Verbier

Ski Resort in Switzerland

Introduction

Verbier is a village located in south-western Switzerland in the canton of Valais. It is a holiday resort and ski area in the Swiss Alps and is recognised as one of the premiere "off-piste" resorts in the world.

Verbier has it all – big skiing, big chalets, big nightlife – and is one of the great Alpine resorts. Accommodation, and everything else, is pricey for what you get and you pay for its party status, but there’s certainly no question about the terrain and legendary off-piste: it’s mind-blowing.

At a glance, Verbier is a rambling collection of wooden chalets in a sun-kissed meadow 1500m up a mountainside, but despite rustic appearances the village is a purpose built ski resort which before 1925 was little more than summer pasture.

Verbier’s 4 Vallees ski area is the largest lift-linked ski domain in Switzerland, with 412km of groomed pistes – 39% beginner, 44% intermediate and 17% advanced – and a whopping maximum vertical drop of nearly 2,000m off-piste from Mont-Fort Glacier (3,330m).

The entire ski domain (412km) is served by 92 ski lifts linking the resorts of Verbier, La Tzoumaz and Bruson as well as Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon, over a dozen ski schools and guiding organisations operating from Verbier alone, and around 20 mountain restaurants.

Critics say the 4 Vallees ski area is hard to find your way around – partly a function of its enormous and varied terrain as much as poor signposting – and that the ski lift system is imperfect, but the biggest issue is simply that Verbier is a victim of its own success – a situation the lift company has addressed with increased lift capacity and improved signposting, but the piste maps and marking still leave room for improvement.

Thanks to legendary off-piste opportunities and competitions like the Verbier Ride and O'Neill Xtreme, top skiers and boarders, and plenty of wannabes, come from all over the world to ski Verbier so get ready to fight your way through gaggles of helmeted, shovel-toting freeriders warming up at the top of the main ski lifts each morning.

There’s no question, the standard of skiing in Verbier is high, but there’s no need to feel outclassed, whatever your level. Intermediates might ask themselves why they’re fighting Verbier’s crowds when the Portes du Soleil, might deliver more of their kind of skiing without the hustle, but the answer is simple: when you leave the slopes for apres ski and nightlife, there’s no contest.

The choice of accommodation in Verbier includes more than a dozen hotels from 3-star to 5-star, numerous apartments a superb selection of chalet accommodation, to rent or buy, including some of the best luxury chalets in the Alps with services and prices to match.

Located just 167 km from Geneva International Airport, getting to Verbier is easy by road or rail in around 2 hours 30 minutes or less, making it a popular destination also for ski weekends and short breaks.

Skiing in Verbier


Beginner Skiing

Les Esserts, within Verbier itself and well away from the main runs, is ideal for novices, but progressively more challenging beginner runs are harder to reach; Les Moulins has a special children’s area.

Nursery slopes for beginners in Verbier

First time skiers can have a good time in Verbier. Les Esserts, within the village, is an ideal starting point for beginners with a 120m magic carpet and snowmaking, well away from the main runs; Les Moulins has a special children’s area.

However, it’s not so easy for skiers to progress to more challenging beginner runs: Verbier tends to give you all or nothing, just when you need something in between. And while it’s true that novice skiers can be expert après-skiers, Verbier’s other great selling point – the high mountain scenery – will be missed by most beginners, though the sunny setting of Verbier itself may be enough to get people back for more.

Best progressive beginner runs in Verbier

The best progressive beginner runs are on Savoleyres and over the ridge into La Tzoumaz. These family-friendly slopes run through trees and keep better snow than the very sunny south facing slopes of Savoleyres. There are plans to develop this area to improve links with Verbier, but even now the runs back to town from the top of Savoleyres are easy meandering blues and there’s also the option of returning by gondola.

Higher up there are good blues at La Chaux; getting there and back can be intimidating, with advanced skiers hurtling by, but the area is now a slow ski zone. There’s also a slow zone from the top of Tournelle down to La Tzoumaz. For the rest of the domain, there are certainly plenty of blue runs in total, but for beginners and early intermediates they might as well be on the moon for all the likelihood of you reaching them – if you’re staying in Verbier, that’s where you’ll ski; likewise Thyon and all the other bases.

Whether a first time novice or improving beginner Verbier ski and snowboard schools offer high standards of tuition and around half a dozen ski schools to choose from.


Intermediate Skiing

Verbier's 4 Vallees ski area as a whole consists mainly of red runs. Strong intermediates enjoy the varied terrain and the opportunity to ski through high mountain scenery, but others might struggle to see the point so keep that in mind when judging whether Verbier is right for you.

Adventurous intermediates have a lot of scope in Verbier and the Four Valleys, with around 40% of the ski areaat their disposal, but spread across the whole of the domain, making some of it hard to reach. There’s big skiing too, with the longest vertical descent on piste (1,227m) from Attelas to Verbier, which doesn’t even involve either of the highest lift-accessed points.

However, the real problem with the otherwise excellent descents on the Verbier side of the ski area is that they’re so crowded. The end of the day can feel like a high speed Chinese downhill as more advanced and expert skiers head home after a day skiing the couloirs up high. More useful, particularly at busy times of the ski season, are self-contained areas such as Savoleyres and La Tzoumaz which are ignored by many, yet deliver everything that a relaxed group of skiers could want.

In good snow conditions, a day at Bruson is an excellent alternative to Verbier’s more crowded slopes. Bruson is just across the valley from Verbier and now more easily reached by the new Le Chable – Bruson gondola, opened in December 2013 in place of the free bus service. In good snow conditions, the ski terrain at Bruson also include good opportunities for learning to ski off-piste on relatively gentle slopes.

Some intermediate skiers may find the distances across the Four Valleys a problem, as the biggest routes tend also to involve occasional tough sections. You shouldn’t consider the Four Valleys as seamlessly linked in the way that some of the French mega-resorts are; there’s certainly a case for skiers to consider Thyon or La Tzoumaz as a base if they’re wary of the more advanced skiing in Verbier.


Advanced & Expert Skiing

Verbier’s 4 Vallees 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.

Advanced skiing on-piste in Verbier

Typically, at least 30% of skiers visiting Verbier are in the advanced category, attracted not only by the off-piste, but also by the tougher intermediate pistes, along with several serious blacks which together make a total of 40% advanced terrain.

Of Verbier's pisted runs, Mont Fort forms the heart of the challenging skiing – there’s only one run down, but it’s steep, broad, bumped and over 1,300 metres from top to bottom. The fact that for most of the way they are on the Tortin Glacier passes most people by – crevasses are not an issue between the markers – but it certainly helps the northwest face to keep great snow. Continuing to Tortin via a much-used ‘ski-tour’ itinerary or via the long red to La Chaux extends this already long descent but without the focus or challenge of the high mountain face.

All the other black runs are spread disjointedly round the remaining valleys – a relatively short, steep, east facing route from Attelas to Lac des Vaux and also on the west face, to the Attelas chair; a longer run, Les Fontaines down to Prarion, served only by a drag lift; from the Greppon Blanc towards Combatzeline, also served by a drag; and a long run at the farthest reaches of the Four Valleys, from Etherolla towards Les Masses, dropping 800 metres to end at around 1,600 metres on a north facing slope. Also on this side and below the Greppon Blanc are some interesting reds, though the number of draglifts puts a dent in the popularity of the area and certainly slows the rate at which these slopes can be repeated.

Verbier Ski Routes and Off-Piste

There are two further ski run designations within the Four Valleys, both best described as official off piste itineraries. Ski routes, known locally as ‘Ski Tours’, are ‘marked, not maintained, not controlled and intended for experienced users’ and ‘High Mountain Tours’ are ‘not marked, not maintained, not controlled and intended for very experienced users’, but in practice, these are normally so well frequented that you might think you were on piste, except for the lack of signs and grooming.

Virtually every square foot of Verbier’s snow gets skied, even when it’s at the top or bottom of big cliffs or nestles in tight, steep couloirs. Local guides acknowledge that the reputation of the place for extreme skiing means that even with a posted avalanche hazard of four out of a maximum five (when sane people stick to the piste), many hardcore freeriders still choose to go off-piste rather than risk missing out on fresh tracks.

With the density of tracks all over the mountain, it is at least arguable that every nook and cranny is well consolidated over the course of each season, slightly reducing the overall avalanche risk as compared with similar un-skied terrain. That said, hiring a guide is advisable both for safety sake and to find the best snow conditions.

The concentration of faster ski lifts (though longer queues) and steep slopes around Mont Fort, Plan du Fou, Les Attelas, Chassoure and Tortin makes those areas the focus for accomplished skiers (they’re also within easy reach of Verbier) and it’s also where the real action is to be found: the itineraries, off piste routes and couloirs described in the Freeride Verbier section.

Heliskiing in Verbier

Give back-country skiing a shot accompanied by a mountain guide. Take on the Vallon d’Arby or the «Backside Mont-Fort» for a powder-filled day. For a completely unforgettable experience, try heli-skiing – with a helicopter flight and incredible downhills in perfect snow. Four drop-off points are Petit Combin, Glacier du Trient, Rosablanche and Pigne d'Arolla.


Snowboarding & Freestyle

The snow park in Verbier - with cheap lift ticket - is right by La Chaux, but it's the off-piste that makes Verbier one of the extreme snowboarding resorts in Europe.

Verbier's snow park is right by La Chaux, www.mysnowpark.ch. If that’s all you need, you can buy a daily “Snowpark” rate ticket for SFR40 to access the large snowpark’s rails, jumps and boarder cross for all levels; there are plans for a half-pipe. Another skier/boarder-cross area is at Snowpark Taillay above La Tzoumaz.

