Valais Ski Resort Ratings

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n South-Western Switzerland, abutting France and Italy, Valais (Wallis in German) is dominated by the glacial valley of the Rhône. The river runs from East to West as it drains the side valleys of the Bernese Alps to the North and the Pennine Alps to the South before flowing into Lake Geneva. Despite being the most Southerly of the main Swiss ski regions, it is also the highest and has ski areas still open after the rest of the Alps has closed down for the season. And whilst the canton contains the sunniest communities in all of Switzerland, it also has an excellent record for massive dumps of snow.

A North-South line divides Schweizerdeutsch-speaking Wallis in the East from the French-speaking part of the canton in the West. The main resorts in the East include Zermatt and Saas-Fee, whilst Verbier is the best-known in Romandie, the name for Francophone Switzerland. However Valais has a huge concentration of outstanding lesser known destinations.

As well as its skiing, the Valais is renowned for its many thermal spas and for its wines, including the red Dôle and the white Fendant.

Resort Region Country Ski Area Language Locality Level Altitude m Bottom m Top m Piste km Snow'­n'Rail Station Family Car-free Spa Tobo­ggan Day Price Curr­ency Basel Zurich Bern Lausanne Luzern Basel Basel Distance Zurich Zurich Bern Bern Lausanne Lausanne Geneva Geneva Lugano Lugano Luzern Luzern
4 Vallées Valais CH 4 Vallées French Valais 1 1350 1350 3330 412 Y Y Y 71 SFr 3 hrs 21 mins 3 hrs 17 mins 2 hrs 32 mins 1 hrs 19 mins 2 hrs 50 mins 251 km 3 hrs 10 mins 278 km 1 hr 45 mins 157 km 1 hr 15 mins 98 km 2 hrs 162 km 2 hrs 50 mins 270 km
Aletsch Arena Valais CH Aletsch Arena Swiss German Valais 1 1050 1845 2869 104 Y Y Y Y Y 60 SFr 2 hrs 38 mins 2 hrs 37 mins 1 hr 32 mins 2 hrs 39 mins 3 hrs 221 km 2 hrs 40 mins 159 km 2 hrs 24 mins 127 km 2 hrs 44 mins 228 km 2 hrs 120 km
Anzère Valais CH French Valais 2 1500 1500 2420 52 Y Y 52 SFr 3 hrs 22 mins 3 hrs 15 mins 3 hrs 265 km 3 hrs 15 mins 291 km 1 hr 21 mins 113 km 2 hrs 10 mins 176 km
Arolla Valais CH Val d'Hérens French Valais 2 2000 2000 2980 47 39 SFr 3 hrs 53 mins 3 hrs 50 mins 2 hrs 37 mins 3 hrs 14 mins 287 km 3 hrs 31 mins 314 km 2 hrs 17 mins 192 km 1 hr 45 mins 134 km 2 hrs 24 mins 198 km
Bellwald Valais CH Goms Swiss German Valais 2 1600 1600 2560 35 Y Y 51 SFr 3 hrs 40 mins 326 km 2 hrs 44 mins
Bruson Valais CH 4 Vallées French Valais 2 1080 1080 2220 40 Y 47 SFr 3 hrs 21 mins 3 hrs 17 mins 2 hrs 32 mins 1 hrs 19 mins 2 hrs 38 mins 246 km 1 hr 41 mins 1 hr 9 mins 93 km
Bürchen Valais CH Visp Area Swiss German Valais 2 1480 1480 2550 25 Y Y 44 SFr 2 hrs 40 mins
Champéry Valais CH Les Portes du Soleil French Valais 2 1050 1050 2250 650 Y Y Y 57 SFr 3 hrs 57 mins 3 hrs 51 mins 2 hrs 47 mins 1 hrs 36 mins 2 hrs 30 mins 226 km 2 hrs 50 mins 244 km 1 hr 25 mins 122 km 1 hr 64 km 1 hr 40 mins 128 km 2 hrs 30 mins 144 km
Champex-Lac Valais CH Pays de St Bernard French Valais 2 1500 1500 2200 25 38 SFr 2 hrs 40 mins 243 km 2 hrs 58 mins 270 km 1 hr 44 mins 149 km 1 hr 12 mins 90 km 1 hr 52 mins 155 km
Chandolin Valais CH Val d'Anniviers French Valais 2 2000 2000 3000 75 Y 54 SFr 2 hrs 43 mins 2 hrs 43 mins 3 hrs 11 mins 289 km 3 hrs 29 mins 316 km 2 hrs 14 mins 195 km 1 hr 42 mins 135 km 2 hrs 21 mins 200 km
Eischoll Valais CH Swiss German Valais 2 1230 1250 2200 15 Y Y 44 SFr
Jeizinen Valais CH Swiss German Valais 2 1550 1500 2220 8 Y 33 SFr
Les Crosets Valais CH Les Portes du Soleil French Valais 2 1670 1670 2466 650 Y 57 SFr
