Like a moth to a flame, our family travels are magnetically attracted to places that have great cycling routes, family adventure plus easy paths for walks with the kids who don’t actually do much walking, preferring to be carried on shoulders claiming their legs are weary, even after they’ve been sat in the motorhome on a driving day. The Valais has these in abundance and Nendaz was the place we found mountain biking and E-bike trails galore.
There is currently no campsite here, so we stayed at Hotel de 4 Vallees, which has a superb spa and infinity pool with panoramic views of the prominent peaks behind the traditional houses. We park the motorhome behind the ice rink next to the hotel, and it feels great, albeit slightly odd, that we have a hotel room for two nights. I am guiltily delighted to spot a coffee machine in our bedroom, and the first thing I do is make myself a cup, luxuriating at the fact that I don’t have to hand-grind the coffee beans first.
Nendaz is traditionally famed for its large ski resorts, but the summer months see the same trails used for biking which Marcus and Harrison, 6, are eager to explore. The ski lift next to the hotel takes us to Tracouet, at 2171m, where we exist above the clouds and deeply inhale a breath of cold fresh alpine air. Dorothy is in a trailer attached to Marcus’s hired e-bike and I can hear her squealing to go faster as Marcus zooms towards Lac De Tracouet, which is normally frozen in the winter season and is incorporated into the skiing area of the mountain. Today, it was glistening brightly in the sunshine, beckoning us to get closer. But that’s not the reason we are here. From this point, several bike trails can be followed down the mountain, with unrivalled views over the Pennine Alps.