Grimentz - Val d'Anniviers

Ski Chalets & Apartments for sale, Switzerland

Expert's Opinion

"I have been selling property in Grimentz for almost 20 years and it is one of my favourite resorts. This traditional, chocolate-box pretty village is part of the Val d’Anniviers ski area, which has some of the best powder in the Alps. If you are looking for somewhere charming and peaceful where the skiing is more important than the nightlife, then Grimentz is perfect. It's as lovely in summer as it is in winter too." – Simon Malster

The Village

Grimentz is a picture perfect Swiss village in the Val d’Anniviers that dates back to the 15th century. Set at 1600m at the end of a winding mountain road, the area has a great snow record with skiing up to 3000m and has some of the best off-piste skiing you will ever come across.

The centre of the old village is traffic free and full of old barns, dark wooden chalets and narrow lanes giving the village a unique atmosphere. Grimentz has a good choice of restaurants, serving traditional and rustic Swiss cuisine, as well as a couple of hotels and cosy bars.

St-Luc, only 20 minutes away by car, and Zinal, which is now linked by a new cable car, both share the same charm as Grimentz, retaining the character of the classic Swiss Alps. On the mountains there are several cosy restaurants serving Swiss dishes on terraces with panoramic views of the valley.

The Skiing

The Val d'Anniviers has a total of 200km of pistes spread across five main villages of Grimentz, Zinal, St Luc, Chandolin and Vercorin. A new cable car now links Grimentz and Zinal, while a free ski shuttle bus service links to the other villages.

Reaching an altitude of 3000m, there is good snow coverage while the slopes are very quiet with no crowds and no lift queues to worry about. Each area provides something different; St Luc-Chandolin is best for beginners and intermediates, while Zinal has a Freeride zone which is dedicated to extreme skiers and snowboarders. Open only when the avalanche risk is low, this 100 hectare area between 2400 and 3000m is a real delight for powder enthusiasts and aficionados of wide open virgin snow slopes.

Grimentz has a good variety of slopes for most skiers, however it is experts that will find the most enjoyment here. While there are some highly rated black runs, Grimentz has earned its reputation through the extensive off-piste on offer. Explore with a guide to discover some world class powder that keeps fans returning year after year.

Summer

The Val d’Anniviers is simply traditional Switzerland in summer. In each of the main villages the old chalets are adorned with red geraniums and quaint old Valais hay barns are everywhere. There are over 100km of hiking trails and over 350km of mountain biking trails winding between forests and lakes, all enjoying a spectacular Alpine backdrop.

Other activities in the area include rock climbing, paragliding, archery, fishing, swimming, football and tennis. There are also four golf courses within a 45 minute drive including the Championship Course at Crans sur Sierre. For the ultimate adrenalin rush head to Bungy Niouc, where you can zip-line or jump off Europe's highest bungee bridge if you dare.

Properties

Grimentz is one of the few resorts in Switzerland which still has a good selection of both new build chalets and apartments available for foreign buyers. All are built in a style befitting the resort's charming nature, with old wood and stone prevalent throughout.

Flocons de Neige is a new development of apartments just opposite the main lift and a few minutes’ walk to the centre of the village. Prices are very reasonable for such a prime location and these would rent well (although they have a rare second home status so you are not obliged to rent).

It is even possible to have a brand new traditional style chalet built to order on the ski slope high up above the village at Les Collines, or next to a new luxury hotel. When these new properties are built and sold there will not be any more as the new Weber law restricts the granting of new building permits. So now is the time to buy.