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The Four Valleys Ski Region

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The Four Valleys is Switzerland’s largest interlinked ski region, with over 412km of marked pistes. Verbier accounts for a substantial proportion of this, but it is by no means the only area you should explore.

 
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Many visitors to Verbier never venture further afield form the wide open bowls above the village, but there is more to the Four Valleys than this. Fancy some peaceful runs through the trees? Or riding blissful groomers off the first lift? Perhaps you’re one for shredding the gnar off-piste? There is something for everyone in the Four Valleys region, with huge powder bowls, tree lined slopes, glacier skiing and pro snow parks all on the agenda.

The main ski areas

Verbier offers several quite different ski areas, so you need to decide where you want to ski or board on a particular day.

Les Ruinettes, La Chaux, Attelas and Mont Fort

These make up the ‘main’ ski area above the resort, accessed by a couple of bubbles from the top of the village. Largely consisting of red and blue pisted slopes and tree-lined descents to the village, this area is big in itself, and has several wide open ‘motorway’ pistes that can catch the unwary skier out if they aren’t looking around – particularly on crowded days when novice skiers and boarders all converge on the same junction of the pistes at high speed! It’s a snow-lover’s paradise though, with lifts everywhere and consequently almost no need to check the piste map.

Snow park fun
For those who enjoy taking air, or perhaps just noodling around a bit, there are a handful of entertaining and challenging bumps, jumps, rails and more on offer – located in separate sections and in separate locations above Verbier, as follows:

  • a Big Air Bag Park at Chalet Carlsberg, on the slopes between Attelas and Ruinettes
  • an Audi Skicross at La Chaux
  • and a snowpark at La Chaux, containing kickers, rails, boxes, big air and more

There are also several speed traps located on the mountain where you can try your best tuck position and bomb down a measured 50m or so before seeing your speed displayed on big digital screen – but don’t be disappointed: no matter how fast you think you’re going, the display always seems to show something slower!

For the more able skier or boarder
A particular favourite (black) run of ours is the cable car ascent of Mont Gelé and off-piste descent via Tortin – it’s a run you will remember for a lifetime. Higher up, the glacial 3330m Mont Fort welcomes only the most able of skiers, giving unbeatable panoramic views of the Alps from the top cable car station, and more importantly, a semi-moguled black run back down beneath the cable car to the Col des Gentianes.

ENDURANCE CHALLENGE
The moguled descent from the Mont Fort peak to Tortin will tax even the most agile of bumps skiers. Try taking it non-stop. Apart from a short section at the Col des Gentianes, it’s moguls all the way from 3330m down to 1250m altitude. Steaming goggles and wobbly leg time!

Savoleyres and La Tzoumaz

If you fancy skiing a different area, the slopes of Savoleyres and La Tzoumaz are accessible via bubble or drag lift to the north of Verbier. This opens up a group of family-friendly red and blue runs that can take you to the small village of La Tzoumaz, where a lunch stop is almost certainly a wise decision.

Bruson

Just across the valley from Verbier and accessed via Le Châble is the village of Bruson, offering a far quieter and less crowded alternative to the main Verbier mountain. Red and blue runs provide enjoyment for beginners and intermediates, but don’t head that way if you’re after the moguls and black runs of elsewhere in the region. New for the 2014 season, a cable car now runs between Le Châble and Les Mayens de Bruson to give far easier access having descended from Verbier to Le Châble.

Venturing further into the Four Valleys

Heading further into the Four Valleys is something you need to do at least once during your stay in Verbier. This is done via Tortin, but don’t panic: you needn’t ski down Chassoure (the legendary mogul slope often itself mistakenly referred to as ‘Tortin’), as you can take the bubble down instead. From then on, a polite blue runs takes you down to the hamlet of Siviez, from which you can turn left and head over to Nendaz, or head onwards towards Veysonnaz and Thyon to the East.

Nendaz

Nendaz is a thriving resort in its own right, with thousands of chalets and a bustling nightlife. The skiing above the resort is largely red and blue pistes, so great for beginners and intermediates. However, a challenging black and unpisted run lies in your way of you’re heading that way from Siviez on skis, on Plan du Fou. You can avoid the unpisted mogully bit by downloading in the cable car above it, but there is then an unavoidable very short section of black piste that will need to be negotiated if you choose this route to Nendaz (the alternative would be to take the free ski bus round to Nendaz from Siviez, taking around 20mins).

Veysonnaz andThyon

The pistes over at Veysonnaz and Thyon are largely red and blue, and there is a lot of tree-line skiing so the scenery is extremely picturesque. For the intrepid skier or boarder, there are also off-piste runs down from Greppon Blanc, and a long black down from Etherolla towards Les Masses, both of which are memorable and worth a go.

TOP TIP
If you are skiing further into the Four Valleys, keep an eye on the time. If you miss the last lifts back over to Verbier, it is not a simple bus ride home. The villages of Siviez, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon are all accessed by road from a completely different valley to the Verbier side, and it is not uncommon for a taxi ride to take 90mins or more and cost as much as 500CHF (over £300). The best way to spoil an otherwise great day!

Your best runs

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