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Zinal Ski Resort

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Zinal, Switzerland

Rated: 3/5 (from 7 ratings)

Zinal Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForFreeriders, Expert Skiers, Intermediates and Snowboarders!
Total Piste Length70km43 miles
Highest Lift2,910m9,547ft
Resort Height1,670m5,479ft
 Nearest AirportsSion and Geneva
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Zinal at a glance

A small, pretty, typically Swiss village, standing on a high sunny plateau in the Val d'Anniviers with some spectacular off-piste possibilities.

 When will it snow in Zinal?

The next notable snow forecast for Zinal is 1cm-, expected on 8 December, with around 8cm3in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Zinal Facts, Stats and Ratings

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Intermediate Skiers

How High is Zinal?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Zinal
Highest Lift2,910m9,547ft
Lowest Piste1,670m5,479ft
Resort Altitude (Zinal)1,670m5,479ft
Max Vertical1,240m4,068ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Zinal Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Zinal
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 2 15km9 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 6 40km25 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 4 15km9 miles
Total Length
70km43 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
19km12 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Sierre-Anniviers Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Sierre-Anniviers
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
159km99 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
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Zinal Summary

The Swiss Ski Resort of Zinal is part of the Sierre-Anniviers ski area with access to 159km99 miles of downhill skiing, with 80 marked pistes, served by a total of 51 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Zinal itself (70km43 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Sierre-Anniviers ski resorts of Chandolin, Grimentz, St-Luc and Vercorin.

The ski resort itself is at 1,670m5,479ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,910m9,547ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Zinal Overview

The Swiss ski resort of Zinal is a small ski area typical of many in Switzerland, situated in the Val d'Anniviers. A ski bus links Grimentz and Zinal on a frequent schedule, St-Luc and Chandolin are also accessible via bus but a change is required in nearby Vissoie.

Zinal is home to the first Avalanche Training Centre, later repeated in other stations. Sponsored by Mammut this area has 16 hidden transmitters which can be activated randomly from a control station allowing users to practice locating one or more simulated victims using their own transceivers. Entrance is free and requires no reservation.

Zinal is accessible via a public transport with a main-line train station in Sierre and a bus connection to Zinal via Vissoie.

This information kindly provided by the local swissmountainleader.com.

On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Zinal is 7km4 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Descente de l'aigle', which is 7km4 miles in length.

Skiing in Zinal

Zinal offers good skiing, particularly for Expert skiers who will enjoy the extensive off-piste possibilities and the exhilarating "Piste du Chamois" descent from the Corne de Sorebois at nearly 3000m finishing in the nearby village of Mottec or in Grimentz returning to Zinal using the regular free ski buses. The steep black run, "Piste de l'Aigle", returns to the village and provides a challenge at the end of the day for strong skiers.

For beginners the nursery slopes are located at nearly 2500m, accessed via a cable car and equipped with snow cannons assuring good conditions all through the season.

Intermediate skiers will enjoy the excellent carving pistes but may find the limited prepared terrain and the two drag lifts restricting.

Zinal offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Intermediate skiers.

Snowboarding in Zinal

Zinal is the annual venue for the ExtremeCarving snowboarding group who relish the the steep black runs particularly the "Barthélémy".

When is Zinal open?


 Closes : April 18, 2020.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Zinal.

Snow Making

Zinal is able to make snow, on 30km19 miles of ski runs, with 77 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The nine ski lifts of Zinal are able to uplift 9,980 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Zinal?

Zinal is in the Swiss Alps in Sierre-Anniviers, Sierre, Switzerland.

How can I get to Zinal?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Zinal are Sion, Geneva and Berne. There are five airports within three hours drive. Sion is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


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