Winter sledding at la Tzoumaz
The Tzoumaz winter sledding run is the most beautiful sledding run in French-speaking Switzerland but also the most demanding with the highest vertical drop (850m) and the longest length (10km). It is suitable for children since the age of 8. Below this age, other sledding tracks such as those of Champex-Lac or Les Diablerets will be chosen. The Avants track is perfect for the very young.
In addidtion, the Tzoumaz winter sledding run has excellent snow conditions due to its higher altitude compared to the other sledding runs in French-speaking Switzerland.
- Torpille’s rating (max 3 stars): ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Length: 10 km
- Top altitude: 2354 meters
- Bottom altitude: 1506 meters
- Height difference: 850 meters
- Ski lift: La Tzoumaz cable car
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The Tzoumaz-Savoleyres gondola lift
The start of the track is accessible by a gondola lift that climbs from the village of La Tzoumaz on the heights of Riddes and ends in Savoleyres.
The point of view in Savoleyres
Before starting the sledding track you can observe from Savoleyres, the other side of the mountain and the Val de Bagnes with the ski resort of Verbier as well as a beautiful landscape on the Alps including the Grand-Combin. During the descent, you can enjoy the view of the Rhone Valley.
The sled run is alternatively on slopes reserved for sleders, along the ski track or shared with skiers. It is therefore necessary to be careful especially since the sled run crosses the ski run in some places. The track is a succession of several sections consisting of a steep slope followed by a very gently sloping part using roads. Therefore, it is important not to stop at the bottom of steep slopes to maintain speed and also for safety reasons to avoid an accident.
The end of the track
At 2/3 of the track, two paths are possible. Continue straight ahead or turn right. If you choose to turn right, you follow a low gradient road, which is not very interesting. The end of the track ends at the start of the cable car.
The slopes of the winter sledding run at La Tzoumaz are the most impressive in French-speaking Switzerland, so equipment of the appropriate length is required. In addition to the ski jacket and pants, good boots and a helmet, it is essential if you want to enjoy a pleasant descent, own ski goggles and lower face protection such as a scarf because of the speed taken by the sled.
Different types of sledges can be rented in front of the gondola departure on the other side of the road.
By way of anecdote, we can see two penstocks on the road leading to the Tzoumaz from the Rhône Valley. These are pipes that bring water from Fionnay to the Riddes/Ecône plant to be turbined by the “Forces Motrices de Mauvoisin“. These pipes also pass under the village of La Tzoumaz.