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Destination Guide: Veysonnaz
If the sound of over 400km of world class skiing of the 4 Valleys ski area but with a quieter, more family-friendly village appeals, then Veysonnaz could be just what you are looking for.
Veysonnaz is a small, quaint village, complete with old chalets, a charming church and a smattering of restaurants, just across the piste map from Verbier. Visitors can enjoy the same extensive ski resort but from an altogether quieter base.
Like Verbier, Veysonnaz is in the French speaking part of Switzerland, in the heart of the Valais region. It has commanding views over the Rhone Valley and has the advantage of easy accessibility. The transfer time from Geneva is about 1h 45mins and it’s a mere 25mins from Sion airport.
Don’t expect the same buzzing nightlife of its glamorous neighbor Verbier, Veysonnaz is a calm, peaceful village, making it a wonderful choice for families with children.
Veysonnaz forms part of the extensive 4 Valleys ski area giving a huge range of ski terrain to keep even the best skiers entertained. There are plenty of options for all levels of skier, from children and beginners to even the most extreme adrenalin junkie.
The 4 Valleys has a well-earned reputation as being somewhat of an off-piste mecca and offers some of the best lift-served off-piste routes in the Alps.
But Veysonnaz is not just for the hard core powder hounds. The runs around the Veysonnaz valley are gentle, quiet and crowd free – perfect for children and beginners.
The lifts have recently been updated and there are now high-speed lifts to quickly link from Veysonnaz to the rest of the 4 Valleys ski area.
Best places to eat and drink in Veysonnaz
Although fairly quiet, there are a handful of good restaurants in Veysonnaz itself, so there are plenty of options for a weeks holiday.
The 4 Valleys ski area is not short of a good mountain restaurant, many with views to die for.
For a Vin Chaud at the end of a good day’s skiing, try the Le Tipi wigwam just below the Piste de L’Ours near the Veysonnaz cable car upper station at 2000m, which often has live music.
If you are feeling hungry for lunch, nothing beats the hunter’s rösti at the Les Chottes mountain restaurant, complete with a spectacular panoramic view.
Best time to visit Veysonnaz
The ski season runs from mid December to the end of April although some of the lifts may not be open at during the first and last few weeks.
What we love about Veysonnaz
We love the quiet, crowd-free slopes of the Veysonnaz ski area, combined with the fast access to the huge 4 Valleys ski area.
Veysonnaz Quick Facts:
Ski Area: 4 Vallées
Altitude of resort: 1350m
Top lift Altitude: 3300m
Total pistes: 410km
Number of lifts: 89
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