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  • Buvette de Loutze above the fog
    Buvette de Loutze above the fog
    Photo: Aline Martinet, Valais/Wallis Promotion
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With its spectacular view of the Valais Alps, this is an ideal family hike. The stunning views will never cease to keep you breathless.
easy
Distance 6.8 km
2:15 h
310 m
310 m
1,724 m
1,359 m

The itinerary starts from Tourbillon, in the upper part of the Ovronnaz resort. A groomed trail leads to Patiers, a small hamlet above Les Mayens-de-Chamoson. It intersects the road to Loutze, which you can follow to reach the Loutze buvette with its welcoming terrace where you can have a relaxing break and enjoy Valais specialities. The view of the Haut de Cry and the Rhône plain is captivating. Return following the same route, or, at the Croix de Loutze, you can take the smaller Charbonnière track, which leads you to Patiers. From there, follow the cross-country ski trail back to Tourbillon.

 

Snowshoes: Two specially marked snowshoe trails lead to la Loutze. The first one climbs straight up from Tourbillon, starting just behind the Tourbillon shelter. The trail runs across the forest to the Loutse Colony in Proparon and then uphill to the Loutze buvette. The second snowshoe trail is between Croix de Loutze and the buvette, running to the northeast. It is the continuation of the Charbonnière path that originates in Patiers.

Author’s recommendation

The forest around Tourbillon shelters an abundance of wildlife. Be sure to tiptoe if you want to spot wild animals in the early hours of the morning.
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Author
Aline Martinet
Update: March 09, 2022
Difficulty
easy
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Landscape
Highest point
Buvette de Loutze, 1,724 m
Lowest point
Parking de Tourbillon, 1,359 m
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Safety information

Conditions vary considerably depending on sun exposure and temperatures. The trail tends to freeze or harden depending on the weather.

Tips and hints

The Loutze bar is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm and daily during holiday periods, weather conditions permitting.

www.buvette-de-loutze.ch 

+41 79 657 02 00

Start

Tourbillon (1,359 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'579'585E 1'116'710N
DD
46.201532, 7.174163
DMS
46°12'05.5"N 7°10'27.0"E
UTM
32T 359136 5118059
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Destination

Tourbillon

Turn-by-turn directions

The itinerary starts from Tourbillon, in the upper part of the resort of Ovronnaz. The groomed track leads to Patiers, a small hamlet above Mayens-de-Chamoson. Continue for 1 km and then take the left fork to start the ascent. The trail winds through the forest until it reaches the Croix de Loutze.

The Haut de Cry and the Rhône valley lie below offering a magnificent view. The trail then leads along the road until reaching the Loutze refreshment bar. The descent starts from here and is quite steep in places.

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Public transport

Regional train from Sion or Martigny to Riddes. From Riddes station, take the postal bus to Ovronnaz and stop at the "Ovronnaz, Chevalley" stop. From here, it takes about ten minutes on foot to reach the Tourbillon car park, the starting point of the hike. All information about train and bus timetables can be found at sbb.ch.

Getting there

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

Parking

Tourbillon (free)

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'579'585E 1'116'710N
DD
46.201532, 7.174163
DMS
46°12'05.5"N 7°10'27.0"E
UTM
32T 359136 5118059
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  • 1:25 000 Du Rhône aux Muverans, édition mpa
  • 1:50 000 St-Maurice carte des sports d'hiver, Swisstopo

Equipment

Sturdy footwear and walking sticks are recommended. Crampons or snowshoes may be necessary.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
6.8 km
Duration
2:15 h
Ascent
310 m
Descent
310 m
Highest point
1,724 m
Lowest point
1,359 m
Out and back Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Dog-friendly Flora and fauna Groomed snow
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1600 m 1800 m
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