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Visitor reviews for La Tzoumaz Ski Resort
May 11, 2015
Gareth Wilson from Switzerland
I bought an apartment here a couple of years ago and have spent quite a lot of time in the resort as I live in Switzerland.
Overall, amazing skiing. You can get to the Verbier snow faster than the people who are staying in Verbier itself. As the other reviewers say, mainly set up for families in self-catering accommodation. A great little place, nice atmosphere, no need to wear a fur coat like you need to do in Verbier. The guys are chilled out and very open. Mainly Brits, Dutch and Belgians. Skiing on the La Tzoumaz side is great as there a some nice runs to the village (but nothing like the amazing Verbier routes).
There are a few bars. On the piste there is the bar Etablons at the roundabout on the way back home, there is a bar/nightclub Vitho that can get busy. Best food to be had at Hotel de la Poste; you will get to know the boss Pascal and the staff well! There is also a bar for food/drinks that the locals use (Les Trappeurs) that is a nice sun-trap in the morning.
Best by car as the transport links there are a little patchy at best. Train to Riddes, then you can get a cab or hitch-hike to the village. You can take the cable car to the little village Iserables and then get the bus but connections are terrible and you risk getting stranded. You can get a taxi from Riddes oR you can phone your hotel and they can send someone down to pick you up.
Another option is to take the train up towards Verbier and then use the ski lifts to get you there (but this will cost a 1/2 day ski pass). Do not get stranded in Verbier as the last lift up is at about 1600 (ish). If there are a few of you, you should rent a car, depending where you fly into.
The village has a free bus that you can use to get around. Otherwise, you can just drive past the ski lift and there is a large, free parking at the very top of the road. There is a fast, modern ski lift to take you up to the top (there is really only one way up) and you can either drop into the Verbier bowl or cruise around the reds and blues and the off-piste runs between them (snow permitting). You can read endless reviews on the yellow-marked trails on other websites (one line of posts, not 2) that you follow down the mountain. Some of the runs are simply stunning and are up there with the best in the world when the snow is good. As normal, the recommendation is not to do this by yourself (think about wearing an avalanche transceiver), but then again if dad can take his 8 year old down here it is not the most extreme.
Best time of year:
If the snow is there, anytime... but there is a real buzz to the place over Christmas, snow permitting (Verbier itself is rammed.... terrible queues at the lifts on the other side of the mountain). Best snow is normally reserved for Feb but March can be amazing if the snow is there; the sun tends to do some damage to the end of the month. Summer is great also but the lift is normally open from mid July to mid August (but you can hike up the vallon D'Arby for free!)
Buy food, in the valley, before getting up the mountain. The little market, in the village, is open 7 days a week, but you pay a premium.
If there are enough of you rent a car if you fly to Geneva, it will work out cheaper. Make sure that it has snow tires.
If the snow is not perfect, there is a small swimming pool in the village, however, there is an amazing swimming pool at Sion (car drive away).
You can walk down to Iserables through the Foret Vert if the snow is gone from May onwards; a nice place but the transport connections are bad (the bus only stops if you call the driver in the summer.)
There has been talk of a new chairlift from Verbier to the top of the mountain (the way back, for those not taking the Vallon d'Arby run). This is held up as there are some hold-outs on the Verbier side. I hope it stays that way, then La Tzoumaz stays much quieter.
There are also some people talking about a new cable-car connection from Riddes (new the DIY store) to La Tzoumaz. This would be nice for Televerbier, but would cost a fortune; don't hold your breath.
La Tzoumaz Ratings
Overall: 3.9. Based on 11 votes and 11 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 La Tzoumaz.
Public Transport: 3.9
(1) There are no buses or taxis to La Tzoumaz, (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 La Tzoumaz, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.7
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.7
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in La Tzoumaz.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.5
(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 La Tzoumaz, (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) La Tzoumaz is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) La Tzoumaz 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 La Tzoumaz, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at La Tzoumaz 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) La Tzoumaz is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.1
(1) If snow conditions are poor at La Tzoumaz, 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: 4.6
(1) La Tzoumaz 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: 4.3
(1) The staff at La Tzoumaz are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at La Tzoumaz 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: 4.1
(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: 4.5
(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: 4.4
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) La Tzoumaz 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 La Tzoumaz, (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: 1.9
(1) Not even a kicker at La Tzoumaz, (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 La Tzoumaz, (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) La Tzoumaz has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.2
(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: 3.3
(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: 4.0
(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: 3.8
(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): 4.0
(1) Overall, La Tzoumaz 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): 3.5
(1) Overall, La Tzoumaz 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.
