Photos + video by Jackson Lebsack
Situated between the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, Verbier is home to more than just epic views. It’s the world capital of freeride or “big mountain” skiing and snowboarding, which means there’s no shortage of technical ridges, steeps, couloirs and chutes to explore. The terrain off of the 11,000-foot summit, Mont Fort, is particuarly spicy and will please challenge seekers, however a guide is highly recommended. Verbier is also part of the Four Valleys interconnected ski circuit, which includes Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon. Collectively skiers and riders have access to 90 lifts and 250 miles of ski runs, ensuring all stripes have terrain for them. Off-mountain the idyllic Swiss village offers an array of authentic and interesting restaurants, bars and shops.
Stop 4 of Ski.com’s Epic Dream Job was cut a little short, due to heavy snowfall and road closures at Stop 3 in St. Anton, but Jackson Lebsack still packed plenty of unforgettable experiences into the 48 hours he was in Verbier, Switzerland. Like getting guided around by two Verbier snowboard legends and tasting all the delicious things that make Switzerland unique.
Jackson’s List of the Best Things About Verbier:
Skiing with pro freeride snowboard legend Geraldine Fasnacht + pro rider Victor Liebenguth
Conquering some classic big mountain Verbier lines
Spa session at Hotel la Cordee des Alpes with Stacey Leasca of Travel+Leisure
Apres-ski concert at Hotel Farinet (music by Sons of Guns)
A visit to the Chocolaterie de Verbier
Cheese tasting at Cahumerie
Raclette dinner at Le Caveau
Next stop → Courchevel, France
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Originally from the icy trails of New Jersey, I moved West to pursue powder and a career in writing and editing. Now living in Aspen, Colo. and working for Ski.com as Director of SEO + Content, I've been able to combine a litany of skills, passions and interests. You'll find me skiing at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands in the winter and mountain biking at Snowmass in the summer.