Nendaz resort guide - a general overview
Nendaz is an attractive village set on a large plateau above the town of Sion in the Rhone Valley. It is surprisingly large for a ski resort (17,000 holiday beds) that is relatively unknown by the British and its facilities are more in line with those of many much bigger ski stations.
The skiing and boarding opportunities are equally impressive, chiefly because Nendaz is located centrally within the huge Four Valleys ski area (which takes in Verbier, Siviez, Vesonnaz and Thyon) and because its mainly North facing slopes hold onto the snow for longer. The local ski pass area has been described as being "larger than the entire ski regions of most resorts in the world" so is large even in its own rights. Chalets in Nendaz range in price making this ski resort accessible for ski chalet holidays on any budget.
1,365m - 3,330m
Level of skiing
- Snow sure
- Ski area
- Charm factor
- Resort layout
- Fine dining
- Short transfer
- Resort value
- Large and varied ski area - over 400km of pistes available in the Four Valleys
- Very good terrain for all level of skier. Especially good for snowboarders or off-piste skiers
- After a fresh snow fall the pistes stay untracked for longer than in many resorts
- Being North facing means less slush than in other resorts when warmer weather arrives
- Very family-friendly village with good non-skier facilities, including a sports centre
- Less charming than some of the more 'chocolate box' picturesque resorts
- Chalets in Nendaz can be a long walk/ride to the lift station
- Less nightlife than in some larger resorts
- Fewer British shops and/or haute-couture shops than in Verbier or some other larger resorts
Verbier (Nendaz) Resort Restaurants
Surprisingly, there are in fact 35 restaurants in the Nendaz village as a whole (which includes Basse-Nendaz, the small hamlet just beneath the ski station of Haute-Nendaz). For authentic local fayre, you should head round towards Siviez and stop at Le Vieux Nendaz (known locally as 'Chez Edith') on the way, where Edith will rustle up fabulous meat or fish dishes for you and your party - trout is her speciality. There is also La Trattoria dei Savi, one of the best genuinely Italian restaurants outside Italy. For slightly lower priced and great value food you could do worse than try Le Grenier (right opposite the main lift station) or the Taverne de l'Alpee, whose carbonara sauce is the best in Valais.
Verbier (Nendaz) Mountain Restaurants
There is a range of mountain restaurants available to you, from the very simple mass-market canteen style to more cosy restaurant styles. If you don't mind queuing at busy times, the Tracouet top station restaurant has a large dining area and a good spread of food and drink - but it can get crowded and noisy at lunch times as it is where ski schools tend to disgorge their pupils. Its benefit in fine weather is an expansive sun terrace. If you tend to prefer quieter eateries, the Cabane de Balavaud on the Prarion piste is a cosier venue with some great food, and is well worth a visit. Le Rouge is another favourite of ours. A very popular lunch spot with its panoramic sun drenched terraces, a lively après-ski spot likened to Ibiza in the snow with it's Deep House grooves, a very chic evening dining destination, and even with it's own al-fresco crêperie, Le Rouge has become an important name in Verbier over the last 4 years.
Verbier (Nendaz) Apres Ski
The closest bar to the bottom of the pistes is Le Grenier, which will serve you a fine vin chaud just when you need it most. For a hot chocolate and a delicious pastry, try Le Cabane on the lower village road, where you can sit and watch the paragliders landing on the village green as the sun sinks beneath the hills. Nendaz has 15 cafes in total, so there is ample chance to find a watering hole to warm your hands (and cockles) before ambling homewards for your supper.
Verbier (Nendaz) Nightlife
Nendaz is alive in the evenings, but don't expect the hustle and bustle of Val D'Isere or Verbier here. In addition to its 35 restaurants and 15 cafes, Nendaz has 7 bars, 2 discos and a cabaret venue. The Malabar is a small but charming bar in the main square, with Moroccan influences, whilst the Chin-Chin is a more refined and 'upmarket' piano bar at the junction with the Siviez road. The most active bar for the young at heart is undoubtedly the Cactus Bar, which is centrally located beside the Neige Aventure ski equipment shop, and is the focal point for seasonal workers and holidaymakers of all nationalities.