Starting in the village of Nendaz, above the centuries-old Rhône valley city of Sion, the Nendaz course climbs out of the valley, passes Lake Tracouet, climbs Dent de Nendaz, and then incorporates an airy descent and a second climb, to the Saint Laurent hut. The route continues past the Prafleuri hut, passes the Dixence dam, through high alpine territory, and then descends to Nendaz. A shorter, 30 km option climbs from Nendaz to the Pra da Dzeu meadow forest, passes through the village of Cleves. There are two significant climbs–one up the Basso d’Alou, and a second to Combatseline. This race is part of the Valaisan Cup series.