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With 16% more sunshine than anywhere else in the country, Crans-Montana is the sunniest ski resort in the Alps.

On a clear day, you can see several of Switzerland’s 41 4000m-plus peaks. From east to west, the Dom (4545m), Pointe Dufour (4634m), Weisshorn (4505m), Zinalrothorn (4221m), Cervin (4478m), Dent Blanche (4357m) and Grand Combin (4314m),among others, soar proudly skywards. Further west rises the massif of Mont-Blanc, the summit of which, at 4810m and located in France, is the highest in Western Europe.

From Hôtel Mont-Paisible, where we will be staying, there is also a fine view over the Rhone Valley. Our taste buds will be equally delighted by the fare presented at our hosts’ restaurant.

On Saturday evening, participants in post-tour 1 will be taken to Flanthey, where they will visit Château de Vaas and be treated to en exceptional meal. Our guide will be Antoine Bailly, winner of the 2011 Prix Vautin Lud, the Nobel Prize for geographers. Professor emeritus at the University of Geneva, Mr. Bailly has also taught abroad, mainly in Canada (Edmonton and Montréal) and France (Paris and Besançon). It will become clear that he is also a consummate connoisseur of wines.

On Sunday, advanced skiers will go off-piste, in the company of guides from the Crans-Montana ski school, for the memorable run down to les Faverges.