Grimentz, Switzerland | Welove2ski
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Grimentz, Switzerland

Grimentz, Switzerland | Welove2ski
Photo: © OT Grimentz/Val d’Anniviers


The Stats

Altitude: 1570m

Top Lift: 2900m

Ski area: 220km of piste

Adult lift pass: CHF280 for six days

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In a Nutshell

Grimentz is the skiing hub of the Val d’Anniviers, the hanging valley set high above the town of Sierre. It’s not as secret as people make out, but it still has lots of rustic charm – and some awesome off-piste skiing, too. It links with Zinal to provide even more skiing.

Essential Advice for the Perfect Trip

The drive up from Sierre to Grimentz and the Val d’Anniviers is quite a shock. One minute you’re in the pancake-flat valley of the Rhone: the next, you’re winding up one of the craziest switchback roads in the Alps. It zig-zags straight up the valley wall, and only after 20 minutes begins to straighten out. Even then, the drop-offs on the right-hand side of the road will make your eyes pop. If anyone in your party has vertigo, you need to slip them a valium before the journey starts.

Take it easy

In many ways, it’s the perfect introduction to the Val d’Anniviers: high, hanging and difficult to get to, it never hit the big time in the way that Zermatt or Verbier (its neighbours) did, and is brimming over with rough-hewn rustic charm. Lately it’s become the unofficial “Hidden Gem” of Switzerland, and the building of holiday homes has reached epidemic proportions. But still, the historic cores of Grimentz and St-Luc are amongst the prettiest in the Alps.

There’s plenty of skiing along the valley too – 220km of pistes, in fact, and oodles of off-piste besides. But it is split into four self-contained areas (Grimentz, St-Luc/Chandolin, Zinal and Vercorin), and if you’re in the market for a go-go-go skiing experience, chewing up the miles, on-piste, as you would in the likes of Les Menuires or Tignes, you’ll be disappointed by what’s on offer here. It’s much better suited to those looking to relax as much as ski, or to those who want to leave the lift-systems behind and embark on some big off-piste itineraries.

As befits such a small resort, there isn’t a lot of choice when it comes to ski schools, shops, restaurants, bars or hotels, but – provided you hire a car – you can easily ski or sleep in any of the other villages and commute between them. The lift pass covers them all, and two new gondolas now link Grimentz and Zinal.

The Loveometer

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We Love

We Hate

tick The ancient village: when it comes to rough-hewn rustic charm, Zermatt and Saas-Fee aren’t a patch on this place.
tick The lack of crowds on piste.
tick The lack of almost anybody off-piste.
tick Hotel Bella Tola at St-Luc, on the other side of the valley – one of our all-time favourites – easy to stay there and ski Grimentz.
tick The salade verte in the Claire Fontaine, in the middle of the village.
tick The new link with Zinal.
tick The reasonable price of the lift pass (well, it’s reasonable for Switzerland).
cross The endlessly rolling terrain in the main mountain bowl at Grimentz – it’s hard to get your rhythm going before you hit another flat section.
cross Commuting between the four separate ski areas covered by the lift pass.
cross The suburban sprawl up the mountainside above the old village of Grimentz – somebody should have stopped the building work years ago.
cross The under-powered nightlife.

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About the author

Sean Newsom

As well as founding Welove2ski in June 2007, Sean has written about skiing and snowboarding in the British press for 28 years. For the last 20 of them, he’s also been the ski travel editor at The Sunday Times.

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