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Valais Travel Guide

Leukerbad

At 4,628 feet, Leukerbad, called Loèche-les-Bains in French, is Europe's highest spa village; travelers have been ascending to this Alpine retreat for centuries to take the curative waters and fill their lungs with cleansing mountain air. With 90 km (43 miles) of downhill and cross-country runs of varying difficulty, including some used for World Cup training and testing, Leukerbad

is a pleasant alternative to the larger resorts, and its rejuvenating hot mineral pools are a soothing après-ski option. The Torrent cable car whisks skiers to slopes; a one-day ski pass including a visit to one of the public spas is 77 SF; from June to October the price is reduced to 46 SF.

Summer brings hikers who love the combination of trekking and soaking. High-altitude crossings via the Gemmi Pass go back to 500 BC. The ancient connection between the Valais and the Berner Oberland can be traversed easily in a day.

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