wall, then follow the river and take the rocky path leading to Grimentz.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the train (CFF) to Sierre then take the Sierre-Vissoie post bus, change in Vissoie for the Vissoie-St-Luc line to St-Luc. Don't forget to reserve a place for your mountain bike on the Val d'Anniviers bus lines using the Resabike platform (www.resabike.ch).

Getting there

From Basel and Zurich: Take the A1 motorway to Bern; A6 to Spiez; follow the signs to Kandersteg; Kandersteg–Goppenstein car-carrying train; follow the signs to Visp; Leuk; Sierre; Val d’Anniviers.

From Geneva: Take the A1 motorway to Lausanne; follow the signs to Sion/Sierre; Val d’Anniviers.

From Milan: Take the A8/A26 motorway in the direction of Simplon; Iselle-Brig car-carrying train; follow the signs to Visp; Leuk; Sierre; Val d’Anniviers.

Parking

Follow the directions for parking in Sierre or St-Luc. For this leg of the Valais Alpine Bike, we recommend you park your vehicle in Sierre and use public transport (post bus) to get to the Val d'Anniviers Don't forget to reserve a place for your mountain bike on the Resabike platform (www.resabike.ch) for the Val d'Anniviers bus lines.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'613'185E 1'119'754N
DD
46.229106, 7.609541
DMS
46°13'44.8"N 7°36'34.3"E
UTM
32T 392779 5120442
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Get the the Valais/Wallis mountain bike & e-bike map to discover the best routes in the region.

The tourist offices in Val d’Anniviers have got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1287 Sierre

Equipment

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

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Pascale Schmid
July 31, 2022 · Community
Plus difficile que S2 par endroit et surtout très mal indiqué, manque de signalisations. Descente depuis Barneuza difficile, plus du S3.
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Difficulty
S2 moderate
Distance
33 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
855 m
Descent
2,460 m
Highest point
2,856 m
Lowest point
1,532 m
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