Elsewhere the off-piste makes Verbier one of the extreme boarding resorts of Europe, regularly hosting competitions such as the O'Neill Xtreme (www.xtremeverbier.ch) and Verbier Ride (www.verbierride.com) each year, but some of the run-outs from the best off-piste routes can be a long struggle on a board, including Mont Fort descents along the shores of the Lac des Cleuson.

The Lac des Vaux and the Vallon d'Arbi provide perfect natural terrain for freestylers, but the steepest terrain tends to get well bumped after a few snow-free days, so it’s less than ideal on a board. More useful is the absence of draglifts in the main Verbier area.


Snow conditions in Verbier

Switzerland is renowned for great snowfall year after year with well groomed pistes, deep powder and hardcore off piste runs every winter. Contributing to the natural snowfall is the many snow guns and snow cannons blasting out artificial snow across the many pistes of Verbier. Thanks to its vast selection of on and off-piste routes, it is easy to see why thousands of skiers come back here year after year.

Apres ski, restaurants and other activities in Verbier

Verbier is known for coming to life in the evening with many great après bars located in majority of the hotels. The Farinet hotel bar is the place to be during après plus also the Pub Mont Fort. There is a great run of après bars as you jump off the Meridan lift, all the way down to the Place Centrale- here you will find 10-15 bars open from 3pm to late. Enjoy a jar or three before heading back to your chalet for a good hearty dinner to refuel for the next day pounding the powder! If you want to head out after dinner then we recommend checking out The Etoile Rouge, Twin Peaks and the Farm Club, all within walking distance of the Place Centrale.

Verbier info card

Resort Altitude1500m
Highest Lift3330m
Total Piste410km
Longest Run16km
Directions of SlopesAll
Uphill Capacity41418
Total Lifts85
Gondolas/Cable cars15
Chairlifts24
Drag Lifts46
Snow Parks1

Transportation - Get In

If you are travelling from outside of Switzerland, then flying into Geneva Airport and hiring a car is the quickest way to get to Verbier. Geneva has a great choice of airlines offering good value on flights all year round. The Swiss rail network is also worth looking into as you can catch a train all the way to Le Chable, which is located just below Verbier.


By plane

You have a good choice of international airports to fly into when coming to Verbier, either in winter or summer. Geneva and Zurich are the most commonly used. 

Geneva Airport is extremely well connected from most UK and European cities and is the largest airport near Verbier. Flights to Geneva are competitively priced because of high passenger volumes and you can pick up Swiss chocolate and Swiss watches on your way through.

Sion Airport is the closest to Verbier, with the shortest transfer times although its very small and can only handle a small volume of flights and only during winter - in the region of 4 flights per week. 

Other Swiss airports such as Zurich and Bern are well connected to Verbier by road and the Swiss rail network. Bern is closer (around 2.15 hours transfer) and services a lot of European destinations, but if you're coming from further afield you're more likely to fly into Zurich which welcomes flights from all over the world, year round. You could also fly into one of the Italian or French airports such as Milan, Turin or Lyon although they involve not only crossing international borders, but also mountain roads (from Italy) and road tolls if you're self driving.

Geneva is the best option, as it has the most onward transfer options to Verbier. On the subject of transfers, you can take a private taxi, hire a car, take the train or pick up a private airport transfer. Travel times vary for each airport, as do the respective transfer costs. 

Geneva airport to Verbier - 167km / 2 hours 10 minutes
Zurich airport to Verbier - 290km / 3 hours 20 minutes
Lyons airport to Verbier - 296km / 3 hours 40 minutes
Milan Malpensa airport to Verbier - 265km / 3 hours 45 minutes

Flights

There are an increased number of international flights to the above airports during the winter months, operating from December to March/April. In summer there are plenty of flights to Geneva and Zurich from all over the world. Use our Flight Finder via the link below to search for the best flights for your trip.

If you’re bringing sports equipment with you, don’t forget to check how much extra the airline might charge you for carriage and give yourself extra time to get this additional equipment checked in. Often the excess baggage areas are separate from the main check in desks, so make sure you get there with plenty of time to potentially do two check-ins. You should be able to find out more information about prices and check in desks either on the airline website, on your tickets or email confirmation.

Transfers to Verbier

Once you've reached the airport the easiest onwards form of travel to resort is by using a private transfer company. Some shared transfers are available, as are hire cars, but if you're looking to arrive in a timely, hassle free way, going private is the way to do it. If you're arriving by train in Le Chable, it's only a short ride up in the gondola to get to the centre of Verbier. This gondola ride is included in the price of your ski pass, so it's worth buying your ski pass online in advance so you don't pay extra for this leg of the journey.

Buses

There are no public buses that run directly from Geneva Airport to Verbier. There are however minibus services to Verbier which are run by private companies and take around 3 hours. They cost in the region of 120CHF return per person (based on 4 people sharing a private transfer).

Trains

It's surprisingly easy, quick and comfortable to travel overland by train from and to just about anywhere in Europe, especially between some of the major European cities.

If you're travelling from the UK, it's possible to catch the Eurostar to Paris and then take one of the TGV Lyria trains on to Verbier. Your journey would look like this; London St Pancras to Paris Nord on Eurostar > Paris Lyon to Lausanne on TGV > Lausanne to Martigny on a regional train > Martigny to Le Chable, also on a regional train. High speed trains mean that the total journey time is pretty short - it takes around 2 hours 15 to get to Paris and then a further 5-6 hours to get to Le Chable.  You will need to verify check in times and transfers from station to station on each leg of the journey, allowing yourself enough time to make each of the connections. 

If you're travelling from elsewhere in Switzerland, the Swiss rail network is renowned as being one of the best, most punctual services in Europe as well as having a vast network. There are also plenty of sightseeing trains aimed at toutists which you can take to explore the lakes and mountains.

The benefit of coming to Verbier (Le Chable) by train is that, as well as being more environmentally friendly, you arrive at the foot of the mountain and so there's no need to take an additional transfer or bus up to resort, you can simply take the gondola from Le Chable up to the resort centre.


By Buses/Coaches

There are a number of international coach companies that arrive in Geneva or Lausanne but no closer than that to Verbier. You'll need to hop on a train from either of these two locations to finish your journey. 

These long haul coaches are usually more comfortable than your average coach and many travel through the night, allowing you to spend more time on your actual holiday when you arrive. Although the journey time is longer, you don't have the usual airport hassle of checking in luggage and hanging around in the departures lounge waiting for your flight to board. It is also more eco-friendly and often quite a bit less expensive. 


By Ferries

If you’re travelling from the UK, or perhaps from other European destinations to Switzerland by car, one of only a few options is to take the cross-channel ferry; another is the Eurotunnel train. You should book ferry tickets well in advance, especially if you’re thinking about travelling during peak holiday season.


By Car

Bringing your own vehicle with you to Verbier is a good idea if you want to have a little more flexibility getting around once you’re here, or if you want to explore neighbouring towns, villages or other resorts. Montreux, Lausanne, Geneva and Chamonix are all within easy driving distance of Verbier and make for a good day trip. 

In winter the 9km (or so) long, winding road up into Verbier from Le Chable is cleared of snow regularly, but if you don't actually need your car when in resort, it's a good idea to leave it in the parking at Le Chable and take the gondola or the bus up to resort centre. 

 

Transportation - Get Around


Verbier village is small enough to get pretty much everywhere on foot, even in ski boots. A free bus runs around the village until early evening. There is a cable car service between Verbier and Le Chable which runs from 08:30 until 18:30, and a bus which runs later, so you will want to make note of the bus schedule if your hotel is in Le Chable.

Accommodation & Hotels


The Hotel Vanessa is located in the centre of Verbier, 5 minutes' walk from the ski lift. It offers free Wi-Fi and free garage parking. All rooms have a balcony overlooking the Alps. You have free access to the Hotel Vanessa's hot tub and sauna.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Good shuttle service
    • Friendly service
    • Great reception
    • Clean rooms
  • HÔTEL VANESSA SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 5% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.


The 5-star W Verbier offers comfort and convenience whether you're on business or holiday in Bagnes. Both business travelers and tourists can enjoy the hotel's facilities and services. 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, car power charging station, convenience store are just some of the facilities on offer. All rooms are designed and decorated to make guests feel right at home, and some rooms come with television LCD/plasma screen, bathroom phone, carpeting, clothes rack, complimentary instant coffee. Enjoy the hotel's recreational facilities, including hiking trails, ski equipment rentals, ski lessons, yoga room, hot tub, before retiring to your room for a well-deserved rest. W Verbier combines warm hospitality with a lovely ambiance to make your stay in Bagnes unforgettable.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Stylish hotel
    • Spacious rooms
    • Clean rooms
    • Nice building
  • W VERBIER SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 9% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.

     


Property Location: With a stay at La Cordée des Alpes in Bagnes (Verbier), you'll be minutes from Nanuq Gallery and close to Ski Lift Leeboden. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Verbier Ski Resort and Medran 1 Cable Car.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 32 guestrooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and coffee/tea makers.

Amenities: Treat yourself with massages and facials. A spa tub and a sauna offer a relaxing way to wind down after a day on the slopes. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and ski storage. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the complimentary area shuttle.

Dining: Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Planning an event in Bagnes? This hotel has facilities measuring 431 square feet (40 square meters), including conference space. Free self parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests think this is a perfect airport hotel.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests recommend this hotel for solo travelers.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Good shuttle service
    • Friendly service
    • Stylish hotel
    • Nice building
  • LA CORDÉE DES ALPES SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 90, this hotel is one of the top 18% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, food and Vibe.

     


Property Location: Located in Bagnes (Verbier), Hotel Bristol is minutes from Nanuq Gallery and Medran 1 Cable Car. This ski hotel is within close proximity of Verbier Ski Resort and Medran 2 Cable Car.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 32 guestrooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and digital programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities: Enjoy the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features a nightclub and a sauna. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and ski storage.

