Mountain Lunch: Café du Sapin Blanc
Après Ski: Café du Sapin Blanc
Dinner: La Taverne de L’Alpée
Non-skiers: Nendaz Gym, Swim & Yoga
Best Off-piste: Col Des Gentianes To Tortin
Best Ski Run: Plan Du Fou – Siviez
Ski Elevation: 1500m – 3330m
Pistes: 410km (4 Vallees)
31% Blue runs
48% Red runs
21% Black runs
45m / 55km
2h 15m / 170km
2h / 185km
Not many people have heard of Nendaz. And once you discover this small Swiss resort hidden within one of the world’s largest ski areas, you’ll want to keep it that way.
If you’re looking for scale, Nendaz certainly delivers. The Four Valleys is the biggest ski area in Switzerland, one of the largest in Europe, and in the world’s top five largest lift-linked ski areas. With pistes up to 3,330m, you’ll have snow-sure conditions while basking in the glow of one of the sunniest regions in Switzerland.
The scenery is one of the main attractions in Nedaz. Resting at 1365m, you can marvel at breathtaking views across the Rhone Valley. The village has a quaint feel, mixing old Valais architecture with modern builds that have kept a traditional style. You’ll find a surprising amount of bars, cafes, and restaurants as you amble between narrow streets. You also have access to the glitzy apres ski scene of neighbouring Verbier. But with accommodation carrying a less shocking price tag.
You’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Nendaz, allowing you to stay in pure luxury at the lower end of your budget. Browse our lovely selection of chalets to find the perfect base for your stay.
Nendaz is the ideal option for a keen skier who wants affordable access to the immense Four Valleys ski area. Sitting between Verbier and Veysonnaz in the Canton of Valais, it has maintained a traditional village feel with original barns and timber houses. It’s made even more picturesque by the surrounding alpine scenery, offering dreamy views of the mountains and the valley below.
Nedaz has the Swiss Tourist Board’s seal of approval as a family-friendly destination. Excellent kid’s activities, a vibrant children’s program, and a learner’s snow garden make this a fantastic winter break that includes your little ones. And with small touches like child minding services and pathways suitable for pushchairs, it’s a much-needed break for the adults too.
Zermatt Luxury Chalet
Nendaz is a sprawling resort, meaning many of our luxury chalets come with unmatched views and a comforting feeling of seclusion. A stunning mix of traditional wooden architecture and stylish modern design gaze out at some of the best mountain scenery that the Alps have to offer.
FEATURES – Nothing beats curling up by the fireplace or having a session in the sauna after a day in the elements. Enjoy outstanding wellness facilities as well as the latest modern technology.
SIZE – We have properties that can sleep up to ten people. If you have a larger group, get in touch and we can discuss how to create a combination of chalets to best suit your party.
CATERING – Many of our luxury chalets come with catering as an option. This includes a personal host and chef delivering you outstanding food, beverages, and service.
Nendaz doesn’t have as many accommodation options as some of its larger neighbours, so if you spot a property you love, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. Start your search by browsing our beautiful selection of luxury chalets below.
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Enjoy ultimate tranquillity in this elegant family home. The innovative modern design is softened by the use of local wood and stone. Warm up in the sauna before retiring to the large sunny balcony for a glass of champagne. From here you’ll have endless panoramic views across the Rhone Valley. Or enjoy the scenery from inside through the towering floor-to-ceiling windows, while you snuggle by the wrap-around stone fireplace.
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Nendaz Travel & Transport
Nendaz is a spread-out resort with some steep roads connecting accommodation, lifts, and the town centre. Free shuttle buses are running every 20-40 minutes to make your journey around town easier. There is also a free funicular connecting the centre with the Tracouet gondola departure station.
Travelling by car
Nendaz is easy to reach by road and close to the well-serviced roads of Sion. If your chalet doesn’t have parking spaces, there are indoor pay and display car parks throughout the resort.
Travelling by train
Switzerland has an excellent railway system and some of the most picturesque routes in the world. You can access Nendaz by taking a train to Sion from any major transport hub in Switzerland or Europe. Once you get to Sion, you can take a bus, shuttle, or taxi and arrive in Nendaz in less than 20 minutes.
