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Zinal Ski Resort Guide

Zinal, Switzerland

Rated: 3/5 (from 7 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForFreeriders, Expert Skiers, Intermediates, Snowboarders and Snowfall!
Total Piste Length70km
Highest Lift2,910m
Resort Height1,670m
 Nearest AirportsSion and Geneva
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A small, pretty, typically Swiss village, standing on a high sunny plateau in the Val d'Anniviers with some spectacular off-piste possibilities.


The Swiss ski resort of Zinal is in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 1,670m, with 70km of marked runs.

Zinal is part of the Sierre-Anniviers ski area with access to 159km of downhill skiing, with 80 marked pistes, served by a total of 51 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Zinal itself (70km 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 1,670m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,910m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Zinal?

The next notable snow forecast is 7cm, expected on 19 September, with around 8cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Zinal Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 2 15km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 6 40km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 4 15km
Total Length
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Sierre-Anniviers Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Zinal Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,910m
Lowest Piste1,670m
Resort Altitude (Zinal)1,670m
Max Vertical1,240m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Zinal
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

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.

 Notable Ski Runs

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


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.


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

Location and Map

Where is Zinal?

This ski resort is in the Swiss Alps in Sierre-Anniviers, Sierre.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Zinal is Sion, 60 minutes drive away.

Geneva, Berne, Annecy and Basel airports are all within three hours drive.

Sion is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

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

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 30km of ski runs, with 77 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Zinal open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

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

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Zinal, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Zinal Tourist Office for the latest.

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