Total immersion at the foot of Mont‑Fort

The Mont-Fort mountain hut, a paradise within everyone's reach, nestled in the heart of the Valais Alps.

Whether skiing or mountain biking, you will probably end up stopping at the Mont-Fort mountain hut. Perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking Verbier and the Val de Bagnes, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience in comfort with good food.

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The first words that come to mind for most people who know Mont-Fort and its surroundings are vastness, friendship and simplicity. This high mountain refuge is accessible to everyone, offering views of steep peaks where the snow rarely leaves, vast expanses that are either white or green, and a mineral landscape that is both rugged and breathtakingly beautiful at the same time… This is where Daniel Bruchez, mountain guide and ski instructor, decided almost forty years ago that he would spend most of his time. Caretaker of the Mont-Fort hut since September 21, 1981, along with his wife, he watched his two children grow up here and created lasting memories. His motto is to offer visitors an authentic slice of life at altitude, served in a simple way with a friendly mountain spirit. Are you ready to give it a go?

Built in 1925 below the summit after which it is named, the Mont-Fort hut has been extended and modernised due to its success, and offers its guests a breathtaking view of the Alps: Mont Gelé, Bec des Rosses, Massif des Combins, Mont Rogneux, or Mont Blanc… Here, they’ve thought of everything to make your stay a memorable one. Close to the slopes, the hut is easily accessible in both summer and winter thanks to the gondolas and cable cars coming from Verbier or Siviez, making it the ideal destination for an excursion with family or friends. You can enjoy traditional, succulent cuisine at any time of day prepared with quality produce carefully selected by Daniel and his team. So why not stop here between two ski descents or even spend the night in this typical refuge. With 58 beds spread over 15 rooms of different sizes, the Mont-Fort hut offers you all the comfort you could wish for. Booking is essential.

The highest peak of the 4 Valleys ski area, the Mont-Fort at 3,330m literally dominates the hut and its surroundings. Getting there is already an amazing experience in itself. As soon as you leave the cable car, you’re greeted with the purest of air and a breathtaking 360-degree panorama. No fewer than 110 peaks surround you: Matterhorn, Dent d’Hérens, Grand Combin, Mont-Blanc, Wildhorn, Jungfrau, Weisshorn, everything! And on days when the valley below is covered in fog, you really feel like you’re the luckiest person in the world. In summer, we recommend watching the sunrise from Mont-Fort before enjoying a hearty breakfast at the Col des Gentianes, the previous cable car station, at 2,900 metres above sea level. From autumn 2020, the highest zip line in Europe will link these two resorts, summer and winter, following the same timetable as the lifts. Thrills and excitement guaranteed!

Do you like hiking or mountain biking? The summer season is the ideal time to do the Tour du Mont-Fort hike. Reserved for experienced walkers, the tour offers an adventure in glacier country: you will pass close to the Tortin glaciers and the Grand Désert, walk along the Cleuson dam and cross two Alpine passes. For mountain bikers, there are two different downhill itineraries: easy rider or pro rider. And if your mountain bike is electric, there’s a charging terminal in La Chaux where you can recharge for free.

But let’s go back to the Mont-Fort mountain hut with all the different excursions it offers. In winter, aside from the obvious downhill skiing, there are some superb snowshoe hikes near the hut: for example, for moderate effort, it’s just an hour and a half from Les Ruinettes to Mont-Fort. In summer, the hut is the first stage of the Tour du Val de Bagnes – or Tour des Cabanes (Mountain hut tour) – a five-day hike starting from Le Châble. The Louvie hut, nestled behind the Bec des Rosses, on the edge of a picturesque alpine lake, is four hours away on foot and is halfway through the second day of this mountain trail. But there are also shorter walks. For example, a beautiful two-hour hike from Fontanet to the Ruinettes via the Mont-Fort hut is a welcome refreshment stop. Between La Chaux and Les Ruinettes, you can admire the works of international artists exhibited in the 3D sculpture park at 2,300 m above sea level.

For more information, contact the Tourist Offices or even Daniel and his team, along with several top mountain guides and ski instructors who will happily give you their top tips and advice.

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