Télé Marécottes is a very cool little ski area that skis big. Perched high on a mountainside (a wild curvy road from Salvan). We loved our day skiing this unique, scenic, super special place! Télé Marécottes is in the next valley over from Verbier, beautiful, overlooking the Valais and Rhone River. If you’re a freeskier or just love a fun hidden gem of a ski area with well-pitched exciting groomers and no crowds, check out Télé Marécottes – which is on the Swiss Magic Pass. The drive up is a few switch backs on narrow steep mountain road clinging to the mountain side so your adventure begins right away.
Just one old base-to-mid mountain gondola takes you up from 1,110-meters, a tin-can-of-a-vintage-lift that squeezes in 4 skiers, though its unlikely you’ll have to share on a weekday. The ride up is steep, and steeply scenic. You arrive mid-mountain and ski down to the high-speed quad Velarde which wisks you off to the 2220-meter summit (7,280’) called Golettaz.
From Golettaz peak, you have magnificent views – like you can reach out and touch the surrounding peaks in this close Alps valley. Five prepared pistes drop serendipitously off both sides of the lift. Each trail is exciting, undulating, fun. Laps on the quad are 1600’ vertical, and each trail deserves a few laps with its interesting aspect and various fall lines. The ski area has an northeastern exposure, so its soon sunny in the morning and the all-natural snow softens a bit after a few hours.
Télé Marécottes is a free-riders dream, with countless opportunities to go off the piste into the powder. You can venture within sight, just beneath the lift into snow fields, or you can seek further, skin up and climb to open bowls of snow, or up and over on a big day guided adventure to Tour Salliere to a high mountain and dam of Lake Emosson. But beware, this is big mountain terrain and if you do not know where you are going a guide is not just recommended, it is a necessity.
Just above the gondi the Restaurant De La Creusaz is an ideal chalet to stop for a coffee and views. Ski here for lunch with table service and floor to ceiling windows framing the alps. Creusave serves Croute au fromage – which is a super delicious Swiss open-faced grilled cheese. They also serve Rösti potatoes and pasta, or fondue. It is a limited but yummy menu.
Skiing Télé Marécottes from the summit, its 3700’ vertical all the way to the gondola base, there’s no snowmaking in this switchback trail. It’s a Luge trail, so be wary, as you may ski down to a pack of sledders, or encounter uphill ski climbers on your blind curve descent. Also, as you descend, the natural snow can get skinny at lower elevations.
You can ski a day here on your Swiss ski safari, including other ski areas like Anzere, Leukerbad, Ovronnaz, St Luc/Chandolin, Grimentz-Zinal, Télé Marécottes and more. All of these are on the Magic Pass in close proximity to each other.