Until the 1970s, Grimentz was a summer resort only and is renowned for its fantastic mountain walks – it is on the Haute Route. There are endless opportunities to walk in the valleys and mountains of the Val d’Anniviers – anything from a stroll around the village or into the neighbouring villages to day-long hikes with lunch in a mountain cabane or longer trips staying overnight in the cabanes along the way. The chalet is equipped with several Guide Books for walks of every level and books on the flora and fauna in the area.
There are over 100km of mountain bike trails and bikes can be hired in the village. The local buses have bike racks in the summer and bikes can also be taken up the mountains in the gondolas.
At nearby Vercorin is Switzerland’s biggest tree-top trail of zip wires and rope bridges – it takes 3 hours to do the whole circuit! Also in Vercorin, Zinal and St. Luc, you can hire giant-wheeled scooters which you take up the mountain in the gondola and then race all the way down - quite hair-raising and great fun!
For the even more adventurous, there is Europe’s biggest bungee jump in Niouc (about 15 minutes’ drive from Grimentz), canyoning in the rivers of the valley, parapenting and the rock-climbing experience of the Via Ferrata – a series of fixed metal hoops in the cliff face above the Lac de Moiry in Grimentz.
For less-adventurous souls, there are tennis courts and mini-golf in Grimentz and three swimming pools – an outdoor one 10 minutes away in Vissoie and indoor pools in both Grimentz and neighbouring Zinal.
During the summer months all the houses and hotels in the village are bedecked with geranium-filled window boxes and troughs and hanging baskets and in July there is the fiercely-fought Concours des Fleurs to find the best-decorated house.