At the southern end of Anniviers' Valley the resort of Zinal is located at 1,670 m, at the feet of the “Imperial Crown” the famous five 4,000 metre mountains (Weishorn, Zinal Rothorn, Bishorn, Obergabelhorn and Dent Blanche) they are dominated by the Weisshorn (the 4th European highest summit with its 4,506 m).
Zinal is ideal for both families and serious, experienced all mountain skiers.
More about Zinal
Zinal is also a village of little chalets made out of arolle wood and shingle roofs.
In winter Zinal provides 70 km of alpine downhill ski pistes, 19.5 km of cross-country skiing, a freeride area, a snowpark, an avalanche training center, many snowshoe hikes, an ice skating rink, a swimming pool ... and only one skiing pass for all the ski runs of Val d'Anniviers, Grimentz - St-Luc - Chandolin and Vercorin (220 km of ski runs).
Zinal is ideal for both families and serious, experienced all mountain skiers. The video below shows you some of the terrain and the off-piste potential! (note that it is only 1 minute long)
It is possible to ski from Zinal to the resort of Grimentz further down the valley via a beautiful off piste route. This route is a mixture of open bowls and wide off piste tracks through the woods. It is then possible to return to Zinal via the local ski bus service, around 10 minutes by road from Grimentz or as of 2014 the new lift cable car from Grimentz back up to Zinal. For people who enjoy off piste skiing, this excursion is a must.
Pedestrian Village Centre
In order to improve guests comfort and make the main road in the village more pleasant for families, the resort of Zinal has decided to allow only limited traffic in the village centre. The are some feee access areas and the authorised speed limit has been reduced to 20kph
The Val d’Anniviers is a paradise for downhill skiing. In this region there are actually four ski areas based around five quiet, unspoiled very traditional villages set amongst beautiful mountain landscape, some of the finest in Switzerland.
The name Anniviers is derived from the Latin "ad nives" meaning in the snow. The sight of the eternal snow of the Valaisan Alps, contrasted against the vines in the Rhône Valley, leaves a lasting impression on all who see it.
In winter this valley offers something for everyone from the fantastic piste skiing of St Luc / Chandolin, to the wonderful piste skiing and off piste freeride skiing of Grimentz and Zinal.
This video gives you a quick insight into the area.
Zuba Ski has chosen to offer its clients a wide range of truly traditional accommodation in four of the best located villages in the Val D’Anniviers. All four ski areas are accessible on the same ski pass and all four offer excellent varied piste skiing, with Grimentz and Zinal also offering a fine range of off piste possibilities. All of the villages are connected by local bus service.
Skiing in the Val D’Anniviers from 1,350m – 3,026m offers 220km of piste skiing on one lift pass accessed by 44 lifts, along with the convenience of 11 mountain restaurants. Winter attractions include three snowparks, a freeride area and off-piste ski routes as well as opportunities for avalanche training, tobogganing, snow shoe trekking and ice skating.
Key highlights of this region in the heart of Valais are the ‘Imperial crown’ - five 4,000m mountains (among them the 4,505m Weisshorn), picturesque, old traditional villages, the St. Luc Astronomical Observatory perched high in the mountains, close to the stars, the astonishing Zinal Glacier grotto, Finges’ nature reserve where the wild Rhone flows...
Sierre-Anniviers is a holiday region, with family friendly resorts and ski areas, marked walking paths and a whole range of nature and leisure activities.
This region, which is famous for its natural beauty, is also well known for its friendly atmosphere and its wine.
Avalanche Training Centre
The Avalanche Training Centre is a triangular zone with around 100 metre-long sides, representing an avalanche site.
Within this zone 16 fixed transmitters have been installed, which can be activated by an electronic command.
The training centre is open free of charge to all guests during the winter season.
Restaurants and bars
Zinal offers some very civilised apres-ski venues as well as some good options for the younger mountaineer looking for fun.
- Alambic Disco - only the weekends
- After ski bar in La Pointe
- Hotel du Trift - chilled bar frequented by locals
For restaurants there are the following options:
- Hôtel le Besso – seasons flavour cook, wine bar
- Hotel du Trift - friendly atmosphere with some special dishes - curry and crumble included!
Extreme Carving in 2011
For the eighth consecutive season the Carving Session was held in Zinal.
Now this is what I call carving... check out some of the shapes these guys are making!
Swimming Pool & Ice Rink
The swimming pool is open everyday in winter from 2.00pm – 8.00pm
Located in the heart of Zinal village, near the multi-purpose hall, there is a naturally formed ice skating rink. It is flood lit until 10.00pm and is free of charge.
Watch out for some really great ice skating from some very small people!!