Grimentz is one of 5 small resorts in the Val d'Anniviers ski area, forming part of the Valais region of Switzerland which includes resorts such as Verbier and Crans Montana.
The village dates from the 15th century with picturesque narrow cobbled streets and old wooden barns and houses. In the summer the village is famous locally for houses adorned with geranium filled window boxes. In the winter locals and visitors stroll down the narrow streets (many of which are pedestrianised) collecting items for dinner from the baker or butcher or simply window shopping.
Grimentz and Zinal are in the last French speaking valley heading East from Sion and French is generally the language you will hear on the slopes or lifts or in the village shops and restaurants.
A small alpine village, it punches above its weight when it comes to skiing, particulary when Zinal (the neighbouring resort) is taken into account. The local planning authority has rightly preserved the old village, only allowing new developments close to the Bendolla lift which has meant that a ski in/ski out experience is available for those who buy or rent in the right developments. Our duplex is one of those. By contrast, most chalets are located too far from the lifts to walk or ski back to base.