Dining: A complimentary hot/cold buffet breakfast is served daily.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and luggage storage. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • Guests recommend this hotel for solo travelers.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Parking is rare
    • Comfortable beds
    • Bathroom could be optimized
    • Great reception
  • HOTEL BRISTOL VERBIER SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 86. Guests recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.

     


Property Location: With a stay at Hotel Le Farinet in Bagnes (Verbier), you'll be minutes from Nanuq Gallery and Medran 1 Cable Car. This hotel is within close proximity of Verbier Ski Resort and Medran 2 Cable Car.

Rooms: Stay in one of 17 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and bathrobes. Conveniences include safes and coffee/tea makers, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Amenities: Enjoy recreation amenities such as a nightclub or take in the view from a terrace. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle.

Dining: Satisfy your appetite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants. Relax with a refreshing drink at one of the 3 bars/lounges.

Business, Other Amenities: The front desk is staffed during limited hours.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
  • HOTEL FARINET SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 86. Guests recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.

     


Hotel Montpelier is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests in Bagnes. Featuring a complete list of amenities, guests will find their stay at the property a comfortable one. Facilities like free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas are readily available for you to enjoy. Comfortable guestrooms ensure a good night's sleep with some rooms featuring facilities such as television LCD/plasma screen, heating, wake-up service, desk, mini bar. Recuperate from a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of your room or take advantage of the hotel's recreational facilities, including sauna, golf course (within 3 km), indoor pool, skiing, solarium. Convenience and comfort makes Hotel Montpelier the perfect choice for your stay in Bagnes.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • Guests recommend this hotel for solo travelers.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Great view
    • Spacious rooms
    • Comfortable beds
  • HOTEL MONTPELIER SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 84. Guests recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.

     


Hotel Nevai is a member of Design Hotels - The new Hotel Nevai hotel is a modern mountain retreat in the center of town offering two bars -a restaurant -33 bedrooms and 2 penthouse suites on the top floor - We also have a spa area offering treatments -sauna and steam room.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Great reception
    • Could be quieter
    • Bathroom could be optimized
  • NEVAI SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 84. Guests recommend it because of its service, location and breakfast.

     


Ski Area

From the nursery slopes of Les Esserts to the sun-drenched beginner area of La Chaux, and from the mellow pistes of the Lac des Vaux to the wide, cruising boulevards of the Attelas and the Combes, Verbier has everything to please the beginner and intermediate crowds.

Add to that the Verbier snowpark and challenging ski itineraries of Chassoure-Tortin and of the Mont Gelé, and it becomes clear that the Verbier ski area has something for everyone.

Boasting three nursery slopes/beginner areas in the resort itself, the Verbier ski area also offers great beginner terrain up at La Chaux, accessible from Médran via the La Chaux Express Combi-Mix lift. Serviced by a high-speed detachable quad as well as a triple chair, the Lac des Vaux area is perfect for intermediate skiers looking for easy runs. What more, thanks to its northern orientation, this little area is usually blessed with great snow conditions.

Those seeking long uninterrupted “boulevards” on which to cruise down need to look no further than the Attelas 2 & 3 and the Combe 1 & 2 pistes. These runs are serviced for the most part by state of the art lifts such as the Funispace, the Les Attelas (a 6 man, high-speed detachable bubble chairlift) as well as the La Chaux Express (6-man chairs and 8-person gondolas alternating on the same line) ensuring that lift queues are kept to a minimum even on the busiest days.


Best pistes in Verbier

The sun-drenched area of La Chaux is a firm favourite and a great place to practice your ski technique and progress as there are nice, easy runs which tend to soften up in the afternoon giving the south-facing orientation. 

Four marked blue runs await beginners and low-intermediate skiers and snowboarders here. From top to bottom, these are:

Lac des Vaux 1:
From the top of the Lac des Vaux quad chair, exit left and follow the slope until an intersection where you can choose to go left (Lac des Vaux direction) or right (Ruinettes direction). Take a left and continue in that direction until another intersection, where you can either go straight or slightly right. Either way you choose, the slope eventually makes a final left turn and follows the Lac des Vaux triple chair line to the bottom of both Lac des Vaux lifts.

La Chaux 1:
From the top of the La Chaux Express, head towards the area of Les Fontaneys. From there, continue across the top of the bowl, traversing the whole thing along the flat road until you pop over back on the La Chaux side of the ridge. This run, also marked as ‘Grenier’ on the piste map, will eventually take you back to the bottom of the La Chaux Express lift, via the tail end of the snow park. Because it is slightly more out of the way, it isn’t rare to have parts of this slope entirely to yourself.

La Chaux 2:
From the top of the La Chaux quad chair, exit right and take the piste directly to the right. This run winds its way down for the most part on the skier’s left or directly below the lift line, eventually ending up at the bottom of the lift. Some sections are marginally steeper in places but overall, the descent is quite mellow; perfect for learning!

Médran 1:
Starting at the Ruinettes, this run is an endless cat road which switchbacks its way down a number of times all while crossing numerous red runs along the way, until it reaches the Médran lift station in town. It is also possible to take the run from the top of the Mayentzet double chair, from which it is a much shorter journey down.


Beginner areas in Verbier

Verbier ski area is an ideal for beginner skiers and those wishing to progress. With a good selection of wide blue level pistes and some great ski schools, you are sure to end your holiday tackling some of the trickier runs in resort.

Les Esserts
Les Esserts is the largest of the beginner ski areas in Verbier (with 1 drag lift & 2 magic carpets at your disposal). With its short, gentle slopes conveniently situated right next to the Hameau bus stop and a restaurant terrace, Les Esserts is without a doubt the most popular spot for beginner skiers and families alike. It is also home to the longest magic carpet in Switzerland, which costs only 5CHF for foot passengers who would like to accompany their children while they are learning.

Le Rouge
Le Rouge nursery ski area is served by 1 drag lift and has two slopes which run from the top of the village at Carrefour down to the centrally situated Brunet bus stop. The variable speed drag lift here gives beginner skiers and snowboarders access to a slightly more inclined slope; the perfect place to progress to after having spent time on Les Esserts.

Les Moulins
Les Moulins has 1 short drag lift and is the smallest of the nursery ski areas in Verbier, with a slope of just 318 metres in length. It's situated right in the heart of Verbier and the École Suisse de Ski use it exclusively for their Kids' Club programme.

La Chaux
After feeling more confident on these nursery slopes, the La Chaux area further up the mountain is a good place to progress to. There are nice, slow blue pistes here which tend to soften up in the afternoon given their south-facing orientation. This area is accessible from the Médran via La Chaux Express lift and is also serviced by a 4-man chair, making it a great place to practice what you've learnt at ski school.


Advanced areas in Verbier

Skiers and boarders in search of steep, adrenaline packed descents will either want to head straight over to the Col de Chassoure to test their skills on the Chassoure-Tortin “wall” (a ski itinerary which takes you down a steep, often heavily moguled face) or, if the tram is running, head straight up to the peak of the imposing Mont Gelé, where, from its 3,023m summit, a multitude of ski itineraries will give even the most hardened experts a run for their money.

Chassoure-Tortin

The itinerary starts at the Col the Chassoure, where the Lac des Vaux triple chair and the Chassoure 8-person gondola meet. From there, you can either drop straight in and tackle the moguls down the “wall”, or traverse towards the right along the face and drop in wherever suits you.

Traversing is often worthwhile as the slope tends to be less bumpy the further you go, but be careful when doing so as the traverse can get quite rutted out and catching an edge or making a mistake here could result in an uncontrollable fall due to the slope inclination.

From the bottom of the face, the run funnels to the right onto a flat cat road which eventually winds its way down to the bottom of the Chassoure gondola. Alternatively, you can drop off towards the right and follow the lift line to the bottom through a beautiful (but quite flat) landscape.

Mont Gelé

Although the skiing possibilities off Mont-Gelé’s summit are endless, two official itineraries do exist, one which takes you down the south face to La Chaux, while the other takes you off the back, and eventually ends up at Tortin. For the south face descent, drop in on the right as you exit the Cable Car at the summit. On this first pitch, make your way diagonally left to avoid the impassible rock bands below.

From the choke point, the face opens up in a big open bowl which continues all the way down towards the bottom of La Chaux. You can either continue straight (and eventually meet up with the Col des Gentianes-La Chaux red run), or progressively cut diagonally right to finish up on the La Chaux 2 blue run. For the backside descent, go straight ahead as you exit the cable car at the summit. This will naturally take you left around to the back of the mountain, from where you can pretty much drop in wherever suits you.

After a long, moderately graded descent, the slope inclination mellows out & the tracks funnel into a line which eventually gets quite flat, so try and keep your speed up to avoid pushing too much. From this point, you’re essentially on the final portion of the “Stairway to Heaven” off-piste run. 

Mont Fort

There is one marked black run awaiting expert skiers and snowboarders in the Mont Fort sector. From the top of the Mont Fort 2 tram, after taking in the awesome views of the Matterhorn towards the East, and Mont Blanc to the West, make your way down the stairs to the top of the run. This steep and often mogulled piste pretty much follows the fall line to the skier's left of the lift, until crossing over to the right of the front face and mellowing out, much lower down near the top of the Glaciers 1 & 2 drag-lifts. Alternatively, although not an official marked run, you can cut across right near the top to the right of the tram line and make your way down an even steeper (but slightly smoother) line down the face.

Advanced pistes in Bruson

There is just one marked black piste awaiting expert skiers and snowboarders, namely La Pasay Noir. This piste has two different starting options, both of which eventually fusion together lower down. From the top of the La Pasay triple chair, exit right. Taking another right straight away will lead you to the start of the piste, which pretty much follows the fall line to the skiers left of the lift.

