Grimentz is not the place to come for a party atmosphere. Instead, you’d be better off in nearby Zermatt or Verbier, where there is a big choice of bars and clubs. People chose the pretty Val d’Anniviers villages for the peaceful mountain surroundings and uncrowded slopes – but definitely not for their nightlife.
The best apres-ski bar in the little village of Grimentz is Chez Florioz, conveniently located at the bottom of the ski slopes. It has live music, serves good food and is always busy straight after skiing. There are two pubs in town: Domino, which has a young clientele and is popular with local ski instructors, with video, darts and snacks until 1am, and Le Country Pub (“a superb pub with an ambience that is “tres sympa”) which is a pub/wine bar with karaoke and themed evenings, live music, a pool table, table football, and WiFi. Grimentz has just one nightclub – Disco Shaddock which opens from 10pm to 4am.
Other non-skiing activities include some 100km of walking paths, and you can take the cable-car up to the slopes for night-time tobogganing. The skating rink has free entry (you can hire skates at the sports shops) and holds regular ice-hockey games.
Down to Zinal or over to St-Luc
In Zinal, you might fancy a drink or two when you come down from the slopes. Hotel La Pointe houses one of the bars of choice, and there’s also Le Pub (+41 27 475 28 30). Zinal has an avalanche training centre, a hang gliding school (delta and paragliding), a skating rink and a swimming-pool.
If you’re making a day trip to St-Luc (or even staying there), then head for the Tipibar at the foot of the slopes. The open-air Tapouk bar is in the village centre. There’s also an art gallery and a wine cave. You can ice-skate, go winter walking on some 35km of paths, paraglide, or head for the 3.5km toboggan run in the village of Chandolin.