Visitor reviews for Evolène Ski Resort
January 07, 2015
Mario from Spain
Small pearl, free-riding paradise, uncrowded. Not too many slopes but quite demanding. Evolene is a small resort in a valley next to Thyon (4 Vallées). While Verbier is absolutely crowded, Arolla and Evolene (specially the first one) are peaceful and untouched. Great heli-skiing in the area and real people in the village; a true skiing experience. The Hermitage hotel offers lodging at a good price and there are typical restaurants like the Taverne Evolenarde or Le Vieux and Mazot, among others, that serve real food. If you need to rent skis Sport-Evasion has the right free-riding gear. Get a guide like Dédé Anzevui to show you around, he knows every run: freeridexperience.ch/
Overall: 3.2. Based on 3 votes and 2 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 Evolène.
Public Transport: 4.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Evolène, (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 Evolène, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.3
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Evolène.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.0
(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 Evolène, (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) Evolène is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Evolène relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Evolène, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Evolène 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) Evolène is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.7
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Evolène, 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: 3.5
(1) Evolène 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: 3.7
(1) The staff at Evolène are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Evolène 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: 2.7
(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: 3.0
(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: 4.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Evolène 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 Evolène, (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: 1.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Evolène, (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 Evolène, (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) Evolène has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 2.3
(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: 2.5
(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: 3.0
(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: 3.3
(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, Evolène 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): 4.0
(1) Overall, Evolène 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.
March 06, 2010
Rob Davies from United Kingdom
A small resort in the Val d'Herens, 30 minutes by bus from Sion. It does not see many overseas visitors but it's not a bad place to spend a day exploring if you get tired of the busy slopes of nearby Nendaz 4/valleys and fancy something a bit more rustic.
Like many smaller Swiss resorts, the lift system is old and very basic. Access from the valley station is via a pretty ancient and very slow 2 seat chair. Up on the hill things are not much better with just a handful of drag lifts.
To its credit, these few lifts do provide access to a surprisingly large area with quite a bit of off-piste potential between the long upper traverse run and the bottom of the drags. Most of these off-piste areas are very obvious and as a result they get tracked out quite quickly after fresh snow. The last places to suffer are at the far sides of the resort.
Although there is a lot of vertical range at Evolène, in practice nobody skies back to the valley until the end of the day because this is mostly a tedious benched track - there is not often enough snow at this altitude to make much of the more direct lines that cut out all the corners so the effective vertical range is about half of the actual. There is a nice little ancient Inn near the car-park at the bottom amongst a tiny hamlet of ramshackle cottages and barns whereas the cafe on the slopes is pretty basic and merely functional.
Excellent views over Valais, the Bernese Oberland and towards the Dent Blanche and a good resort from which to explore the tops on touring skis.
Accommodation in Evolène village itself is rather a long way from the bottom of the ski area and even in peak season there are very few ski buses joining the village with the resort.