You can also choose to go pretty much straight when getting off the lift and you’ll be on a short (but very scenic) wrap-around portion of the same run, eventually joining back up to the other piste on the front face of the resort. Both options bring you back to the bottom of the La Pasay triple chair.


Off-piste areas in Verbier

When it comes to off-piste, Verbier is one of the most renowned resorts in the Alps. This is mainly due to the accessibility of its itineraries, as well as numerous possibilities found over an extensive region.

Col de Mines
Access to this very popular off-piste run is gained exactly the same way as for the Vallon d’Arbi (see description in La Tzoumaz/Savoleyres section below).

Once you’ve reached the col and dip back onto the “sunny” side, Verbier pops into view and you’re at the start of your run. From there, you can either go straight down, or traverse left or right. Wherever you go, the slope inclination remains a very nice moderately steep grade. If it’s a powder day and you’re amongst the first ones to get there, going straight down is the best & safest bet. As things get tracked out, you can traverse to the skier’s left to get your own fresh track, but the further over you go, the bigger the slope overhead gets, so be very wary of that.

If it’s spring corn you’re after, then you can play with the slope exposure. Depending on how early (or late) it is you might want to traverse left or right. If things are still a bit crunchy at the col, then you’ll want to head to the skier’s right, as the further over you get, the more south-facing the slope gets, and you’ll find the better-transformed snow there. If it’s a bit later in the day, you might want to do the opposite, to avoid overly transformed “soupy” snow. Going straight down is fine too, but if it hasn’t snowed in a long time, you might find it to be a bump run!

No matter which way you choose to go, you will eventually funnel onto the Médran 1 cat track, a blue run which will eventually get bring you all the way down to… Médran!

Col de Mouches
Referred to by the locals as “La Mouche”, this area is easily reached with a high traverse along the top of the Chassoure-Tortin slope. From the top of the Chassoure gondola, go towards the slope everyone calls “Tortin” and remain as high as possible, traversing it to the right (an absolute calf or thigh burner for all you boarders!) When you’ve traversed above the whole face, you’ll cross over into the “Mouche”; a huge open bowl of moderate, consistent steepness. Be careful when crossing over as it is often quite rocky there.

From there, you can either drop straight in (that tends to be tracked out), or traverse the bowl all the way over until you find your own line to carve, which will eventually join up with the flat section at the very bottom of the Gentianes-Tortin itinerary. While doing this, DO remember to keep an eye on the slope above you. Once on the flats, hook a left & you’re minutes away from the lifts at Tortin! Because of its north-eastern exposure, great snow can be found during the winter months, but come the springtime, beware of the “melt-freeze” effect, which can sometimes leave a wicked, very unpleasant crust on the whole bowl.


Snowparks in Verbier

If you are new to the slopes it's a good chance that you'll be wanting to try your first kicker or rail soon. Freestyle is great fun and if you want to learn there is no better place to head than the Verbier snowpark.

The La Chaux Park in Verbier is, as the name implies, in the La Chaux sector directly under the Chaux Express chairlift. Kickers, rails and even an airbag feature in the Verbier park which sits in a natural sunny bowl. The park features a camera system that allows visitors to have their run through the park and on the airbag filmed and then shared online. 

Secured and maintained daily the park includes 5 separate lines and an airbag. The easiest line is the green run which features rollers known as 'whoops', the blue has several kickers and some easy rails that are suitable for beginners. The red line is slightly harder with 3 kickers and 9 rails. The black line is substantially harder and features 2 large kickers and 5 rails.

The best thing to do is to treat the park like a piste; ski within your limits and progress at a steady controlled pace. Although anyone with a lift ticket can ride in the park it can seem like a daunting place, riding safely and in the proper fashion should help keep you safe.

 

Ski Pass

There are several different types of lift pass you can buy for your ski holiday. Individuals can buy a Verbier only pass or a full 4 Valleys pass, and there are special rate passes available for families, groups, beginners and pedestrians.

Popular ski-passes

There are two main types of 'Verbier ski pass': the 4 Valleys Pass (full area) and the Verbier Valley Ski Pass (local area). As the name suggests, the 4 Valleys Pass gives you access to four neighbouring valleys and around 410 km of pistes. The Verbier Ski Pass pass just gives you access to the local Verbier ski area and beginner slopes. Most skiers buy the six day 4 Valleys pass, as this allows you to explore many more pistes, mountain restaurants & bars and the neighbouring villages without having to worry if you've 'crossed a border'!

Verbier & 4 Vallees Ski Pass 2017/18 (CHF)
lead prices are for 6 days, in high season
6 Day Passes
prices per person
Verbier Valley4 Vallees
Adult
b.1954-92
357 373 
Junior / Senior
b.1993-02 / b.1941-53
303 317 
Child
b.2003-10
179 187 


Ski season prices & dates

The Verbier ski season generally runs from November (weekends) and in earnest from mid-December to end of April each year. For the 2017/18 season the dates are 4th December 2017 to 29th April 2018.

Verbier operates a dynamic pricing system for ski passes, depending on which day/date you buy your pass for a given duration. The cheapest options are generally early or late in the season, or skiing mid-week outside school holidays, so no surprises there.

High (H)Very High (VH)
2nd-22nd Dec
7th Jan-9th Feb
4th-29th Mar
3rd-29th Apr
23rd Dec-6th Jan
10th Feb-3rd Mar
30th Mar-2nd Apr

Unless otherwise stated, ski passes and prices are generally subject to the following terms:

  • A hands-free pass is required and costs 5 CHF, unless you already have a pass to re-charge
  • 1 Day pass starts at 08:45
  • Longer duration ski passes are available to buy either online or in resort
  • Prices shown are a guide only, confirmed at time of booking; further terms & conditions may apply. Prices may be subject to changes in sales tax

Individual ski-passes

H = High Season; VH = Very High Season; see dates at top of this page.

4 Vallees Ski Pass 2017/18 (CHF)
4 VALLEES
prices per person
Adult
b.1954-92
Junior / Senior
b.1993-02 / b.1941-53
Child
b.2003-10
4 DayH275234138
VH289246145
5 DayH339288170
VH356303178
6 DayH355302178
VH373317187
7 DayH406345203
VH426362213


Verbier Valley ski-passes (Local area)

M = Medium Season; H = High Season; VH = Very High Season; see dates at top of this page.

Verbier Ski Pass 2017/18 (CHF)
VERBIER
prices per person
Adult
b.1954-92
Junior / Senior
b.1993-02 / b.1941-53
Child
b.2003-10
4 DayH252214126
VH265225133
5 DayH311264156
VH327278164
6 DayH340289170
VH357303179


Group ski-passes

A -15% group discount is available to groups of 15 or more skiers. All passes must be for the same duration. 


Family Ski Passes

In Verbier, a Family discount of -10% on the above prices, is applicable for a minimum 3 people of the same family, with at least one adult/senior and one child/youth in the party. A maximum of three adults per child or youth is allowed and passes must be for the same duration bought in a single transaction. 


Beginners ski-passes

Beginner ski passes can be bought at Verbier lift pass offices (Médran or Savoleyres). ​At Les Esserts skipasses are only available via a ticket machine, payment only by card (credit or debit). At La Tzoumaz Magic Carpet you can only pay in cash.


Snowpark passes

Access to the snowpark is included in local area and 4 Valleys lift passes. 


Discounted ski-passes

A number of discounted Verbier ski passes are available;

  • Anyone buying a pass online at least 10 days in advance of the first day of skiing saves 5% off the price
  • Early bird season or annual passes: -12.5% discount when purchased in September and -10% discount when purchased in October
  • Seniors -15% (born between 1941-1953)
  • Family discounts -15%. Now includes grandparents: Grandparents, uncles, aunts and step-parent families; minimum of 3 paying individuals, with at least 1 adult or 1 senior and 1 child or youth (single); maximum 3 adults for 1 child or 1 youth (maximum 3 adults for 1 child or 1 youth). Family ski passes must all be issued for the same duration, however the sector can differ
  • -15% discount for youths up to 24 years of age (previously 19 years)

Cross-country ski-passes

All of the cross country ski routes in Verbier are free to use. 


Season passes

Ski Season Pass - Verbier 2017/18 (CHF)
SEASON
prices per person
Adult
b.1954-92
Junior / Senior
b.1993-02 / b.1941-53
Child
b.2003-10
4 Vallees Season
up to 30th Sept
13991189700
4 Vallees Season
up to 31st Oct
14391223720
 4 Vallees Season
1st Nov onwards
15991359800
Verbier
up to 30th Sept
14781257739


Annual passes

Annual Ski Pass - Verbier 2017/18 (CHF)
SEASON
prices per person
Adult
b.1954-92
Junior / Senior
b.1993-02 / b.1941-53
Child
b.2003-10
4 Vallees Annual
up to 30th Sept
14431226721
4 Vallees Annual
up to 31st Oct
14841261742
 4 Vallees Annual
1st Nov onwards
16491402825


The 4 Vallées Club Card is an annual skipass that gives access to all the ski area Verbier - 4 Vallées (Verbier, La Tzoumaz, Bruson, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon) with preferential rates. The pass is valid for one year from the purchase and ski days are debited automatically from your account. You can buy your 4 Vallées Club Card online. You get a permanent discount (even on weekends and in high season) of -10% on single days and half days of skiing (from 11:30 and from 13:00). You enjoy special discount days with a of -30% and -50%; notification by email when these are due to take place. During the summer enjoy special discounts on the lifts in the Verbier area. 


Pedestrian passes

With a pedestrian pass, you can enjoy the marked trails for winter walking between Ruinettes and La Chaux and also up to the Cabane Mont-Fort from La Chaux.

