Verbier is legendary for its off-piste and glamorous nightlife and luxurious hotels. Being under wo hours from Geneva Airport only strengthens its attraction. It is worth mentioning however that as well as partying the night away, here are more serene options for those who wish a more lisurely pace to their time away. Verbier itself is a sprawling collection wooden chalets, on a sunny plateau, at 1500m on a Swiss mountainside. He skiing on offer is superb, skiing throughout the winter and the resort boasts some wonderful hotels and restaurants. The ski area, like the resort has continued to grow and as a result, the local ski area is linked into no less than 8 other resorts: Nendaz, Siviez, Veysonnaz, Thyon 2000, La Tzoumaz, Les Collons, Les Masses and Bruson. This vast area is the largest lift-linked ski domain in Switzerland, with 410km of runs, over 80 lifts. Despite the many number of pistes, it is the off-piste on offer that many expert skiers come to Verbier for. With the like of Verbier Ride and O’Neill Xtreme freeride competitions being hosted here annually, the resort’s reputation entices skiers and boarders from all over the world.
The apres ski, arguably the liveliest in Europe, starts in the bars on the slopes and slowly drifts down to the resort where it carries on into the next morning. The Farm Club is the place to be (and be seen) after hours and loads of places offering live music mos nights.. Food – wise, there is every sort of restaurant available from Michelin star fine dining to pizzerias. Some of the lower mountain restaurants stay open at night and ferry guests to and from the resort on snowcats.
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Verbier has two options for beginners. For kids who are starting to learn, we suggest the slope called Les Moulins – it is near the town centre and has both, a magic carpet lift and a drag lift. Kids can also sign up for the kids club run by the Swiss Ski School. There is also a crèche (called Les Moulins). For adults, the main beginners’ slope, Les Esserts, just above town, has the same set-up on a bigger scale. This area is easily reached by bus from the centre.
Verbier serves intermediates quite well, especially the more adventurous among them. The intermediate slopes in the main area are concentrated above and below Les Ruinettes however they can be quite busy in peak periods. FT often overlooked cruisy blues and reds around Savoleyres are certainly worth trying.
Verbier offers superb ski terrain for advanced and expert skiers and is a European mecca for off-piste. Mont Fort forms the heart of Verbier’s challenging skiing – there’s only one run down, but it’s steep, broad, bumped and over 1,300 metres from top to bottom.All the black runs are spread disjointedly round the remaining valleys – our favourite long run being from Etherolla towards Les Masses, dropping 800 metres. As for off piste, there is just so much back-country skiing on offer – but we do advise o splurge out and be accompanied by a mountain guide – it really is the best as safest way to get around.
Freeriders who know just what snowboarding is all about will be very impressed with Verbier. The Neil Xtreme competition is held here on the North face of the Bec des Rosses which should give you an idea of what awesome terrain is on offer. Freestylers have a good park located up on La Chaux, it features 3 separate lines and a number of kickers and rails. There is no pipe though!
Snowshoeing Taking a refreshing plunge into the snow doesn’t necessarily have to be done with skis! Snowshoeing is quickly becoming a very popular activity in Verbier and the art of the adventure has become so sophisticated that it is now considered a winter sport. This activity involves walking, jumping or running around with special snowshoes attached to your feet. Immerse in the holy grail of mother nature by winter hiking with very little risk of injury. People of all ages enjoy this activity and it offers a chance to experience the beauty of open white spaces, take everything in and wander in the spectacular Verbier environment.
If you’re in Verbier, don’t miss out on ice-karting! A fantastic activity to take up with a group of friends or family, this gives an immense thrill of being on ice and mixes speed with fresh open air with karts designed specifically for the snow. A very popular activity, this is the perfect way to enjoy the ice with a bit of intensity.
If you’re up for trying something really different, ice climbing is an incredibly fun activity whether you’re an experienced climber or a beginner. Ice climbing is the art of soaring inclined ice configurations including waterfalls, cliffs and rock slabs covered with frozen water. Don’t panic – it’s not as scary as it sounds! Take in the fresh air and enjoy the winter season in a variant manner. With a mountain guide specialist, yourself, friends and family will discover new ways of climbing and soon enough, you’ll be an icefall addict!