The nearest airport to Nendaz is Sion. It’s only 18km away, making Nendaz an ideal option for a quick mini-break. However, there are larger and more popular airports nearby that may offer more flexibility and choice of flights.
Sion (SIR) Airport – 18km
By car – 25 minutes
Geneva (GVA) – 160km
By car – 1 hour 45 minutes
By rail – 2 hours 45 minutes (via Sion)
Basel (BSL) – 259 km
By car – 2 hours 45 minutes
By rail – 4 hours 30 minutes (via Sion)
There’s a range of transfer options into Nendaz, including taxis, shuttles, and limousine services.
Despite Nendaz’s cosy village appearance, you’ll find around 50 restaurants in the area and over 30 in the resort centre. It’s a dreamy destination for cheese and meat lovers with an array of traditional Swiss restaurants to choose from. But there are lots of international and gourmet options to keep you entertained.
In the town
A stay in Nendaz offers authentic Valais feasts at every turn. Gather around the quirky fireplace of Le Raccard for a cheesy feast, with 11 different fondues on the menu. Or curl up in a twinkling old-world chalet at La Cabane and sample refined alpine delights.
More upscale restaurants may require pre-booking to avoid disappointment. The infamous Mont Rouge is one of the most popular venues in Nendaz. This rustic-chic restaurant has 14 Gault-Millau points and serves up elegant French dishes alongside the finest Valais wines. Le Vieux Chalet is a little outside the centre, but well worth the detour. The stunning property oozes modern alpine luxury, with a flowery terrace and gorgeous views of the surrounding peaks. Their menu adapts every three weeks, giving you the freshest seasonal produce.
If you’re craving an Italian feast, you can taste the flavours of Sardinia at Trattoria Dei Savi. They’re passionate about their handmade pizzas and classic family recipes. Alongside your meal, you can try a large variety of Italian wines or wrap up with a glass of grappa. Or head to the charming Tchin Tchin Bar, where you can try traditional pizza on an inventive choice of bases. They have a sunny terrace or a homely interior for colder days.
On the slopes
Just 300m from Mont Fort, Cabane de Tortin is a remote alpine oasis. Stunning 2,993m views can be soaked in from the sunny terrace. Nestled between some of the oldest larch trees in Europe, Canane Balavaux has immense mountain views framing their large terrace. Resting at 2,042m, the rustic cabin serves regional specialities and cheese produced from the cows that roam around the cabin in the summer months.
The relaxed Tracouet Restaurant is the ideal meeting point for the whole family. There’s a play area for children, and non-skiers have easy access via the gondola giving them the chance to enjoy fabulous 2,200m mountain views alongside their food. Graze Valais specialities from the self-service bar or linger longer in with fine dining experiences upstairs.
Nendaz Apres & Nightlife
Nendaz is a family-friendly resort whose après focuses on spending quality time together. Relaxed sun terraces, quirky bars, and cosy pubs are a staple here. It may not be packed with throbbing clubs, but the livelier bars attract the same crowd each night, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for a social atmosphere and new friends. If you’re looking for a hardcore party, you may want to opt for an evening in neighbouring Verbier.
Whether you’re looking for a vin chaud on a cold day or want to let off steam after the lifts close, there are lots of options to wrap up your day on the slopes.
- A unique option is The Igloo de Mont-Fort. This 3,330m vantage point gives you unparalleled views of The Wildhorn, the Diablerets, the Jungfrau, the Weisshorn, the Matterhorn and the Mont Blanc. While you’re here, try the highest fondue in Europe and a Swiss Rock Café- a house special of snaps, espresso, and cream.
- Bar Edelweiss is the most popular apres ski destination in Nendaz. Roll off the slopes and straight onto the buzzing terrace. Happy hours, DJs, and live bands keep the atmosphere pumping every afternoon.
- Cheers Bar often throws lively parties as the lifts close. It’s a ski-in ski-out terrace at the bottom of the Tracouet slope.
Nendaz has lots of relaxed hideaways where you can while away your evening with a drink or two.
- La Cave a Lait is a café, wine bar, and artisan store all in one. Graze charcuterie boards, sample wine, and pick up some local cheeses for the chalet at the same time.
