If you like ancient, quiet, totally unspoilt mountain villages together with a modern lift system then this is the resort for you. The village itself has tiny cobbled streets and in some places they are so narrow that the roofs of the chalets almost touch each other in the middle.
In addition to the piste skiing the area is famous for its fabulous off piste skiing and its mountain touring. Just off one of the pistes in Grimentz there is a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of the Imperial Crown - five 4000m peaks - Weisshorn, Zinalrothorn, Obergabelhorn, Dent-Blanche and the Matterhorn.
Grimentz has many accolades and has been described by Where to Ski and Snowboard as "Europe's best-kept secret" and an "undiscovered gem". As Where to Ski and Snowboard says "get there fast before it has time to catch up with the 21st century!” It has also recently been featured in the Ski and Board Magazine and many others. Recently opened is the fast cable car that links Grimentz to Zinal that increases the skiable area.
Mountain Heaven offer seven self-catered chalets in Grimentz and if you fancy making your ski holiday in Grimentz a little more relaxing a catering service is available in all our self-catered apartments if desired.
The chalets in Grimentz that Mountain Heaven offer are high quality apartments and standalone chalets. All are equipped to the highest standard and have balconies offering sensational views of the mountains, forests and village.
Apres Ski in Grimentz
In our opinion the best après ski bar is Chez Florioz which is located at the bottom of the slopes in Grimentz; this has good music, serves very nice food and is always packed straight after skiing. There two pubs; Domino and Le County (which has a pool table and table football ) together with one disco - Disco Shaddock open until 3am.
There are a number of excellent restaurants we particularly recommend. Meleze has an excellent selection with a great hot rock or Fondue Chinos (a fondu with broth and not oil) with endless meat, salad, chips and sauces together with a great ambience Restaurant Alpina serves good oven baked beef with sauces; Arlequin offers good pizzas and there is the Becs-de-Bosson and Claire Fontaione which is directly in the centre of the old village and serves a wide variety of crepes and finally perhaps one of our favourites Restaurant Moiry with an old world feel, ancient paintings of the famous fighting cows of the valley and an open oven that's really cosy at night.
Things to do
The Ice Skating rink is in the old village of Grimentz just by the old church and is open from 10am to 10pm each day with free entry altough you must hire boots from one of the ski shops
There is an indoor heated swimming pool in Zinal that is open from 2pm to 7 pm with a small entry fee, this also has a sauna
There are 33km of signposted walks in Grimentz but over 110km in the valley
Snow shoe walking
There are over 120km of trails (guided and self-guided)
In Mayoux there is a frozen waterfall which is illuminated at night and can be climbed
You can go either paragliding in both Zinal and Grimentz or try "Woopy Jump" which is a flying delta wing that is used on skis and on a specially prepared piste
There are over 15km of tobogganing trails and toboggans can be bought or rented - there is a great one from the top of the gondola in Grimentz all the way to the village over 4km long. In addition theer is a great one all the way to St jean in the valley - over 6km long and you simply get the bus back up to Grimentz
Cross Country Skiing
There are over 35km of cross country skiing pistes in the area
There are a number of other things that can be arranged including ice fishing and exploring underground lakes
To book any of our wonderful properties you can either book online or you can email us on email@example.com we can call you back to sort out the booking or we can take your booking over the phone on 0151 625 1921
When booking one of our self-catered chalets and apartments we take a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the accommodation costs. We can take payment in £ Sterling or in Euros. If paying by £ then this can be done online or over the phone with a credit/debit card; If paying in Euros we will need to take payment over the phone. We also accept UK and French cheques and UK and Euro bank transfers. If booking within 8 weeks of departure then the full amount is payable immediately and if paying with a credit card there is a 2% extra charge
Final Payment Balance:
The final payment is required a minimum of 8 weeks before departure
The main airport to use to get to Grimentz is Geneva airport - there are many airlines that fly into Geneva including British Airways, Easyjet, Jet 2.com, Flybe, Swiss etc. In addition you can also come into Zurich airport. although this doers take a little longer to get to than Geneva
Onward Travel from the Airport
To get from Geneva or Zurich airport to Grimentz there are a number of ways. One of the easiest is to hop on the train that leaves Geneva airport every 30 minues and simply get off in Sierre Sidders station, this only takes about 2 hours and then its then a short taxi /bus journey. The best way to obtain a train ticket from the airports to Sierre Sidders station is to buy directly at the airport train station, please ensure that you ask for a return and tell them the date you will be returning (otherwise they will give you a day return ticket), children under 16 are free of charge
You can arrange transfers from all airports and from Sierre train station with the local taxi company
Getting from the train station to Grimentz
There are then 2 ways of getting to Grimentz either on the local post bus direct from the station to Grimentz (or you may need to change at Vissoie) or by taxi which will only take about 25 minutes. .
Train Travel from the UK
You can travel from London on the weekly Swiss Alps Ski Train which connects St Pancras and Ashford directly with the Valais area. All you need to do is the change platforms in Lille from the Eurostar to the high speed TGV
Driving to Grimentz is easy from Geneva airport simply follow the motorway past Lausanne and keep following the motorway signs for Simplon Pass and Brig. On the way you will pass Montreux and Monthey and then Sion and finally Sierre. Come off the motorway after Sierre and which is signposted Sierre Est and the Val D'Anniviers then follow the signs to Grimentz, overall it will take you about 2 hours. From the UK its about a 12 hour drive from the London area.