The holiday resort of Zinal, in French-speaking Valais, lies at the end of the Val d'Anniviers, a southern side valley of the Rhone valley. As a Maiensässdorf, the settlement used to be inhabited only temporarily, mainly in May and June before the cattle were taken to the alpine pastures, in October at the time of the departure from the Alps, and in December and January when the hay brought in was fed to the cattle.
The first inn was built in 1856. In the 1960s the Sorebois cable car was put into operation. Since then the village has developed into a modern destination. The Alpine valley is of a rare natural beauty. Many old traditions are still alive. Zinal is the starting point for hiking and high mountain tours and is known as an El Dorado for mountain bikers and winter sports enthusiasts.