Winter sledding at la Tzoumaz
The Tzoumaz winter sledding run is the most beautiful sledding run in Western or 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 it is mandatory to be accompanied by an adult and other sled runs in Western Switzerland will be chosen instead.
In addidtion, the Tzoumaz winter sledding run has excellent snow conditions due to its higher altitude compared to the other sledding runs in Western Switzerland.
⚠️ Very, very bad news for the 2019-2020 winter season with a stop of the sled run at the roundabout of the établons and a return to the beginning of the cable car by bus. The track is shortened by 100 meters in height and 600 meters in length and unfortunately it is quite easy to wait for the bus for more than 30 minutes. The tobogganers are allowed to go up from 10.00 am.
- 🏆 Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- 🧒 Min age: 8-10 years old
- 📏 Track length: 10 km
- 🏔️ Max altitude: 2354 meters
- 🏔️ Min altitude: 1506 meters
- 📐 Height difference: 850 meters
- 🚶 Walk: No
- 👁️ View: 2/3
- 🌞 Exposure: Northeast
- ❄️ Snow coverage: Good
- 🚠 Ski lift: Télécabine La Tzoumaz
- ⛅ Weather Forecast
- ❄️ Snow report
- 🛷 Comparison of winter sled runs
Tzoumaz-Savoleyres cable car
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.
A video about the swimming pool at la Tzoumaz.
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 course is located alternately:
- on toboggan runs reserved for tbogganers
- on the edge of the ski slope
- on a course shared with the skiers
The track is a sequence of several sections made up of a steep slope followed by a very gently sloping part using roads. Therefore, it is important not to stop at the bottom of the steep slopes to keep speed and also for safety reasons to avoid an accident.
You must be careful on the steep portions especially in cold weather with a hard and icy track on which it is more difficult to control your sled. You should also be careful when the toboggan run crosses the ski run.
The GPS route is coming soon …
End of track
At 2/3 of the track, two paths are possible. Go straight on or turn right. La Torpille recommends to go straight ahead, if you choose to turn right, you follow a road with a low gradient that is not very interesting.
The end of the track ends at the departure of the cable car.
As the slopes of the winter sled run at La Tzoumaz are the most impressive in French-speaking Switzerland, equipment of adequate length is required. In addition to a ski jacket and trousers, good boots and a helmet, it is absolutely necessary to have ski goggles as well as lower face protection such as a scarf due to the speed of the sledge.
A photo from Switzerland Tourism that does not show the example with a sledder not wearing a helmet or even a hat, but with a nice view of the Grand Combin. See tips for safe sledging.
A junior of la Torpille shows the example with an appropriate outfit.
With all the precautions taken, you can enjoy the magnificent Tzoumaz toboggan run, the most beautiful in Western Switzerland.
Different types of sledges can be rented in front of the gondola departure on the other side of the road.
Sleds are available for hire with, for example, a two-seater model.
La Tzoumaz is part of the 4 Valleys ski area which includes the magnificent resort of Verbier. Nendaz and its toboggan run are also part of the 4 Valleys ski area.
The Nendaz toboggan run with the Nendaz valley and the Rhone valley in the distance. On the left is the Tortin chairlift which takes you to the top of the piste. It also allows skiers to reach Verbier.
A video on the descent of the Tzoumaz track.
Webcam at the beginning of the Tzoumaz cable car.
Webcam at Savoleyres.