Ovronnaz

Ovronnaz is a small humble ski area above the Rhone valley, worth skiing on a Swiss ski safari of the Valais region. With 7 Lifts including 4 quads chairs, and 10 trails/ pistes skiing on 30 kilometers, there’s enough terrain to ski for a day or two.

Ovronnaz has decent elevation1400-2427-meters (7,962-feet), good natural snow, plus snowmaking n certain primary ski routes.

Its like a hidden valley of ski terrain tucked into a beautiful high alpine notch. Its 27 switch backs UP the steep winding road from Sion and St Martigny, through vineyards to Ovronnaz ski town and hot-spring spa resort. Ovronnaz is on the multi-ski resort Magic Pass so it is popular on weekends and holidays when trails and lifts do get crowded.

Ovronnaz vertical is 1,000 meters (3,000’) of mostly eastern aspect terrain. You park, or take the gratis ski bus, to the parking lot just below the first Jorasse hi-speed quad up to 2000-meters.  Here you’ll find the sole mountain lodge. Ski down to the two midmountain quads – high-speed Col and fixed-grip Bougnonne.  

Ovronnaz’ offers a handful of well prepared trails with a terrain park, and beautiful views of the surrounding peaks like the dramatic butte Dent Favre at 3,000-meters. The upper mountain poma is long (and quiet with time for solo contemplation) and serves two fun ski trails – on each side of the tow lift, from the Tsantonnase summit at 2427-meters.

Ovronnaz backside – often in the sun – has another quad – Petite Pré. The two prepared trails are super fun, undulating, interesting. Petite Pre is also a big bowl for off-piste skiing all around. There’s a cute sun south-facing hut-stand serving drinks and snacks, entirely outside, called Buvette de Petit Pré just below the summit.

Ovronnaz skis like a mini-Selle Ronda as you ski around the dramatic Six Armailles rock in the center of the ski area. Make your round touring from the front side to the summit poma then rounding to the backside Petit Pre and back to the front.

Ovronnaz longest run is 5 kilometers long from the Poma summit to the base. The most difficult run is the ‘Chatillon’. The majority of trails are intermediate but with fun pitches.

The off-piste terrain at Ovronnaz gets rave reviews from hardcore powder seekers & includes high-alpine and lower mountain tree skiing. Hire a guide to explore this vast, but avalanche prone, off-piste terrain.

Ovronnaz also has  a lower mountain learn to ski area down the road, plus 25 kilometers of prepared Nordic trails, and 20-kilomteres of winter walking trails.

For lunch on mountain, the Jorasse cafeteria gets busy, but the sit down restaurant has great food, in a spectacular private sun roof with table service for not much more expense.

The village of Ovronnaz just a moment down the road from the ski area is humble, often sunny, given its high south-facing plain. Skiers will find Ovronnaz has a couple of hotels, lots of classic looking chalets for rent, a thermal bath park, a few restaurants, plus a COOP market, bakery, ski shop, bank, and gas station. Après ski bars in Ovronnaz are limited, La Cabane, AfterSky Bar and the “discotheque” La Cravache.

For an après ski soak, this is a so-called “Swiss health resort”. The Bains D’Ovronnaz Thermalp Bains is a family friendly spa center down the mountain road. It’s a big facility, with three pools ranging  in temps 32 to 35 degree Celsius – two of which are outside with magnificent views of the Alps. Thermalp Ovronnaz also has an adults spa with massage services and a “Bar de Bains” for aprés ski drinks.

Ovronnaz is on the opposite side (northern) of the huge Valais ski valley. From the ski slopes and village you can see the 4 Vallees region and Verbier summit’s of Mont Gele and Mont Fort, and Chamonix’s Mont Blanc.

On a Swiss ski safari of the Valais, you can ski Leukerbad, Télé Marécottes, Evolene/Arolla/La Forclaz, Mont Noble, St Luc/Chandolin, Grimentz-Zinal, Vercorin, all nearby and all on the Magic Pass. Ovronnaz is 2 hours east of Geneva.

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