Pedestrian Pass - Verbier 2016/17 (CHF)
(2017-18 prices TBC)
PEDESTRIAN
prices per person
Adult
b.1953-91
Junior / Senior
b.1992-09 / b.1945-52
Child
b.2002-09
Verbier - Ruinettes round trip18159
Le Châble - Bruson round trip15138
Half Day Mont Fort413521
1 Day - Mont Fort463923
Season - Mont Fort653555327
Annual - Mont Fort737626369
Half Day Verbier Tzoumaz262213
1 Day - Verbier Tzoumaz312616
Season - Verbier Tzoumaz608517304
Annual - Verbier Tzoumaz699594350
2 Day635432
3 Day766538
4 Day927846
5 Day1119456
6 Day12710864

A winter sports pass is also available to buy which gives you access to all the pedestrian lifts, free entry to the sports centre, Bagnes museum and Maions du Patrimone, a 30 CHF discount on a paragliding tandem flight and 10% off at one of the mountain restaurants.  A family reduction of -10% is also available on pedestrian passes.

Ski lifts

Verbier St Bernard is part of the '4 Vallees', made up of Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon. Accross these four valleys there are 92 ski lifts and more than 412km of pistes to enjoy, and with the excellent lift system you can access all the skiing that Verbier and the '4 Vallees' has to offer. 

Verbier itself has 34 lifts taking you from the Verbier town at 1500m all the way up to Mont Fort at 3023m. With 195km of pistes the lift system gives you access to the wonderful slopes and breath taking views.

There are four types of lifts that will take you up the mountain in no time, button/drag lifts, chairlifts, cable cars and gondola lifts. Open throughout the winter season, including Christmas and New Years day you can access a wide variety of pistes and mountain restaurants. With the hands-free lift passes you can whizz around the slopes fuss free although check which ski pass options are available and ski pass prices before going up the mountain. 

In the summer the lifts are open to pedestrians, mountain bikers and paragliders. Although there are not as many lifts open in the summer as there are in the winter you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and all the summer activities. 


Lift access and restrictions

Wheel Chair accessAll gondolas and cable cars from Le Châble to Verbier, Ruinettes and La Chaux are wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately this does not apply to the chairlifts.
Mountain BikersPermitted on all lifts except for the La Chaux Express and the Mont Fort Jumbo.  
Paragliders/ParapentersPermitted on all lifts; although take-off sites are situated at Ruinettes and Savoleyres.  
DogsPermitted on all lifts; must be kept on a lead and any mess must be cleaned up.
BabiesIt is not recommended to expose babies to sudden changes in altitude or temperature - if lift staff consider your child too young to travel on certain lifts they reserve the right to refuse you entry. The Mont Fort lifts climbs to an altitude of 3300m; you are advised not to take children under the age of 3 years old on the last section of this lift.

Sights & Landmarks


Nanuq Art Gallery, Verbier

Nanuq Gallery is located in the heart of Verbier – in the heart of the Swiss Alps in Valais, Switzerland.

The gallery has a collection of Canadian Inuit sculpture including polar bears and muskox. The gallery regularly exhibits local artists with mountain paintings and mountain photographs on mixed media.


Alpine Museum, Verbier

The exhibition focuses primarily on the period before industrialisation and mechanisation in these areas are operated until after World War II.

The exhibits from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, take us for an exciting and informative journey through the history and present us different human activities: agriculture, livestock, Life in the Alps, working the vines, and small industry crafts, textile industry, transport, energy, housing, customs.

The museum is open until May 4, 2014, Wednesday to Sunday from 14:00 to 18:00


Forge Oreiller, Le Chable

The Oreiller forge was once famous for the cowbells it used to produce. Now designated a historical monument, the 19th century workshop houses more than 400 traditional objects for you to come and see.

Open to the public in July and August on Wednesdays from 14:00 - 18:00, on all other dates please call to make an appointment to go.


Musee de Bagnes, Le Chable

You'll find a mix of photography exhibitions, fine art and temporary exhibitions at this museum in Le Chable.

Open all year from January to December.


Saint Bernard Dogs Museum, Martigny

Visit the kennels and find out all about the history of the St Bernard Dogs' role in rescues over the generations they have been around. 

Opening dates & times for their centre in Martigny:

  • Open all year, daily from 10:00 to 18:00

Opening dates & times for their location on the Grand St Bernard Pass: 

  • From beginning of June until the end of September: Daily from 10:00 - 18:00

Saw & Mill, Verbier

A historical building in itself, this museum houses an impressive mill wheel used to operate a giant saw.

Open every day in July & August from 14:00 - 18:00. At other times of the year please call to make an appointment to visit.

Activities & Things to do ( Winter )

Whatever you choose to do on your winter holiday you are sure to find a huge range of activities across the Verbier area. From relaxing to full on adrenaline there is something for everyone, every ability and every age in Verbier. Check out the selection of things to do below for some holiday inspiration!


Winter Walking

Verbier is a winter walker's paradise, with lifts giving access to the higher ground and a network of groomed trails in the winter, it's very easy to discover the resort on foot. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast before you set out as conditions can change rapidly in the mountains. You do not need any particular equipment, just a pair of sturdy boots and layers of warm clothing that you can take off or put on as necessary. A pair of walking poles will come in handy for extra balance on icy patches and for checking snow depth before you go striding forth. Top tip: buy grippers for your walking boots to prevent slipping which you can buy from most local Sport Shops.


Cinema

Catch the latest films and releases in Verbier on your winter or summer holiday. Some cinemas open their doors early on a bad weather day, otherwise you'll find most screenings in the evenings. Look out for VOST for English speaking films. 


Cross-country Skiing

Get back to nature and explore the lovely tranquil cross-country ski trails. There are two different techniques – classic and skating. Classic is the easiest for beginners; you simply place your skis in two parallel grooves, push off and glide around the trails. Skating is more energetic and a slightly harder skill to grasp; you push your feet out to either side as though you are ice skating and use your poles simultaneously to gain momentum. You can hire the comfortable boots and lightweight skis and poles fairly inexpensively from most sports shops and book a group or private lesson to learn the basics from most ski schools or private instructors. A number of adventure companies also offer cross-country skiing guiding, tours and lessons too. Find your way around with the cross country skiing maps. 


Geocaching

There are over 2.5 million people doing geocaching around the world and some of them (perhaps surprisingly) are right here in Verbier! It’s a relatively new craze that started taking the world by storm in May 2000 after a computer geek decided that GPS could be “really exciting”. He hid some treasure at his home in Portland, America, for people to find, broadcast the GPS coordinates and said, “Come and get it”. His only rule: “Take some stuff, leave some stuff”. And that’s exactly what Geocaching is…you go in search of treasure by using the GPS system on your mobile device – once you’ve found it, you write your name in a logbook and replace the treasure you decide to take. It’s pretty simple really and means, as a family, you can be adventurers together. You won’t usually find anything quite as precious as gold, silver and diamonds but nevertheless it’s quite exciting!


Gym / Fitness centres

A public gym & fitness classes can be found at the main sports centre in Verbier. 


Handiski / sit-ski

Enjoying the thrill of being on the pistes need not escape you if you're less mobile or have special physical needs. Resorts all over the Alps offer equipment and fully qualified guides to help you get the most out of your experience. Sit-ski, taxi ski, Vertiski, Handiski.. whichever method you're used to, or would like to try there will be at least one ski school or activity company in Verbier that offers this service.


Heli-ski

Skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers can take a helicopter ride into the very heart of the Swiss Alps and enjoy an original and challenging descent on one of Verbier's fantastic slopes. Under the supervision of a qualified guide and with pair of wide skis, these trips become accessible to everyone. Don't get too despondent if you don't go when planned though as helicopter travel is dictated largely by the weather. Heliskiing isn't legal in neighbouring France, so a lot of people will cross the border to have a go. The most popular destinations include Rosablanche (3314m), Petit Combin (3670m) or on the Trient glacier (3295m). If you are a ski tourer, you could try Heli-touring. Using skins attached to your skis, ski touring further allows you to take on some alternative explorations.


Helicopter tours

Sit back and admire the mountains from even higher up! Daily panoramic helicopter flights are available (weather permitting) with a number of local flight companies. Relax and enjoy the stunning views as you fly over the snow-capped mountain tops, glaciers and alpine forests of the Swiss Alps. 


Husky-dog rides

Be in charge of your own sled and team of excitable husky dogs, driving them along forest paths in winter. After a brief explanation of how to make your team stop and start, you set off following the guide’s team. If this all sounds a bit much you can opt for a less physical outing where you sit in the sled and the guide does all the hard work! It's a very popular winter activity, so booking at least 48 hours in advance is a must. They run from early December to the end of April (snow-permitting). 


Ice-climbing

If you want to try something different in Verbier, other than hitting the slopes, then why not try Ice Climbing. Whether you are an experienced climber or a beginner you can have a go at ice climbing on Verbier's frozen waterfalls in the well known area of Val des Bagnes. If you are a beginner and have never climbed before then a mountain guide will teach how to climb the slightly scary but incredibly beautiful looking ice waterfalls. With a professional mountain guide on hand to help you learn how to ice climb you will be making your way up the icy waterfalls in no time. You can also tackle the ice waterfall as an experienced climber as there are many different falls with varying levels of difficulty. 


Ice-karting / Ice-driving

In Verbier you have the chance to do some Go Karting on ice. Definitely something to do with a group of friends and having the added thrill of being on ice it adds a new touch to Go Karting. The karts have been especially designed for the snow, they have studded tyres, seatbelts, adjustable bucket seats for children, roll bars and a fitted safety remote control which allows the staff at the track to control the speed of the karts if necessary (only for used for safety reasons and especially handy for when children race on the track). We recommend booking in advance as it can get booked out quickly as it is popular activity. 


Ice-skating / Hockey

Ice skating is a fun thing to do with the family, or in a group if you want to do something a little bit different for après ski. Perfect for children and families and those who just want to enjoy the beautiful mountain views whilst playing around on some skates. 


