Grimentz Zinal Ski Resort

Grimentz Zinal ski resort, Val d'Anniviers Switzerland
Grimentz Zinal provides ample powder to the people
Traditional villages like St Jean are a feature of Grimentz Zinal
Zinal has great fall line ski terrain
Backcountry freeride terrain from the Grimentz ski lifts is sublime
Grimentz village, Val d'Anniviers, Valais, Switzerland
Grimentz ski resort
Glorious Val d'Anniviers mountain vista from Grimentz Zinal
Grimentz Zinal ski resort, Val d'Anniviers Switzerland
Alpine dining at Grimentz
Grimentz gondola & village return piste
Ski school at Zinal
Grimentz Zinal ski resort, Val d'Anniviers Switzerland
Grimentz Zinal ski resort, Val d'Anniviers Switzerland
Skiing Grimentz Zinal
Lift accessed backcountry freeride terrain at Grimentz
Grimentz Zinal backcountry in a rural setting above St Jean village
Freeride ski terrain at Grimentz Zinal resort overlooking Val d'Anniviers
The Corne chair rises to 2896m in Grimentz Zinal ski resort
Ski Grimentz Zinal, Val d'Anniviers, Valais, Switzerland

Grimentz Zinal Ski Resort

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     Grimentz Zinal Ski Trail Map
  • Grimentz Zinal Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,330m – 2,880m (1,550m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8m
  • Lifts (21)
    3 Gondolas / cable cars
    5 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Late Nov to late April
    8:30am to 4:40pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 115km (incl. routes)
    Longest run – 7+ km
    Advanced - 40%
    Intermediate - 37%
    Beginner - 23%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult – CHF62
    Child – CHF37
    Child u/6yr - Free
     Val d’Anniviers Map
  • Val d’Anniviers Map

Grimentz Zinal Ski Resort Switzerland

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

Gorgeous Val d’Anniviers is a lesser known ski destination in the French speaking part of 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.

And under the towering spire of the Bec de Bosson, the best resort in the valley is Grimentz Zinal. Its terrain breadth & diversity, snow quality & relaxed vibe will make you consider spending your remaining years in this wonderful place.

Pros & Cons for Grimentz Zinal Ski Resort

Pros

  • Sensational freeride powder skiing & boarding for days after a snowfall;
  • Relaxed vibe in glorious high alpine surrounds;
  • Majority of terrain above 2000m elevation – snow sure;
  • 1500m vertical descents possible on ski routes/off-piste/sidecountry;
  • No lift lines;
  • Piste trails for all ski abilities;
  • Traditional French speaking Swiss Valais mountain villages & culture;
  • Good value lift pass price ;
  • Lift pass valid in valid in St Luc Chandolin & Vercorin;
  • Good public transport access by bus from Sierre train station via Vissoie & ample car parking for day trippers right near the lifts at Grimentz.

Cons

  • Majority of ski lift infrastructure is old & outdated;
  • Lift access from Zinal via cable car is limiting;
  • Grimentz inbounds terrain on the northern part of the ski area is a series of short interrupted pitches ;
  • Several long, flat linking trails & some off piste exits (particularly in parts of Grimentz) create issues for snowboarders.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Villages are generally quiet after-hours;
  • Mountain restaurants are few & small, plus lack traditional fare;
  • The public bus from Sierre to Vissoie can be very crowded on Friday & Sunday;
  • The road from Sierre up to Vissoie may be challenging for some drivers!
  • Accommodation expansion is occurring in both the Grimentz & Zinal villages & will increase numbers of skiers in the resort (o there soon!).

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

With over 115km of marked trails & routes on a skiable vertical or over 1300m, Grimentz Zinal ski resort has something for all snow sliders. For the Powderhounds, the real attraction was the easily accessible & huge backcountry freeride terrain. Rollicking journeys of over 1500m vertical in perfect north-aspect alpine , tree & meadow terrain all the way into St Jean were an absolute highlight.

Inbounds, Zinal has the pick on the fall line skiing but is let down by its cable car only access from the village - a small price to pay. Grimentz has a greater variety of terrain inbounds plus a good terrain park. Some skiers may get frustrated by the ‘Japanese like’ short pitch terrain in the upper alpine valleys of Grimentz, but it is what it is & what it is ....... is! The cable car linking Grimentz & Zinal is sensational & opens up truly awesome advanced & expert off-piste as well as the long Chamois run back into Grimentz.

See the Grimentz Zinal ski trail map here.

Where is Grimentz Zinal, Switzerland?

The Grimentz Zinal ski resort is in the French speaking part of the Valais canton in south-west Switzerland. Made up of two separate villages, Grimentz & Zinal are located 8km apart in the Val d’Anniviers, a valley extending south of the Rhone River near the major town of Sierre/Siders. From Sierre the village of Vissoie is 16km away via a winding & often narrow road. From Vissoie, the road splits to either Grimentz (a further 7km) or Zinal (11km).

The nearest international airport is Geneva, a mere 185km (2hr) by road to Vissoie. Zurich airport is around 3½to 4hr by road. From Geneva airport direct trains to Sierre/Siders run every hour. Journey time is less than 2¼hr. Buses to Grimentz or Zinal then complete the trip via Vissoie, where a bus change is required.

Search & book train tickets to Grimentz or Zinal here. Purchase bus tickets from the driver.

Due to the nature of public transport to the Grimentz Zinal (2 public bus from the nearest train station), many will prefer a private transfer to the resort villages. For reasons of value & efficiency, we recommend a private transfer from Sierre/Siders train station if in a group of 3 or more people.

Search & book all private transfers to Grimentz Zinal 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.

Search & book Grimentz Zinal ski accommodation here.

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 lasagna & 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 the gorgeous apartments at the Swisspeak 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.

Ski Rentals

Ski rentals are available from our partners in Grimentz, close to the ski lift base in the centre of town. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals in Grimentz here.

Review

The Powderhounds reviewed Grimentz Zinal in 2019 & found it to be sensational. Click on the review link in the left column to read its inciteful & witty prose!

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