Relive the ambitious project for the Valais’ bicentennial celebration in which thirteen iconic Valais peaks were simultaneously illuminated. Behind the scenes, seventy guides and pyrotechnical experts, as well as thirty photographers put in 18 months of work so that March 2015 would go up in an unforgettable flame of glory!
The Chalets de Champéry in watercolour by Florence Vernerey showcases and safeguards the memory of Champéry’s most beautiful chalets. Some of the buildings featured have since been demolished and others are currently threatened by the ravages of time, but all will live forever in these colourful village scenes.
Relive Champéry’s past events, local traditions, village activities, and picturesque places through this collection of antique photos and accompanying historical anecdotes.
Champéry’s past comes to life, illustrated by Bernard Cosendey, pen name Cosey, and imagined by Fabrice Clément. This striking graphic novel tells the story of a mysterious character who stayed at the glamorous Dents du Midi hotel in 1863, at the same time as the Défago Gallery was being carved out of a nearby cliff face ...
This beautiful coffee table book showcases the Val d’Illiez’s magnificent chalets and emblematic architecture. Its pages safeguard the treasures of a shared heritage written in stone and wood and passed down through the generations for everyone to enjoy.
Maurice de Bonvoisin (1849-1912), pen name Mars, was a renowned illustrator of picturesque characters and village scenes from the beginning of the 20th century. The charming sketches and witty commentary found in ‘La Vie à Champéry’ bring the olden days to life!
Available in French.
Originally written as a thesis for a history degree and published in the series ‘Les Cahiers de l'Histoire Locale’, this work is an in-depth study of the birth of tourism in the Val d’Illiez, and its development up to the days before WWII.
How did a tiny alpine village become an international comedy hotspot? This eyecatching photographic book tells the Maxi-Rires tale in 160 larger-than-life pages. A book by Olivier Burgener at Éditions Favre.
Visible from near and far, the iconic Dents du Midi massif just begs to be explored. This historic, multi-day trek is the perfect introduction to long-distance hiking. The Tour des Dents Blanches is more challenging, with starker, more exposed itineraries that leapfrog over the border between Switzerland and France in full view of the Mont Blanc massif.
This little pamphlet explores Champéry’s bygone days, from tourism to domestic life, the economy, politics, and emigration.
The Vallée de l'Illiez is a feature-length documentary set in the Illiez Valley, located in the Canton of Valais, Switzerland.
Inspired by the seven craggy peaks of the iconic Dents du Midi mountain range which stands guard over the valley, the film immerses itself in the daily lives of seven of its inhabitants. The characters, each very different from the other, tell their own story with the generosity and authenticity so characteristic to this region, offering up their unvarnished truths, as beautiful or brutal as they may be. Captured on film, the deceptively simple images and words plumb unsuspected depths, shedding light on geographic, environmental, and economic specificities of the valley, as well as its vast potential and future challenges.
Documentary film • 72 ’• French • 2019-2020 • Val-d´Illiez, Switzerland
Région Dents du Midi’s easy-to-use hiking map showcases 30 of our favourite itineraries. Each route suggestion includes a topographic profile with distance, elevation gain, points of interest, and tons of other useful information to help you choose your next hike. This clever map goes hand-in-hand with the official 1: 25'000 map, which covers the area between Lake Geneva and the Dents du Midi.
This two-sided hiking map covers the Illiez valley and the border area with France on one side and the Rhone Valley and the southeastern shore of Lake Geneva on the other. It contains the Dents du Midi Tour in its entirety and most of the Dents Blanches hiking tour. Hiking trails show approximate walking times in minutes. Ideal for long hikes and connoisseurs
This handy winter map shows snowshoe trails, winter hikes, cross-country ski areas and ski touring trails. Each itinerary is numbered and has a corresponding topographic profile with detailed information on the reverse side of the map.