January 07, 2015
MVS from United Kingdom
Just back from two weeks spent over Christmas and New Year and can honestly say that I managed to do some of the best skiing in my life. We are a family of seasoned skiers, having done most Europe famous resorts in France, Switzerland and Austria over the years so have something to compare with. So, why do we love La Tzoumaz? Amazingly easy access to Verbier ski area (fast modern 6-seater chair lift to Savolyers), no queues (in stark contrast to Verbier or Nendaz on either side), superb tree lined runs, amazing off-piste, better ski cover vs. southern facing Verbier, friendly locals, picture perfect views to opposite Iserables (much better than car congested Verbier). Easy drive from Geneva - just 1.5 hours or 2 hour train ride from Geneva airport to Riddes and just 15 mins drive up to the village. Or 8 hour drive from Calais. Well worth it if going on a self-catering basis so you can get all supplies from close by Conthey (30 mins drive). Nice that the village arranged events such as Father Christmas meets kids and gives free presents, free ice skating rink, NY party with live band, fireworks, etc. Mostly Dutch, Swiss and British tourists.
January 23, 2014
Anne griffin from United Kingdom
Found La Tzoumaz to be a very quite but lovely place; when the snow is good it's millionaire class . One night club but the best accommodation, food and atmosphere is in the brush pub Harry's bar. Go when the school holidays are finished and it's some of the best skiing in Switzerland.
January 06, 2012
Fan from Netherlands
La Tzoumaz is a nice place to stay. Three are a few hotels and the bars are improving. A lot of nice chalets are for rent.
By car La Tzoumaz is easy to reach
All standard requirements are available.
The ski area is fantastic and you can ski 'til the end of April.
December 20, 2011
S Critchley from United Kingdom
This quiet little resort is a great place to base yourself if you aren't bothered about wild nightlife. There are a couple of ok bars and restaurants and the supermarket is well stocked. Definitely a good family resort. Lots of good value private rentals to be had through local agents which are within a short walk to the gondola.
This place has great access to Verbier, in fact if you ride/ski fast you can get to some of the best bits in Verbier before people in Verbier get there!
There is no park to speak of but there are loads of natural hits and features to play on and some decent booters get built not too far from the piste if you keep your eye out. You can get to the park at Verbier pretty easily and its been getting much better year by year. Alternatively if you have a car you can get to Nendaz (25 mins), Thyon (35 mins) and Crans Montana (50mins) where there are some excellent parks.
If the snow is good there is some excellent off-piste and some really good tree riding to be had, all of which is pretty easily accessible. Being mostly North Facing Tzoumaz holds its snow better than Verbier and some good stashes of Pow can be found after everything in Verbier is long gone to porridge or been tracked out if you are willing to earn it.
Lifts are all in good condition apart from the lift back up to Savoleyres from Verbier side which is next in line for replacement, but plans where put on hold for some reason. Not sure what a previous reviewers used to but by European standards all the lifts are perfectly acceptable.
December 12, 2011
KAren Hughes from United Kingdom
A great resort for skiing and summer walking. We've skied from La Tzoumaz for several years and have enjoyed the benefit of the new fast lift from the village up to the top of Savoleyres. The pistes in the village area are lovely - big cruising runs and nice tree-lined routes down with some challenging bits on both. Great to end the day with a drink at the new Croix de Coeur bar looking out over the bowl of Verbier and then ski all the way down to the village. We stay in one of the Interhome managed chalets right on the home piste which is great for early morning access.
November 30, 2011
C Purdy from United Kingdom
Only the lift up/down into Verbier is old and yes needs replacing, I believe there are plans for a new lift up/down into Verbier, the one up from La Tzoumaz to the top is new. You can ski into Verbier from the top, so not essential to use the lift down. Snow conditions on the La Tzoumaz side can be better as it is north facing. Not as busy as Verbier.
November 09, 2011
Avi from Israel
La Tzoumaz is the worst ski resort I ever met. Although the ski areas are nice, connecting with Verbier area, the infrastructure and the lifts are very old, very small dirty and not comfortable.
Comparing to other resorts in Italy or Austria, the ski lifts are maybe like 25 years old.
However, the prices are expensive. Don't go to this ski resort, they won't invest in renewal of the resort like others.
February 12, 2010
Dave Griffin from United Kingdom
La Tzoumaz is definitely preferable to Nendaz if your aim is to access the Verbier ski area, as links are much better - for most of the season you can ski down to Verbier (Carrefour) easily. Hotels are around CHF40-90/night, and apartments about CHF 1,200-1,400 self-catering. It is quiet and skiing is perhaps not suited to complete beginners. An intermediate's paradise though, and the 10Km sledge run is a hoot. Has a couple of bars but it isn't Verbier in terms of nightlife. La Tzoumaz would suit families with kids who can ski, couples who just want a quiet time, intermediates and off-pisters who can't afford Verbier prices.
October 31, 2009
Robin Gibson from United Kingdom
La Tzoumaz is a picturesque resort within easy reach of Geneva/Sion airports and with high-speed gondola and chairlift access to Verbier and the famous 4 Vallees region. North-facing slopes ensure a long season and great snow conditions right down to the village at 1600m. La Tzoumaz has varied well-groomed pistes for beginners and intermediates local to the village, with extensive quiet off-piste through the forest or down Vallon D'Arbi for that late afternoon run home. Self-catering chalets are excellent value for groups and families, and there are minimal queues. Night life is quiet at La Tzoumaz but there is something for everyone.