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Resort guide to Tzoumaz - Switzerland

Great value, quiet ski resort with direct access to the huge 4 Valleys ski area of Verbier

Tzoumaz resort guide - a general overview

La Tzoumaz (or Mayen de Riddes as it is also sometimes known) is a small ski village at the foot of the North facing slopes of the Savoleyres mountain of Verbier. There are modern lifts that access the Savoleyres ski area and from here you can ski across the top of Verbier, connecting to lifts that access the main 4 Valleys ski area. There is no need to ski down to Verbier's Medran cable car and so large queues can be avoided.

As a smallish resort the apres ski and nightlife scene is a little quiet but this isn't a problem as our chalets in Tzoumaz all have hot tubs to unwind in after a day on the slopes. There is also not the glitzy shopping of neighbouring Verbier. However, it's a great value place to stay for accessing one of the world's best ski areas and is great for families. The off-piste terrain on the North facing slopes above the resort is excellent and compared to Verbier's main area is little skied on a powder day. So experts take note!

Also of note in Tzoumaz is the 10km professionally run toboggan track. This is not recommended for children under 7 years of age and crash helmets should be worn! We have done a few of these long pro toboggan tracks across the alps in our time and they are usually an absolute riot. An old fashioned toboggan can achieve frightening speeds - we recommend to exercise caution and never to mix with alcohol. We expect you might need a drink or two after your togoggan experience but these should be taken back in your Tzoumaz chalet or hotel!

Resort stats

362km

1,500m - 3,330m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

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

Pros

  • 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 good value compared to glitzy Verbier

Cons

  • Less nightlife than in some larger resorts
  • Fewer British shops and/or haute-couture shops than in Verbier, or some other larger resorts

Verbier (Tzoumaz) Resort Restaurants

Being simply a small hamlet on the outskirts of Verbier it may be better to head into Verbier itself if you are after a bit more variety in your evening meal. There is still, however, a couple of quality restaurants within walking distance of most chalets in La Tzoumaz including the quaint Les Trappeurs and Le Pistard.

Verbier (Tzoumaz) Mountain Restaurants

Because of the location of this resort the landscape is breathtaking everywhere you look. This of course means the views from all the mountain restaurants are truly beautiful. Chez Simon is a great mountain hut to try for lunch with great food and fantastic views guaranteed.

Verbier (Tzoumaz) Resort Map

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  • Drag lift 9649c8f20eb92153651608a16dced21b25b21acd3ad6ca90cea261c90ea44648 Drag lift
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