Four Valleys Ski Area

Linking the resorts of Verbier, Nendaz, Thyon, Veysonnaz, Bruson, and La Tzoumaz, the Four Valleys ski area in Switzerland is one of the best regions for skiing in the alps. With just one ski pass, you’ll be able to fully explore all that this region has to offer. With brilliant snow-making, this ski area has some of the best snow conditions in the alps, with poor weather a rare sight.

In the heart of the Four Valleys in Switzerland is Verbier, one of the most luxurious and exclusive ski resorts in Europe. Here you can expect a bustling nightlife and après scene. If a quieter skiing holiday is more to your liking, the many smaller ski resorts in the Four Valleys are a great choice for you. The biggest benefit of skiing here is that just one ski pass is all you need to enjoy the entire region’s slopes. This gives you the freedom and flexibility to have the Four Valleys skiing experience you want.

Runs

With over 400km of pistes, it can be overwhelming to know where to ski with so much choice. The long blue run Etierces is highly recommended as a challenge for beginners, or a warm up for intermediates. This huge run sweeps across the valley, and at some sections the lane becomes very narrow. Some parts also boast beautiful forested sections. The best part? Etierces has two après spots you can stop at, Bar 1936 and Le Mayentzet, for a drink and snacks on the mountain.

For the intermediates and advanced skiers, a wonderful red run that’s very much worth a visit when in the Four Valleys ski area is Greppen Blanc. Enjoy a steep north-facing slope before some relaxing turns that cruise towards the bottom of the valley. The variety of this slope is a huge reason for why it’s a popular one.

Black runs test the skills of many a skier, and Mont-Fort in the Four Valleys ski area is no different. Ski down this famous mountain on one of the region’s most challenging slopes. The run is partly glaciated terrain, an experience hard to find on the other pistes in the region. If you’re daring enough, we highly recommend this run.

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Off-piste

The Four Valleys also has some of the best off-piste skiing you’ll find in Switzerland. Covering such a wide area, there are plenty of routes for those who dare to ski there. The Vallon d’Arbi is one of the most beautiful of these runs. A stunning wild valley away from the crowds, this is a great introduction to off-piste skiing to those new to it. Dancing with danger less than other wild runs, you’ll experience the thrill of skiing over cliffs and through moguls in a striking landscape. For one of the longest mogul runs in the world, you should also experience the Gentianes-Tortin route.

For those advanced and expert skiers, Chassoure-Tortin is possibly the most difficult off-piste run when skiing in the Four Valleys. This route is filled with giant moguls that continue all the way down the valley, creating a challenging route for any skier. With such an infamous reputation, at times the popularity of the route will create the impression that it’s not off-piste. However, its popularity is evidence enough for how enjoyable skiing here can be.

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Après

For the very best of après in the Four Valleys ski area, Verbier reigns supreme, perhaps for the whole of Switzerland too. With a variety of bars and après spots frequented by the rich and famous, this exclusive ski resort has it all. For some of the best fondue and a delicious wine mountainside, then a trip to Le Rouge is a must. It’s location at the end of the Rouge slope makes it one of the best Verbier après ski spots. For a more unique après experience, visit Carve Sushi Bar for delicious drinks and beautifully created dishes. Sushi and skiing are a luxurious combination that this bar has perfected. If a more relaxed après scene is to your liking, Pub Mont Fort has some of the friendliest service in the Four Valleys. A warm welcome and a tasty pint are the perfect rewards for a day of skiing.

Although Verbier is fantastic for its après scene, the other resorts in the Four Valleys also have some great bars. The Cactus saloon in Nendaz has terrific live music in a vibrant atmosphere. The perfect place for a group to come together for a fun evening after skiing, a nice drink, and delicious food. Bar des Etablons is one of the most convenient après spots in the Four Valleys, located at the bottom of the slopes in La Tzoumaz. The lovely terrace and ‘glasshouse’ gives this bar unbeaten views of the stunning mountains surrounding it.

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Restaurants

Some of the best food in Switzerland can be found in the Four Valleys ski area. The cultural capital of this region is Verbier, where you can expect many culinary experiences. For some traditional alpine cuisine, Restaurant Le Caveau is a wonderful choice. They serve rich fondue and delicious raclettes, something a trip to Switzerland would be missing without tasting. If authentic food in a cosier setting is what you’re after, then you should make a visit to Restaurant Le Petit Combin. Here you’ll experience some of the best service in the Alps by people passionate about food.

Verbier has somewhat of a reputation for luxury, and its restaurants also mirror this. Taratata Verbier is a 5-star dining experience we highly recommend. Decorated flawlessly with intimate touches and wonderful ambience, expect delicious cocktails and showstopping meals. However, you may want a slightly more laid-back meal, and for that we recommend La Taverne de L’Alpée in Nendaz. One of the most authentic restaurants in the Four Valleys, their fondue is delicious with a lively atmosphere.

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To find out more about the Four Valleys ski area, please call our ski experts on 0207 471 7700.

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