The END of the Swiss 4-Vallee Agreement: Verbier’s 102,000 Acre System Gets Dismantled…

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4-Valle trail map
4-Valle trail map

Verbeir and Switzerland’s 4-Vallees ski area will no longer be connected by a single ticket.  

The famous 4-Vallee system in Verbier used to consist of 82 ski lifts and 101,807 acres of skiable terrain.  This system encompassed the 5 ski resorts of La TzoumazNendazVeysonnaz, Thyon, and Verbier.

“We wish to pass on the information that we have feared for some time already: the end of the 4 Valleys agreements.  Despite this separation we have an area of great quality, a quality team and a modern way that will allow us to continue to attract many tourists and fans to GRAND SKI. Remain confident and above all welcome our guests in the best possible condition” – Verber Tourist Office

Bec de Rosses at Verbier
Bec de Rosses at Verbier

This is no surprise as back in December 2012 the TeleVeysonnaz lift company announced that it would no longer the current revenue-sharing deal after June 30th, 2014.

This is a definite blow to the ski and snowboard world.

Next year, skiers and riders will no longer be able to ride between the 5 ski resorts on the same ticket.

Nendaz, Switzerland was part of the 4 -Vallee agreeement
Nendaz, Switzerland was part of the 4 -Vallee agreeement

Verbier has come up with a new ticket for 2014/15 that they’re calling the “Verbier Grand Ski.”  This ticket will link the Mont-Fort, Medran Savoleyres, and Bruson areas with a day ticket costing 71 francs ($80usd).  This is 1 franc more than the former 4-Vallee pass with a helluva lot less terrain available.

Top of the Mont Fort tram at Verbier, Switzerland
Top of the Mont Fort tram at Verbier, Switzerland

TeleVerbier’s Jean-Pierra Morand has been quote saying that he is:

“disheartened by this situation but we no longer have the choice”.

Verbier has stated that they’ll be trying to reestablish the 4-Vallee agreement in the future.  For now, it looks like it’s the skiers and riders who will have to pay.

Top of the Mont
Top of the Mont

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2 thoughts on “The END of the Swiss 4-Vallee Agreement: Verbier’s 102,000 Acre System Gets Dismantled…

  1. And thus continues the rising cost of skiing for people in the region. While I understand the business aspects of these agreements coming together and falling apart, I can’t sympathize with the exorbitant lift ticket costs for limited terrain.

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