Paragliding / Parapenting

If you’ve never tried paragliding before then Verbier is a great place to learn how to fly. Known as “parapenting” in France & Switzerland, there are a great number of clubs and organisations in the area whose sole purpose is give you the experience of flying. From the heights of the mountain tops you can glide down to the bottom of the valley on a tandem paraglider controlled by the instructor. He manoeuvres the parachute while the passenger enjoys the ride and fantastic views. Top tip: go on a sunny, warm day when the thermals will keep your airborne for longer.


Scenic Flights

Take to the skies and see the majestic mountains of Verbier on a scenic flight in a helicopter. Fly over glaciers, wave at people on the mountain tops and take in the breathtaking scenery around you. 


Shopping

Many people would not automatically think of Verbier as a place to shop, however, the town boasts some great stores. As you would expect from an outdoor sports resort, there are plenty sports stores where you can get your hands on some of the top mountaineering, ski and snowboard brands but there are also some fashionable clothing stores, and plenty of shops selling traditional mountain goods.


Ski-touring

Verbier is popular for ski touring, whether it's going up the pistes that most people normally ski down, or tackling more of a back country route. A number of ski schools, private instructors and companies can show you around, or if you've got all the necessary equipment you can head out in your own group. 


Skiing & snowboarding

The main draw for people coming to Verbier in winter is of course the skiing and snowboarding. With the whole of the 4 valleys to ski in, as well as a wealth of off-piste areas, Verbier has something for every level of experience. 


Sky-diving & parachuting

If you want to experience the beauty of the mountains and the thrill of falling through the mountain sky then you can do just that in Verbier. Head to the Skydiving school where they will teach you all the basics you need to know about skydiving in a quick session and take you up in small plane, and take the leap with you. Skydiving gives you an extreme thrill seeking experience like nothing you have ever done before. It is a truly new experience, with the total free fall at the beginning of the jump and then once your parachute is up the gentle movement through the sky, if you want to give skydiving a go then Verbier is definitely the place to do it!


Sledging / Tobogganing

This is one winter activity that doesn't require a lot of expensive equipment, just grab your sledge and head for the nearest snow-covered hill! You can pick up a sledge at one of the many ski hire shops or sports shops in Verbier. Whether you are a beginner or a bold enthusiast with a breakneck style, the region's sled run--the longest in French-speaking Switzerland--promise excitement and a lot of laughs.


Snow-shoeing

Raquette à Neige or Snow-shoeing in and around Verbier is a perfect activity for bad weather conditions or for non-skiers. Don't forget to wear comfortable and waterproof boots. Either set out on your own, or join a group led by a knowledgeable local guide and explore the hidden parts of the ski area. Snowshoes and ski poles are provided by most companies offering this as an experience, or you can hire snowshoes from most Sports Shops or Ski Hire Shops, grab a trail map from the Tourist Office and head off on your own adventure. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you go.


Snowparks

Where to go to jib, bonk, spin and pop in Verbier.


Spas & massages

If it is calm and relaxation you are after then head to a luxury day spa or book in for massage therapies and beauty treatments. A day spa is also the perfect activity when the weather turns. You can keep warm and revive aching muscles in saunas, steam rooms and jacuzzis or take a refreshing dip in a swimming pool. Unwind, relax and indulge.


Speed-riding / Speed-flying

The idea behind speed riding is to combine the sensations of skiing and paragliding into one activity, and then descend off-piste sections of the mountain using a mini-wing to enable you to access areas that you might not normally go. Learning and having fun with speed riding comes very fast as long as you are a competent skier; you need to be able to ski red pistes with confidence in any type of snow. Speak to one of the companies offering this activity who can show you the ropes (literally).


Squash

You can play squash on one of two courts in the main sports centre in Verbier, year round. 


Swimming

Whether you like to take a dip indoors or outdoors, you'll be able to find somewhere to go for a swim in Verbier. Most hotels, lots of chalets and apartments have their own swimming facilities, however there are also municipal swimming baths that you can visit, which often come free with your lift pass purchase. In summer and winter you should be able to find somewhere to take a dip, so don't forget your towel and your swimming costume or shorts. 

 

Activities & Things to do ( Summer )

Whatever you choose to do on your summer holiday you are sure to find a huge range of activities across the Verbier area. From relaxing to full on adrenaline there is something for everyone, every ability and every age in Verbier. Check out the selection of things to do below for some holiday inspiration!


Canyoning

A not-so-gentle but extremely refreshing summer activity is one way to describe canyoning! Plunge yourself into the mountain streams via a series of abseil descents, jumps and natural water slides – just make sure you choose a warm day!

You will make your way along rivers and rapids, using the river bed as a natural obstacle course. Not suitable for very young children, but anyone over the age of about 8 can take the (very cold) plunge and try canyoning. With the safety of a guide everyone can abseil down cascades, splash into pools and ride the river rapids. You can choose from short beginners’ routes or longer ones for the more adventurous.

Different companies will have their own policies on age limits but usually, unless they are booked onto a children's activity course, anyone under the age of about 14 years old will have to be accompanied by an adult. A basic level of swimming ability is required for safety reasons. There are a number of adventure companies that offer guided descents down the local waterways.


Cycling

Riding in the Alps is much more demanding than your favourite local route back in the UK. The roads around Verbier are the setting for some of the most gruelling sections of the Tour de France but they can be tackled by enthusiasts as well as professionals.


Farm Visits

A great day out for the family where your children will become the farmers apprentice, helping feed the animals, make cheese and look after the pigs, cows and other farmyard animals. Learn all about the animals and the way the farm works whilst having some petting and feeding time of the animals.


Geocaching

There are over 2.5 million people doing geocaching around the world and some of them (perhaps surprisingly) are right here in Verbier!. It’s a relatively new craze that started taking the world by storm in May 2000 after a computer geek decided that GPS could be “really exciting”. He hid some treasure at his home in Portland, America, for people to find, broadcast the GPS coordinates and said, “Come and get it”. His only rule: “Take some stuff, leave some stuff”. And that’s exactly what Geocaching is…you go in search of treasure by using the GPS system on your mobile device – once you’ve found it, you write your name in a logbook and replace the treasure you decide to take. It’s pretty simple really and means, as a family, you can be adventurers together. You won’t usually find anything quite as precious as gold, silver and diamonds but nevertheless it’s quite exciting!


Glacier walking

For a truly unique experience, clamp on your crampons and go hiking on Verbier’s Mont Fort glacier. It can be accessed by a little train that runs from the top of the Attelas cable car to the lift station at Mont Fort. The peak can be reached on foot but the slope on which the glacier lies is pretty steep so, unless you are planning on skiing or snowboarding back down, the recommended descent is via the cable car. The breathtaking views and spectacular crevasses make this an incredible experience.

We strongly recommend hiring a mountain guide for this activity. There are also a number of other glacial hikes, of varying difficulty, in this area of the Alps. Most adventure companies will run organised excursions to the most accessible.


Golf

Excellent course and beautiful scenery, you can play golf in the summer in Verbier surrounded by the fantastic mountain views.


Helicopter tours

Sit back and admire the mountains from even higher up! Daily panoramic helicopter flights are available (weather permitting) with a number of local flight companies. Relax and enjoy the stunning views as you fly over the snow-capped mountain tops, glaciers and alpine forests of the Swiss Alps. 


Horse-riding

Hop on a horse and enjoy the fantastic trails in Verbier. You can cover more ground than on foot, get an elevated view of the beautiful scenery and hopefully get a closer peek at the wildlife. There are a number of adventure companies who can take you out for  your horse riding experience and even provide you with horse riding lessons. 


Hydro-speeding

Hydro speeding is one of the newer 'extreme' water sports to hit the market, it's a fun and exhilarating way to get yourselves down a river! Using a large float, which bears resemblance to a bodyboard, be ready to cling on for dear life as you send yourself hurtling down the rapids!

This activity is a little more demanding physically than rafting or canoe rafting, but allows you to discover the unique sensation of surfing down white water rivers. It is also accessible to all, no need to be a professional diver or swimmer, you just have to be smart at using the water movements, obstacles and waves.

There's plenty of protection from the icy water elements as you'll be given a wetsuit, safety helmet and flippers. You will need to bring a towel, swim wear and if you wear glasses, a cord to keep them on. Guides will brief you with a safety demonstration at the beginning and there’s a vehicle to meet you at the end of the rapids that will shuttle you back to your starting destination.


Ice-karting / Ice-driving

In Verbier you have the chance to do some Go Karting on ice even during the summer. Definitely something to do with a group of friends and having the added thrill of being on ice it adds a new touch to Go Karting. The karts have been especially designed for the snow, they have studded tyres, seatbelts, adjustable bucket seats for children, roll bars and a fitted safety remote control which allows the staff at the track to control the speed of the karts if necessary (only for used for safety reasons and especially handy for when children race on the track). There is a minimum of 6 drivers needed to run the ice karting in summer.


Indoor climbing

There are 2 climbing walls in Verbier: the Médran Park Tower, 11.5m high with 4 faces, and the La Marmotte Restaurant climbing wall (free to restaurant customers).


Markets

There is a weekly traditional market in the centre of Verbier and La Tzoumaz during the summer, selling crafts and organic regional produce.


Mountain-biking

Verbier is a Mecca for mountain biking, with varying terrain and fantastic views it is perfect for mountain biking enthusiasts.  With the whole of the mountain area to explore, Verbier is definitely a great place for biking as the different and varied terrains suit bikers of all levels. Whether you enjoy a leisurely cycle around some of the lower level trails, or a day's hardcore downhill mountain is more your ‘thang’, Verbier definitely has something to suit all tastes.


Photography courses

A great way to explore the Alps during the summer is by taking a photography lesson, with the added bonus of learning how to best immortalise the wonderful mountain scenery.


