The ski resorts of Valais have made significant improvements this year with lift upgrades, remodelled slopes, and new accommodation.

Anzere has remodelled the beginners' slope above the village square and now offers novice skiers a safe environment in which to take their first steps on skis.

Bettmeralp has made its ski area more accessible to families: both the Bettmeralp ski tow lifts have been replaced with a modern four-seater chairlift. The Blausee chair comprises a video information system and a specially equipped 'Children's Chair' with coloured seating, seating partition, safety device against sliding through, and a closing device.

Fiescheralp has built the new 'Talegga-Eggishorn Sud' six-seater chairlift next to the existing valley station for the Fiesch-Eggishorn chairlift. It offers an extension to the ski region within the Aletsch Arena.

A detachable four-seater chairlift replaces two old installations between Cry-d'Er and Bellalui in the Crans-Montana-Aminiona ski region. It will carry 2400 guests per hour over a distance of 1.5 kilometres and offers panoramic views from 2528 metres.

Nendaz has redesigned its Mont Fort cable car with new cabins to 3300 metres. Verbier also has upgraded its Medran Station to offer a drying installation for ski boots and a cafe-bar.

New accommodation has been built in Valais: the Backstage Hotel Boutique in Zermatt will open Dec. 18 and the modern spa Hotel Helvetia will open in Morgins this December.

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