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Resort guide to Grimentz - Switzerland

Very traditional and utterly charming ski resort in the Val d'Anniviers ski region

Grimentz resort information - a general overview

Grimentz and neighbouring Zinal, St Luc and Chandolin are easily reached from Geneva in 2 hours either by train or road. These resorts lie as the crow flies between Verbier and Zermatt deep in the Swiss Alps and as yet remain very much undiscovered gems. Grimentz is a TOTALLY charming, picture postcard Swiss mountain village largely made up of with traditional mazots, century old chalets and a few small two and three star hotels. It is true that the nightlife is pretty quiet (although there is a nightclub that opens during high season weeks) but if all you really look for are a few beers in a local bar after a hard day's skiing then you'll be absolutely fine.

Valaisan food is world renowned and it is a delight to sample the raclette and fondues with plenty of choice among the 10 restaurants and 4 high altitude restaurants. Chez Florioz is at the bottom of the piste and is perfect for the apres ski atmosphere at the end of the day. The village is also blessed with a variety of shops from traditional patisserie to supermarkets. There are also sports shops catering for skiers and snow boarders with all the latest ski and snow boarding equipment.

There is an excellent local catering and property management company, Valet d'Anniviers, which has a delicious selection of home cooked meals that can be delivered directly to your chalet or apartment. This English company is passionate about their food so using their catering packages gives you many of the benefits of a fully catered chalet while still giving you extra flexibility you enjoy when you are self catered. Valet d'Anniviers also provide a full range of concierge services along with providing babysitting / childcare, delivery of a weekly shop and organising your ski passes.

The skiing, especially if you are into your off-piste, is epic. With the top station at just under 3,000 metres and over 1,400 metres of vertical there is plenty of everything, and the North and East facing slopes keep their snow in good condition. What's more the back-country terrain hardly ever gets tracked out so you can repeat descents all day long with fresh tracks each time - oh joy.

Thanks to the high altitude lake above the village Grimentz has an unlimited and high pressure water supply. This means the village has been able to install fantastic snow making facilities that keep the lower slopes in great condition throughout the season. The amount of pisted terrain in each resort is perhaps a little limiting. However, the link established between Grimentz and Zinal means together the two resorts can boast 120km of piste (Grimentz: 50km and Zinal: 70km). With the skiing at St Luc adding a further 75km of pistes and another smaller ski area above Vercorin the whole area is best for beginners and intermediates, and experts who will enjoy the huge amounts of lift accessed high altitude off-piste terrain.

Resort stats

220km

1,570m - 2,900m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dinning
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • Exceptionally cute and unspoilt mountain village
  • Excellent off-piste terrain that never gets tracked out (local area: 50km of pistes)
  • Lovely village feel with friendly locals - ideal for relaxed skiing. Very good value 3 star hotels
  • Very snow sure (North and East facing) and with exceptional snow making facilities
  • Excellent mountain creche taking children from 18mths (from 2yrs on high season weeks)

Cons

  • No buzzing nightlife - the local bars will have to do
  • Limited shopping opportunities
  • The amount of pisted runs is a little limiting for the good intermediate piste cruiser
  • No luxury hotels (yet)

Grimentz Resort Restaurants

As many of the properties in Grimentz are self-catered you may rather not spend every evening slaving over a hot stove and eating in the chalets. Grimentz has a good Pizzeria located in the heart of the village, the Arlequin. Don't forget the creperie of Claire Fontaine which is perfect for family eating at reasonable prices.

Grimentz Mountain Restaurants

For great pasta head to Orzival by the terrain park or for more traditional treats the rustic Etable du Marais is very atmospheric. The functional main restaurant near the top of the gondola is mainly self-service and has a lovely terrace overlooking the ski chalets. Grimentz itself has a fantastic creperie in the middle of the village called Claire Fontaine where you can get a seriously tasty salade verte. The other option is Gite du lac de Moiry which has a great terrace to sit and relax on a sunny day and has a good variety of dishes on its menu.

Grimentz Apres Ski

Be sure to stop by Snow Bar Chez Florioz piste side bar for an apres-ski sharpener before heading back to your ski chalet. Grimentz village also has a lively sports bar, Bar le Country, where you can catch the big games over a nice cold beer.

Grimentz Nightlife

Although Grimentz has plenty of rough-hewn rustic charm there is still the possibility to venture out of your ski chalet. Grimentz Disco Shadock has a cool ambiance with darts and bar games and is open until 4am, whilst Pub Domino has a more youthful atmosphere and is open till 1am in the morning.

Grimentz Resort Map