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4 Valees – 1 of the best Regions in Switzerland for great food, lively resorts and extensive skiing
The La Printse ski area and the Veysonnaz ski resort offer all the requirements for a successful winter holiday in the 4 Vallees ski region.
With the “4 Vallees” ski pass, 74 lifts lead to 412 kilometers of slopes, 220 of which are in the La Printse ski area. Its extensive range has been awarded an excellent 4.3 stars by our experts.
1) General information about the 4 Valees / La Printse ski area
- 220 kilometers of slopes and 44 lifts
- Slopes between 1,400 m and 2,700 m
- Veysonnaz ski resort at 1,233 m above sea level
- 412 kilometers of slopes and 74 lifts in the 4 Vallees ski region
The ski resort of Veysonnaz is a mountain village in the Swiss canton of Valais, which is picturesquely situated in the Rhône valley at an altitude of 1,233 m.
The 4 Vallees / La Printse ski area is named after the river of the same name, in whose valley the municipality of Veysonnaz extends. Between 1,400 m and 2,700 m above sea level, the La Printse ski area offers 44 lifts that open up varied slopes with 220 kilometers of slopes.
Beginners, families and those returning to the sport cavort on the 43 km of blue-marked, easily skiable slopes. Advanced skiers will discover the 159 km of red marked intermediate slopes, while advanced skiers can wag over the 18 km of demanding black slopes. The 44 ascent aids are spread over five gondolas, 32 tow lifts and seven chair lifts. With the “La Printse” ski pass, skiers
The 4 Vallees ski region is the largest contiguous ski region in Switzerland and comprises the Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Verbier and Thyon ski regions including Mont Fort.
At a height of 3,329 m, this forms the center of the ski region. 214 snow-making systems guarantee great skiing fun in the 4 Vallees. 74 lifts with 18 cable cars as well as 39 drag lifts and 17 chair lifts lead to the downhill runs of the 412 kilometers of slopes. 107 km of blue, 202 km of red and 103 km of black slopes offer winter sports enthusiasts of all skill levels varied skiing fun.
The snow parks “Centralpark Veysonnaz” in Thyon, “La Chaux” in Verbier and “Woodpark” in Nendaz offer areas for beginners, advanced and professionals. Freestylers let off steam to their heart’s content in the challenges of the various obstacles.
Cross-country skiers can discover carefully groomed trails in the neighboring villages of Veysonnaz at snow-sure heights: 5 kilometers of trails in Thyon, 10 km in Nendaz and 20 km in Verbier lead on leisurely to sporty routes through breathtaking winter landscapes.
The average snow depth in the La Printse ski area is 20 cm at the valley station and 160 cm at the mountain station. Winter vacationers enjoy an average of 5.5 hours of sunshine a day.
Our experts award the top evaluation criteria “lifts and cable cars” and “guaranteed snow” in the 4 Vallees / La Printse ski area with four and five stars, respectively.
2) 4 Vallees piste map including La Printse
3) Skiing in the 4 Valees / La Printse ski area
Winter vacationers can confidently leave their car behind in Veyssonaz, because the ski bus runs free of charge within the 4 Vallees ski areas. Several sports shops have rental stations where you can rent ski, cross-country and snowboard equipment from top international brands.
Several shops offer ski rental, service and ski depots. The ski schools “Neige Adventure” in Haute-Nendaz, “Arc-en-Ciel Siviez” in Siviez and the “Swiss Ski School” in Thyon teach snowboarders and skiers in individual or group courses.
They have their own children’s ski schools and offer kindergartens for the little ski racers. In Veysonnaz there is a children’s park with a magic carpet and a children’s slope, where the little ones can discover the joy of skiing.
Veysonnaz is known as the venue for the Ski World Cup on the legendary “Piste de l’Ours”. This “bear slope” runs between Veysonnaz and Thyon and offers experts a sporting challenge.
Winter sports enthusiasts experience romantic skiing fun while skiing under the full moon on the “Piste de la Dent” and the “Piste de Traxouet”. On the “Fontanet Piste”, ambitious people can try their hand at the competition in the “AudiQuattro” ski cross.
