Me and 3 friends of mine are heading to Montreux, Switzerland in late December to January for 9 days to freeride. The area is surrounded by massive mountains and resorts and I'm wondering that which ones should we visit (and which not).
The nearest resorts are Les Portes Du Soleil and Verbier and I've got a prejudice that these are the most expensive places with the biggest tourist crowds so I might not be too interested in these options. However, the lesser known resorts east from Verbier really interest me. I feel like these are more authentic villages with less crowds, the problem is that there is hardly any infromation about them online.
The resorts i mean are for example: Evolène, La Forclaz, Arolla, Saint-Luc, Grimentz/Zinal and maybe Zermatt. Any information of these places would be appreciated.
Also, are there any resorts in Valais that are suitable for treeskiing in case of bad visibility or a storm? after a quick research i found that Verbier for example doesn't allow treeskiing because of the forests are protected. Does this apply to all the surrounding resorts?
Not expecting many ns'ers to be from the area but it's worth a shot
Thanks in advance.