Reasons to fall in love with Switzerland’s Thyon
The 4 Valleys is Switzerland’s largest ski area, and popular destinations like Verbier can get quite rowdy and congested during the ski season. But if you head east, away from the chaos, you’ll eventually reach Thyon, a small resort that will enchant you with its beauty. Even though Thyon lacks a raging nightlife, it has plenty to offer in the way of tranquility, pristine wilderness, and delicious fare.
Who should visit Thyon?
You and your significant other should visit Thyon because of how lovely it is. Maybe it’s the flurrying snow, the breathtaking views of the mountains, the excellent wines, or the warm atmosphere of Hotel Restaurant La Cambuse, but whatever it is, you’ll want to find a happy medium between skiing and other outdoor activities and cuddling with your significant other inside, perhaps in front of an open fire. When on vacation, it’s okay to let your guard down a bit. It’s a soothing balm for weary souls.
Winter activities in Thyon
Skiing directly from Thyon will soon be even more convenient, as a new gondola will connect Les Collins 1850 and Thyon 2000 for the 2023–24 ski season. Genolet Sports is a rental shop for snow sports equipment. But the snowshoeing trails that wind through the alpine forests and along the edges of the piste are what make a trip to Thyon truly memorable. Snowshoeing with mountain guide Etienne Jaccottet is a fascinating educational experience because of his deep interest in wildlife and conservation issues. He can tell you everything from the effects of reintroducing wolves and bears to why the majority of the local hare population is turning from white to brown as a result of climate change.
Summer activities in Thyon
Thyon’s woods and meadows are picture-perfect in the late spring and summer when alpine flowers are in abundance. The Ibex Trail is a great place to learn about the region’s ibex population, and you may also expect to encounter marmots and deer during this time of year. Hours can be spent hiking up and down mountain slopes, with breaks for picnics and thermoses of herbal tea produced from herbs gathered from nearby meadows. Thyon’s three scooter routes and the outdoor “escape room” challenge known as The Legendary King of the Forest are both great activities for families.
Where to stay in Thyon
The Hotel Restaurant La Cambuse is the crowning glory of Thyon; if you’re going there, you should stay there. Located at the base of the ski run into Les Collons, this little, family-owned hotel offers breathtaking panoramas that defy belief.
Where to eat out in Thyon
RacletteThyon is home to 11 different dining options, many of which feature dishes typical to the Valais region. L’Alpage, perched atop the mountain, boasts a picture-perfect setting and an expansive outdoor patio perfect for taking in the scenery.
Indulge in some raclette; it’s believed that a local vintner named Leon came up with the meal in the late 19th century and gave it to his pals.
Restaurant patrons in Les Collons can enjoy a meal at La Cambuse, where chef/owner Jerry Bovier and his staff use regional produce and meats to prepare delectable dishes like Fondue Chinoise (with options like beef, chicken, and venison), Beef Tartare (with Calvalais), and Duck Fillet (with citrus juice).