Enjoy the best Freeride in Grimentz & Zinal, Escape the ordinary

The Val d'Anniviers is a Swiss alpine valley, located in the district of Valais, which extends south of the Rhône Valley, on the northern slopes of the Pennine Alps. The valley is formed of five ski areas: St. Luc, Chandolin, Grimentz, Zinal and Vercorin.

Grimentz - Zinal is an incredible ski area that is still relatively unknown. The good average yearly snowfall, low temperatures, varied skiable aspects, low humidity and protection from the wind make these beautiful ski resorts a freeride Mecca.

But Freeride is not just about the quantity and quality of snow, it's also about varied terrain, right?

You have that too in this valley. From long pillow lines to steep faces, forests for the snowy days or wide open faces, Grimentz-Zinal has it all.

The powder is in every corner of this incredible valley.

If it’s your first experience in the backcountry or off-piste, we provide step-by step instruction with technical and tactical tips. Safety is always our number one priority.

Avalanche backpack with kit (beacon, shovel and probe) are required, and touring skis are recommended.

Heli-skiing is also available to be able to enjoy what Val d’Anniviers has to offer.

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Backcountry Area & Facilities

We are experienced freeride guides in Grimentz & Zinal and have based the Mountain guiding school in the Valais region of Switzerland due to our passionate love for these mountains. The Val d’Anniviers Freeride domain boasts some of the highest peaks in the Alps with mind-blowing opportunities for endless freeride skiing.

Grimentz & Zinal is the essence of the country’s iconic Alpine wilderness. Val d’Anniviers is, considered to be, the most beautiful of the seven iconic valleys in Valais.

With breathtaking mountain views, mixed with evergreen pine forests and crystal-clear mountain lakes, there is plenty to enjoy each freeride or touring day in the area.

There are a wide variety of options, depending on your level, from beginner to advanced freeriders. Some routes are easy and fun, to be enjoyed whilst you admire the stunning landscape, other lines are steeper and more technically demanding that will boost your adrenaline and will take you out of your comfort zone. As always safety is our number one priority. 

Why choose our Freeride Guides for discovering Grimentz-Zinal?

Ski Zenit has taken years of extensive experience guiding in Grimentz and Zinal and created a team of established, professional UIAGM certified mountain and ski freeride guides who excel in finding the best terrain that conditions allow.

We are passionate about creating the entire ski experience both on and off-snow. We take pride in developing lasting relationships with our guests and strive to make all aspects of your vacation unforgettable.

There are more than 120 kilometres of lines to discover between the two resorts, with a lot of both on and off-piste skiing to be enjoyed. With four peaks over 2.800 meters – Combe Durand, Corne de Sorebois, Becs de Bosson and Roc d’Orzivals, it creates a unique and exciting freeride spot that deserves it reputation for being a skiing mecca. Make the most of this paradise with local Freeride guides to ensure you enjoy all the “Secret Spots” and powder stashes known only to locals, all with the safety of a knowledgeable local guide.

Zinal also is a starting point for hut-to-hut off-piste skiing program that goes up north to Saint-Luc and west toward the village of Brig.

Our offerings include a variety of freeride lessons, avalanche or backcountry training and custom adventures delivered in multiple languages. We have the additional ability to create ski itineraries in other areas of Switzerland as well as the rest of the world.

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“This was the second time I skied with Stefano and it’s only getting better! I am a 22 years-old skier in competitive level, and just like the first time, I enjoyed every single moment of my journey…”

CEM • LAUSANNE
SWITZERLAND, Trip Advisor

“I chose Zenit because of their approach and program. All the other schools I contacted didn’t seem to offer what I needed. Dedicated 1/2 day lesson 1 to 1 reaching.Alex was my teacher, and I felt…”

STEVEN • MOERS
GERMANY, Trip Advisor

“My son had an awesome experience. The coaches are all extremely professional, kind, caring, and knowledgeable. Our son got excellent feedback on his skiing and how to improve and he grew hugely in confidence both on and off the piste. We were very impressed by the coaches and by the whole setup. He’s looking forward to training with them again soon. Thank you!”

ALAN • ZURICH
Switzerland, Trip Advisor

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Off-piste safety equipment is necessary for all our freeride skiing lessons. This consists of an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe. We highly recommend the use of a backpack with an inflatable air bag system to be even safer. We highly recommend the use of ski touring equipment to all our freeride guests to maximize terrain access
To enjoy a freeride lesson, you need to be an advanced skier. You don't have to be an experienced off-piste skier, but you have to be comfortable on all slopes of a ski resort. Skiing off-piste will prove itself more challenging than any type of ski slope.
There are multiple ski hire shops in Saas Fee, we recommend Glacier Sport and guests having lessons with us receive a 10% discount on equipment rental.
If you have booked private lessons our instructors can meet you in a variety of locations in resort such as: Plattjen / Spielboden Gondola station. Alpin Express Gondola station. Kalbermatten - Beginner slopes (Lift ticket office). For our intermediate and advanced skiers we can also meet up on the slopes at the Morenia Restaurant. Children’s group lessons will meet at the Plattjen / Spielboden Gondola station on Monday mornings. Please confirm your meeting point with the office when booking.
Our children’s group lessons are all taught in English. Private lessons can be booked in English, German, French, Dutch and Spanish subject to availability.
We always check that all safety equipment is working perfectly. Skis, bindings, ski touring skins and boots must be checked by the guest prior to the freeride lesson.
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