Les 4 Vallées

Skiing in Verbier / 4 Vallées: the Swiss ski resorts includng Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon, La Tzoumaz, Bruson and Thyon.

Ski resort figures

Slopes

400

of slopes

ski pass

72

Day ski pass for adult

Slope difficulty

120

of blue slopes

Blue slope

200

of red slopes

Piste rouge

30

of black and yellow slopes

Black slope

Altitude

1473

village

2865

peak

Snow cover

ND

of the ski resort is snow-sure

Our review of Verbier (Les 4 Vallées)

Switzerland's largest ski resort

The 4 Vallées is the largest ski area in Switzerland, with 400 km of linked slopes. Most of them are located between 1’700m and 3’300m above sea level and benefit from good overall snow cover. The ski area is the result of a grouping of six resorts spread out on the southern flank of the Rhone Valley.

Vibrant, chic and international Verbier stands out for its freeride offering and its nightlife. Every year, the Xtreme Verbier brings together the best of the world’s freeride elite for three days of competition.

The smaller villages of Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon, La Tzoumaz and Bruson are primarily aimed at families and groups looking for affordable hotels and apartments in a more relaxed and authentic setting.

Photos: Verbier tourism office / Nendaz Tourisme / Thyon-Région Tourisme / Unsplash

View of the 4 Vallées
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Our review of the skiing area

The Mont-Fort sits at the centre of the ski area at an altitude of 3,330 metres. It is surrounded by glaciers and offers an unobstructed view of the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. The black run descending from the top, the red runs in Verbier as well as the Bear run in Veysonnaz are splendid and challenging skiing for experienced skiers. The area from Tracouet to Nendaz as well as the area of Thyon will appeal to beginners and families.

The only drawback of the area is the aging infrastructure. Except in Verbier, they are somewhat outdated. As the name says the skiing area spans on four valleys, so if you change areas, be sure to plan your trips carefully. The connections can be long and sometimes require the use of crossbows.

Verbier

Verbier is an area suitable for good skiers. The secure freeride areas are a delight for enthusiasts of unspoiled terrain and have made the resort’s reputation internationally. The area is well equipped with modern chair lifts and cable cars. In high season, the resort is very popular, so expect to face lines during peak times.

Photo: Yves Garneau / Verbier tourism Office

Photo: Melody sky / Verbier tourism office

Bruson

For a little more tranquility, head for the Bruson area. It does not shine by its infrastructure, but by its peacefulness and its authenticity. This hidden treasure of the resort is excellent for off-piste skiing among the fir trees.

Nendaz

Nendaz is both more affordable and more family oriented than Verbier. The “Jardin des Neiges” of Tracouet, located at 2’200m of altitude, is made up of a play area adapted for learning how to ski. Children, especially young ones, will appreciate the conveyor belt, the beginner’s chairlift and the baby-lift. For intermediate skiers, head towards the Siviez sector with its lovely red runs.

Photo: David Carlier / Nendaz Tourism Office

Photo: Thyon-Région Tourism

Thyon / Les Masses

The remaining part of the resort suffers from a lack of modern infrastructure. There are mainly crossbows, which is too limited to satisfy experienced skiers and skiers who are used to chairlifts. However, Thyon will appeal to families and groups looking for accommodation that is both affordable and directly linked to the ski resort of les 4 Vallées.

How to get to Verbier (Les 4 Vallées)

Location and access

The domain’s biggest strength is its accessibility from French-speaking Switzerland and Geneva airport. The journey to the ski resorts’s villages takes less than 30 minutes once you leave the A9 motorway.

Verbier

  • Take the A9 motorway to Martigny.
  • Exit the motorway in the direction of the route du Grand-Saint-Bernard.
  • At Sembrancher, turn left in the direction of Verbier.

Distance by car to Verbier

From
Travel time
Lausanne
1h30
Fribourg
1h30
Berne
2h
Geneva-Airport
1h45
Zurich-Airport
3h
Lyon
3h20
Paris
6h30

Nendaz
If you are coming from the western part of Switzerland, take the A9 motorway to Conthey. Then follow Nendaz.

Distance by car to Nendaz

From
Travel time
Lausanne
1h30
Fribourg
1h30
Berne
2h
Geneva-Airport
1h45
Zurich-Airport
3h
Lyon
3h20
Paris
6h30

Verbier

  • Take the train to Martigny.
  • Change for the train “RegionAlps” to Le Châble.
  • From Le Châble, take the postal bus to Verbier.

Distance by train to Verbier

From
Travel time
Changes
Lausanne
1h50
2 x
Fribourg
3h00
2 x
Berne
2h40
3 x
Geneva-Airport
2h45
2 x
Zurich-Airport
4h15
3 x
Lyon
5h40
3 x
Paris
6h00
3 x

SBB train timetable

Nendaz

  • Take the train to Sion.
  • In Sion, change for bus 362 in front of the train station.
  • To reach the cable car, get off at “Haute-Nendaz TDN”.

Distance by train to Nendaz

From
Travel time
Changes
Lausanne
2h00
2 x
Fribourg
2h50
3 x
Berne
2h30
2 x
Geneva-Airport
2h45
1 x
Zurich-Airport
3h45
2 x
Lyon
5h40
2 x
Paris
6h00
2 x

SBB train timetable

The nearest international airport is Geneva-Airport.

Verbier

By public transport

  • At Geneva airport, head towards the SBB train station.
  • Take the InterRegio 90 to Martigny.
  • In Martigny, change for the “RegionAlps” train to Le Châble.
  • At Le Châble, take bus 251 to Verbier.

Total journey time: 2h45
Price per journey without reduction: 64 CHF

By minibus
Shuttle buses also transport passengers in high season. Reservation required.

Nendaz

By public transport

  • At Geneva airport, head towards the SBB train station.
  • Take the InterRegio 90 to Sion.
  • In Sion, change to bus 362 to Haute-Nendaz.

Total journey time: 2h45
Price per journey without reduction: 64 CHF

In high season, free ski-buses connect the different areas of the villages of Nendaz and Verbier to the cable car stations.

Hotels in Verbier (Les 4 Vallées)

The best hotels of the ski resort

Verbier’s hotel offer is exhaustive. You’ll find many upscale locations, with bars, clubs and spas where the European high society mingles. However, it is also possible to find low-budget accommodation in more discreet but equally welcoming hotels.

For groups and families, look out for Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon and Les Masses where some beautiful chalets and apartments at more affordable prices can be found. You will find many offers for renting chalets and apartments in the area on HomeAway.com.

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