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We recommend flying to Geneva which is the closest major airport - an easy 2 hrs 15 mins by road, and well served by public transport. Other options include Milan, Turin, Zurich and Basel.
From Geneva airport there are direct trains to Sierre from inside the terminal building and lots of hire car options.
Driving to Grimentz is very straightforward from anywhere. Head for the town of Sierre which is on the motorway from Geneva and take the Val D'Anniviers exit from the motorway from where it is a 30-40 minute scenic drive to the village. First up a series of hairpins, then through the village of Niouc and on to Vissoie. Turn right in Vissoie following signs to Grimentz. You will pass through the villages of Mayoux and St Jean and then into Grimentz itself.
Use the link below to access the superb Swiss public transport timetable - put in your destination as "Grimentz Telecabine" and you will find the website gives you every detail you will need for both trains and buses. The train takes you to Sierre and the bus for the village leaves from the station.
Please note the bus service takes you into the heart of the village and in the skiing season there is a free bus that then takes you most of the way to the chalet but there is still a last steep road to walk up with your luggage.
Finding Chalet Roux in Grimentz
- As you enter the village take the left hand fork signed to Zinal. (If you reach the Moiry Hotel on your right you have missed the turn!) The road drops downhill slightly, by-passing the village on your right.
- Drive past the Hotel Meleze on your right and uphill past the ice-rink (tennis courts in summer) and a few shops.
- Turn sharp right when you see the Co-op ahead of you, into the main village street. Go past the lift station on your left and then take the left fork past Do-sports (also on your left).
- After a few hundred metres the road forks again by a 20 foot high wooden cross (not very obvious at night) – keep left (uphill) on the Rte des Amis de la Nature.
- Continue uphill and take the second proper left (not the Rte des Fioz or various driveways) – this is the Rte Grand Combe. It’s a hairpin bend and there are some big round rubbish bins on the far corner as you turn.
- Continue uphill for some time (about half a kilometre?) and look for a right hairpin turn, by a lamppost with a litter bin attached. If you pass the Chalet Corniche on the left you have just missed the turn. As you take the bend there is a double set of dark brown garage doors on the left. (NB It’s often hard to do this bend in a ‘oner’.)
- Carry on: Chalet Roux is the last but one building on the road (above you on the left). There should be a sign ‘ROUX’ on the railing, plus two parking spaces on the left. It is opposite a chalet with a covered car porch. You can also park just past this on the right.
- Go right up to the top of the steps as the front door is on the first (upper) floor, at the far end, along the balcony. (There is an outside light switch underneath the window next to the French doors by the wood pile, at the top of the steps.) Lift the front door handle up to turn the key.
- There should be an information folder in the box on the bench.