Chandolin, Switzerland

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The village of Chandolin, high above the valley floor on the eastern side, entices skiers with 75km of broad, sunny runs and fairy-tale panoramas. It is considered one of the highest villages in Europe that is inhabited year-round (pop 120). This huddle of timber houses hanging on to the steep slopes at 1950m, is often paired with St Luc as their ski areas are interconnected. Make sure to visit Espace Ella Maillart. The village is 10km uphill from Vissoie (1200m).

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1. Espace Ella Maillart

0.27 MILES

If in Chandolin, make sure to visit Espace Ella Maillart, dedicated to the remarkable Swiss adventurer Ella Maillart (1903-1997), who lived in Chandolin…

2. St Luc

2.25 MILES

At 1655m and a steep 5.5km up from Vissoie on the valley's eastern side, St Luc is often paired with Chandolin as their ski areas are interconnected. St…

3. Vissoie

2.61 MILES

Medieval Vissoie, at 1200m and with a population of about 500, has been inhabited since the 13th century and acts as the main village and a crossroads for…

4. Vercorin


At the mouth of the valley on its western side, Vercorin is geared up for families with gentle skiing on 35km of downhill slopes. It can be accessed by…

5. Salgesch Weinmuseum

4.41 MILES

This gabled wine museum turns the spotlight on wine growing around Salgesch with the focus on education. This is also the start (or end) of the Sentier…

7. Grimentz

5.36 MILES

At 1572m and 7km south of Vissoie on the valley's western side, Grimentz entices skiers with its Valaisian granaries (built on stilts to keep out thieving…

8. Fondation Pierre Arnaud

7.46 MILES

Don't miss this stunning art gallery with mountain peaks looming large on its dazzling mirrored facade and silver-leafed edelweiss in the Alpine rooftop…