Switzerland: the land where rustic barns meet modern chalets; where natural beauty meets luxurious spas; where melt-in-your-mouth chocolate meets cheese fondues and where the sunny resorts of Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, La Tzoumaz and Thyon meet to make up the 4 Valleys. 412km of gorgeous pistes make this the largest ski area in Switzerland and third largest in Europe, but it’s the off piste which really distinguishes the region, including the famous Mont-Fort glacier at 3330m with its terrifyingly steep descents.
The area connects the 5 inter-linked resorts, each with their own individual character.
Verbier’s the best known - world famous for its après ski and off piste, which makes this a fantastic resort for adults and serious skiers. Its Swiss-chocolate box village is regularly frequented by the rich and famous which is reflected by the amount of sophisticated bars, designer boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants you’ll find here.
Nendaz and Veysonnaz have long been family favourites thanks to their much quieter atmospheres, great infrastructure for beginners and value for money. Relatively untouched, both have retained a real rustic charm with traditional chalets and cosy local restaurants.
La Tzoumaz is a smaller town offering heaps of sporting activities, and Thyon is the king of the castle at over 2000m, with traffic-free roads amongst old barns and chalets, and panoramic views over the impressive Dent-Blanche, Matterhorn and Val des Dix below.
At the moment, the 4 Valleys lift pass comprises all 5 ski areas, but there are reports that the lift operators have failed to reach an agreement for next year, meaning it may no longer be possible to buy a pass linking the whole domain. If you don’t need the mileage of the whole region anyway, you can get passes to the Verbier or Printse ski areas. Verbier Grand Ski spans from the low-down village of Bruson to the peak of Mont-Fort. The 220km Printse sector encompasses Haute-Nendaz, Siviez, Veysonnaz and Thyon/Les Collons.