Rock-climbing

Verbier offers climbers of all levels a number of impressive and well equipped climbing routes that will challenge even the best climbers. Climbing is a great activity for all the family, just check with the guide beforehand what their minimum age is. 

Experienced climbers can tackle the mountain side rock and enjoy the fantastic views (just make sure you have all the right gear and safety equipment). For beginners there are a number of adventure companies or mountain guides who can take you out on your first climb and show you the 'ropes'! Learn all the technique and skills in the safe hands of a well-trained mountain guide.

If you want to get climbing straight away then we have some suggestions. The Pierre Avoi Sector has a number of routes, varying in grade from 3 to 7. When climbing the north face of the rock there is an impressive backdrop overlooking the Rhône Valley. There are a number of pinnacles which surround the main summit that allow you to safely work your way up the main rock face. If your family and friends are not interested in climbing, you can arrange to meet them at the top of the rock where there is an intermediate hiking trail which meets at the end of the ascent.

There are some 50+ routes varying in difficulty grading from 3 to 7+ in the Val de Bagnes sector in pretty villages called Le Tsè des Barmes, Les Boutzes du Pleureur, Les Minis Boutzes and Le Bourrot. Some other routes can be found near Plamproz, below Fionnay, and at Sarreyer or Col des Gentianes. The sector of La Barme itself has up to 65 routes on offer.


Shopping

Many people would not automatically think of Verbier as a place to shop, however, the town boasts some great stores. As you would expect from an outdoor sports resort, there are plenty sports stores where you can get your hands on some of the top mountaineering, ski and snowboard brands but there are also some fashionable clothing stores, and plenty of shops selling traditional mountain goods.


Sky-diving & parachuting

If you want to experience the beauty of the mountains and the thrill of falling through the mountain sky then you can do just that in Verbier. Head to the Skydiving school where they will teach you all the basics you need to know about skydiving in a quick session and take you up in small plane, and take the leap with you. Skydiving gives you an extreme thrill seeking experience like nothing you have ever done before. It is a truly new experience, with the total free fall at the beginning of the jump and then once your parachute is up the gentle movement through the sky, if you want to give skydiving a go then Verbier is definitely the place to do it!


Spas & massages

If it is calm and relaxation you are after then head to a luxury day spa or book in for massage therapies and beauty treatments. A day spa is also the perfect activity when the weather turns. You can keep warm and revive aching muscles in saunas, steam rooms and jacuzzis or take a refreshing dip in a swimming pool. Unwind, relax and indulge.


Summer Camps

For kids of all ages summer camp can be a great experience. Enjoy a range of activities like language classes and mountain sports as well as making new friends along the way. Your kids can go to summer camp with either Les Elfes International or Altitude Summer Camps. Let them enjoy a fun and active summer!


Swimming

Whether you like to take a dip indoors or outdoors, you'll be able to find somewhere to go for a swim in Verbier. Most hotels, lots of chalets and apartments have their own swimming facilities, however there are also municipal swimming baths that you can visit, which often come free with your lift pass purchase. In summer and winter you should be able to find somewhere to take a dip, so don't forget your towel and your swimming costume or shorts. 


Tennis

Tennis is a great way to get the legs moving and to enjoy the sunny summertime weather. You can play a friendly game or have a lesson, whatever you choose to do it is a great way to have fun with friends and family. 

Open during the summer season there are tennis courts and  training walls in Verbier. Lessons are usually  available in groups or privately. Perfect as a family outing you can hire a court and when tiredness hits you can enjoy some refreshments and snacks at the tennis club or cafe.


Via Ferrata

If climbing up sheer rock on the end of a piece of rope sounds a bit scary, then Via Ferrata climbing offers an element of security that still allows beginners to enjoy the achievement of having scaled a mountain! This form of climbing was invented by Italian soldiers in the Dolomites who used it to enable them to scale vertiginous faces easily and quickly. These days it is a popular sport that makes the thrill of mountain climbing more accessible to children, beginners and those who want a bit more security when they climb.

Following marked routes through the mountains you are helped along by steps, bridges and ladders whilst being roped up for extra safety. Suitable for adults and children over the age of 8, contact the adventure companies who can take you out on your Via Ferrata trip.


Walking & Hiking

In the summer months Verbier is a mecca for walking and hiking in the beautiful alpine mountains. As the snow melts and the sun begins to shine the mountains make an excellent place to head out on a hike or walk. Walking is the perfect activity for groups, families and friends. Pick from a number of routes ranging in difficulty, from easy child friendly walks to challenging day long hikes. Along the way enjoy the fantastic mountain views, beautiful scenery and wildlife that is normally hidden in the winter months.


Watersports

If you haven't experienced white water rafting before then this is a definite 'must try' on your list of activities to do! There are a number of trained guides in resort who will let you experience some of the best white water rafting available in the Alps. From the middle of May until September, the mountain rivers flow furiously as they are fed from the melt waters running off the glaciers high above the town. There are various options available from a three hour adrenaline rush to a full days excursion - this activity is guaranteed not to disappoint.


Yoga

There are a few yoga centres in Verbier where you can find a whole range of classes.

Restaurants & Nightlife


Restaurants in Verbier

There's a wide range of restaurants in Verbier to suit all tastes, and budgets. Here's a selection of what we think are all the best places to eat in Verbier and where to find your favourite style of cuisine.

At lunchtimes, most restaurants will offer a well-priced 'Plat du Jour' (dish of the day), normally consisting of locally-sourced meat, potatoes and a salad or seasonal vegetables.

BBQ Restaurants

El Toro Negro is a dream for those who enjoy a good fillet steak, a punchy red wine and an all you can eat salad buffet to accompany it all. The staff are very friendly and there are some vegetarian dishes on offer too.

Breakfast & Brunch

The Swiss don't go in for breakfast like we do, so if you want something more than a baguette and a croissant, your best bet is to head to Offshore Café, which benefits from a location right next to the ski lifts. Head here for a full cooked breakfast after a party the night before, then hit the slopes for some clean fresh air to blow away the cobwebs.

The Cosy Café next to the post office serves coffee and if you are early enough you can get a croissant with it, but don't hold your breath!

Brasserie Le Bec also opens at 8am and offers good pastries, croissants, fresh juices and a delicious hot breakfast burrito. This is a great modern and spacious place to hang out and the coffee is good.

Cafes & Bakeries

The W cafe opposite the Medran lift station offers a great coffee and a selection of pastries, this can all be enjoyed in house or on the go. It is a very chic but relaxed place that you can really settle in to. To sit down in more of a cafe atmosphere, the Michellod bakery in Verbier Village has slightly dated indoor seating, but has a wonderful terrace and you can sample some great patisserie's here.

Child-friendly Restaurants

Restaurants with children's menus that serve dinner in Verbier include Al Capone (pizzeria), Brasserie le Bec (international), La Promenade (traditional), and Offshore Cafe (burgers).

Le Dahu is a mountain restaurant at the bottom of La Chaux ski area, and is a great spot for families for lunch or afternoon snacks. It has an awesome terrace with a fabulous view and a soft play area indoors for kids. The Swiss / Italian food is self-service downstairs and more refined upstairs.

Namasté is another mountain restaurant, although it can also be accessed by car. It has a fabulous view over the Combins from the wonderful terrace, perched in between Savoleyres and the Médran. The food is good too and you can really appreciate the family-run atmosphere. It is a great spot during summer for families as there is plenty of space to run around and has unusual toys to play with.  

Les Gentianes is a Téléverbier run mountain restaurant on the way down from Mont Fort and facing the Bec des Rosses mountain. There is a big play area for children outside on the terrace. Lunch is traditional and simple or you can just stop for a coffee and a patisserie. Closes at 4pm.

French Restaurants

Restaurant Le Chamois, tucked away on the road to Médran, is worth seeking out for unquestionably the best steak in town.

For a casual bite to eat, Fer à Cheval is always packed; this bar and pizzeria serves reasonable food at reasonable prices. And then you can party on into the night!

Le Sonalon restaurant is perched high up above the town of Verbier (accessible by road) that over looks the pistes and the resort. It's specialities include regional produce, cheeses and locally reared beef and veal.

L'Ecurie is a family run restaurant linked to a hotel and they describe themselves as rustic. Head here for a good atmosphere in the evening and to sample traditional fare.

Le Carrefour is a long standing favourite in Verbier and recently renovated to make it bigger and funnily enough, safer - it is situated on the ski slopes in an avalanche zone, but the commune have put some protection in place so there is no need to worry! Good selection of fondue, rösti, soups, salads and food served on the hot stone. You can access the restaurant on skis or by road, and we recommend booking in advance to be sure of a table.

Au Vieux Verbier serves traditional fare, with a professional and speedy service, situated at the Medran lift station, this restaurant is great for lunch and evening meals. The 'Potence' is the speciality here and comes highly recommended (meat served on a hot metal spike with a wonderful selection of sauces and accompaniments).

Le Caveau is situated on Place Centrale; it is hard to miss this restaurant and is always a favourite. Go here to try a fondue!

Relais des Neiges has a traditional décor, mountain cuisine (fondue!) and a nice terrace for sunnier days. The food is warm and filling and there are varied 'Menus de Jour' for lunchtime.

In addition to restaurants in resort, there are plenty of mountain restaurants you can access from the ski slopes.

La Marlenaz isn't top rated on Tripadvisor for nothing! The best view, the best food, the best service. And you have to walk or snowshoe here - so you work up an appetite on your way. Alternatively you can book the snow taxi to take you and your luge up to the restaurant for some hearty and delicious tucker, lots of wine and Williamine and then attempt to sledge back down - head torches are highly recommended, together with a sense of adventure, and good accident insurance!

