As well as being a skier’s paradise during the winter months, the mountains are incredibly beautiful in the other seasons and there is plenty to do. Activities such as mountain-biking, hiking, rafting, paragliding, horse riding, golf and many others are available on your doorstep. The weather throughout June to late September is invariably hot and sunny, and you can enjoy sunbathing in the garden and the large south-facing balconies.
We also recommend trying the mountain spa’s (both in the winter or summer). They are hot springs. They are about 30-40minute drive away. Le Bains de Saillons is very good – its closer and has more extensive pools and saunas etc. Bains d’Ovronnaz is high up in the mountains so it has lovely views of the mountain tops. Both are signposted from the motorway – head either for Saillons or Ovronnaz.
Some local sights and days out further afield, include, the Pyramides (an incredible rock formation), Evolene (a pretty Swiss village), Zermatt (you have to park your car and take a mountain train to the village), Lago Maggiore, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Grand Dixence Dam, Cleuson Dam (Siviez), Castles at Sion, Interlaken …the list is endless.
There are some incredible walks locally. The ‘Bisses’ offer less taxing terrain as they follow the contour around the mountains and many have lovely traditional restaurants along the way. There is an incredible walk towards the Grand Dixence Dam (highest dam in Europe) from Les Collons. From there you can walk to some remote cabins for lunch or even to stay the night.