Nendaz Ski Resort

Located in the heart of the 4 Vallées ski area, Nendaz makes for a perfect base from which to explore the 410km of slopes that stretch from Verbier at one end to Thyon at the other.

The local slopes may not be extensive, but via Plan-du-Fou there is direct access to Switzerland’s largest linked ski area and some of the world’s finest off piste terrain. Nendaz itself is surprisingly big and there is a great range of accommodation to choose from – most of which is significantly cheaper than over the hill in Verbier and many have a stunning view of the Rhône Valley.

Easy access from Geneva makes this a great resort for a weekend getaway.

Our Nendaz Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Advanced ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Great access into the 4 Vallées ski area

Local slopes are appealing for beginners

Great scenery and views over the valley below


Local ski area limited and only confident intermediates up can access 4 Vallées

Queues can build trying to get across towards Verbier

Some apartments are a decent walk away from the gondola

Nendaz Skiing and Snowboarding

The local slopes above Nendaz are great for beginners and above the village at Tracouet there are several drags serving short, easy blues. Progression on to longer blues is good, but the resort return run can become crowded at the end of the day. Intermediates will enjoy the longer reds and more confident skiers should head up to Plan-du-Fou and take on the long red down to Siviez – just note the return is much more difficult and you’ll want to download the cable car.

This season the new Prarion-Plan du Fou gondola has replaced the former cable car and the Fontaines chairlift. It connects Prarion to the Plan du Fou and allows skiers to reach Siviez from Haute-Nendaz. The new gondola has tripled the lift capacity which is great news as this is a busy part of the lift system and could previously get crowded.

Experts should immediately fan out and see what the entire 4 Vallées has to offer. Most of the area’s extensive steep runs above Verbier are classified as itineraries – they are marked and are avalanche controlled, but they are not maintained or patrolled – so you should not ski them alone. If open, after fresh snow these routes are spectacular but they do become increasingly challenging as the moguls build in the days after a snowfall.

  • Total Pistes: 410km
  • Blue: 26%
  • Red: 49%
  • Black: 25% (including itineraries)
  • Lifts: 67
  • Altitude: 821m (Nendaz is at 1400m) – 3330m

Nendaz Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Nendaz Resort

Nendaz is a sprawling place, and the centre can be busy with traffic at times. Most of the resort is modern but built in traditional chalet style, and an old core remains, with quaint houses and barns alongside great views across the Rhône valley. Alongside this there are no shortage of bars, shops and restaurants – all of which are less severe on the wallet than across in Verbier.

Away from the slopes there is one of the best networks of winter walking and snowshoeing trails in Switzerland. Cross country skiing is also popular, whilst in town there is an ice rink, fitness centre, climbing wall and squash courts.

Season Dates

9th November 2019 - 9th April 2020

How to get to Nendaz

As with many Swiss resorts, getting to Nendaz is easy by train using the excellent Swiss Railway System, although the final stretch must be made by bus. Geneva is the closest airport at just under three hours away. Driving from Geneva takes around two hours and numerous companies offer transfers.

  • Geneva airport: 2 hours (driving) or 3 hours (public transport)
  • Zürich airport: 3 hours (driving) or 4 hours (public transport)
  • Basel airport: 3 hours (driving) or 4.5 hours (public transport)
  • Calais: approximately 10 hours driving (530 miles)

Nendaz Contact Details

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