Les 4 Vallées

Les 4 Vallées in Switzerland is huge! With 412 kilometers of skiing and 72 lifts on one ski pass, you can ski the resorts of Verbier, La Tzoumaz, Bruson, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon/Les Collons. High elevation and highly scenic!

For a ski family, there is so much terrain, so many glorious big mountain peaks, with a vast efficient lift system. A family ski trip to Verbier and the 4 Vallées is best saved until your children are expert skiers, since they will want to ski Mont Fort (the highest peak at 10,925′), Mont Gelé, trams to these towering peaks serve expert only steep terrain, no “prepared pistes” (aka no grooming). Excellent ski schools in French, English and German are available for kids and adults throughout the valleys.

You ski literally for miles from Verbier to Thyon, it can be done in a day, in one big circuit. It’s a long fun tour skiing from Verbier, up Mont Fort which takes two trams, and Mont Gele – reached by a funispace to a tram, up Chassoure, and down to Siviez, and over to Nendaz, then Veysonnaz to Thyon.

Adventurous will like the 5 “Free Tracks Zones” off-piste expert runs, delineated on 4 Vallees trail map as yellow routes as they are patrolled, but not groomed.  La Tzoumaz is southern facing with some nice fall-line skiing, reached by a wild “Vallons D’Arbi” free-ride run down a beautiful valley. Hire a guide and beware of avalanche risk.

Les 4 Vallées has stunning scenery of most of the tallest Alps in Switzerland, and France for that matter. With six villages and ski areas, it feels like more than its namesake “4 Valleys”, all interconnected. There is so just so much to see and ski.

We have skied and stayed in Verbier– its amazing, steep, scenic, with a very chic ski town at the base, with ski hotels and chalets, shopping and après ski galore. See our Verbier review, and Verbier Ski Photos and Verbier Ski Videos. While Verbier gets all the fame and name-recognition, other 4 Vallées ski villages can be less busy, less pricey, and you can still ski all this terrain.

In charming quieter Thyon Les Collons, we loved slopeside Hotel La Cambuse for its classic Swiss ambiance, chic dining room with superb cuisine, and stunning views of the alpine valley. This family-owned chalet hotel is kid and pet-friendly, and you are just steps to the ski lifts to explore this easternmost side of 4 Vallées and easily connect to all the interconnected ski terrain. Our review of Hotel La Cambuse.

In the center of 4 Vallées’ skiing is Nendaz where you’ll also find less expensive lodging like the smaller slopeside Hotel Les Etagnes. A wonderful umbrella bar & restaurant “Cheersbar” here is a perfect spot for lunch or après ski, and you are a quick walk to the gondola. Les 4 Vallees on-mountain chalets and restaurants for ski-in dining and apres ski.

Les 4 Vallées is French speaking Switzerland, and the on-mountain experience is a blend of modern lifts and traditional chalets serving lunch on sunny decks and inside cozy Swiss huts. Similarly, the ski villages are a blend of more modern apartments, traditional hotels and charming Chalets.

Skiing Les 4 Vallées lends a true Swiss ski experience, big mountains, big vertical, and the ski villages are a blend of more modern apartments, traditional hotels and charming chalets, a kids village, sledding, Nordic, après ski and dining for your off-slope amusement. Les 4 Vallees is a Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass partner, when you lodge with certain hotels, like Hotel La Cambuse, you qualify for 5 days of free skiing.

Les 4 Vallees Ski Area Stats:
Base Elevation: 821 M (2,694′)
Summit Elevation: 3330 M (10,925′)
Vertical: 2509 M (8,232′)
Lifts: 67
Trails: 412 km of prepared pistes plus Ski Routes and hundreds of acres of Freeride terrain.

Les 4 Vallées and Verbier can be part of a Swiss ski safari, also skiing nearby Anzere, Crans Montana, Arolla, Nax Mont Noble, and more in the Rhone River valley.

See our Review of  Verbier Skiing and Verbier Ski Photos.