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Anzère is a purpose-built resort in the canton of Valais, fashioned in traditional Swiss style with direct access to 58km of downhill skiing and numerous walking trails in the summer. Situated just 20 minutes from Sion and next door to Crans Montana, the village is a pleasant dual season resort with excellent facilities. There are 2 swimming pools at the Anzère Spa & Wellness, hotels, bars and nightclubs around the central ‘Place de Village’, a pedestrian area that is home to almost all of the cafes and restaurants. A small resort that, like its neighbour, faces due south, is bathed in sunshine and benefits from exceptional panoramic views. A little Valaisan gem.
What about buying properties in Anzère? Over the past 40 years the resort has grown around its purpose-built centre and attracts holidaymakers year-round. Locals from the neighbouring resorts and down in the Rhône Valley come for days skiing, summer walking and the famous Spa & Wellness centre, featuring Europe’s largest wood-based heating system. International investors in property seekers looking to buy 1, 2 or 3 bedroom chalet and apartment property in Switzerland can choose from good value apartments in centrally-located chalet residences as well as detached chalets along the plateau. Swiss residents looking to buy Anzère property have the option of buying substantial ski chalets in their own grounds with prices rising to CHF 11,000/m2.
A Guide to Anzère
Anzère is a small resort in Valais, just 20 minutes from Sion and 2 hours from Geneva airport. It sits at an altitude of 1500 metres and faces due south, enjoying some of the best views in the Alps. It is popular with locals and international visitors in winter and summer and is more low-key than its near neighbour Crans-Montana. Families appreciate the pedestrianised village square, the magic carpet to the beginner slopes, the numerous free activities in summer and the Anzère Spa and Wellness. Built in 2011 it is heated by the largest wood-based heating system in Europe. The pools are free to children up the age of 6.
Anzère ski area
Anzère is one of the 30+ resorts covered by the Magic Pass ski pass and has 15 pistes officially covering 58km and served by 13 lifts. The ski area spreads across two mountains with ski lifts up to the Pas de Maimbre (2362m) and Le Bâte (2420m). All levels of skier will find something for them. Beginners and children can take the magic carpet in the resort centre and learn on the short nursery slope. This links to a button lift and a blue run. From here they can progress to the blue runs and snow kindergarten further up the mountain at the Pas de Maimbre and around Grillesse. There are plenty of long red runs, the highlight being the run down through the trees to Les Rousses (1770m). Experts have a decent selection of black runs including the challenging Les Masques run which is 5km long. It is possible to heliski off the Wildhorn at 3427m which has some excellent off piste trails.
Anzère is ideal for those wishing to make the transition from downhill skiing to cross country skiing. The Gô trail is just over 3km long, it has beautiful views through the larch and fir trees and is almost entirely flat. There are two ski touring routes, three snowshoe trails and four winter hiking routes. The Les Rousses toboggan run is 4km long and runs parallel to the ski slope. Children can also toboggan free of charge on the small village square run. The Anzère Fun Park is near the village ski lift and stages various events such as night slalom and freestyle parties with a big airbag. Other activities include ice climbing and there is a skating rink in the village square.
Après ski in Anzère
A good selection of bars greet you after a day on the mountain. At the foot of the ski slopes the Dahu Bar is a fine place to start. Ice Cube is near the playground and serves drinks and ice creams, Au Caveau is in the Espace Eden, winemaker Aymon Dominique has a wine cellar open to the public and Bar La Grange has been recently renovated. There is a games room with pool tables, darts and table football at B’Art in the Espace Eden. La Masque nightclub is open on Friday and Saturday nights.
Eating out in Anzère
The Alpage de Tsalan is located near the Flypark and has a terrace with panoramic views. Hot Point Chez Felix near the Grillesses chairlift is a convenient place to stop for lunch. Restaurant Les Rousses serves grills in its cozy interior or out on its sun terrace. Other restaurants include the Pas de Maimbre at the top of the mountain, Tsalan close to the intermediate station and The Shack at the Funpark in the village.
In the resort itself there are no less than 15 restaurants to choose from. Les Premiers Pas and Le Panorama are traditional restaurants serving local Valaisan dishes. Au Chalet serves a mixed menu and seats up to 120 people. For the best cheese dishes try Carnotzet Le Raccard near the spa and wellness centre. Pizzeria de la Poste serves Italian and local dishes and has a terrace with a splendid view.
Summer in Anzère
Anzère is a playground in summer and the Magic Pass also covers the ski lifts that are open. There are 166km of hiking trails and 22 routes along the bisses and through the alpages as well as high mountain tours around the Wildhorn and Sex Rouge. For a gentle 1.5-hour circular walk with stunning views try the tour of the Lac de Tzeusier. Mountain bikers can choose from one downhill trail and four routes. Other activities include a heated open-air swimming pool, tennis courts, paragliding, mini-golf, beach volleyball, fishing and riding. From the intermediate station you can descend 4.6km through the forests to the village by grass scooter or mountain cart. From the Pas de Maimbre hop into an inflatable tube and slide down the course.
If Alpine property for sale in the Anzère area is not of interest, consider properties nearby in Crans-Montana.