Mont Fort marks the highest point in the 4 Valleys ski area at 3,330 metres and the Mont Fort sector of the 4 Valleys ski area offers, without a doubt, the largest array of easily reachable advanced/expert terrain of any ski resort in the Alps.
When combined with the Verbier sector’s Mt-Gelé and Tortin itineraries, the possibilities are simply endless (see the piste maps).
Those seeking the awe-inspiring panoramic views from the top of Mont Fort, as well as the challenging and often mogulled-out black run on its front face, can head up to its 3,330m summit via the Mont Fort 2 tram. From there, you can also drop off the backside for some adrenaline packed descents (see our off-piste guide below) but it is not advisable to do so without the accompaniment of a certified mountain guide.
The Mont Fort sector can either be accessed via La Chaux (2260m) by loading onto the Jumbo, or via Tortin (2050m) by taking the Col des Gentianes tram. The Col des Gentianes tram was upgraded to provide cabins similar to the Jumbo, meaning greater comfort and smaller queues. Both lifts converge at the same spot…the Col des Gentianes, at an altitude of 2,950m.
From the Col des Gentianes, there is also the possibility of remaining in the high alpine area and skiing the Glaciers 2 red runs, which are serviced by the Glacier 1 & Glacier 2 drag lifts. Due to the glacier’s heavy recession these past few years, this area necessitates lots of natural snowfall to operate, and therefore, is not always open.
A word of advice for all of you venturing up there: If the weather is threatening to come in and you don’t know the sector well, it is preferable to make your way down the mountain ASAP as the high alpine environment and pea-soup fog do not mix very well. The lack of trees and recognisable features can quickly give you an impression of vertigo, not to mention how easy it is to become lost amidst such a vast area. Even following the piste markers to avoid falling off the run can be a difficult task for someone who knows the slope layout well. Better to save your high alpine adventures for nice sunny days!
The rest of the 4 Valleys, namely Nendaz (1400m), Siviez (1730m), Veysonnaz (1400m) and Thyon (2100m) together go by the name of “Printze”. Spanning North, North-East from Tortin, the Printze area offers a great choice of blue and red runs, as well as a few blacks for the more intrepid skiers and snowboarders.
The highest point in this sector is the Greppon Blanc, at 2700m under which you'll find a selection of red and black runs taking you either back to Siviez or traversing across the mountain to Thyon. Once in Thyon you'll find more blue pistes on the back side of the mountain, marking the farthest point in the 4 valleys ski area and you'll need to be competent skiing red pistes to get across here.
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