Nendaz is a low key, good value and family-friendly alternative in the 410km 4 Vallées ski area that includes the glitzy, glamourous resort of Verbier just over the mountain. Nendaz is therefore a great choice for families or skiers and snowboarders keen to take advantage of the area's superb terrain but without the hefty premium they might pay in Verbier.
Nendaz has much more going for it than just being a cheaper alternative to Verbier however. It is located bang in the centre of the 4 Vallées area, making it an ideal base from which to explore its full extent. Much of the skiing above Nendaz is north-facing too, meaning the snow quality is often excellent, for skiers of any level. For off-piste skiers or snowboarders, ski tourers or splitboarders, the terrain on offer in the 4 Vallées is second to none.
Nendaz is fairly accessible from Geneva, sitting at 165km away by car. A transfer will take under two hours, and those willing to make the trip will have access to the entire Four Valleys ski area.
Nendaz itself sits at 1,350m, and has access to a shared ski area with the smaller Siviez which sits a little further up the valley. To one side is Veyonnaz, and to the other is La Tzoumaz, and finally, Verbier.
There isn’t a whole lot to say about Nendaz. It’s a small swiss resort that hasn’t seen a lot of development, and as such is quiet and more family-oriented than the larger Verbier. Those looking for small family-run hotels, catered chalets, or quaint apartments will find what they’re looking for, but those seeking something more built-up will want to look elsewhere.
However, despite the lack of in-town investment, there’s been a lot of infrastructure improvement on the mountain, and you’ll find a sizeable 70km area above serviced by lots of fast lifts.
Nendaz highlights: A quiet, undeveloped village centre and a quiet ski area make Nendaz a hidden gem with access to the sensational Four Valleys ski area.
Nendaz is best for: Nendaz is best suited to families looking for a quiet break, or for those who want a relaxing holiday that’s ski-focused. There’s not much else to do, really!
Ski and Snowboard Guide to Nendaz:
Nendaz’s size isn’t indicative of the skiing on offer. The top lift here is the Mont-Fort which will take you to an insane 3,300m, practically two kilometres above the village itself. Getting there, though, will take a while. Two pistes and six lifts worth! Still, it’s worth doing, especially if you opt for the Four Valleys pass, which opens up the rest of the mountain and the skiing above Verbier.
The lift out of town (there’s just 1), will take you up to the mid-station at 2,200m, called Tracouet, and give you access to a good mixture of runs. There are a few blues and a good beginner area on offer, but those looking for long reds and blacks will find the most to do when they venture further afield.
It’s a tricky transfer to the next area, with a red run leading down to the next lift that will propel you up the mountain to a gondola that takes you to Plan-du-Fou, which gives you access to another red, or a gondola down to Siviez. And while fun — especially coming back down, as there’s a great freeride area linking back to Tracouet — it makes it a little inaccessible for those just starting out, who’ll be confined to the runs around Tracouet.
First-time and beginner skiers: Beginners will spend their time at Troucouet, having fun on the short blues available to them. You’ll want to get up to speed quickly to get the most out of the area.
Intermediate skiers: Intermediates will have more luck, and can use the reds around the mid-station to strike out into the mountains, though be aware that above Prarion, there’s only one run that comes back down, and it’s a black.
Expert skiers: Experts will have the most fun and will take the connections with ease, enjoying the ascents and descents in equal part. Exploring the mountains is great fun, especially when the conditions are good. The quietness of the resort and lack of pistes gives lots of opportunity for powder hunting. Which is the perfect combination for those wanting to hike and slash backcountry lines.
Learn to ski and snowboard in Nendaz
Ski School Group Lessons and Private Ski and Snowboard Instructors in Nendaz:
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Children’s Group Ski Lessons Nendaz
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Nendaz (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!).
We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.
SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety.
Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Adult Group Ski Lessons Nendaz
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new.
Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private Ski Lessons Nendaz
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time.
These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives.
A private ski instructor in Nendaz can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons.
For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Off-Piste Guiding Nendaz
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions.
A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Nendaz. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons Nendaz
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Nendaz designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!