Nendaz is like a secret porthole into the vast 4 Vallees ski area which means its great for ski-exploring (not just run-of-the-mill 'ups and downs'). There is terrain to suit everyone, but the wider area is magnificent for more accomplished skiers. The small, quiet village is home to a surprising array of eateries, bars with great atmosphere and some of the best sunsets in the Alps.
Imagine an old Swiss mountain town with narrow streets, old houses, barns and cowsheds and a beautiful Baroque church dating from 1499.
Now imagine the perfect modern ski resort, with apartment-style chalets built in traditional style, subtly surrounding this unique slice of Swiss pastoral history. Throw in some north-facing mountainsides with gentle nursery slopes at the bottom and links to one of the best ski areas in Switzerland. Sprinkle some fun themed bars across the resort for the adults and a snow play area for the kids, then douse with a little luxury and a touch of exclusivity and voila, you have the famous Four Valley’s second ski resort; Nendaz.
Nendaz skiing delivers excellent facilities for first-time skiers, intermediates looking to progress and experts looking for a serious challenge. The resort has been awarded the Swiss Tourism ‘Families Welcome’ logo, so be sure to ski Nendaz for the perfect family ski holiday. However, Nendaz accommodation is also perfect for anyone looking to ski the delights of the Four Valleys ski area but stay away from the crazy prices and raucous party scene on the other side of the hill in Verbier.
Learn more about Four Valleys Ski area, or keep reading to learn more about this resort and why to go on a Nendaz ski holiday.
Ski Nendaz for cruisy wide slopes, plus links to some of the gnarliest terrain around for the more adventurous. Nendaz skiing is the best of the Four Valleys for beginners and children, starting with the pristine nursery slopes, followed by the gentle and exceptionally wide blues on Tracouet.
Once you’ve found your ski legs, longer blues and easy reds can be found back down to resort from the Prarion chair. The frozen lake makes the perfect spot for the children’s snow play area, with big inflatable toys to enjoy and plenty of sun (but don’t forget the sunblock).
There are good carving runs for intermediates from the top of the Alpage chair and the extent of the terrain will encourage you to push your skiing to the next level. For advanced skiers, the only way to ski Nendaz is on the marked but unpisted itinerary routes that the Four Valleys is famous for.
There are limitless backcountry options but if you really want to prove yourself, start on the Siviez-Chassoure route before building up to the one that tops most “Scariest ski runs in the world” lists – the Tortin Wall. Boarders may not love the gradient-lacking cat tracks that take you from one valley to the next (the one at the bottom of the Vallon d’Arbe is particularly tough on a board) but they will go mad for the two snow parks. The Nendaz Snowpark for beginners and the Burton Progression Park for the more advanced park rat, which even benefits from an airbag and on-site instructors to help you land that 1080.
The 4 Vallées lift pass covers 412 km in Haute-Nendaz, Siviez - Mont-Fort, Veysonnaz, Thyon / Les Collons, Verbier, La Tzoumaz, Bruson and Evolène with each of the ski areas offer distinctively different skiing.
In Verbier expect cruising blues combined with Mont Gelé, where, from its 3023m summit, a multitude of ski runs will give even the most hardened experts a run for their money. Bruson offers a tree-lined escape from any low cloud conditions. La Tzoumaz brings you a large selection of runs dropping into the trees and finally Mt Fort which will keep the more expert skiers entertained for hours.
Nendaz apartments are perfectly located for a variety of non-ski activities. Explore the old village for a taste of what mountain life was like and get in the mood for dinner with a visit to the cow barn to find out all about fondue cheese production.
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Report last updated at: Sat 11th Sep 2021