Les 4 Vallées ski areaSwitzerland’s 4 Valleys ski area links the resorts of Verbier, Nendaz, Thyon, Veysonnaz, Bruson and La Tzoumaz with the use of one ski pass.
The project was thought of in the mid-1970s, with the 4 Valleys finally being created in 1983, with the opening of the Mont Fort cable-car. With a summit of 3330m at the top of Mount-Fort, the 4 Valleys lowest skiing point is 1250m.
There is a wide range of skiing on the 4 Valleys; from adventurous off-piste runs to technical black runs. All abilities of skiers have a lot of suitable terrain to explore, made even more enjoyable because of the exceptional snow conditions. Snowmaking is done well, and, matched with the high altitude; the 4 Valleys ski area rarely has poor conditions.
Ski Resorts in the 4 Valleys
The 4 Valleys is the biggest ski area in Switzerland and offers varied terrain across all of its resorts, offering something for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. All of the resorts are easily accessible via lift systems, making the 4 Valleys an even more attractive place.
Verbier is the heart of the ski area, and the most well known Swiss resort as a firm favourite amongst the royals and the rich and famous. It is also Switzerland's liveliest resort with a reputation for its animated après ski and nightlife and renowned for its fantastic range of pistes as well as off-piste skiing. What's more is its picturesque mountain scenery with views of Mont Blanc and Combins Massif.
The more affordable base in the 4 Valleys is Nendaz. It combines modern infrastructure and traditional alpine ambiance and prides itself on maintaining its status as a 5 star resort.
Thyon is a great resort for families as its quieter and offers a number of non-skiing activities and lying on the resort's ridge is Veysonnaz which still maintains its original Swiss village features.
The smallest of the bunch, La Tzoumaz has just 13 pistes but enjoys fantastic snow conditions on its north side as well as being a sun trap on its southern side where you can look out across Verbier resort.
Bruson is great for intermediates and advanced skiers offering 23km of pistes. It's a contrast to bustling Verbier but a quiet haven for freeriders thanks to its excellent forested off piste opportunities.
Skiing in the 4 Valleys
The Four Valleys has over 400km of pistes, one of the largest ski areas. It will be sure to keep all skiers and snowboarders of varying abilities happy with a number of runs, freeride routes and snow parks to try out. If you're an advanced skier and up for a challenge, you must go down the Piste de L'Ours which hosted a number of downhill World Cup championships or if you are wanting to find the perfect spot for a photo then head up to the Mont Fort glacier. At an altitude of 3300m, it not only offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains but guarantees skiing all season.
Ski Holidays in the 4 ValleysWe have a number of holiday options from budget self catered apartments in Nendaz to luxury five star hotels in Verbier.
Best of the 4 Valleys from the Iglu Ski ExpertsBest bars and restaurants -
- La Vache – Best restaurant on the mountain (says sales director, AJ). It’s co-owned by Laurence Delaglio and James Blunt and is well priced and very popular.
- Le Carrefour - Best restaurant on the mountain (says senior ski sales expert, Scotty)
- Chalet Carlsberg – Nice mountain restaurant / bar with sun terrace
- Cabane du Mont-Fort – Great food and brilliant views
- 1936 Bar – Best après bar for one last drink before heading back the mountain.
- The restaurant at the bottom of Mont Fort Glacier is a great place to watch the success and fails at Mogul skiing.
- Fer a Cheval – Best pizza with informal atmosphere and large sun terrace
- Pub Mont Fort – Great for a pint (lots of pints), affordable pub food and a seasonaire atmosphere.
- Fairnet Lounge Bar – For late night drinking and chats
Best ski runs -
- Best ski piste (ever!) - Piste de L'ours in Veysonnaz
- Best off piste - Anything off the top of Mont Gele, get a guide to discover the best off piste skiing route in the world. Or ski off the back of Mont Forte for an extreme backcountry route past the dam.
- Best extreme run – Chassoure (Tortin). Best mogul field in the world, with plenty of steep powder if there’s been snow.
4 Valleys Piste Map
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