Anzère lies on a sunny terrace at 1‘500m above the Rhone Valley, only 15 kilometres from Sion, the capital of the canton. It emerged as a winter sports centre in the 1960s but, with its beautiful views over the Rhone Valley and the Valais Alps, Anzère is also wonderful walking country in summer with interesting tours along historical irrigation channels known as bisses.
The resort is part of the central Valais community of Ayent at the foot of the Wildhorn massif. It nestles amidst larch and pine forests and enjoys an almost Mediterranean micro-climate.
Before 1960 Anzère was simply a collection of five small chalets. Thanks to its favoured location, Anzère quickly grew to become a modern but compact holiday village. The surrounding countryside is dotted with alpine huts, usually built in stone or timber toasted a rich brown by the sun.
The ski region stretches from altitudes of 1‘500m to nearly 2‘500m. There are 12 lift facilities and a wide range of slopes and trails for downhill and cross-country skiers, snowboarders and winter hikers. Toboggan enthusiasts will find a super toboggan run, and there are plenty of opportunities for winter hikers and snowshoe walkers. Every week in the village centre, mulled wine is ladled out of a huge cauldron, providing a chance to make new friends.
The gentle slopes and babbling waters have made the bisses popular as walking trails, including the three-hour tour from Anzère to the reservoir at Tseuzier (and beyond via the Rawil Pass to Lenk in the Bernese Oberland).
There are mountain trails up to the Wildhorn Glacier at 3‘247m and a total of 166 km of marked footpaths in the region. Anzère in summer is ideal for mountain bikes (5 routes, 80 km). It also offers climbing, riding, fishing, a hang-gliding school, mountain huts, tennis courts, a wellness centre (from December 2011), mini-golf, beach volleyball and a giant children's playground. Close by are wine cellars, golf courses, thermal baths and an observatory.
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