Portes du Soleil: the name stands for cross-border, unbounded skiing fun. 14 skiing areas - 8 of them in France and 6 in Switzerland - with over 200 lifts and cable-/railways combine to make the largest single skiing area in the world. In summer things are much quieter here, but even in the warmer months there is spectacular sport. Word has spread in the biking community about the massive bike park with its many downhill slopes and tricky tracks, and it is becoming very popular. Nevertheless, there is room for walkers too.
The 45 km walk along the Strada alta (old road) presents a very different picture of the traffic-plagued Leventina valley from that seen from one of the infamous queues for the St Gotthard Tunnel. Flower-strewn meadows, bubbling mountain streams and pretty villages are the main features of the steep left-hand side of the upper Leventina valley. From above, the gigantic man-made structures of the road and railway are fascinating. No less impressive is the mountain world of the Leventina.
The wide, rolling countryside of the Emmental valley forms the natural setting for a mountain walk from Langnau over to Eggiwil.
The people at Atzmännig AG at the top of the Goldinger Valley have created a real paradise for children, a playground to make children's eyes shine. A little higher up, you can have fun on a summer sledging run down through the green meadows. You are surrounded on all sides by the wonderful scenery of the foothills to the Alps.