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Visitor reviews for Thyon-Printze Ski Resort
December 31, 2013
Andrew from United Kingdom
We bought a chalet in Les Masses in 2003 and couldn't believe our luck in having a ski-in/ski-out home from home right next to the lifts. Over the years the resort has kept improving with a new lift for the Etherolla run in 2008 or so and the new Les Masses lift opening this year.
Generally speaking, the resort offers great skiing for all levels. Snow is usually guaranteed from the beginning of December until April and a few years I have been skiing around the 20th, although that is rare. I am an advanced skier and when it snows hard there are always loads of off-piste options and if we want to travel a bit further we can be sat eating lunch in Verbier 75 mins after walking out of our front door. We normally buy a 'Thyon-Printze' pass and buy the Verbier add-on when we go over as to go there every day defeats the object and misses all the good skiing and some great trails in between. Now that we have young children to teach, the ski-schools operate from Les Masses and Les Collons, but I think there may prove to be a shortage of blue and green runs so they'd better learn fast!!
The one area where this area is lacking is off the slopes. There are precious few restaurants and you have to seek the best ones out. Also, most require you to drive to them as the chalets and resort is quite spread out. There are signs of it improving and hopefully the Swiss will avoid the pitfalls of over-development as this is a real jewel.
Overall: 4.0. Based on 8 votes and 4 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 Thyon-Printze.
Public Transport: 4.4
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Thyon-Printze, (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 Thyon-Printze, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.5
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 1.9
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Thyon-Printze.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.7
(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 Thyon-Printze, (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) Thyon-Printze is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Thyon-Printze 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 Thyon-Printze, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Thyon-Printze 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) Thyon-Printze is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.9
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Thyon-Printze, 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) Thyon-Printze 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: 4.5
(1) The staff at Thyon-Printze are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Thyon-Printze 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: 4.7
(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: 4.8
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Thyon-Printze 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 Thyon-Printze, (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: 4.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Thyon-Printze, (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 Thyon-Printze, (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) Thyon-Printze has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.9
(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: 3.4
(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: 3.8
(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: 4.0
(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, Thyon-Printze 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): 3.7
(1) Overall, Thyon-Printze 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.
December 21, 2011
Janice from Switzerland
We were in Les Masses for the weekend - and whilst the ski domain was closed on Saturday due to high avalanche risk, on Sunday some limited slopes were opened around Thyon and the boys were hip deep in powder! Magical!
December 16, 2007
Calvahead from Switzerland
Thyon 2000/Les Collons/Les Masses
You'll have a hard time finding a better place to enjoy winter sports than Thyon-Région having great snow from November to April it is a skiers and boarders dream. The Val d’Herens is located in the heart of the Swiss Alps on the eastern side of the four valleys system; one of the largest ski regions in Europe.
The area has over 400 kms of pistes and 100 ski lifts that seamlessly link - Thyon, Veysonnaz, Nedaz and Verbier.
There really is something for everyone. Thyon 2000 has wide open sunny slopes for beginners and more challenging slopes for the intermediate and advance, including large areas of off-piste and the Billabong board park with nursery slopes for the little ones.
Thyon is one of the least know resorts in the 4 valleys, but not to say it’s not one of the best. Benefiting from the same lift system and similar altitudes, the Thyon region offers better value for money and is less crowded than it’s better know neighbour, Verbier. If you are looking for a true taste of traditional Switzerland this is the area to visit. Just relax and enjoy the fabulous views over the untouched alpine paradise.
With Evolene and Crans-Montana just a short drive away and the medieval city of Sion at the foot of the mountain, everything is within close striking distance. Sion with it’s monastry and castle has a cosmopolitian feel with world class restaurants and designer shopping.
March 22, 2006
Joep from Netherlands
We stayed in the Chalet-hamlet Les Masses. It's really nice and quiet but not for those who aim to go out for dinner or apres-ski. The resort is linked to Quattre Vallées, but the connection to Verbier is a bit awkward: you'll need at least one hour. The Thyon-Printze part isn't by far as high profile as Verbier-Mont Fort. This has an upside too: prices are a lot cheaper and the area is generally quiet. I haven't seen a queue anywhere (but we weren't there during the holidays). The area doesn't have much difficult skiing, so thrill seekers will have to head to Verbier. For the more relaxed skiing the area offers a lot of blue and red cruising-runs. The Piste de l'Ours is really nice, as is the run to Veysonnaz and the run from Etherolla. There are quite a lot of T-bars, but it didn't bother me, since they are not very long. A chairlift is also available from Les Collons and practically every run can go from and to this chairlift. The gondola from Veysonnaz has been renewed last year which is a major improvement. Also the chairlift from Siviez in the direction of Thyon-Prinze (combatseline) has been replaced, which makes the journey from Verbier to Thyon easier. It will take you only half an hour to get back from Siviez! All in all this is a very nice area. I found Les Masse to be a little too remote from the area, but Les Collons is very nice and has good access. Thyon itself is a purpose-built resort on top of the mountain, but isn't half as bad as its French counterparts. The accomodation is generally not very expensive.