This trail offers spectacular views of the Dents du Midi and Dents Blanches mountain ranges on this downhill itinerary from Les Crosets to the Croix de Chavalet between Champéry and Val-d'Illiez.
Starting point at the chapel at the entrance to Les Crosets
Follow the pink snowshoe signs n° 4.
Walk about 300 metres along the snowbank on the side of the road in the direction Val-d’Illiez. At the roadside parking spaces, turn right and walk down the path that winds through the forest, looking out for quaint alpine chalets, typical of the val d’Illiez, along the way. Cross the Poijeur Bridge over the Chavalet River and continue along a pleasant path through the snowy forest to the alp restaurant “Cantine sur Coux” for an invigorating stop.
From Chavalet, you can either turn around or continue the descent by a path that is quite steep, until you reach the “Croix de Chavalet” which is the end of the snowshoe trail.
From the cross, you can walk (without snowshoes) to the village of Val-d’Illiez by a hiking trail or to the village of Champéry along the small road.
To go back up to Les Crosets station, you have to take the bus from Val-d’Illiez station. We recommend that you take the bus in the morning and walk down at your convenience. Timetable and price on www.cff.ch
The AOMC train connects Champéry – La Cour – Val-d’Illiez.
HERE ARE THE DIFFERENT VARIANTS OF THE ROUTE NUMBER 4 :
ROUND TRIP :
Les Crosets – sur Cou – Les Crosets
Round trip (downhill only until the alp restaurant “Cantine sur Coux” then up again)
6.4 km, Ascent +400m, Descent -400m, 3h
SINGLE ROUTE :
Snowshoe trail (according to our main map of the route nr 4):
Les Crosets – sur Cou – Chavalet
One-way (downhill) :
4.5 km, Ascent +50m, Descent -650m, 2h
Chavalet – sur Cou – Les Crosets
One-way (uphill) :
4.5 km, Ascent +650m, Descent -50m, 3h
Snowshoe trail with pedestrian link to the public transport stations:
Les Crosets – sur Cou – Chavalet – Champéry-village
5.6 km, Ascent +60m, Descent -700m, 2h15
Les Crosets – sur Cou – Chavalet – La Cour – Val-d’Illiez
7.2 km, Ascent +110m, Descent -830m, 2h45
Best time of year
- Coach access