In Crans-Montana, a regular host of stage finishes, amongst them Laurent Fignon who took the win in the 1984 Tour de France, you will kick off your Look Marmotte Granfondo Valais. Surrounded by white capped peaks you will cycle the 130km course through vineyards, orchards, and climb up steep cols accumulating in 4,500 vertical metres of climbing. The final destination at the end of the day is the ski resort of Verbier which was also the finish of the 2009 Tour de France.
The climb to the Col Plumachit at 1800m is where you will see amazing snowcapped peaks soaring up to 4000m in height. A long fast descent back down to the valley floor should cool you down before climbing back up through rows of neatly groomed vineyards to the villages of Vercorin, and the steep Val d’Anniviers. From this point to the arrival in Verbier you will remain above an altitude of 1000m from the flat valley floor.
The remainder of the route will be a mix of climbs and descents through the Val d’Herens and the villages of Nax, Saint-Martin, Hérémence, Les Collons, and Veysonnaz. All of these quaint villages are perched on the side of the mountain, and each have their own Swiss charm including the incredible naturally made Pyramids of Euseigne and the imposing dam of Grande Dixence, the highest gravity dam in Europe.
After riding 94km you will arrive at the ski resort of Nendaz, and you will be joined by the Mediofondo racers. Here you will climb to the small traditional village of Isérables before arriving in the penultimate ski resort for the day, La Tzoumaz. Your final challenge, like the legendary Giro pass of the Colle delle Finestre, is the unpaved road to the Col de la Croix-de-Coeur at 2174m, the final summit of the Tour des Stations, where you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Val de Bagnes. A last short descent will take you to the heart of the ski resort of Verbier.