The picturesque resort of Nendaz overlooks the Rhone Valley, offering fantastic views across the Alps and a sunshine record to match. It lies between Verbier and Veysonnaz and is 8km down the mountain from Siviez and Thyon. Sitting in the heart of one of the biggest ski domains in Europe; the 4 Vallées, Nendaz is known as the area’s most affordable base. Visitors can gain access to both a vast expanse of skiing and the luxury après scene of the neighbouring resort of Verbier, but without the high-end price tag. Nendaz itself has a number of great amenities such as several restaurants, bars and childcare facilities.
The resort is just two hours from Geneva airport or a mere 25 minutes from Sion airport, making it an ideal destination for a short break. Families will also love the relaxed atmosphere of the town, the great value for money and the wide range of accommodation options. Nendaz is in fact one of the 23 resorts in Switzerland to have been awarded the ‘Families Welcome’ label by the Swiss Tourism Federation.
Resort Altitude: 1,400m
Resort Skiing: 3,330m
Total Ski Area: 412km
Blue Runs: 107km
Red Runs: 202km
Black Runs: 103km
Nendaz has two distinct ski-pass offers. The Printse Sector covers 220km across Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon and Siviez and is best suited to families and beginners thanks to the quiet, gentle slopes on offer. The full 4 Vallées pass offers access to all of the above areas, along with the Mont Fort glacier, Verbier, La Tzoumaz and Bruson, spanning 412km. More advanced and expert skiers will be better suited to this option thanks to the access it provides to a range of freeride areas and itinerary runs.
The 4 Vallées ski area provides access to 412km of terrain. Expert skiers will enjoy taking on the challenge of the Mont Fort glacier at 3,330m, which provides a thrilling descent down an exciting mogul path. Another legendary freeride route runs down the back of the Mont Fort glacier which is best explored with a guide. Beginner skiers will enjoy the gentler runs around the sunny plateaux at the top of the Tracout bubble and the cruising reds and blues of Verbier’s La Chaux ski area.
One of the best freeride areas in the world; advanced boarders will enjoy the challenge of the exciting off-piste terrain on offer, such as the Tortin, Col des Gentianes and Col de Chassoure itinerary runs. There are also lots of park options, such as two small fun parks on the Nendaz slopes and a larger park in Thyon. Within Nendaz, there are some wide-open blue runs which are perfectly suited to beginner boarders, although the large number of drag lifts in the surrounding areas should be noted.
There are four ski schools in Nendaz, which offer a choice of one day lessons or six day lesson packages for skiers or snowboarders of all abilities. A mountain guiding office is also based in Nendaz town, offering ski guiding as well as ski touring and heli-skiing.
The Swiss Snow Kids Village is designed for children aged three to five years. It features a Mini Kids Club and Snowgarden in Siviez which are designed especially to aid children’s first experiences on skis. A medal and booklet are included at the end of the week to help track progress and encourage progression. The meeting point is in front of the restaurant Chez Caroline in Siviez.
Nendaz offers plenty of self-service dining options up the mountain, such as the large complex at the top of the Tracouet which seats over 300 people. Booking ahead is recommended when visiting the higher-end options such as Les Chottes in Veyonnaz and Cabane de Tortin. In the town itself there are around 30 restaurants such as the elegant Mont-Rouge Restaurant, La Cabane which serves modern Swiss cuisine in a timber chalet and Trattoria Dei Savi which serves Italian antipasti and seafood.
From the slopes, head to the sun terraces of Les Etagnes and Lime It’s Up for a relaxing beer or vin chaud in the late afternoon sunshine. Nendaz town offers a host of friendly and relaxed bars, such as Le Malabar with a Moroccan themed interior and the Canadian Pub. Visitors to Nendaz can also head to Verbier for an evening out, where there is a wide range of après ski, ranging from the famous Le Farinet bar which has live music each night, to the more upmarket scene at the Farm Club.
Non-skiers will have access to plenty of mountain inspired activities such as snowshoeing, hiking, paragliding and helicopter rides. Or, if you're looking for more laidback activities there are numerous spas in the resort, most notably the Spa des Bisses which has outstanding wellness facilities.