Zinal, Switzerland

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Nearest Airports

Geneva / Geneve 180mins

Zürich / Zurich 240mins

Sion 60mins


Zinal ski holidays

Established in 1959 the Swiss ski resort Zinal lies at 1671 metres altitude in the Valais region of the Swiss Alps / Alpes. With the highest lifts and ski slopes at 2895m the area is snow sure. Over 77 snow cannons ensure artificial snow making covers 30km of trails, which equates to around 40 of the slopes. The nearest airport transfer to Zinal is Geneva / Geneve at a distance of 200km or approximately 180 minutes driving time. Their season runs from November to April.

SNO-man says

A small, pretty, typically Swiss village, standing on a high sunny plateau in the Val d'Anniviers. Famous for its popular skiing possibilities, Zinal has the longest snowtubing slope in Switzerland (472m).

Alpine Downhill Runs

Beginner Trails
 0 runs 0km
0%  Intermediate Trails
 4 runs 15km
12%  Advanced Trails
 6 runs 40km
65%  Expert Trails
 2 runs 15km

Resort and Holiday Stats

Apres Ski
Family/child Friendly
Value for money
Lift Pass Prices (adult 6 day)CHF? - CHF?
Traditional Village / Purpose Built Resort
Resort OpensNov 2015
Resort ClosesApr 2016
(snow conditions often influence opening/closing)

Mountain and Slopes

Downhill Runs70km
total length of Zinal trails
Longest Lift-Served Run7km
longest piste or trail reachable by lift
Slope OrientationNE
direction Zinal area faces
Top Altitude2895m
top station of highest lift
Bottom Altitude1671m
bottom of lowest run
Resort Altitude1671m
centre of Zinal ski resort
Vertical Drop1329m
total descent from top lift to bottom piste
Skiable Vertical^v 1329m
can include extra hike up above top lift

Skiing in Zinal

12 pistes and trails means approximately 70km of runs. 9 Zinal lifts have capacity to transport 9980 per hour. The longest run in the Swiss ski resort is over 7km.

SNO-man says

The mountain has 0% beginner runs or nursery slopes, 12% intermediate, 65% advanced slopes and 23% for experts - the most difficult piste is the 7km Descente de l'aigle run, with a steepness/slope angle of ?%. There is no night skiing.

Rating for skiing gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Snowboarding in Zinal

Of the 9 ski lifts, 6 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Zinal is for snowboarding - especially for beginners learning to board. Facilities include 1 terrain parks and 0 half pipe (longest half pipe length is 0 metres), 0 quarter pipe and 0 boardercross courses.

SNO-man says

Rating for snowboarding gets 2 stars out of 5 overall    

Zinal Apres Ski

Off-Slope activities include:

2 apres ski bars 15 restaurants 0 bowling 1 night club 0 cinema 0 billiards / pool 0 games room 0 concert 1 indoor swimming 0 outdoor heated pools 1 saunas 1 hot tubs 0 solariums 1 masseurs 0 indoor ice skating 1 outdoor ice skating 1 indoor sports centre 0 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 0 sleigh rides 0 ballooning 0 horse riding 4 prepare winter walks 0 climbing 0 golf 0 fishing 0 museum 0 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities ?.

SNO-man says


Rating for apres ski gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

"Zinal" by any other name

The Swiss resort is also known as Sorebois and has common misspellings:

The direction which the various Zinal slopes face can make or break your ski holiday. To guarantee good snow conditions, choose a resort with piste which face the right way for the time of year you're travelling.

- In the coldest winter months of January and February pick a resort with sunny south facing slopes, so your days on the snow doesn't feel like a polar expedition. Conversely, in the warmest spring skiing months of March and especially April, a resort with cool and shady north facing trails will ensure you're not riding on slush, but benefitting from best late season snow. The best destinations have areas which face in all directions so that you're guaranteed greating conditions whatever the weather. Zinal has slopes facing NE.

Rating for snow gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Main Ski School in Zinal

Zinal ski school - snowboarding course & skiing lessons

The official ski/board school is called Swiss Ski & Snowboard School and has ? teachers teaching in English, French, German and taking students from a minimum age of 4.info@zinalski.ch www.zinalski.ch 4751373

Zinal for beginners         gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Zinal for intermediates  gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Zinal for expert skiers   gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Zinal for snowboarding  gets 2 stars out of 5 overall    

Mountain & Snow Sports in Zinal

Zinal snow sports - off slope winter mountain sports

Cross Country Skiing (langlaufen) in Zinal: 19.5km X C ski trails, Lessons available? Y

Easy XC Ski Trails: 4km     Intermediate XC Trails: 8km   Difficult XC Trails: 2km

Telemark Tuittion: Y     Telemark Rental 2      Paragliding schools: 1

Snow mobile Rental: 0     Toboggan Run Length: 1km

Non Skiing Winter & Snow Activities in Zinal

Zinal snow fun - off slope winter activities

Outdoor Ice Rink: 1 Indoor Ice Rink: 0 Balloon Flights: 0

Prepared Winter Walks: 4 Snowshoeing: 1 Hang Gliding : 0

Snow mobile Rental: 0 Toboggan Run Length: 1km Paragliding schools: 1

Zinal non skiing facilities also include ?.

Zinal reviews, 3 star rating and information is collated by SNO man from staff experience and customer feedback.
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