Freeriding, terrain parks and pistes
Freeriders have the lot here, the 4 Vallees is massive and known throughout the world as one of the best freeride areas on the planet. The problem is it's no secret and crowds on a good day are a given. But don't be put off as fresh tracks can still be had with a little imagination and some walking. If heading far off piste it's undoubtedly best to get a local guide, as people die in the 4 Vallees every season. If you know your stuff and don't want a guide, get yourself a 1:25,000 4 Vallees map and let rip. From the top of the Plan du For there's very long and easily accessed off piste, or you can walk for an hour to M. Gond and board all the way down to Siviex. From the top of Mont Fort you can drop off the back due east and board all the way to Siviex, this route does involve a long walk around Lac de Cleuson. From the Col des Gentianes head north under the cable car and then climb up west towards the lake at the bottom of the glacier des Louettes Econdoue, from here you can again board back to Siviex. From Col de Chassoure board north passing Lac des Vaux to its east, then climb up the Arete de Chassoure to the point near 2750 meters then board the steep terrain back to Tortin. Before attempting any of these routes seek local advise and if at all unsure get a guide.
Freestylers are provided with loads of possibilities for gaining air (and not just in a helicopter).There are two small fun parks on the Nendaz slopes and many more in the surrounding areas but none of which are very good, considering the reputation of the 4 Vallees. But not alls lost as if you cant find a natural hit to your taste hang up the board and take up snow shoeing. There's loads of banks, gullies and cool areas with logs to grind.
Piste rides have as much here as any other huge ski area in Europe. For those who like to hoon theres some great pistes, particularly the series of red trails above Siviez and over on the Veysonnaz slopes, where you can shine on your edges at max speed.
Beginners should leave after a week's visit at a new level. The gentle slopes directly above Nendaz will suit you're every need. For the total beginner the blue from Tortin to Siviez is best by far. The Slopes around Nendaz itself are heavily laden with drag lifts, so you're best off heading to Siviez by car or bus.READ NEXT: Village life, accommodation & nightlife