If you’re due a day off the slopes and need some rest and recuperation, Verbier holds some of the most prestigious spa venues and treatment salons that can really boost your wellbeing and help to de-stress. A trip to a luxury spa away allows you to truly unwind and revive aching muscles all in an idyllic, calming setting. Just imagine being surrounded by jacuzzis and the sound of waterfalls, massaging baths and underwater music after an active day ice-karting! Take a refreshing dip and head in and out of steam rooms to really revive your inner prosperity. End the day by relaxing at your Switzerland ski accommodation.
A new craze that appears to be taking the world by storm, geocaching is the process of searching for treasure by using the GPS system on your smartphone. Once you’ve found it, you record your name in the logbook and replace the treasure you’ve taken! A simple game that enables you to explore the wonders of Verbier while adventuring to find something exciting.
Admire the array of stunning mountains from an alternate viewpoint – the sky! You can sit back, soften and take in the captivating views of the town. From the snow-masked mountain tops to the forests and glaciers of the Swiss Alps, helicopter tours permit you to view the very best of Verbier from the air and delight in spectacular sites. An exhilarating activity with flexible catering options, this scenic flight will stay with you forever!
Husky dog sledding
You can be steered through the charming avenues of Verbier by the dogs themselves or a guide who can manage the activity. A team of excitable husky dogs will guide you through the snow-white area, allowing you to experience a true thrill by driving along forest paths and speedy slopes. Although this can include fairly tough physical work, it’s an extremely popular activity in Verbier. A special winter experience that you’re sure to not forget in a hurry!
Don’t miss out on the high-end boutiques of Verbier and give yourself a chance to browse local produce and designer shops, which are interposed between urbane bars and cafes where you can stop off for refreshments after a day of browsing and buying. Shop until you drop!
If you’re a real thrill seeker, there’s no better way to take your adrenaline levels to the pinnacle than by leaping out of a plane over the snow-capped Verbier mountains! Begin with an awakening charge at the initial fall, then relax into your surroundings and observe mountain forests in a peaceful yet sensational descent through Verbier. A must-do for those looking for a buzz!
Submerge in a unique perspective of the Verbier environs through a bird’s eye view experience of the exquisite village. Take advantage of high mountains and wonderful airtime with winter paragliding. Previous guidance will be given and all you really need is a little courage!
Unfortunately the local nursery slopes in Kitzbühel are slightly limited and despite the best snowmaking efforts, the snow quality can suffer. There are similar areas in all of the villages in the valley but the same issue persists. Higher up however there is a decent gentle zone on the Kitzbüheler Horn, where there is also good progression on to longer blues. Elsewhere, Pengelstein is probably the best bet for gentle blues within the main ski area.
There’s a huge array of runs for intermediates in the resort, but some of the
slopes can get crowded – especially on the Hahnenkamm. Despite the modest
altitude, you can notch up some serious vertical on the Pengelstein sector by
skiing down to Skirast and also on the Kitzbüheler Horn. Take the 3S across
towards Pass Thurn for the quietest slopes, including the highest piste in the
resort at the aptly named Zweitausender.
Put simply, for young families, there are more family friendly resorts than Verbier. There are also other resorts that give you more bang for your buck money wise. That being said however, you can certainly make it work with the right planning. The resort sprawls a fair distance, with only a small portion of the properties located near the lifts. There’s a non-ski nursery for young children, Les Schtroumpfs, located in Les Moulins and accepting children from three months old. The ski schools will take children aged from four years and the largest, the Swiss Ski School, runs a Kids Club. Off the slopes there are some good facilities for families, especially in the sports centre which has a good leisure pool and there’s also a popular ice rink. Activities involving dogs and donkeys are also available (see the “Activities” tab).
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Geneva Airport has both a Swiss and a French side. So if you are planning to hire a car, make sure you go through a recognised car rental agent on the Swiss side so that you car has all the necessary requirements for driving on Swiss roads
The best way to get to Verbier is to fly to Geneva and then get an airport transfer.
if you are planning to hire a car, make sure you go through a recognised car rental agent on the Swiss side so that you car has all the necessary requirements for driving on Swiss roads
High-speed trains from Geneva stop at Le Châble, only 10 minutes from the centre of Verbier. From here, you can make connections to Paris and London among other European cities.