Leukerbad Valais CH Swiss German Valais 2 1411 1411 2610 52 Y Y Y Y 53 SFr 3 hrs 16 mins 3 hrs 5 mins 1 hr 46 mins 3 hrs 10 mins 285 km 3 hrs 25 mins 312 km 2 hrs 10 mins 191 km 1 hr 30 mins 132 km 2 hrs 20 mins 196 km 3 hrs 161 km
Monthey Valais CH French Valais 2 408 Y SFr
Mont-Noble Région Valais CH French Valais 2 1300 1495 2640 35 Y 46 SFr
Nendaz Valais CH 4 Vallées French Valais 2 1350 1350 3330 412 Y Y Y 56 SFr 3 hrs 21 mins 3 hrs 15 mins 2 hrs 8 mins 1 hrs 47 mins 2 hrs 50 mins 254 km 3 hrs 10 mins 281 km 1 hr 45 mins 160 km 1 hr 15 mins 101 km 1 hr 55 mins 165 km 2 hrs 50 mins 270 km
Portes du Soleil Valais CH Les Portes du Soleil French Valais 1 1050 1050 2300 650 Y Y 54 SFr 3 hrs 57 mins 3 hrs 51 mins 2 hrs 47 mins 1 hrs 36 mins 2 hrs 30 mins 226 km 2 hrs 50 mins 244 km 1 hr 25 mins 122 km 1 hr 64 km 1 hr 40 mins 128 km 2 hrs 30 mins 144 km
Printse Valais CH 4 Vallées French Valais 2 1350 1350 2700 220 Y Y 71 SFr
Rothwald Valais CH Brig Swiss German Valais 2 1750 1750 2270 25 40 SFr
Saas-Almagell Valais CH Saastal Swiss German Valais 2 1670 1670 2400 12 Y Y Y 42 SFr
Saas-Balen Valais CH Saastal Swiss German Valais 2 1483 1483 1570 3 Y Y 15 SFr
Sierre-Anniviers Valais CH Val d'Anniviers French Valais 1 1350 1350 3000 228 Y Y 49 SFr 3 hrs 43 mins 3 hrs 47 mins 2 hrs 37 mins 2 hrs 21 mins 3 hrs 10 mins 282 km 3 hrs 25 mins 309 km 2 hrs 10 mins 187 km 1 hr 45 mins 138 km 2 hrs 15 mins 193 km 3 hrs 15 mins 173 km
Sion Valais CH French Valais 2 500 Y SFr
Staldenried/Gspon Valais CH Visp Area Swiss German Valais 2 1154 1893 2250 5 Y 34 SFr
St-Maurice Valais CH French Valais 2 414 Y Y SFr
Törbel Valais CH Visp Area Swiss German Valais 2 1480 1480 2550 25 Y Y 44 SFr
Torgon Valais CH Les Portes du Soleil French Valais 1 1100 1100 1998 650 Y 41 SFr 2 hrs 18 mins 210 km 2 hrs 36 mins 237 km 1 hr 22 mins 50 mins 56 km 1 hr 29 mins 121 km
Unterbäch Valais CH Visp Area Swiss German Valais 2 1221 1221 2521 20 Y Y 44 SFr 2 hrs 15 mins 2 hrs 31 mins 3 hrs 198 km 48 mins 50 km 1 hr 49 mins 155 km 3 hrs 19 mins 308 km 2 hrs 45 mins 158 km
Val-d'Illiez Valais CH Les Portes du Soleil French Valais 2 1050 1050 2460 650 Y Y Y Y 60 SFr 2 hrs 15 mins 213 km 2 hrs 33 mins 240 km 1 hr 19 mins 57 mins 64 km 1 hr 26 mins 124 km
Verbier Valais CH 4 Vallées French Valais 2 1500 1500 3330 412 Y Y Y 75 SFr 3 hrs 21 mins 3 hrs 17 mins 2 hrs 32 mins 1 hrs 19 mins 2 hrs 50 mins 251 km 3 hrs 10 mins 278 km 1 hr 45 mins 157 km 1 hr 15 mins 98 km 2 hrs 162 km 3 hrs 267 km
Vercorin Valais CH Val d'Anniviers French Valais 2 1330 1330 2374 35 50 SFr 2 hrs 51 mins 1 hrs 31 mins 2 hrs 51 mins 273 km 3 hrs 9 mins 300 km 1 hr 54 mins 1 hr 21 mins 112 km 2 hrs 4 mins 184 km
Veysonnaz Valais CH 4 Vallées French Valais 2 1350 1350 3330 412 Y Y 75 SFr 3 hrs 17 mins 3 hrs 11 mins 2 hrs 04 mins 1 hrs 42 mins 2 hrs 45 mins 260 km 3 hrs 10 mins 288 km 1 hr 48 mins 166 km 1 hr 20 mins 107 km 1 hr 55 mins 171 km 2 hrs 50 mins 270 km
Vicheres Valais CH Pays de St Bernard French Valais 2 1595 1595 2271 15 39 SFr
Visp Valais CH Visp Area Swiss German Valais 1 Y 43 SFr 3 hrs 2 mins 292 km 3 hrs 20 mins 319 km 2 hrs 6 mins
Visperterminen Valais CH Visp Area Swiss German Valais 2 1340 1340 2300 20 Y Y 43 SFr 3 hrs 16 mins 301 km 3 hrs 34 mins 328 km 2 hrs 19 mins 2 hrs 26 mins 212 km
Zermatt Valais CH Matterhorn Ski Paradise Swiss German Valais 2 1540 1620 3899 350 Y Y Y Y 92 SFr 3 hrs 24 mins 3 hrs 11 mins 2 hrs 6 mins 5 hrs 16 mins 3 hrs 40 mins 229 km 3 hrs 50 mins 221 km 2 hrs 40 mins 136 km 3 hrs 238 km 3 hrs 10 mins 182 km
Zinal Valais CH Val d'Anniviers French Valais 2 1670 1670 3000 72 58 SFr 3 hrs 43 mins 3 hrs 47 mins 2 hrs 37 mins 2 hrs 21 mins 3 hrs 30 mins 290 km 3 hrs 40 mins 317 km 2 hrs 15 mins 196 km 1 hr 45 mins 138 km 2 hrs 30 mins 201 km 3 hrs 30 mins 179 km