Sun-drenched Verbier is a chic, cosmopolitan haven for skiers that love a challenge on their skiing holiday. As a part of the massive 4 Valleys ski area, you are connected to 410 km of pistes and five other ski resorts - La Tzoumaz, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon and Les Collons. This mountain playground that keeps good snow due to its high altitude and glacier has slopes for everyone. And many of them!
Situated smack in the middle of a south-west facing bowl, the resort and slopes are well sheltered by surrounding mountains. There are three good beginner areas in the resort itself so there are plenty of places to learn, but in reality it's intermediates and experts that will really make the most of this mountain. Get excited black-piste lovers, Verbier is home to some of the most challenging runs in Europe.
Like the steep steep declines of Gentianes and Mont Fort. Really let loose on the backside of the Grand Desert glacier on near-vertical drops - just make sure you take a guide. For the less crazily-confident intermediates, there are plenty of gentler tree-lined slopes all over the place. There's also a decent snowboard park as well, with good rails, kickers, gap jumps and more.
With strict building guidelines enforced, Verbier has managed to hang on to its traditional mountain village feel, despite having great facilities and a raging après-ski scene! The spectacular views and sunny afternoons mean that the many outdoor terraces are quickly packed as people leave the slopes for the day. Verbier is not a budget option, but it is a triple threat - great challenging skiing, mountain charm and a pumping nightlife.
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Verbier for Different Ski Abilities
There are three beginner areas right in the resort, which, while they don't have free lift access, are heavily discounted. They are Les Moulins, Les Esserts and Le Rouge and together they are home to several drag lifts, the longest magic carpet in Switzerland and a special area just for the Kids Club. When you become a little steadier on your feet you can move up the mountain to the La Chaux area.
There are many many runs to delight intermediate skiers and snowboarders at Verbier. The resort is especially for those more confident mid level skiers working there way up to trying the black runs. Try the great run from the Ruinettes station all the way down to the Clambin hamlet.
Advanced skiiers - start doing some exersizes to prepare before you head on a ski holiday to Verbier! You warm up on Les Ruinettes before taking a beating on the scary steep moguls on Tortin and Mont-Ford. The Chassoure-Tortin and Mont-Gelé are technically off-piste with loose itineraries, but they are super popular and end up more like piste runs. You'll have plenty of new challenges here each day, and you can choose your level of difficulty from a wide range.
Verbier Ski Schools
European Snowsport is Verbier, Zermatt and St. Moritz' premier ski school. They provide private and group lessons with fun, professional instructors who know their resorts like the backs of their hands.
Adrenaline International Ski & Snowboard School
Adrenaline International Ski & Snowboard School offers the best value for money in Verbier. In collective lesson with 6 kids maximum and adult courses limited to 4 participants maximum per group. In private lessons offering you high quality personalised service and tuition with a professional and experienced instructor.
New Generation Ski & Snowboard School
The New Generation Verbier ski school is led by Tom Waddington, known to the team affectionately as their fearless leader. Tom is an ex race coach and spends his summers training with the British team so you’re in safe hands! The Verbier ski school team are all qualified to BASI level 3 or ISIA level so you’re guaranteed an instructor with lots of experience and who knows the resort inside out. The team in Verbier teach all levels of skier but are unable to teach snowboarding at present.
Performance was started based on one simple principal - you deserve the best possible day on the hill. So they've built a team of really experienced, well qualified and fun ski instructors who know Verbier inside out and who can all make sure you get the most out of your skiing and the most out of Verbier. If it's an idea you like the sound of then get in touch.
La Fantastique Ski School
La Fantastique ski school was born in Verbier 35 years ago. A small revolution - the first ‘parallel’ ski school in Valais, founded on the ideal of quality private instruction and off-piste skiing. 35 years later, the ski school has grown, the tracks have multiplied, but the spirit of La Fantastique remains: passion for skiing and a quality service.
Après Ski and Off the Mountain Activities
Après-ski is pumping at Verbier, with some of the best nightlife in the Alps found here. Plenty of pubs bars and clubs go on late into the night and the atmosphere is one of fun and cutting loose. Start off with a drink on the sun-laced terraces at Le Carrefour on the way down to Verbier. Then head to Pub Mont-Fort near the gondola, and then onto Le Fer a' Cheval (the horseshoe) on the way into town. New Club is a favourite place to drink before hitting the clubs, like the Casbah Club and Club Taratata for a younger crowd and The Ice-Box Club for the slightly older set. Prices for entry and drinks at some of the more swanky clubs can be expensive. There's 60 plus restaurants to choose from, serving traditional Swiss delights, American, Argentine, Chinese, French, Indian, Italian and Mexican.
off the mountain
Glacier walking is a great experience to try if you want to spend a minute off your skis or board. You'll clamp on crampons and hike across the Mont Fort glacier. It is accessed by a little train that runs from the top of the Attelas cable car to the lift station at Mont Fort. The breathtaking views and spectacular crevasses make this an incredible experience. The resort also has an extensive sports centre with an indoor swimming pool, ice rink, curling rinks, squash courts, whirlpools, saunas, and solariums. Other options include mountaineering, ice climbing, hang gliding, paragliding, snowmobiling, tobogganing, snow tubing, walking trails and an Alpine museum. If you have a bit of time, try a trip to Montreux and the Roman ruins at Martigny.
How to get to Verbier
Many budget airlines such as EasyJet fly regularly to the closest airport, Geneva. From Geneva airport, the train takes 2 hours 12 minutes to Le Cable below Verbier, from where you can catch a bus
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You will need to take a taxi from the airport to the station Martigny. This is the nearest main line rail station to Verbier From Martingy, take a local train to Le Chable. From Le Chable, you can take a direct cable car to Verbier, a bus, or a 24-hr taxi service.
In winter, buses run directly from Martigny to Verbier. For more information about train times and services, call Geneva Rail Information at 00800 100 200 30