Visitor reviews for Nendaz Ski Resort
December 31, 2016
Jamie Phillips from United Arab Emirates
Just spent Christmas week 2016 in Nendaz. Despite the lack of snowfall before the new year, the resort has done an amazing job with snow cannons to ensure great coverage on the lower pistes. Enjoyed some great skiing.
Overall: 4.0. Based on 16 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 Nendaz.
Public Transport: 4.5
(1) There are no buses or taxis to 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 Nendaz, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.4
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.4
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Nendaz.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.3
(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 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) Nendaz is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Nendaz relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.1
(1) There are no snow groomers at Nendaz, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at 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) Nendaz is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at 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: 4.0
(1) 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: 3.5
(1) The staff at Nendaz are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at 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: 4.9
(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: 4.9
(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: 4.6
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) 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 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 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 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) Nendaz 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: 3.6
(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: 4.2
(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: 3.0
(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, 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): 3.4
(1) Overall, 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.
January 25, 2014
Gerhard from South Africa
Just back from Nendaz. It was superb; many new lifts including to Brunson as well as Plan du Fou. The terrain, runs and views are probably the best value in Switzerland.
We loved every day; skied for hours on perfectly groomed slopes and minimal lift queues.
January 11, 2014
Sarah from Switzerland
I agree that some of the lifts in and around Nendaz are old and that there could be better access, but to say that there has been no improvement in the last 10 years is simply incorrect:
A new 8-seater gondola was installed in 2013 to run from Siviez to the top of Plan du Fou. It replaces the "Victorian" chair lift and button referred to by Scriberus on Mar 22 2013.
For anyone skiing back from the L'Eteygeon itinerary, in 2013, there is a new high speed 4-man chair from Les Masses. Etherolla was installed just a couple of years ago to get back from Veysonnaz to Siviez. Combatselline / Novelli (from Siviez) is a high speed quad and looks to be only a few years old.
The Gentianes cable cars were replaced within the last 4 years, as were the Mt. Fort cable car. For those wishing to go further afield on their all-inclusive ski pass, there is a new 8-seater gondola from Le Chable to Bruson.
So, yes, the Nendaz lifts are a bit old, but they access some amazing terrain with many new or upgraded lifts. If you ski outside of the childrens school holidays, there is virtually no one here! This place is amazing!
March 22, 2013
scriblerus from United Kingdom
In some respects Nendaz is a big con. It's own skiing area is fine for a day but try getting into and back from the Verbier ski area.
Queue for an overcrowded 10 minute bus ride to a very overcrowded Siviez or ski from the top of Nendaz to a slow long button and then an old rickety gondola. Even worse, try skiing back a very slow Victorian chair lift and long button then either 2 long blacks or one if you take the old gondola down.
Scandalously over sold.
March 08, 2013
william winter from Switzerland
Such a pity that such good terrain is not supported by decent uphill transport which has had no new investment in the last 10 years. What could be a "World Class" resort is badly let down by elderly and insufficient ski lifts; long queues in high season and poor to non-existent man-management to fill existing lift capacity.
January 25, 2012
Kags from United Kingdom
Nendaz is an excellent resort and well worth a visit. It is a bit of a well kept-secret at the moment but is getting busier every year.
Bad points first:
1. It's Switzerland - it is expensive. The 4 valleys lift pass is one of the most expensive in the world. However, staying in Nendaz will save you a fortune in comparison to Verbier.
2. If the link to Siviez is closed it's a bus ride over there. But the buses are free and frequent and this rarely happens. If you decide not to go over there you'll be limited to a very small amount of terrain.
3. There isn't much on the Nendaz side for children or beginners. Once they can master the basics get them on the bus to Siviez.
4. Nendaz is not a party town. There are some good bars and a club or two but it's not a wild night out.
Now the good points:
1. You'll be in the 4 valleys. It is one of the biggest and one of the best ski areas in the world. Intermediates can ski on great blues and reds all day, every day without getting bored. Experts have truly amazing off-piste to play with. The terrain is vast and varied and almost all of it is beautiful.
2. You are skiing Verbier but at Nendaz prices. Nendaz is not cheap to stay in but it is MUCH cheaper than Nendaz.
3. Nendaz has some excellent restaurants. The Mont Rouge is incredible.
4. The apres bar at the Hotel Les Etagnes (at the bottom of the slopes by the main lift) is a must. Small but perfectly formed.
5. Nendaz is incredibly easy to get to. Fly into Sion if you can (Snowjet) and you'll be in your accommodation half an hour after landing. If you fly in to Geneva, jump on a train to Sion and you'll be there in comfort and on time in two hours. It's then a 30 minute bus ride (£5) or taxi (£50) to your door.
January 05, 2012
SAM from Switzerland
I just came back from Nendaz. I haven't eaten so well for a long time-try Mont Fort, Mont Rouge,Tchin Tchin and Gariko-all expensive but all are brilliant!
Piste variety unreal-a trip to Thyon one day, then La Tzoumaz, then Verbier-superb.
This is a lovely Swiss resort. Try it, you will love it!
February 23, 2011
Martin from United Kingdom
Just got back from Nendaz.
1.Snow conditions were poor-connection to Siviez closed(again)
2. Restaurants expensive for the value. Was in Canazei last year and Nendaz people need to learn to cook at a reasonable price.
3.Rudeness prevails in shops, ski operators etc.
4. Unnecessarily hostile local police: a mate of mine had to pay a CHF 100 fine for talking on a cell phone-pathetic
2. Not many Yobs
3. Not much else
Give it a miss and try the Dolomites, St Anton, Solden, Lech, Obergurgl or Trois Vallees. All better value in food, skiing and friendly folk.
August 04, 2010
SARA HAY from United Kingdom
Hotel Mont Fort in Nendaz is under new owners and is totally fantastic, food fab, 10/10.
March 14, 2010
Peter from United Kingdom
Nendaz is located within the 4 valleys but the connecting lifts are somewhat underdeveloped. To get from Nendaz to the other valleys required a button lift, not good for boarders.
Do watch out for prices in the Canadian bar. At 7.00 p.m.on a week day i.e not late at night, we were charged 32 francs for 2 large Heiniken and 1 large Murphies. We later learned that the correct price was a lot less. They seem to make up the prices according to how naive they perceive the customer to be.