Visitor reviews for Haute Nendaz Ski Resort

Haute Nendaz Ratings

Overall: 4.2. Based on 11 votes and 21 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.7

(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.

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) Haute Nendaz has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 4.7

(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.

Scenery: 4.3

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.8

(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.

Accommodation: 5.0

(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: 3.9

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.3

(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: 4.1

(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.

Childcare: 4.0

(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.

Snowmaking: 4.0

(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.

Shelter: 4.1

(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: 4.2

(1) The staff at Haute Nendaz are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Haute Nendaz are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.7

(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: 4.6

(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.

Beginners: 4.1

(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.

Intermediates: 4.6

(1) No intermediate terrain at Haute Nendaz, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.9

(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: 3.9

(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.

Cross-country: 3.1

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.8

(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: 4.3

(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.

Eating: 4.8

(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.

Apres-Ski: 4.2

(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: 3.9

(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.

Entertainment: 3.4

(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: 3.6

(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, 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): 3.7

(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.

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January 04, 2010
jessie watkins from Ski United Kingdom 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 Ski United Kingdom 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 ( which we loved. The resort is family friendly and the new Co-op supermarket is great and very handy.
March 26, 2009
Petronella from Ski Switzerland 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 -over-building
January 08, 2009
Stevie M from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just back from another week at Haute-Nendaz. Definitely the resort to go to if you want access to the vast Mont Fort ski area, including Verbier, but without the Verbier attitude and hecticness. Still, there are a good bunch of bars (best one for us was the Canadian Bar - live bands, pool, dancing) and restaurants in Nendaz and plenty of stuff going on to keep you amused. Stayed this time in a chalet seeing as there were 8 of us - - great place, I'd recommend it for its location, walking distance to ski lifts and town centre and good views from the balcony. Will definitely be returning. Some great off-piste there too on the Nendaz side.
January 07, 2009
Ellen Verhulst from Ski Belgium Belgium
We stayed several times in Siviez (Residence Mont-Fort) and we go back next week. We have 2 little children (5 and 3 years old) It's fantastic. We stay in a house on the ground-level just at the "Jardin des Neiges" for the children, we just have to open the door and get our skies on. When they sleep in the afternoon (and grandmother is babysitter) we ski and we can see if they are awake without taking our skies off. Restaurants and shops are 2 steps away. We don't find anything better. We just love it and keep going back, only next year during school-holidays but then with other couples with children. It's great.
December 22, 2008
Malcolm Wilson from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have visited (Haute) Nendaz about 5 times and have stayed in the Pracondu Apartments. Both come highly recommended by me. It's a lovely village, with some great restaurants. I like Toko and particularly Les Etagnes. As for the skiing, Nendaz itself offers maybe only 5 runs or so but a couple of them are fairly long - 6km maybe and fairly interesting. The link to Siviez/Verbier is slightly dependent on snow, and coming back there is a short black run requiring navigation, but there is a free bus to and from Siviez which takes maybe 20 minutes max. In general the pistes are very quiet, particularly over at Veysonaz and Les Collons - nothing like the hordes in the 3 Valleys. There are a good few Poma tows but once you know your way around most can be avoided using chairs and the bubbles. I have skied all over the place and would not put anyone off Nendaz. The 4 valleys is one of the best ski areas in the world, (Haute) Nendaz is a real village with real people and charm, and all available at reasonable prices. Go and try it.
November 28, 2008
Dave_Bothered from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Nendaz is a great resort, particularly suited to families! Over the last few years there has been quite a bit of high end development in the town so the local authority (or the property developers!) have clearly been trying to take the resort further "up market". While the laid back character of the village has not altered, this has had a positive knock on it in terms of resort amenities. With new shops are restaurants opening every year. While the night life is certainly nothing like Verbier, Meribel or St Anton, there is adequate if not OTT après-ski I would agree that it is a bit of a pain to get out of the immediate Nendaz area to the rest of the 4-vallee region, it's easy to ski back from the Plan-du-Fou link (assuming you are an advanced/intermediate skier) and in any event one can very easily take the free bus to/from Siviez to link to the other connected areas. We've been to Nendaz a few times now and loved it - we've found a very nice apartment to rent immediately next to the telecabine ( which we would certainly recommend. For an unpretentious Swiss ski experience, with a family friendly twist and great skiing opportunities, you won't go wrong in Nendaz!
March 14, 2008
Karen Allen from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
Its a shame Earlybath did not seem to enjoy Nendaz! The resort provides a free ski bus to avoid the black run on the way back from Siviez. With New Years Eve being one of the busiest days for all restaurants the world over, prices are higher than they normally would be. A set menu is the easiest way to cater for large numbers of clients, although frozen veg is inexcusable! With the Brits discovering Nendaz over the last 2 years, Nendaz is working hard to try to rectify some problems and snow cannons/more buses are all on the agenda. Pracondu apartments have been constructed as a hotbed solution, and ideally located at the bottom of the piste, the 2nd block was constructed in a record braking 6 months. The site will be finished off during the summer. Think that maybe the constructors had thought all rubble would normally be covered with snow.
January 07, 2008
Earlybath from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from a week in Nendaz, and stayed in Pracondu Appartments, which were modern, well-located, clean and good value. The immediate area was a bit of a building site, and you could ski in if you were prepared to negotiate a short but precarious walk through rocks & rubble. The resort itself was pleasant enough, but with pockets off Verbier-envy - We booked a basic trattoria for New year, and were surprised to find it a set menu, which was a prob with 2 veggies, also no kids meals on that night. Hence for 2 adults and 3 kids the bill was 350 SFr...and the vegetables were those crinkle-cut carrots from the freezer! A rip-off. On the skiing front, far too many drag lifts, and hardly what I would call an integrated ski area, as some of the link runs between one valley and the next were too advanced for several of our party. If Nendaz wants to be taken seriously as anything more than a day/weekend resort it needs to sort out the lift system.
January 21, 2006
KAREN ALLEN from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Nendaz is the perfect route to skiing the Verbier Mont Fort area if your on a budget. Cheap low cost flights, rail transfers from Geneva to Sion and Great value appartments. Ive been skiing here for 5yrs as many as 8 weeks per year and have found a great B&B run by an english guy and his wife, MIRA LODGE just 60 chf per night!! Great for short breaks only takes 5 hours from the UK, just think 6.30am flight your skiing by midday last flight back 10pm in a long weekend you get 31/2 days on the slopes!! [Editors tip - Swiss rail tickets are MUCH cheaper if you book them online. However, you cannot book these tickets more than 72hrs before you intend to travel.]