Grimentz Zinal Ski Resort

Grimentz Zinal ski resort, Val d'Anniviers Switzerland
Skiing to the Village of St Jean below Grimentz Zinal
Grimentz Zinal ski resort, Switzerland
Grimentz Zinal freeride powder skiing

Grimentz Zinal Ski Resort

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Grimentz Zinal Ski Resort Switzerland

Grimentz Zinal ski resort is a sensational destination tucked away deep in the Val d’Anniviers in Switzerland.

Gorgeous Val d’Anniviers is a lesser known ski destination in the Wallis / Valais south of Sierre. Wedged between the better known Verbier - 4 Vallees, Crans Montana & Zermatt, the Val d’Anniviers provides a traditional Swiss ski experience without all the flashy trimmings of its afore mentioned neighbours. Smaller crowds, authentic villages & access to some truly awesome freeride terrain provide enough reasons to visit. The ski resorts include the expansive Grimentz-Zinal & the smaller (a relative term!) St Luc-Chandolin & Vercorin.

See the Grimentz Zinal ski trail map here.

Grimentz Zinal Accommodation

The name Grimentz Zinal gives a clear indication that this is two separate ski resorts more recently joined. The amazing cable car connection brings the two locations together for skiing, but both are poles apart when it comes to ambiance & accommodation. The hamlet of St Jean & central Vissoie provide alternatives.

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Grimentz & nearby St Jean offer a traditional ski village atmosphere which has retained much of its original (& beautiful) architecture, probably partly as a result of its hillside location. There is a clear change underway in the resort though with apartment development away from the original village occurring at a pace. Whilst not as unseemly as at Zinal, the construction doesn’t bode well for the future ambiance of this piece of paradise.

The hamlet of St Jean has a few lodging options amongst its blissfully quiet laneways. Without a kitchen or a car though, eating out at night can be difficult in St Jean. Only one, albeit excellent, option is available……. most, but not all nights. You may well get sick of eating cheese too as the La Gougra specialises in fondues, nearly to the exclusion of all else (did have a delicious & very cheesy lasagne & lovely salad there too). Grimentz has a wider selection of everything & is the best location if planning on skiing the resort over a few days. Note that Grimentz does spend a fair amount of time in the shade during winter. You will be pleased to get up into the sunny upper slopes every day.

Zinal is a different kettle of fish. Whilst it arguably has the better ski terrain, the cable car from Grimentz gets across to the upper reaches of the resort quicker than the cable car from Zinal itself, so no advantage there! Visibly, the old village at Zinal retains some of its attractive original attributes with gorgeous timber hay barns & chalets. However, its broader valley location has allowed the spawning of numerous high-rise apartment buildings that do little justice to the surroundings & traditions. There are some newer developments close to the cable car valley station that are worth a look (such as Swisspeaks Resort Zinal) or try & get one of the many authentic chalets that are for rent or a pension. Avoid the older style apartment blocks on the upper fringes of the village.

The pretty Val d’Anniviers village of Vissoie (Vis-wa!) is a lynchpin in the valley. If planning at skiing all the valley’s ski resorts, Vissoie is the place to be, particularly if utilising the free ski buses.

Review

The Powderhounds reviewed Grimentz Zinal in 2019 & found it to be sensational. More information is coming soon. Stay tuned for our new photos & insights.

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