La Tzoumaz or Mayens de Riddes, as it is also known, is the relatively new dual season resort of the 4 Valleys, nestling in a pretty green, sunny valley on the South side of the Rhone, at an altitude of 1500m. Positioned half way between Martigny and Sion, just 40 minutes from Lake Geneva or the airport of Sion (25 minutes) and Geneva (90 minutes), the magnificent snow capped mountain views from the village are simply breathtaking. Ideally suited to winter sports where you can ski till the end of April, the resort links into one of largest and highest ski areas in Europe and the largest in Switzerland, the 4 Valleys. The network of ski trails to an altitude of 3300m caters for all levels. From beginners to experts, the circuit covers some 412km of slopes serviced by 92 lifts, that link with the world famous slopes of Verbier which can be reached via one 8 minute high speed chair lift from the resort.
Snowboarders too, have the complete freedom of movement on the La Tzoumaz ski runs. A permanent boarder cross on the Taillay run, provides thrilling sensations in a breathtaking setting. The village offers skiers and snowboarders of all levels of proficiency, a comprehensive Swiss ski school, as well as Heli skiing from the Croix-de-Coeur for the Petit Combin or the Rosablanche. In addition to the skiing, weather permitting, winter in La Tzoumaz offers a natural ice rink, a long floodlit sledge run with an 848m drop in altitude, accessed via the cable car to Savoleyres (2354m), or just relax in the resort's heated indoor pool and sauna open mid December—mid April and from July to August.
Summertime offers owners the chance to choose whether to stroll through the Forests of pine and larch, the wide open alpine hills and meadows or explore the neighbouring summits of Mont Gele and Mont Fort ,along 150km of clearly signposted footpaths. There are walks alongside the historical watercourses, as well as mountain biking suitable for everyone, with tracks for beginners and more experienced bikers. Mountain biking in La Tzoumaz is great fun and caters for the whole family. The lifts, open during the summer , allow easy access to the local summits. In addition there is trout fishing, rock climbing, golf at the Verbier golf course (you can drive through the pass in the summer and be in Verbier in 15 minutes) and horse riding.
The Tzoumaz Kids Club suitable for children from 2 to 6, located near the Tourism Office offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities to keep them entertained. The village of La Tzoumaz offers a wide range of food shops, restaurants,cafes, bars, nightclub and sports shops where you can hire skis, snowboards, mountain bikes and much more.
Being a dual resort, loved by the Swiss and so close to the Verbier slopes, if you are looking to rent your chalet or apartment to cover some of the costs, the resort offers superb potential. Bookings are excellent throughout the winter and summer periods including the lower hamlets of Larzine and Belochets, as the Swiss who make up over 50% of those that visit La Tzoumaz, are happy to catch a ski bus or drive. The Christmas/New Year weeks, 4 weeks of February and July / August offer premium rental returns, while rentals can be seen early December and April to coincide with the Verbier ski season.
With property prices as they are in Verbier and the easy access to the Verbier slopes, this little resort is fast gaining momentum and is one to invest in as it grows. La Tzoumaz is very easy to get to. It can be reached by plane via Geneva from all the main UK and regional airports, while during the winter, Sion can be reached direct from the London airports by a number of specialist charter flights, giving passengers a 25 minute drive up into the resort. For those wanting to take the train, a service operates from Geneva to Sion where the local buses / taxis outside, will take you to the resort. Approximate transfer time 2 hours from Geneva. By road, La Tzoumaz is 1 hour 30 minutes from Geneva.
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