The 30th most popular snowboarding destination in Switzerland.
Tuesday 5 December 2017 06:13 GMT
Southeast of Geneva and east of Martigny, the Thyon 2000 ski area has 15 lifts and is known for good off-piste freeriding options. Thyon is a small modernistic resort village located up on the slopes.
Thyon Ski Area is part of Les 4 Vallees ski domain. Located southeast of Martigny, Les 4 Vallees ski domain is one of the largest in Switzerland. Les 4 Valles encompasses 89 lifts serving 91 groomed pistes totalling 410km spread across four massive glaciated valleys. The lifts interconnect Le Chable, Verbier, La Tzoumaz, Nendaz, Siviez, Veysonnaz, Thyon and soon Bruson The pistes are 39% beginner, 44% intermediate and 17% black. In addition to the groomed pistes, there is plenty of ungroomed, marked ski-tour routes and unmarked off-piste terrain to explore under craggy peaks down steep couloirs. Keep in mind that there are plenty of t-bars and Poma platter lifts spread throughout the region, along with flat or rolling traverses between ski areas. Overall, you are not going to find many snowboarders here, maybe 5-10%, unless it is a powder day. Speaking of powder, if you plan to explore the amazing wealth of rocky off-piste terrain, snow depth can be a problem throughout. If the quoted minimum depth is less than 90cm (36 inches), the off-piste routes are pretty sketchy to explore and you will be stuck on the icy groomed pistes. There can be some inconsistencies in published snow reports, such as centimeters reported as inches, so make sure to check several snow report sources before coming. Freeriders will want to stay in Verbier if you can afford it, otherwise consider Le Chable or Siviez. If you are on a budget, make sure to ask the tourism office about the many bunkhouse options - some are on the mountain and offer first tracks options.
Note: February and early March are peak season with tons of Europeans on vacation.
Note: If you plan to head to Thyon for snowboarding by train, here are two great options offered by the Swiss train system SBB. First, there is the discounted Swiss Transfer Ticket which provides a round-trip train ticket from an airport directly to the town near the ski area, plus 50% off any additional train or bus tickets. Second, there is the Snow-N-Rail ticket which provides a round-trip ticket from anywhere in Switzerland combines with a ski lift pass for as long as you need at a total 20% discount (see: http://www.sbb.ch/snownrail ).
Overall, Thyon is the 30th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 79 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Thyon including Verbier, La Tzoumaz, Veysonnaz, Nendaz and Bruson.