The Val d’Anniviers is a stunning Swiss valley, home to a chain of authentic mountain villages.
For decades the valley has been something of an Alpine secret, however with the opening of Switzerland’s third longest cable car, linking the resorts of Grimentz and Zinal, Val d’Anniviers is gaining well deserved attention in the skiing community. In some ways, Val d’Anniviers is in a bit of a time warp. The limited number or skiers here is a massive part of its appeal, especially for all those out there looking for a, slightly nostalgic, authentic Alpine skiing experience.
There is plenty of modern accommodation, and some modern lifts in key spots, but most of the villages have un-spoilt rustic cores, and you spend a lot of time riding draglifts. Approach the area with the right attitude and you’ll find it a refreshing change from the high-pressure resorts with high-speed everything.
The skiing is absolutely sublime. Intermediates will be in their element skiing the long cruisy runs that remain in tip top condition thanks to the altitude. Families are well catered for too, and advanced skiers have their pick of 40 to 45-degree couloirs to snake down. To top it all off the views are extraordinary and the food excellent.