winter in the alps
The Skiing on Offer Provides a
Wide Range of Experiences
and is an Expert's Paradise

Winter in the Alps

The 4 Vallees is the largest linked ski area in Switzerland with over 410 km of pistes and more than 90 lifts linking Verbier, La Tzoumaz, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon-Les Collons. In less than an hour, you can be in Crans Montana, Zermatt, Chamonix and Gstadt.

The skiing on offer provides a wide range of experiences and is an expert’s paradise. Complete beginners and intermediates are well catered for with plenty of skiing available for all levels with long wide runs that are often virtually empty.

It benefits from some of the most extensive and varied off-piste skiing in the world and the Mont Fort Glacier at 3330m, is certainly a challenge and is not for the fainthearted. From the top of the glacier, you can see across to the Matterhorn, Grand Combin and Mont Blanc.

There is the iconic Glacier Patrol (Patrouille des Glaciers), organised by the Swiss Army that traverses the peaks from Zermatt to Verbier across the Haute Route along the Swiss-Italian border. The race covers heights of 3994m to 4090m and a distance of 53km by foot and ski and is held every April.

The Printze ski pass covers Thyon-Les Collons, Veysonnaz and Nendaz (three of the 4 Vallees), this would be enough for most skiers for a week away, but Verbier is only over the pass at Mont Fort and is only an hour away on skis via a day’s extension or the 4 Vallees ski pass for all 412 km of pistes.

If you really want to make the most of the time you have, you can buy a Valais pass for all the resorts locally, except Zermatt, the largest ski area in the world accessed by one pass.

Zermatt at the foot of the world famous Matterhorn is only a 45 minute car journey away, so if you fancy a change of scenery, it can be done in a day.

There are a couple of snowparks with Verbier’s at 2842m, the venue for Big Air competitions every season and Centralpark at Thyon where you can watch some tricks performed by experts and novices alike.

Apres-Ski is a big part of the Alpine experience and there are plenty of mountain bars and cafes including the Tepee at Thyon 2000 where there are often live bands performing throughout the season.

Explore the most beautiful cross-country pistes
or follow the trails of 100km of snowshoe routes.

For children, there are ski schools and a snow village for children (aged 3 ½ to 6) where they can learn the skills they need in a safe, well designed and fun environment.

Give Heliskiing a try and get dropped off at the top of the mountain – there’s nothing like fresh untouched powder. There are guides who are available to give you the best routes.

Using ice axes, crampons and ports, you could give ice climbing a go and see the mountains really up close and personal.

Not far away from Thyon-Les Collons, why not try a Husky sled-ride where you can sit back and watch the dogs work as a team as they speed along the snow and ice. The ‘Mushers’ may even let you give a command or two.

Up at Thyon 2000, you can hire some sledges and use the designated routes through the trees.

If not a ski bunny, there are plenty of other options to occupy your time.

We are very excited to welcome a new Spa in Thyon-Les Collons, Dixence Resort that will use thermal springs straight from the mountain for the pool and there’ll be ample opportunity to relax and unwind

At Thyon 2000, is an ice rink open all winter season and another pool.

Parking is free in many of the carparks in Thyon and surroundings villages and the buses are also free to use.