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. Turn right in the direction of the Cantine Sur Cou. Follow the path that winds through the forest, looking out for quaint alpine chalets, typical of the Illiez Valley, 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”.
From here you can turn around and head back on the same path (approx. 60 min), or continue on to the site called Chavalet. This trail can be rather steep in places. At the end of snowshoe trail, you can retrace your steps (approx. 2:30), continue on to Champéry by road (approx. 15min) or head to Val-d’Illiez by a pedestrian path (approx. 45min). To get back to Les Crosets from Champéry or Val d’Illiez, take public transport; the AOMC train from Champéry to Val d’Illiez and the postal bus from Val-d’Illiez to Les Crosets. (timetables on snowshoe trail info boards).
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
- Picnic area
- Coach access