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Boxing Day Weekend In Martigny - Which Resorts?

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Just booked 2 nights (for 3 days skiing) at the Hotel Mercure at Martigny, arriving on Boxing Day.

We've been to Verbier, Chamonix, Portes du Soleil, Saas Fee and Zermatt.We'd happily go back to any of them, but can anyone recommend any of the lesser known or less frequented ski areas in the vicinity??

Cheers!
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mountainaddict, not that close to Martigny, but closer than the PdS I guess, you could try Les Contamines.
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Evolene, Arolla, Zinal (oops, sorry "Resort Z"), Grimentz, Les Diablarets
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mountainaddict,

Crans Montana.
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Thanks for the suggestions so far - will start checking on piste maps, logistics etc.

Is Switzerland in general as bad as France for school hol crowds??

welshflyer: I think I've heard that Crans Montana can suffer in the sun as a lot of it's south facing - though I've also heard that the skiing's great. What's been your experience?

Arno: Is Evolene a real ski area - or are you recommending:
a. A local Swiss Miss? or;
b. A pharmaceutical hangover cure??

Just that I can't find it on my Switzerland map (free from GVA car hire desk so admittedly not a very good one....). Always keen to try completely unheard of areas - where is it and how much skiing is there?

Cheers.
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mountainaddict, it's marked here

arolla is at the top of the same valley

there isn't huge amount of skiing in either but both would be fun for a day and the alpine scenery in Arolla is really stunning, while Evolene is a really chocolate box village even by Swiss standards
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mountainaddict, all those mentioned by Arno (thanks Arno Evil or Very Mad ) plus Leukerbad (smallish ski area, outdoor thermal springs for apres), Graechen, St Luc/Chandolin, Vercorin, Bettmeralp, Riederalp, etc. etc.

Here's the full set:

http://snow.myswitzerland.com/requests/MySwitzerlandWinterSearchRequest.jsp?lang=fr&regionId=011&ski=true&banner=false
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mountainaddict,

I don't think south facing will be an issue in late December?

I can't remember it was so long ago that I went there to see the World Championships (Zubriggen vs Mueller).
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Thanks again to all snowHead - all helpful as ever. Now spoilt for choice!! (But not a bad dilemma to have wink )

Fair point welshflyer - just trying to cover all angles in my excitement at discovering new ski areas!
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