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.
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.
Skiing in Grimentz
Piste skiing is amazing for beginners who want to learn the ins and outs while more experienced skiers and boarders are able to explore and drift through the off piste areas on the slopes. There are a range of winter walking trails and a toboggan run for those who aren't up for skiing, so it's fun for everyone all around.
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.
Chalets in Grimentz
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.
The best apres ski bar is Chez Florioz which is located at the bottom of the slopes in Grimentz, it 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 which serves a wide variety of crepes. 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 is really cosy at night.
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Things to do in Grimentz
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
Winter Hikes & Cross Country Skiing
There are 33km of signposted walks in Grimentz but over 110km in the valley. and there are over 35km of cross country skiing pistes in the area
Snow Shoe Treks
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
There are 33km of signposted walks in Grimentz but over 110km in the valley
Other Activities Hikes
There are a number of other things that can be arranged including ice fishing and exploring underground lakes
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. There is a new airline called Powdair that is now flying into Sion from 6 UK airports which is only about 40 minutes away from Grimentz so reduces the transfer time considerably
You can arrange transfers from all airports and from Sierre train station with the local taxi company.
By Train: 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.
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.
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
There are then 2 ways of getting from the train station 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.