- The friendly Le Mazot has a rustic interior and sunny patio. At the weekends, live music and karaoke events ensure the place is packed out.
- The sleek VIBE Bar has great cocktails, secluded spaces to catch up, and table football if you feel like shaking things up.
If you want something a little livelier, there are several spots where you can dance the night away.
- Head to the colourful Cactus Saloon for guaranteed fun, entertainment, and dancing. It’s a relaxed environment with regular DJs and live bands.
- Le Lapin Vert is the go-to club in Nendaz for techno music.
- NYX blends alpine chic with the neon lights of a French discotheque. Open on weekends until the early hours, DJs rotate throughout the night to give lots of variety.
Nendaz Ski Area
Nendaz has an ideal location in the centre of the Four Valleys. With 410km of piste, it would take months to run out of things to do in this vast ski area. Beginners are well serviced by nursery slopes with good facilities, but this area is a complete advanced skier’s dream. Technical challenges and accessible backcountry have the potential to make this the most iconic week of your skiing career. For timid intermediates, the Four Valleys can daunting, but jumping in at the deep end will have you making huge strides by the end of your trip.
The ski area
Keep an eye on the time while exploring the Four Valleys. If you miss the last lifts, you can quickly rack up an expensive taxi fare. These are the main ski areas in the Four Valleys:
- The Printse sector is a 220km area that encompasses the resorts of Nendaz, Veysonnaz, and Thyon. It has quiet slopes that are great for families and beginners but with easy access to the excitement of the Four Valleys.
- Verbier has good options for all levels. Head up the highspeed lifts for some long uninterrupted cruising. It also offers connections to neighbouring Bruson, a small but ideal option on bad weather days.
- La Tzoumaz/ Savoleyres is good for beginners and families. You can also find some fun tree skiing routes here. For video memories of your trip, the first drone slope in Europe is based here.
- Sitting at 3,300m, Mont Fort has panoramic views of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. Only confident skiers should attempt the steep North facing descent.
Beginner boarders will struggle to access the wider areas of the Four Valleys, but the slopes around Nendaz are perfect for building confidence. Short blues on the drag lifts will help you to master the basics and the longer blues are good for progression but get crowded towards the end of the day. If you’re craving a bit more adventure Thyon and Veysonnaz also have a lovely choice of wide and gentle runs.
You’ll also find some more interesting options around the Printse area, including fun reds around Siviez and Veysonnaz. When you’re ready to explore, hit Mont Fort and take the gruelling black run down or stick to the long red from Col De Gentianes. From here you have a vantage point to head to anywhere you like in the Four Valleys.
There’s a great choice of snow parks spread across the Four Valleys. In Nendaz itself, you’ll find a park made entirely from wood. While the park at Thyon has fun features organised by ability, a giant airbag, boardercross, and a bar with music at the bottom for watching the action unfold. The third park is in Verbier and has four different lines with fun features like volcanoes, tabletops, and kickers.
Of course, the freeriding here is the main attraction. From bowls and forests to chutes and gullies the backcountry potential here is immense. A unique feature in the four valleys is the lift-serviced off-piste. But if you want to venture further afield, it’s recommended you do so with a guide both for your safety and to maximise your time exploring this epic ski area.
Nendaz is a popular choice for beginners, with access to 130km of green and blue runs. There are also two beginner areas at Tracouet and Siviez serviced by T-bars, magic carpets, and fun features to keep new skiers engaged.
However, you probably won’t reap many benefits from the majority of the Four Valleys. Routes back from other areas involve challenging and time-consuming slopes that aren’t suitable for timid skiers.
With the Four Valleys ski pass being one of the most expensive in Europe, an economical approach would be to buy a pass only for Printse. This still gives you access to three different ski resorts but has a high concentration of beginner-friendly runs.
Our recommended ski schools:
- The Swiss Ski School are established across Switzerland for their high-quality communication and instructors. Child lessons come with access to the Snowli Kids Village. They provide private and group lessons for all ages in skiing, snowboarding, and telemarking. They also run a Four Valleys discovery day.
