Foret de l'Aventure @ Vercorin
You move of tree out of tree, at your rhythm, through the various obstacles which challenge you: suspension bridges, lianas, tyroliennes, etc. In full safety.
At an altitude of 1900 m, the Foret de l'Aventure of the Vercorin ski resort provides sensations on 2 courses. The little one is accessible for kids from 5 years of age.
Open season : Every days from June to September.
Vercorin offer a small skiing area ideal for beginners, family and nature lovers.
After a ride with the cable car you will reward by a great scenic view on the Alps from le Crêt du Midi at 2336 meters. Enjoy!
After your day of skiing, or snowboarding, or on a free day, take a walking tour around town. There are beautiful little chalets and buildings and the guides are local Swiss people with lots of information about the history, the customs and little out-of-the-way places only locals know about. They also love to learn about where you come from, and are some of the friendlist Swiss people I ever encountered. Another must-do is to check out the amazing night view of Vercorin and the other little villages that dot the Alps. From Vercorin you can see the flickering lights of the chalets and the lit-up steeples of the churches in other towns across the mountains. For those looking for the perfect, ideal Swiss village, this is it. The only word for it is picturesque.
Set in a typical nothing-special-cafeteria-like decor, La Brentaz is located in the center of the village of Vercorin. It has a very small menu that changes very often, but the food they serve is real gastronomy, at very affordable prices not to say cheap!
Favorite Dish: Everything is always out-of-this-world. The special of the day is quite interesting as it comes with an appetizer, an entree and a dessert for only $20 USD.
The bar at the Victoria Hotel is a great spot to hang out whether it's to have a warm chocolate drink on the afternoon of an ugly cold day, or to have a cocktail before or after dinner. The setting is very cozy and the service very welcoming.
Dress Code: Come as you are!
Please be advised that if you are driving up to Vercorin, make sure you have snow chains on your tires as the roads can be snowy and icy. The roads up the mountains are very narrow winding, with many sharp turns and it can be a little frightening. Drive carefully, as you never know when another car will whip around a corner headed straight for you. There is precious little room on these roads for cars to pass each other but somehow Europeans seem to manoeuvre around each other with out one car plunging off of the mountain to one side. Canadians may not be the safest drivers in the world, but (and I hope this doesn't offend any Europeans, espcially the Swiss) Europeans drive faster, more frantically and leave it to the last minute to brake from my experience! If you are driving up mountain roads be extra careful (especially if you rarely drive in winter conditions) or better yet, let a local drive you!
Vercorin has the most beautiful views I have ever seen! This was my first time skiing and I was both taken aback by the scenery and terrified of even attempting to ski these hills that appear to drop off the end of the earth. The first day, I took private lessons from a lifelong Swiss native and proffessional skiier named Mathieu. I definitely recommend this for novice skiiers or for children (although you will be amazed at the perfectly-clad 4 year-olds whizzing down the mountain looking like mini-olympians!) as it makes you much more comfortable and you can gain valuable tips about the specifics of these hills. My instructor was patient and very very good at teaching and although I speak French, he spoke excellent English as well (and for other Canadians out there - Swiss skiiers love Canada!) The remaining 3 days of my Vercorin trip were amazing, as I tried my hand at the major hills. For me it was both exhilirating and frightening, but in the late afternoons, I spent time over snacks and refreshments at the lodge (which has a lovely patio, even in winter) talking to many a seasoned skiier who said it was one of the best places they had ever skiied. The views of the bright blue sky and the magnificent alps make you feel like you can conquer the world. I didn't want to leave!
Equipment: You can rent all your equipment on-site. Please be advised, however, that if you are driving up to Vercorin, make sure you have snow chains on your tires as the roads can be snowy and icy.