By region, the Valais can provide annually up to 2000 hours of sunshine , ie higher than the most southern part of Switzerland .
How is this possible ? Because the Bernese and Valais Alps protect the Rhone Valley and its side valleys by interfering with wet masses flowing from north to south . The mountains form a barrier and clouds pouring rain before the barrier. Only a hot and dry wind can pass : foehn, which gives the Valais a Mediterranean climate.
Snow guaranteed by high altitude ! Valais , most winter sports resorts are located more than 1,500 meters.
Nine of them ( Arolla , Blatten / Belalp , Crans -Montana, Laucheralp / Lötschental , Saas -Fee , Saas Grund, Val d’ Anniviers and Zermatt Valleys 4 ) provide access to the ski areas located more than 3,000 meters or 3,900 meters to Zermatt. Snowy , sometimes eternal snow glacier slopes and delight all lovers of snow.