Four Valleys, Switzerland
How to get there
The Four Valleys ski area covers several different popular ski resorts, such as Verbier, Thyon, Haute Nendaz, and Veysonnaz, and is located in the south-western canton of Valais. It is difficult to provide accurate transport information for the Four Valleys area, since it encompasses so many resorts. The following information is therefore applicable to the resort of Verbier, the largest resort in the Four Valleys region. Verbier is also one of the most popular resorts in this area and you can access the other villages in the Four Valleys from the ski lifts there. The international airport at Geneva is just one and a half hours away from Verbier and is well-served by flights departing from numerous airports across the UK. From Geneva, you can take the train to Martigny and then a shuttle bus to the resort. Alternatively, hire a car and drive the short distance between the airport and Verbier. The route will take you through Martigny and Sembrancher.
Alternatively, you can travel by train between the UK and the resort. Take the Eurostar to Paris and then catch the TGV to Geneva. This part of the journey will take approximately three and a half hours. From Geneva, transfer to a train destined for Martigny and then catch the bus.
The final option is driving to Verbier. From Calais, the resort is 850 kilometres away and the route will take you through France and Switzerland. Before beginning your journey, make sure you check your snow chains and tyres and always have an alternative route in mind just in case things go wrong.
Who does the resort cater for?
Due to the large scale of the Four Valleys region, there is plenty to keep everyone happy. The different resorts will appeal to skiers of all abilities. For example, Verbier and Nendaz are great for intermediate skiers, whilst Thyon is better for those learning to ski. The Lac des Vaux area in Verbier is particularly popular with intermediate skiers. The huge variety of runs on offer in the Four Valleys will ensure that you will never be bored, no matter what your standard is and skiers of all abilities are likely to notice improvements in their skills during their stay. Snowboarders are spoilt for choice when it comes to boarding parks, half-pipes, and quarter-pipes, all of which can be found throughout the area. As well as standard ski runs, the Four Valleys area also encompasses glacier runs and deep powder bowls.
If you need some time away from the slopes, there are plenty of activities on offer in the region. These include swimming, ice-skating, visiting the sauna, curling, playing squash, hiking, shopping, going to the cinema, and working out at the fitness centre. The good thing about the Four Valleys area is that you are never far away from a resort with a completely different atmosphere from the one you are currently staying in. This means that if for example your resort is too quiet in the evenings, you can make the short trip to Verbier and party throughout the night.
What accommodation does the resort offer?
There are some excellent choices of accommodation on offer in the Four Valleys region. Chalets are always a popular choice with skiers who prefer the independence of private rentals to hotel accommodation. This chalet is located in a peaceful location, offering views across Dent Blanche towards the Matterhorn. The chalet is beautifully furnished and has a well-equipped kitchen. Furthermore, there is a small shop and great restaurant nearby. This chalet offers stunning views across the Val d’Herens from Sion to Dent Blanche. It is located in the centre of Les Collons and has two large bedrooms, a bathroom, and a private laundry room. The chalet has a lovely sauna and a room to store skis. If good food is important to you, you may like to stay at the Hotel Rosalp in Verbier to sample Chef of the Year, Roland Pierroz’s, cuisine.
There are 18 black runs (suitable for expert skiers), 106 red runs (suitable for intermediate skiers), 70 blue runs (suitable for beginners), and 2 green runs (suitable for those learning to ski). The Four Valleys lift pass allows you to gain access to the following ski resorts: Verbier, Veysonnaz, Bruson, Evolene, La Tzoumaz, Siviez, Nendaz, and Thyon les Collons. One of the most popular areas for skiers combines the thrill of Verbier with the varied skiing of La Tzoumaz. The Savoleyres area of Verbier has a ski lift that takes you up to the top of the mountain. From there, you can either ski down the south side back towards Verbier or take the northern slope towards La Tzoumaz.
- Downhill Pistes: 412 km
- Number of Ski Lifts: 92
- Highest Lift: 3330 m
- Lowest Piste: 1080 m