Thursday, 25 March 2010

Chalet at Thyon

We've been in Switzerland quite some time now and the idea of staying in a Chalet has become something that we were really keen to do.

We had quite specific requirements; it had to be in the snow, it had to have a fireplace, etc. etc., so it took some searching before we found one that met our criteria. So it came that we spent a week at Les Masses near Thyon, in the Val d'Hérons, in Valais.

In fact it was a fantastic Chalet that even had a Spa and Sauna, with snow on the roof and a view over the valley to snow-covered mountain peaks.

We spent the week enjoying our surrounds and trying out snow-related activities like Skiing, Snowshoeing, Tobogganing, and Snow-blading. We even overdosed on cheese, managing two home-made fondues during our stay.

We spent one day in Grimentz in the Vale d'Anniviers, where we wandered around the burnt-wood chalets and snowshoed up to a restaurant for lunch at the top of the mountain.

Other days we went to Siviez, which has nice gentle slopes for skiing and hiking as well as being one the major gateways to the Verbier resort and Mont Fort.

We were amazingly lucky with the weather, having clear sunny days almost constantly during the week.

Since Chalets in Switzerland are rented from Saturday to Saturday, we opted to stay in a Hotel in Nendaz on the Saturday night to round out the week.

Nendaz is a nice little town with plenty of shops and restaurants and it is from here that we rented some gear to have a lesson in snowboarding.

It is from this that we discovered we enjoyed snowboarding quite a lot, which is a bit unfortunate given it is the end of the season!

Anyway we had a fantastic time, and in the end I think we would have been happy to have stayed another week!

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