With one ski lift and a population
of only 500 inhabitants Zinal isn't a big ski resort and is much
better known for its hiking. From here, via overnight stops in
mountain huts, hikers can make their way up to the Weisshorn,
the fourth tallest peak in Europe. The nearby more famous Matterhorn
mountain is 120 feet shorter than Weisshorn. The Zinal valley
is very narrow with the mountains abruptly rising on its sides.
The commercial activity on
main street consists of two
small supermarkets, a boulangerie and sporting goods store. Zinal
has a cozy old town area with rustic
timbered chalets. Several
blocks away there's a large complex of apartments
which look like they were built in the 1970's.
Is this place
hopping or is it dead in the summer?
Is there a lake and/or golf course in town?
car the only option?
take a bus from the valley floor town of Sierre.
Does the place feel claustrophobic?
Lots of choices
for acccomodations (hotels/ chalets) and do I have recommendations?
Could I spend a whole summer here or would I get bored?
Two days would be my limit.