The southern end of the 'Plats' flood plain is blocked by a wall of rock -while the footpath climbs up and over, the Navisence river has cut down through it, forming a narrow gorge. This steep gorge is impassable in summer due to high water levels, but at this time of year you can climb across the exposed boulders and work your way up gorge. It's a wild mysterious place - especially today with the swirling mist and low cloud. PK
Zinal is in the beautiful Val d'Anniviers. This valley is lined with 4000m peaks and is legendary for it skiing and summer walking. SkiZinal offers luxurious year round accommodation, including the fully catered Chalet Edelweiss.
This blog follows what the owners, Eric and Penny Kendall, get up to and shows some of what's on offer to guests.
Summer visitors get FREE lifts, buses and entry to many local attractions including the swimming pools.
Fall-Line magazine - full feature Issue 110 on the Val d'Annivier's top off-piste ski routes (order your back copy).
Zinal opens for weekend skiing 15th November 2015. Resort opens 7 days a week from 19th December 2015 - 10th April 2016. For full details see rma.ch
Save money - visit Switzerland
Despite what the press say skiing in Switzerland doesn't have to be expensive. Zinal and Val d'Anniviers ranks in the Where 2 Ski & Snowboard list as good value. The only other Swiss resort is Meiringen. That makes it better value than many French resorts. Money saving ideas - book your air ticket well in advance - buy your transfer ticket before you arrive. - book your lift ticket in advance - book a room in a catered chalet - ask for a picnic lunch - take a flask for hot drinks on the mountain - bring snacks with you
We came to Zinal to ski and somehow ended up as the owners of an old Auberge. As souvenirs go it's more of a commitment than chocolate or cow bells, particularly when you consider the state it was in. But we wanted a project... This blog has followed the transformation of the building and what we have discovered in this corner of Switzerland. Thanks for visiting the site and we look forward to welcoming you at the chalet as a guest.