La Tzoumaz (also referred to as Mayens de Riddes) is a pretty Alpine village located
in a green side valley off the main Rhône valley, in the canton of Valais, in the
south west of Switzerland.
The name comes from the word "tzoumer", which means taking a break - the ideal place
for rest and relaxation!
In winter, La Tzoumaz is a popular ski resort within the 4 Vallées ski region, which
consists of various resorts, including Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, and Thyon. The
resort has a brand new 8 seat (cable car) telecabine, five chair lifts, five drag
lifts and one children's ski lift. The summit of the telecabine links directly to
the 4 Vallées ski area, with 98 more ski lifts and a total of 400 km of ski runs.
La Tzoumaz is situated on north-facing slopes and hence enjoys a long ski-season,
lasting from early December all the way through to late-April. The resort is especially
popular with families, including a small ski lift for children, a natural ice rink,
a heated swimming pool and the longest floodlit sledge run in Western Switzerland
(at 10 kilometres).
In summer, a range of activities is available in the region, from walking and hiking,
to paragliding, mountain biking, rock climbing and fishing. There are tennis courts
in the village, and a golf course in Verbier with stunning, panoramic views! The
walking and hiking can be as strenuous as you like, with over 150 km of well marked
footpaths. If you fancy something a little more gentle, you can try a stroll alongside
the historic watercourses, known as bisses, to be found throughout the region, through
beautiful, peaceful forests of larch and pine. Or if you feel more adventurous, you
can explore the summits of Mont Gelé and Mont Fort.