Leisure Activities in and around Leis
Vals has good skiing and snowboarding. There is a gondola lift from the village to Bergstation Gadastatt, which lies 1,800 m above sea level and has a ski and snowboard school, a beginners lift for children, and a restaurant. Tow lifts run from Gadastatt to just below the 3,000 m peak of the Dachberg.
In normal snow conditions skiers and snowboarders can travel right down to the door of their vacation home in Leis; in good conditions they can even continue on down into the valley. Because Vals is far enough away from the main skiing centers and has no through-traffic as such, there are no jostling crowds on the slopes of the Dachberg and barely any waiting times for the lifts.
Winter walking routes take visitors along the Rheindamm in the valley, and from Vals to Leis and Gadastatt. The wonderful panoramic path from Gadastatt via Frunt to Zevreila is also a classic walk in winter. There are clearly marked, carefully maintained routes for snowshoe expeditions and it is even possible to sledge down all the way from Zevreila to Vals.
In Vals there are two sports shops, where visitors can buy or hire any equipment they need. For more information on winter sports in the area, see www.vals.ch.
In the landscape around Vals, with its side valleys and countless Alpine meadows, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of Alpine walks. Leis is a good starting point for many of these routes. If you would prefer to walk with someone who knows the area, there is a mountain guide in Vals. For more information on other sporting activities in the region, such as canoeing and climbing, see www.vals.ch.
Bathing in Thermal Springs
Therme Vals, designed by Peter Zumthor, is open daily, from mid-June to early April, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Children aged 5 and upward are welcome at the Therme. It is always advisable to reserve a ticket in advance. Visitors to Vals and Leis benefit from a reduced entrance fee. The tourist and information office, Visit Vals, will gladly make reservations for you; Visit Vals is directly opposite the post office. Contact: www.vals.ch and www.therme-vals.ch.