- Montagne Magique specialises in private lessons with experienced instructors. Master the basics one on one, fine-tune your technique, or learn to ski off-piste and take a guide for the day.
On day one, stick around Printse until you’ve found your ski feet again. Thyon has a nice mix of short reds and blues and there are some lovely long reds and pretty scenery around the Veysonnaz area.
Once you’re ready to explore, you have the whole of the Four Valleys at your fingertips. With red runs making up 49% of the ski area, intermediates have endless opportunities to progress. Cruise on wide rolling pistes or challenge yourself on steep slopes and deep powder. As you improve, continue to move closer to Verbier where you’ll find more challenges and variety. When you’ve built up your confidence, take the long red run from Plan du Fou down to Siviez.
Expert skiers have free reign over the whole of the Four Valleys. In Nendaz, there’s a steep but groomed black run winding along the chair lift from Plan du Fou to Prarion to get you warmed up. The most popular and longest black is the run coming down from Mont Fort. It’s mogulled, steep, and icy with a 15km descent. If you’re looking for more excitement, there are some great itinerary runs in this area too.
The biggest pull for advanced skiers is the Four Valleys accessible backcountry. Its unique lift-served off-piste runs make it a great option if you’re new to the world of freeriding. These yellow itinerary runs are opened and closed depending on safety, but still aren’t pisted or patrolled so shouldn’t be attempted alone. Lac des Vaux is a great introduction to backcountry skiing, taking you from 1,553m, through snow tunnels and down to La Tzoumaz.
The Four Valleys is an immense ski area, and you shouldn’t stray too far from the pisted areas without a guide. Not only is it unsafe, you risk wasting huge chunks of your day lost in the mountains. The Four Valleys is also a popular destination for freeriding meaning it can be a struggle to find fresh tracks. Exploring with a guide allows you to determine where to go and reach untouched hidden gems.
As well as access to the high altitudes of the Four Valleys, 95% of the pistes in the Nendaz-Veysonnaz have snow-making facilities. So whatever the weather, you’ll have pristine snow on all of your runs back to the valley.
While it’s not guaranteed all the runs will be open, December is a fun time to be in Nendaz. There are lots of big opening parties and magical festive events across the resort.
Average snowfall: 66cm
Snow days: 3
January is the coldest month in Nendaz so make sure to pack some extra layers.
Average snowfall: 69cm
Snow days: 5
February is also cold and can get busy with families during the school holidays.
Average snowfall: 50cm
Snow days: 4
March is a great month to work on your goggle tan, but bear in mind that some runs may be closed due to snow melt.
Average snowfall: 39cm
Snow days: 3
Things To Do In Nendaz
Nendaz doesn’t have the same sparkling facilities as larger resorts, meaning a non-skier looking for a buzzing village may get bored easily. But if you’re looking for an active and relaxing time away, you’ll find lots of alpine-themed activities in Nendaz to make your winter break special.
You’ll have lots of opportunities to take in the beautiful scenery. Winter hiking paths and cross-country ski trails allow you to get out and discover your idyllic surroundings. If you want to spice things up, there’s a 3km sledge run and snowtubing on offer by the Tracouet Lake. The ice rink here turns into a disco in the evenings, giving you a chance to show off your skating skills while letting your hair down.
Mont Fort is one of the most unique things you can do during your stay in Nendaz. The 3,300m peak is the highest in the Four Valleys. Fly above the clouds on a series of cable cars to reach the panoramic viewing point. From here you’ll have otherworldly 360° views of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, and Grand Combin. For a transcendent experience, book a sunrise or sunset tour to see golden light shine across the valleys.
But Mont Fort isn’t just a viewing platform. To make the most of your time up here, head down via the Mont4Zipline. It’s the highest zipline in the world, whipping you over the Tortin Glacier at over 100km an hour.
Spa des Bisses isn’t just an excuse for some relaxation, it’s an epic day out. The immense wellness facilities include ice and salt caves, and an innovative range of steam rooms and saunas. Aquatic options include Jacuzzis, a Kneipp course, a floatation tank, and a steaming outdoor pool surrounded by mountain scenery. Children can even join in on the fun with a kid’s pool, a fun hut, and water games
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