Situated between the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc at a height of 5,000 feet, a Verbier ski vacation offers one of the largest ski areas in Europe. If you’re in search of a happening ski town, incredibly scenic Alpine peaks and some of the most renowned Swiss skiing, you will love a ski trip in Verbier. This delightful village is located on a sunny plateau in the grand circuit of the Four Valleys ski areas—linking Verbier to Nendaz, Siviez, Veysonnaz and Thyon. These additional four areas at Verbier Four Valleys are known collectively as “Printze” and have a large selection of blue and red (intermediate) runs as well as a few black pistes sprinkled throughout.
Verbier offers its visitors options when it comes to places to dine and partake in après. Visit Le Mouton Noir Bar on the mountain for a happening celebration after a long ski day while the DJ sets the vibe out on the largest terrace in Verbier that has panoramic views and can hold up to 1,000 people partiers at once. To balance your visit, you may consider stopping the next night for dinner at Les Touristes Restaurant, located in the old village of Verbier. Les Touristes is known by the namesake hotel where it’s located, and offers traditional Swiss cuisine like fondue, raclette and croute, a comfort food dish made of bread, wine and cheese, as well as classic French dishes.
If you still have energy after skiing or decide to take a day off, the Centre Sportif de Verbier provides visitors with the best off-piste activities as well, including tennis, squash, ice hockey, curling and swimming. For non-skiers, nearby cities such as Montreux and Lausanne are easily accessible by public transportation.
…at the Experimental Chalet, perfect for apres-ski aficionados seeking a timeless chalet atmosphere at the sunny plateau of Verbier in the grand circuit of the Four Valleys ski areas.
...by flying into the Geneva International Airport and then hopping on a train for a 2.5-hour ride, for ultimate convenience.
…the Centre Sportif de Verbier for indoor rock climbing, indoor and outdoor tennis and swimming pools, indoors and outdoors, for adventures off the slopes.
…yourself to a full-day, guided skiing excursion from anywhere to the backside of Mt. Fort, the Stairway to Heaven or Vallon d’Arby for an off-piste mountain adventure.
...over 250 miles of terrain.
…over 60 restaurants with an immense variety of dining options. Try everything from Michelin-star cuisine to traditional Swiss cuisine in a rustic and authentic setting.
…Swiss chocolate, fondue and raclette, a traditional, savory dish served with melted cheese, boiled potatoes, pickles and cured meats.
…an adrenaline rush in the Mont-Fort sector on the Mont 4 Zipline
When we say big, we mean it. Your lift ticket is honored at the Four Valleys’ 93 lifts. You could ski at this sprawling resort network for a week and never ski the same run twice. Intermediates surprisingly have the most options, with a breakdown of 35 blue, 39 red and 14 black pistes making up the entire resort.
As an annual host venue to the Freeride World Tour—an elite extreme skiing and snowboard competition—you can bet that Verbier skiing will challenge the best. If you’re looking to feed into your competitive side, there is the mini-kilometer sprint, a racecourse to challenge your friends and family while knocking out your fastest run of the day. Experts will find even more terrain in Verbier’s 7 secure, marked but ungroomed routes such as the Col des Mines, Vallon d’Arbi and Col de Mouches. Hiring a guide when exploring these areas is the best way to get the most out of your time skiing there.
Col des Mines is ideal for when there’s fresh snow with its moderately steep gradient, and Col de Mouches, known as La Mouche to locals can be accessed by taking the Chassoure gondola up to an open bowl of moderate, consistent gradients that feed into the Gentianes-Tortin itinerary feeding you out to the Tortin lifts. Get to Four Valleys’ over 10,925-foot summit with Mont Fort’s fast and modern lifts open to some of the steepest lift-accessed skiing in the Alps, and also provides breathtaking views of the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc and Dent Blanche.
There’s one terrain park, perfect for freestylers and designed with routes for all levels of experience. Try your hand at the kickers, boxes and rails by riding up the six-seater La Chaux Express or the La Chaux 2 chairlift. Freestylers will find plenty to do in Verbier’s two terrain parks. For beginners, Les Esserts is the largest area with one drag lift and two magic carpets, including the largest magic carpet in Switzerland. Once beginner skiers are feeling more confident, La Chaux is a good spot to move onto for slow blue pistes. It’s also south facing so as the day goes on the snow will soften up.
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Visiting Verbier in the spring typically grants skiers the best guarantee for snow. Early March is a good time, plus April is often the snowiest month of the year as well. Earlier in the ski season, which for Verbier Four Valleys runs from November to the end of April, can be hit or miss for snow.
Coming to ski in the spring will also mean more sun on the slopes, whereas the snow in January may be just as good but the temperatures a lot colder. It comes down to personal preference and what you’re looking for in your ski vacation, and our Mountain Travel Experts will be perfect in leading you through the various pros and cons of when to book your trip.
Verbier & the Four Valleys has multiple spots dedicated to beginners, there are areas catered specifically for children and families, and others suitable for individuals who are new to skiing at any age. Les Esserts is the largest area with one drag lift and two magic carpets, one of which is the longest magic carpet in Switzerland.
This area caters to families with children specifically because it's next to the Hameau bus stop, making it easy to access. Additional beginner areas are Le Rouge, Les Moulins and La Chaux. Because most terrain at Verbier & The Four Valleys is blue pistes, beginner terrain in Europe, once skiers become more comfortable there are many other areas they’re able to explore once they’re confident enough to leave the “learn to ski” spots.
There are several reasons why Verbier is considered famous with the biggest one being because it is one of the premier off-piste resorts in the world. Being a part of The Four Valleys, it’s among the largest ski resorts in the world and happens to have the highest peak in the resort, with skiing on Mont Fort glacier. Another contributor to Verbier’s fame is its history with competitive freeride skiing since 1996. Because of Verbier’s solid and consistent snowfall, some areas stay covered with snow all year long.
Aside from skiing, there is an abundance of dining and après options throughout the village, including plenty of Michelin restaurants and iconic spots like The Farinet, The Fer a Cheval and Le Rouge, for dancing and camaraderie after a day on the slopes. The beauty of Verbier being so popular is during après or even on the lifts you’ll be brushing shoulders with skiers from all over the world.
Verbier is a village in southwest Switzerland situated in the canton of Valais and bordered by France to the west and Italy to the south. It’s about a 2-hour drive from Geneva International Airport, making that a common spot to fly into, or instead of driving, you can take a train from the airport to Le Chable and hop onto a gondola to get to the center of the resort.
If you stay in Verbier, you can get to Courmayeur in 2.5 hours, Zermatt in 2 hours and Chamonix in an hour. .com Experts suggest a private transfer or private car for anyone wanting to combine these destinations.
You can also ski from Verbier to the additional resorts within The Four Valleys: Bruson, La Tzoumaz, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon enjoying over 250 miles of terrain while you’re there.