The thinking man’s Verbier
The resort of Haute-Nendaz (generally just referred to as Nendaz) is one of the European Alps’s greatest unsung heroes. It lies at the heart of the Four Valleys, Switzerland’s largest ski area with some of the world’s best off-piste and backcountry terrain. Yet it is a relatively unspoiled village, without the same degree of tourism that is attracted by its more busy neighbour, Verbier.
The scenery is outstanding and the skiing is varied, with something for everyone. Being centrally located in the Four Valleys, Nendaz offers you the opportunity of skiing not only in Nendaz itself but also in Verbier to the West, and Veysonnaz and Thyon to the East. There are three ski schools that cater to all levels of ability, and there is a good selection of slopes from beginners’ to experts’. The vertical drop from the glacial Mont Fort at 3330m back to the village altitude is just short of 2km.
For the non-skier, Nendaz offers activity or relaxation in equal measure. There is a skating rink and climbing tower for the more intrepid, or a selection of coffee houses and shops for those who prefer a quieter holiday (plus, of course, all our chalets include hot tubs). There are also a variety of walks and cross-country tracks around the village, and we can arrange snow-shoe hire if you would like to venture off the beaten track on foot.
The heart of the
Nendaz sits above the old town of Sion at an altitude of 1365m, and offers excellent skiing and boarding for all abilities with over 400km of pistes, world class off-piste terrain and snow-sure skiing up to a dizzying 3330m altitude.
The village is just over the mountain from Verbier and only a 90-minute car journey from Geneva airport. It has been a Swiss enclave for decades, so has escaped some of the more disappointing aspects of the much busier tourist resorts of the world. The village boasts something like 16 restaurants, 4000 chalets, 180 apartment buildings, 10 bars, 2 discos and a cabaret club.
The full-area lift pass gives you access to the pistes of Verbier, Siviez, Thyon and Veysonnaz, with the magnificent 3330m Mont Fort peak rising above the village as a challenge to even the most intrepid of skiers or boarders.
- Skiing altitude 1400m – 3300m
- Total (local) piste length 70km
- Total (Four Valleys) piste length 412km
- Longest run 15km
- Lifts (Four Valleys) 92
- Snowmaking 10%
- Restaurants/Bars/Clubs: 19/7/3
- Beginner 35%
- Intermediate 50%
- Expert 15%