Val d'Anniviers in south-west Switzerland is one of the country's most picturesque valleys.
Set beneath the 'Imperial Crown' of five 4000m peaks - Bishorn, Weisshorn, Zinalrothorn, Obergabelhorn, Dent Blanche - and with the Matterhorn looming just beyond, this is still one of the wilder regions in the Alps, yet it can be reached in just two hours from Geneva airport.
The SkiZinal Chalet Edelweiss is in the hamlet of Mottec at the foot of the Piste de Chamois, two kilometres before Zinal. The valley's resorts are served by buses which stop directly outside Chalet Edelweiss - free to visitors during the winter and summer seasons.
The small villages of the Val d'Anniviers are classic Swiss villages - clusters of sun-burnt wooden chalets dating back hundreds of years, with window boxes full of geraniums throughout summer.
Along the Rhone valley you can visit the historic towns of Sion and Brig, sample wines direct from the many wineries, cycle through the vineyards, swim in lakes and play golf at one of 9 Valais golf courses.