Freestylers can let off steam on the obstacles of the “Centralpark” snow park. The fun park in Thyon was named the best snow park in western Switzerland in 2011. It offers spacious areas for beginners and experts as well as an inviting chill-out area. In Thyon, cross-country skiers glide over the classic trails “Piste de ski de fond de la Mura”, “Parcours de ski de fond de Thyon 2000” and the “Parcours de ski de fond des Chottes” with 1, 0.5 and 5 km Length.
If you want to experience the fascination of heli-skiing, you have the opportunity to do so in the 4 Vallees ski region in Verbier.
Our experts give the La Printse ski area an excellent five-star rating in the “Snowparks” and “Advanced Skiers & Freeriders” categories. The excellent offer for families and children and the very good orientation within the La Printse ski area are each rewarded with four stars.
4) Expert evaluation
The top evaluation criteria “lifts and cable cars” and “guaranteed snow” are included in the test report of our experts. Overall, the 4 Valees / La Printse ski area achieved an outstanding 4.3 stars.
With the top rating of five stars, the high snow reliability, the unique snow parks and the fabulous offer for “experts & freeriders” are awarded. In the La Printse ski area, the categories “Lifts & cable cars”, “Families & children”, “Après-Ski”, “Orientation”, “Mountain restaurants, huts & gastronomy” as well as “Directions & parking options” received excellent four stars.
5) Off-piste activities in 4 Valees
In the 4 Valees / La Printse ski area, winter sports enthusiasts can look forward to a wide range of varied activities away from the slopes. With its altitude, Veysonnaz is an ideal starting point for snowshoe hikes in the midst of an incomparable mountain backdrop.
The easy-to-walk 10 km route “Les Chottes de la Combyre” and the 5.3 km medium-difficulty route “La Zeu” are two of four marked snowshoe trails, on which you can leave everyday life behind you in no time at all.
Not far from the “Le Tipi” snow bar, you can whiz down the 75 m long track while snow tubing on tires. Those who prefer tobogganing can rent a sledge from the sledge rental shop and explore the toboggan runs in Thyon, Nendaz and La Tzoumaz. The ice rinks in Nendaz and Les Collons are ideal for ice skating fans.
Winter vacationers who like to plunge into the nightlife and celebrate with hearty après-ski can discover the discotheque “La Pacha” in Veysonnaz or enjoy the live music in “Le Tipi” at 2,000 m. In the “Bar le Barloucâ” 75 special beers are waiting to be tasted, while in the “Bar Vague à l’Âme” there is also live music.
Our experts rate the categories “mountain restaurants, huts & gastronomy” and “après-ski” with four well-deserved stars due to the extensive range on offer in the La Printse ski area.
6) Locations in the 4 Valees ski area
With its idyllic altitude on Mont Rouge, Veysonnaz offers an impressive view of the Rhône valley. The municipality is framed by the mountain ranges of the Valais and Bernese Alps, with around 600 inhabitants in the Sion district, 13 km southwest of the city of the same name.
Sion (Sion), the capital of the canton of Valais, is a worthwhile excursion destination with its historic city center. The sights of its medieval old town include the town hall, built in the Renaissance style, the cathedral “Notre Dame du Glarian” and the pilgrimage church “Notre Dame de Valère”, which rises on the rock of the same name.
As a holiday resort and neighboring municipality of Veysonnaz, Nendaz comprises 15 localities, including Haute-Nendaz, Baisse-Nendaz and Siviez. Siviez, at 1,730 m above sea level, is the highest village in Nendaz.
Thyon is located at 2,095 m in the Val d’Hérémence and is divided into the municipalities of Hérémence and Vex. Thyon connects directly to Veysonnaz.
7) Arrival in the 4 Valees / La Printse ski area
Veysonnaz in the 4 Valees / La Printse ski area can be reached by car from Zurich, 286 km northeast, via Bern and Sion via the A1 and A9. From Munich, 598 km away, you also drive via Zurich and Bern to Veysonnaz. In Switzerland it is mandatory to purchase a motorway vignette.
You can get there by train via Sion’s main station, which is connected to Veysonnaz by the 363 post bus. The nearest airports are in Sion and in Bern, 165 km to the north. The 4 Valees / La Printse ski area received four stars in our expert test in the “Arrival & Parking” category.
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