Haute Nendaz Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Haute Nendaz Ski Resort
July 22, 2016
Fiona from United Kingdom
I feel compelled to write a review having skied here every year for 10 years and always during high season and it has been two years since a review was last posted.
Huge changes have occurred in the village in ten years.
The building of new chalets and a large 4 star hotel are now almost completed. The range and price of accommodation is very varied. This is still a brilliant family resort, geared mainly to self-catered accommodation in apartments and chalets. The 4 star hotel and spa is expensive and unless you are eating in the fine dining restaurant, the food and service is very average and therefore overpriced.
There are plenty of good restaurants and in ten years I have only experience one rude restaurant service (who have now left the restaurant). There is a restaurant for every budget from the Mont Calm and The Cantina to the Mont Fort and The Four Vallleys.
The bus service has improved greatly and there are now more bus stops and they are very frequent. Yes, they are going to be busy during the school holidays, but this is nothing like as busy as the bigger resorts. Lots of people drive here and the car parks can be very busy, particularly at weekends with the influx of locals.
The skiing is great in Nendaz itself. For me it is now a half day event and a great warm up. If the snow is good you can ski down via the back of Jean Pierre through the trees, also Prarion may be open. The Balavaud restaurant is to die for. Very, very Swiss, meaning cooked on an open fire, not a microwave in sight, everything is very fresh and rustic and the views are outstanding. From here you can take a T-bar to the gondola over to Plan due Fou and the Siviez ski region. The journey back, however, is not for the faint hearted or the over tired. It is a unpisted ice bowl full of moguls and a black run, before needing to get the chair back up to Tracoquet and then down a long red to the village. Take the bus from Siviez.
To be honest we spend most of our week in Siviez, more than likely skiing over at La Meina and Les Chottes. The restaurant here is amazing. Also, because it is between two resorts: Veysonnaz and Siviez, it is always so much quieter and we rarely queue. In fact, even at Easter there is nothing like the queues you get in the major resorts (I used to be a ski rep in Wengen, Grindelwald and Saas Fee) anywhere in Nendaz or Siviez. The lift system here has been upgraded with a bubble up to Plan du Fou and a cover over the 4 man chair at Tortin. But there are stills lots of buttons and T-bars.
Top tip: if you are going to ski in Verbier all week then buy a 4 Valleys pass. If you are only going to go over for one or two days, then buy a Prinze ski pass and upgrade your ski pass with a day ticket to Verbier. Avoid Fridays in Verbier; always very busy and full of those giving the "last hurrah". A Printz ski pass allows you to ski in Veysonnaz, Siviez and Nendaz and the buses are free. This is a huge ski region and has plenty to offer all abilities. Children 6 and under are free on all the lifts; family group discounts and offers for the over 60s.
There are now plenty of ski schools to choose from: Premier Alpine, Neige Adventure, The Swiss Ski School, Mountain Magique and more. Most have 'early bird' deals and offers. Some even deliver the skis to your chalet after your fittings. So that leaves you time to relax with a glass of Swiss wine (always good) and unpack.
I still love coming here every year. And will continue to do so. If I want some ski stress then I go to Verbier for the day. You will not hear me speak English as quite frankly I am embarrassed. The Russians are coming too. But for the 'people watchin'g and sometimes the outrageous show of wealth it is worth it.
Haute Nendaz Ratings
Overall: 4.0. Based on 8 votes and 18 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Haute Nendaz.
Public Transport: 4.7
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Haute Nendaz, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Haute Nendaz, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.7
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.2
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Haute Nendaz.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.9
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Haute Nendaz, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Haute Nendaz is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Haute Nendaz relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.4
(1) There are no snow groomers at Haute Nendaz, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Haute Nendaz are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Haute Nendaz is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.4
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Haute Nendaz, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.2
(1) Haute Nendaz usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.0
(1) The staff at Haute Nendaz are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Haute Nendaz are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.8
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.4
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.7
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Haute Nendaz has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Haute Nendaz, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.8
(1) Not even a kicker at Haute Nendaz, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Haute Nendaz, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Haute Nendaz has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.8
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.3
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.4
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.9
(1) Overall, Haute Nendaz is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.3
(1) Overall, Haute Nendaz is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
November 05, 2014
David from United Kingdom
Haute Nendaz is a great resort in both winter and summer. The village is part of the 4 valleys so there is always plenty of skiing. At the begining or end of the season, when snow is limited, a trip to Siviez, by the free bus, opens many opportunities. The resort gets very busy over New Year and if you are organising lessons for the kids get them out and up early. An absence of the large tourist buses, that dominate many resorts, adds to the character of the village. There are plenty of great restaurants, though it is worth booking a table in peak season. Access is best from Geneva; take a train to Sion and then get a bus or taxi up the hill. Driving from Geneva is a tad over 90 minutes. It is easy to rent lockers at the tele-cabin base. A new 4 star hotel dominates the village. However, if you are on a budget there are numerous apartments to rent.
February 14, 2014
Kirkpatrick from Switzerland
Haute Nendaz is a great resort. We had great conditions all week. One exception, when there was a particular big dump of snow, we had got to Verbier successfully and had a ski and stopped for lunch. Unfortunately, we then discovered that lifts were closing and we were advised to get to the information point where we were told that Lac des Vaux 3 would be opened to allow skiers to return to Haute Nendaz. Sadly, got to the lift with 25 others to be told it would not open! Our only option was to traverse across from Atelas to Chassoure; a difficult route and very tiring. To make matters worse we then had to wait over 50 minutes for the bus at Siviez. Morale of story don't believe what you get told at the lifts!
