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VERBIER

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Verbier, SWITZERLAND, located high in the Swiss Alps has first rate skiing and snowboarding terrain, spectacular scenery, an excellent snow record and a charming village.

verbier skiing picture

Francois Perraudin, © Verbier/Bagnes Tourisme

Verbier Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The skiing and snowboarding terrain in Verbier is fantastic. There is over 400 kilometres of terrain spread across four valleys made up of the interlinking resorts of Verbier, Thyon, Veysonnaz and Nendaz.

The off piste skiing and snowboarding opportunities are endless with open wide powder fields, naturally rolling terrain, glacier heli skiing ,steep mogul runs, long linked groomed trails and gentle beginner specific runs.

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding

Advanced skiers and snowboarders are in heaven at Verbier; basically if you can see it and get to it you have first rights to deep virgin powder! There are endless cliff drops, open powder fields, hair raising chutes and fast gullies; you could spend a month skiing and snowboarding at Verbier and still keep discovering untouched naturally rolling terrain.

From the top of the Mont Fort Cable Car head off piste, staying on the right hand side of the Col des Gentianes Cable Car, towards the Tortin area, the deep powder terrain is steep and very challenging - a definite must do! The Lac des Vaux 3 Chairlift also gives great off piste access to the Tortin area; just turn left at the top of the chairlift and follow the path of the Chassoure Gondola down to Tortin.

Go to the Tracouet area for some big mogul skiing and snowboarding under the Plan du Fou Cable Car. After a big snowfall the moguls are covered in fresh powder making the run steep, deep and awesome!

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding

Intermediates can happily access the entire skiing and snowboarding area at Verbier on wide groomed extremely long linking trails.

From the La Chaux area at 2,260 meters catch the Jumbo Cable Car to the top to access the Les Gentianes-La Chaux trail which leads underneath the cable car before breaking off to the left and heading all the way down to the village area, it is one of the longest trails at Verbier.

The Cheminee run at Thyon is great first thing in the morning, it is fast and wide just right for giant carving GS turns. Located below the Cheminee Chairlift is the new Veysonnaz Gondola giving access to another great fast and long trial, the Veysonnaz trail.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding

Le Rouge and Les Esserts runs just above the Verbier village are wide and gently sloping and perfect for first timers to learn on.

Once confidence grows turn left at the top of Le Rouge Chairlift onto the long, fun and winding Savoleyres trail which leads all the way down to the base of the La Tzoumaz area. In the 2007 winter season the family friendly Savoleyres area opened a new eight seater gondola, La Tzoumaz which carrys 1,600 passengers an hour in comfort resulting in less congested slopes.

The Medran 1 Gondola rises up from the village to the Les Ruinettes area at 2,200 meters; from here take the Medran 1 trail back down to the village, in the lower sections the groomed trail winds its way through the trees.

The Joc and Trabanta Chairlifts located on the lower slopes of Thyon access more open wide beginner slopes.

Verbier has eight ski and snowboard schools with bilingual instructors offering group, private and day long lessons for all ages and ability levels. Experienced mountain guides and off piste powder lessons are also available.

New 'Hands Free' ski passes automatically enabling lift access without staff manually checking passes ensuring less crowd congestion have recently been introduced at Verbier.

Verbier Terrain Park

The large 1936 Neipark terrain park in the La Chaux area has kickers, jumps, rails and boxes for intermediate level and above free riders, there is also a separate boardercross course. With the many natural off piste obstacles on offer at Verbier the terrain park rarely gets crowded.

Verbier Heli Skiing and Snowboarding

Verbier has heli skiing and snowboarding tours lead by professional guides on the surrounding mountain peaks through endless acres of deep untouched powder snow. Helicopters leave from the Tracouet area heading directly to the peak of Petit Combin. The tours are usually only in small groups of four to six advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Other Activities at Verbier

Other outdoor activities at Verbier include hiking, ice climbing, snowshoeing, paragliding, paraskiing, tobogganing and cross country skiing.

The indoor Verbier Sports Centre has a heated swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath, squash courts and an ice skating rink.

Massage and beauty therapies are also available in the Verbier village. The Verbier Tourist Office has free 15 minute internet sessions available during opening hours.

Shopping at Verbier

The Verbier village has many has many ski and snowboard shops stocking the latest equipment and rental gear, fashion boutiques, children’s fashion shops, jewellery shops, gift and souvenir stores, photography shops and art galleries.
There are also pharmacies, beauticians, grocery markets, butchers, bakeries and delicatessens.

Verbier Restaurants

Verbier has more than fifty five restaurants and cafes serving delicious Swiss cuisine, French, Italian, Mexican, Japanese and international cuisine.

The lovely Au Vieux Restaurant serves traditional rich French meals complemented by an excellent wine list.

The small Café in the Au Vieux Valais Hotel has a warm and friendly atmosphere serving sensational local Swiss cheese fondues and raclette.

The meals at Le Millenium Restaurant are a combination of Japanese and French infused cuisine, the restaurant has a set menu as well as an ever changing specials menu. The El Toro Negro steak restaurant, located below Le Millenium Restaurant, serves huge grilled steaks American or French style.

The Italian Le Borsalino restaurant is very popular serving gourmet pizzas, pastas and barbequed ribs. If you are after a quick snack while you check your emails go to Harold’s Hamburgers for the freshest and best quarter pounders in Verbier.

The Verbier village also has takeaway outlets selling pizzas, baguettes and hot sweet and savoury crepes.

On the mountain there are eighteen restaurants and self service cafeterias throughout the skiing and snowboarding area.

La Cabane du Mont Fort Restaurant built in 1925 serves local Swiss specialities all day with full table service inside and out on the sun terrace. The views from Restaurant La Marmotte’s sun terrace are sensational; the restaurant serves fondues, salads, sweet desserts and warm drinks.

Verbier Nightlife

The nightlife at Verbier is colossal, the bars and pubs fill up for après ski drinks and remain full with guests from around the globe until closing time, which is often when the sun is about to rise!

The Central T Bar opens early serving cooked English breakfasts and stays open until late. In the evenings the busy bar has quiz nights, party theme nights and live band performances.

Murphy’s Bar in the Garbo Hotel is a small but popular bar with a wide variety of wines, whiskies and champagnes to choose from. Pub Mont-Fort is one of the most famous pubs in Verbier, it is over two stories with bars on both levels serving cocktails, shakers and shots. The pub has wild party nights and happy hour every night.

For a quiet drink go to the King’s Lounge it has an open fire, comfortable couches, good cocktails and serves tasty bar snacks.

Verbier has four nightclubs that stay open all night with DJs playing the latest funky music. One of the trendiest and most expensive is the Farm Club that caters for the wealthy locals. The candlelit Casbah nightclub in the Hotel Fairnet has a North African theme with tents, low tables, cushions and good music.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
10,925
3,330
Base
4,920
1,500
Average Snowfall
130 inches
Lifts
89
Trails - view map
70
410 km
Terrain %
advanced
30
intermediate
40
beginner
30
Halfpipe
no
Terrain Park
1
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