Valais – Crans-Montana: the success of the Lantern Trail continues

Open for the third year in a row, the lantern path in Crans-Montana (VS) was very frequented at the start of the season.

The pandemic is drawing people to the mountains.

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The path of the lanterns attracts people.

The path of the lanterns attracts people.

KEYSTONE/LAURENT GILLIERON

In Crans-Montana, light at night during a pandemic.

In Crans-Montana, light at night during a pandemic.

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The pandemic has silenced a number of tourist activities but has also boosted others. This is the case of the path of the lanterns in Crans-Montana (VS) which saw a very high attendance at the start of the season.

At certain times, there were “a lot, a lot of people on the path of the lanterns to the point that we had to impose a one-way route so that people do not cross”, tells Keystone-ATS, Sophie Clivaz, manager communication from Crans-Montana Tourisme.

Covid-Angels have also been called to the rescue on this illuminated loop. “They have made walkers aware of wearing a mask, for example,” continues Sophie Clivaz.

Open for the third consecutive year, the lantern trail is based on the tale “The Shepherd and the Star Bella Lui”. It stretches over two kilometers between Lake Moubra and Etang Long and can be walked around in about forty minutes at nightfall, to take advantage of the light from the lanterns installed every ten meters.

This year, the path also offers projections by French photographer and artist Philippe Echaroux. These are monumental portraits of members of the Surui tribe, a tribe whose survival is threatened by deforestation. The work wants to “raise awareness of the ecological emergency and remind people that behind felled trees, men are also dying”, we read on the site of the Etoile Bella Lui Festival, whose 2020/2021 edition was canceled due to of the pandemic.

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Posted today at 09:24

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