• Secret Alps

Perched at 1400 metres in the middle of the 4 Vallees, Haute Nendaz is a lively resort with good amenities for winter and summer holidays. The resort retains an unspoilt charm with an atmosphere that is genuinely warm and welcoming. There is a good choice of shops, bars, clubs and restaurants clustered around the cable car station. The mass market has yet to discover the resort, so you can enjoy the attractions of the village and mountains without the crowds.

Being in the heart of the 4 Vallees, snow enthusiasts can access over 400 km of runs stretching from Les Collons, Thyon and Veysonnaz over to world famous Verbier. The Nendaz section of the 4 Vallees domain rises to 3330 meters to the glacier of Mont Fort. All snow sports are here. Whatever your interest, from downhill skiing and snowboarding to off-piste, ski touring, cross country and heliski, it is all on the doorstep. Read our own piste guide in Open Secret for inspiration. There are a number of ski schools based in Haute Nendaz with instructors qualified for every snow sport.

And it’s not just for the experts. Nendaz has excellent credentials as a family-oriented centre and deserves its official status as a 'Families Welcome' resort. It has good facilities including a toy library and ice rink.

The resort is a magnet for hikers who can explore 95km of terraced paths beside the “bisses” or irrigation channels, some of which date back to medieval times. Although they are carved into the mountain, these trails have such a gentle incline that all the family can negotiate them. Some are even classed as suitable for pushchairs. Details of summer lifts and shuttle buses are in Open Secret.

For those seeking thrills with faster wheels, there are over 200km of mountain bike tracks. Cyclists have numerous options including the Tour du Mont Fort which offers an easy rider version of the Verbier-Nendaz-La Tzoumaz circuit by making judicious use of the ski lifts or the Pro rider tour which avoids all but one lift. The strenuous version has a total of 2,429m climbing and an incredible 3,112m of descent.

The Grand Raid classed as the longest mountain bike race in the world passes right through Nendaz near the beginning of its 132km challenge.