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Rhone Alps

Verbier - 4 Valleys

Verbier Four Valleys SkiVerbier and The Four Valleys area in the southern part of the country of the Rhone watershed where Switzerland borders the Mont Blanc mountain range is considered one of the prime ski areas in Europe, with sunny peaks, wide ski areas, excellent nightlife and skiing for every seeker of the snow, from the adrenaline fueled expert to intermediate and the casual beginner. Verbier exudes the pure alpine ambience with traditional architecture, and broad selection of shopping temptations, lively bars and lots of restaurants.

For the beginner Verbier offers lovely scenic and sunny nursery slopes starting just above the village and on Savoleyres with tree edged runs down to La Tzoumaz. The area features the new style 'magic carpet' lifts in the Esserts beginner area. For intermediate skiers and boarders the Verbier-Mont Fort provides a huge snow playground, with a hundred miles of runs and 43 separate ski lifts presenting some of the most varied skiing in the Alps. For the challenge seeking advanced pro the Jumbo cable car of Mont Fort carries up to the glacier and the Tortin snow bowl with its notoriously high bumps.
For Apres ski, Verbier is world famous for its trendy and cosmopolitan bars and nightclubs – The Farm Clum, Murphy’s, Pub Mont Fort and Centra T, to name a few. There is a sports center for swimming, ice-skating, sauna, curling, and squash. The area also offers paragliding, ice climbing and snowshoeing. The local movie theater often shows films in English.

Nendaz -Veysonnaz

Nendaz and Veysonnaz are casual and charming villages with stunning views overlooking the Rhone valley. Along with Verbier, Thyon and La Tzoumaz they are part of the “The 4 Valleys” which offers about 200 miles of ski runs. These smaller villages offer a good bargain family alternative to famed and pricey Verbier, while providing easy access to the circuit of the four valleys and the nearby Printz ski area. Nendaz has a friendly atmosphere with plenty of non-skiing activities and has been stamped with special award by Swiss Tourism for its family friendliness. Veysonnaz is a laid-back pretty little village with a few of its own relaxed shops and bars.

For beginners there are some excellent easy slopes high above Nendaz, at 2200m on the Tracouet frozen lake easily reached by the gondola ride from the village with beautiful valley views. From Veysonnaz try the easy blue runs just from at the top of the cable. For intermediates there are over a hundred miles of excellent skiing terrain in the Printz ski region which included Nendaz, Siviez, Thyon and Veysonnaz. In the 4 Valleys area you can find steeper runs to face as well as unbeatable snow conditions on the glacier. For the advanced there are a dozen black runs available including the Plan du Fou, Greppon Blanc and Gentiannes runs.

Villars-Gryon

Villars VillageOn the north side of the Rhone Valley, Villars is a charming resort village located on a sunny plateau with great views to Mont Blanc and boasts a beautiful ski area with a wide selection of well-groomed slopes. The Villars area is linked to the resort of Les Diablerets and the Glacier 3000. Villars offers an array of leisure facilities, shops restaurants and bars. With free lift access for kids under 9, trails for skilled skiers and an excellent snowpark, Villars-Gryon makes an ideal destination for spending an unforgettable winter holiday.

Villars is ideal for beginners, with gentle slopes near the resort and also high up at the top of the Bretaye, reached by the scenic mountain railway. The excellent ski schools can get up and cruising the high altitude slopes in no time. The area has a bunch of red and blue runs for intermediate skiers connected through the Alps Vaud network. Try the moderate challenge from the top of Le Mazots. For the advanced ski the Glacier des Diablerets and the 5 mile red course down the Combe d'Audon.

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