December 22, 2013
martin from South Africa
I was in Haute Nendaz this week. It is a beautiful spot with a colossal ski area. However, the comments here about restaurants and the smelly garage in town are correct.
Having said that if you want to ski with the A team of Verbier this is the spot. Stunning scenery, great lifts and connections but very poor restaurants: over-priced, rude and generally unpleasant staff. Very different from our chalet suppliers (who were locals) and did anything to make our stay a pleasure.
December 26, 2011
Bevan Guy and Family - England from United Kingdom
We have just returned after our 3rd visit to Nendaz, thanks to some very good people letting us have the use of their amazing apartment, the views, accommodation were outstanding. We were there for 7 nights and during this time we spent a lot of time in Siviez where the skiing and scenery was amazing. We also spent time at the wood park in Nendaz(tracouet) which was also excellent.
There was plenty of snow, however, this did not seem to have any impact on the transport systems etc they just get on with life, the Swiss people do not let any issues bother them, not like in England. 25 mm of snow and the country comes to a stand still.
We actually were confronted every day with at 250mm(10") and the public transport system still operated successfully, it was amazing to see how everyone mucked in and coped with the heavy snowfalls.
We have 2 children who came with us 6+12 and they also had an amazing time with the sledging, skiing and general Swiss way of life. This is what is important for any child having the freedom to enjoy such quality life and also being able to remember this later on in life.
We would also like to thank personally the people who own the apartment as it is fantastic/outstanding accommodation and hopefully we will return next year to carry on with our unforgotten time we had in such a lovely resort, which will hold memories for such a long time.
Thank you again for letting our family use your dream apartment, it is beautiful with outstanding views.
Bevan,Dawn and the Girls - Burnley, Lancashire.
December 24, 2011
Natalie from Netherlands
We really like Haute Nendaz. Been there for three years now. Suitable for both advanced skiers and beginners. Lessons for children are really well organized such as ski level and multi language lessons. We rent a very well equipped chalet (huur-chalet-zwitserland.com) together with friends, also with children and we are planning to visit Haute Nendaz for many more years.
March 15, 2010
Daniel Postans from United Kingdom
I'm just writing in response to the previous comment made as, having just come back from a week in Nendaz (Haute Nendaz), I couldn't disagree more with her comments about the lifts and the service.
The day we arrived it took all 6 of our group no longer than 10 minutes to get all of our lift passes sorted and then got straight on the lift without a single queue; we just walked straight on.
Having been skiing for a good 18 years of my life regularly, having visited pretty much all the major big name ski resorts throughout the Alps, this was a pleasant suprise as this is not something that happens alot. Have you ever been to Chamonix?? Now those are lift lines!! And on the days when the lift line was busy we used our common sense and walked up the steps to the next entry point which was always quieter.
I can honestly say we had no problems at all with the service and lift queues at Haute Nendaz.
If you choose to go skiing at Christmas and new year or in February or Easter then long lift lines are just part and parcel of going at that time of year.
January 04, 2010
jessie watkins from United Kingdom
I can relate to opinions expressed regarding Haute Nendaz (though couldn't care less about the garage and have found no rudeness amongst the shop staff) and having just spent Christmas and New Year in the resort can expand on some of them:
- the buses between Nendaz and Siviez should run continuously or at least every 15 minutes to cope with the crowds rather than every 30 or 40 minutes. Getting on that bus makes the Northern Line in rush hour look like a WI tea party...
- having only a black run back to Nendaz is wilfully negligent by the local powers that be as there are several obvious solutions to improve the ski links there
- construction of large new chalet blocks continues unabated at a relentless and seemingly reckless pace given the current infrastructure
- Telenendaz seem to be amateurs compared to Televerbier when it comes to lift passes, the lift system, ski buses and general organisation
We spent over an hour queueing for lift passes and then another hour queueing for the Telecabine. 2 hours of standing around in ski boots on a short winter ski day was totally unacceptable and with better service/planning would be completely avoidable.
Perhaps the good burghers of Haute Nendaz are more concerned with lining their own pockets rather than giving anything back to the very people who made them wealthy in the first place?
Even the local ski staff are now seriously concerned given the reckless development of the resort which will bring yet more people to an already struggling infrastructure.
Such a shame as the resort itself is terrific, the restaurants and bars are great and overall (lift pass costs apart) represents much better value than most other Swiss ski resorts. Having said that, I nearly fainted at being charged CH76 (more than GBP50) for 2 plates of something-and-chips plus a couple of soft drinks at the Tortin restaurant below the Mont Fort and Chasseur gondolas...
Get a grip Telenendaz and Nendaz powers that be - we're your lifeblood and it won't do to bleed us dry without giving us something back in return.
June 10, 2009
mary ryan from United Kingdom
We discovered Haute Nendaz a couple of years ago and like the fact that we can ski the Verbier area without paying Verbier prices. Lots of good restaurants in Haute Nendaz (La Cabane is very good) and the large telecabine manages the 'rush hour' crowds well. We stayed within eyeshot of the telecabine in an excellent chalet (nendazapartment.com) which we loved. The resort is family friendly and the new Co-op supermarket is great and very handy.
March 26, 2009
Petronella from Switzerland
My issues related to Haute Nendaz are:
-limited bus transport
-poor ski lift connection to Siviez
-a smelly garage in the middle of town
-limited good restaurants
-rude shop assistants