L'Etivaz

A living tradition!

La Désalpe de l'Etivaz (descent from the alpine pastures)

A living tradition

On the 29th of September 2018 the village of L’Etivaz will be celebrating the descent of the herds of cows, returning to their stables for the winter after spending the summer up on the alpine pastures. Proudly decked out with flowers and their finest bells, the cows will pass in procession to the applause of the public, and for the delight of the cheesemakers and herdsmen.

You are invited to come and take part in the désalpe in L’Etivaz, an event which combines Swiss mountain traditions with local specialities and joie de vivre. There will be a large variety of entertainments provided. You can also be the first to taste the first wheels of L’Etivaz AOP cheese produced in the summer of 2018, straight from the ripening cellars.

Do not hesitate to contact us. We hope to have the pleasure of sharing the désalpe of 2018 with you!

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The programme

From 8 am onwards, passage of the herds, different folk animations and handicraft market.

From 7 pm onwards, raclette below the canteen, musical entertainment provided by a traditional country band.

Entry fees: CHF 5.-/adult, free for children up to 16

Shuttles and parking

This year you can avail yourself of the free shuttle service to L’Etivaz.

– Leaving from la Lécherette (from the bus stop, free parking)
– Leaving from Château-d’Oex (opposite the bookshop and from the grounds of Landi at the bottom of the village, free parking).

This service is provided from 7 am until 6 pm. An information and welcome service will be on the spot to provide information and a cheese-tasting opportunity. The entrance pins will also be on sale at different points in the welcome area.

Take the shuttle and save time! Have yourself driven to the centre of events at L’Etivaz without the problem of having to find a place to park.

Our Partners

Gstaad Züglete:

On the 1st of September; The Züglete will be held in Gstaad. The herds will go through the village!

Le Barlatay:

The Barlatay's supertrail will take place on the 17th and 18th of August with the start in l'Etivaz. www.barlatay.ch