Namasté has a fabulous view over the Combins from the wonderful terrace here perched in between Savoleyres and the Médran above Verbier. Despite the exotic name, the menu features many local dishes such as croute and fondue in a rustic chalet setting.

Cabane de Mont Fort is an unbeatable high mountain refuge. The views are understandably exceptional and you can eat true traditional mountain food.

The Mouton Noir is at the top of the Medran gondola. It has a huge sun terrace and live entertainment / cabaret acts to keep you entertained, as well as serving a range of mountain food, either from the menu or self service.

Italian & Pizza Restaurants

La Pergola serves real Italian food - freshly made pasta, risottos, antipasti, carpaccios and more, and it has a good reputation in town. Centrally located with an authentic atmosphere and large dining room, they can easily cater for large groups as well as intimate soirées.

You'll get a warm welcome at Al Capone - Christian is always at the door to greet you with a handshake and a smile and I doubt that any regular visitors will have missed this spot. There is something on the menu for everyone - good salads, lots of pizzas, pastas and the Chicken in a Basket is finger-licking good!

Chez Martin is another restaurant with an emphasis on pizzas, and is a good family option with an extensive menu. There is plenty of seating both inside and out and they do a nice selection of lunchtime menus. And don't forget to go for an apéro downstairs in the much loved wine bar Cav&Art where the hugely knowledgeable Bernard will serve you some quality wines both local and from further afield.

Michelin-Starred Restaurants

La Table d'Adrien at the 5* Chalet d'Adrien is the proud holder of one Michelin star and is great for lunches with really high-end service. The food is probably the best in Verbier. Order carefully to avoid a huge bill or alternatively just splash out and enjoy the treat.

They may not have any Michelin stars (yet) but La Grange and Cordée des Alpes both have strong reputations for excellent gourmet cuisine. La Grange has really wonderful food; the seven course evening 'Menu Gourmand' is sensational and priced at around 130 chf and there is an extensive wine list. Expect to be well looked after in this proud family-run establishment.

Cordée des Alpes has been recently modernized and has an open plan feel with an international menu. The prices are up there, but so is the experience. They have a private dining room for special gatherings too.

Modern European & International Restaurants

Brasserie Le Bec is modern, edgy and spacious with a well researched and thought out menu. This brasserie is open all day and does great lunches and after-skiing snacks. It is situated just opposite the W hotel in Place Blanche so an ideal hot chocolate spot waiting for ski pals to arrive, or for a business meeting.

Le Rouge at the foot of Le Rouge piste, is a dynamic après ski spot and always draws a crowd. Expect a party! They can also cater for private parties or a quiet dinner à deux, just make sure you are ultra trendy to fit in with the set.

L'Etoile Rouge is a supper club created in 2014 by the guys behind Le Rouge. This go-ahead gang have set up the dine to dancing concept in central Verbier so that you can eat and enjoy the evening turn into a show or a nightclub. Good entertainment in an imaginatively decorated space. Don't forget your credit card!

Le Millenium is popular as a middle of the road restaurant with a varied international menu. Good for lunchtime and evenings, it offers salads, pasta dishes, fish and grilled meats.

Pubs & Gastropubs

Pub Mont Fort is well known for its Apres Ski vibes but it also known for its tasty, filling, and very satisfying food. The Nachos are the best I have ever had and the burgers are very well known around the town.


Bars & Nightlife in Verbier

There’s no better way to celebrate a great day on the slopes than with a few well earned après ski drinks amongst friends. 

Verbier has no shortage of great spots on which to set your sights when the lifts shut for the day. 

Apres-ski

Pub Mont Fort or the “Pub” as it’s referred to by locals, is open daily during the ski season from 3pm. With its large sunny terrace, weekly drinks promotions and a practically “ski-in” location just above Médran, it’s the perfect place to meet with friends to go over the events of the day. Fancy dress parties, sports on the big screen, a great snack menu with famous burgers, summer BBQs, all make the pub one of Verbier's favourite bars. Happy Hour runs daily from 16:00 - 17:00, half-price on beers, wines and soft drinks. They have regular live music from some of the best bands on the aprés scene too.

Le Mouton Noir is Verbier's equivalent of La Folie Douce & you'll find lots of great, live entertainment on their terrace all winter long. Happy Hour is every day from 15:00 to 16:00, and they even have a DJ and live performances on a regular basis! Just around the corner from Le Mouton Noir is the Ice Cube Bar, which has its own resident DJ. Open from 09:30 to 17:00 you can also grab a bite to eat here to keep you going. Happy hour here is also from 15:00 to 16:00.

The Farinet Lounge Bar offers a great range of cocktails and has to be one of the best places to stop off for an afternoon or as a late night venue to dance into the next day. There's a log fire to warm up next to and live DJ's every night during the winter until 02:00. Also at The Farinet is the aptly named Farinet Apres Ski Bar, which has live music every day of the week, open from 16:00 to 21:00.

Brasserie Le Bec close to the bottom of the Medran lift is a great place to drop into for apres ski drinks and snacks. Open every day from 08:00 to 19:00 in winter they have a good menu and a well wine list.

Late nights

The Farm Club is one of the oldest and most well known nightclubs in the Alps, first opening its doors back in 1971. Farm Club's reputation as one of the best venues in the Alps remains unchallenged - no visit to Verbier would be complete without a visit to the Farm! Open daily throughout the winter season from 23:00 to 04:00.

Farinet South is the new kid on the block, opening for the first time in winter 2016. Catch a game of live sports action on the big screens, play a game of pool and enjoy one of their international or local craft beers. DJ's keep the party going until 04:00.

Carve nightclub is an exclusive bar and nightclub with a supper club tjhat opens from 19:30 to 22:30, serving classic Swiss cuisine with a contemporary twist. Then it's on to the bar where you can party the night away until 04:00 to the sounds of one of their resident DJ's.

Etoile Rouge Supper Club is a late night venue where you can dine and dance under the same roof. Expect to find a mix of Scandinavian and Eastern Europeans flavours on the menu, with seating for up to 60 guests. After supper you can move straight to the dance floor, cocktail in hand. Open from 20:00 to 04:00 every day during winter season.

Wine bars

Vinabagnes is the place to head to for a glass of fine wine, here you can find a spot with the locals on the sunny terrace or head indoors to discover the tucked away bar at the back of the shop. This is a small, sophisticated venue open from 10:30/12:30 and then again from 14:30/19:00. A great place to sample a few vintages before purchasing a favourite to accompany dinner.

Bottle Brothers is a new addition to the Verbier town but it has been tried, tested and very much enjoyed in the city of Geneva.They specialise in natural wines from the local regions as well as an extensive well crafted list of wines covering all areas of taste and flavour. Bottle Brothers is open from 16:00 until midnight, 7 days a week.

Live music

Central T Bar is the sports bar turned good, you will find live music played here regularly by the musicians on local scene often kicking off about 22:30. This bar is now offering the best Sushi in Verbier so you can grab a table, some Sushi and then have a dance to fantastic live bands. Open from 16:00 until 02:00.

Le Crock No Name is a trendy, stylish bar which offers live music from 22:30. It’s a great place to let your hair down and have a dance to one of their brilliant live sets. It is often away from the busy tourist crowds equating in plenty of space to enjoy the entertainment from bands and DJs alike. This opens at 17:00 and closes at 02:00.

Festivals & Events

There are loads of events in Verbier organised year-round. From quirky local events to large scale sporting spectacles there is always something worth visiting.


March Events

Freeride World Tour Final
This has become the make or break leg of the FWT, and it's when the champions for the current year get crowned. Competitors in snowboarding and skiing compete in a selection of different countries each year, chosen for their great off piste terrain. As the last stop in the tour Verbier is always a great event to watch.


April Events

Ultime Session
The ultimate end of season party on the slopes, to mark the end of the winter season. DJ's, parties, water slides.. and it goes on all day.


June Events

Romandie Classic
This road cycling event is open to anyone to enter and sees riders cover part of the Tour de Romandie circuit. It involves a 1500 m or so climb, so definitely one to test your legs and your lungs on!

Cross du Velan
This is four events in one, with the longest race, the 45 km, counting as a qualifier for the UTMB (Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc). One of the races is just for kids and the rest are for adults and they all take place over the course of 1 day.


July Events

Verbier Festival
The big music event of the year in Verbier, which lasts for 17 days and brings the biggest names of Classical music together from around the world. Not only are there lots of concerts to go to, but also classes for the artists to attend. 

Trail Verbier St Bernard
This is a trail running competition, well five in one go really, of differing lengths, with one for children. Runners from all over the world take in some of the breathtaking mountain scenery whilst moving from point to point.


August Events

Swiss National Day
The 1st of August every year sees the Swiss go wild and party hard all around the country. Expect fireworks displays large and small, concerts in the open air and a lot of celebrating. Neighbouring country folk often pop over the border to join in the fun!

Grands Concours Hippique
This is a 10 day equestrian event held in Verbier every year, where local champions and International level riders compete. Watch some of the best show jumpers in the world.

Grand Raid
This mountain bike race takes some serious effort from its competitors, with over 5000m of climbing and 121 km course length. It sets off from the centre of Verbier and sees the riders cross 6 valleys to get to the finish line - definitely not one for the inexperienced!

Trophee des Combins
This trail running race takes place early in the month and incorporates two races, one of 7.8km and one of 21.4km around the Corbassière glacier. Anyone can enter and children can take part too as long as they're accompanied by an adult.


September Events

Bike Fest
Thousands of motorbike fans and fans of scantily clad ladies flock to Verbier in early September for the biggest expo of all things motorbike for miles around. Expect exhibition riding, parties, FMX stunts, live music, demonstrations, lots of leather & lots of burn outs!


October Events

Rallye de Valais
This is a big event in the Swiss motorsports calendar and is held in Martigny. International rally drivers are drawn to the event as well the top names in Swiss driving.

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