Verbier – Switzerland
Verbier is known as one of the most prestigious ski resorts in the world attracting both big-spenders and expert skiers alike. However, the powers that be are working hard to shed this image of exclusivity and encourage a broader range of visitors to this versatile ski area. The compact town, sunny beginner slopes, and English-speaking instructors all help to warm novices to both the sport and the resort. Tour operators have responded too, with the introduction of more competitively priced holidays in recent years and more options on affordable accommodation in Verbier.
The ski area is vast and deserves all of the accolades that it frequently receives. It is no longer a year round option however, with Mont Fort closing its summer ski operation a few years ago. The number of Brits booking ski holidays in Verbier has been rising steadily, and especially so since the introduction of direct flights to Sion from several UK airports in 2010 (transfers to Verbier take under an hour from Sion).
The resort itself has grown quickly over the last forty years, which means that in places it has lost some of its Alpine charm and village feel. However, strict planning laws have now been put in place to protect the character of the village. Restaurants in Verbier are varied, ranging from pizza and burger joints to fine dining. There are also a good range of places to stay, but catered chalets in Verbier are by far the most popular option. Ski passes in Verbier can be purchased either for the resort area only, or for the ‘4 Vallees’, which allows access to several more ski areas, including Nendaz and Veysonnaz.
- Why not ty go-karting on ice with your family or group of friends - fabulous fun.
- For an adrenalin rush, try paragliding with the Centre Parapente Verbier
- Tired of skiing? then see what the folks at Ski Alternative can offer you
- Feast your eyes on the beautiful and elaborate cakes, pastries and numerous types of speciality bread at Boulangerie-michellod
- Take in the view from the top Mont Fort. Whilst the mogulled black run from the top is only for more confident skiers, even pedestrians can take the lift up for the view.
Posted by Kate Whittaker on 17th March 2014
This week has been an awesome one for me. Since I spent a couple of seasons in the Alps ten years ago, my skiing has become less and less confident partly due to lack of fitness but also (I think) because as an adult learner I tend to duck away from anything that stretches me too far.
Posted by Kate Whittaker on 12th March 2014
As a group, we were viewing the day two video analysis session with a mixture of trepidation (all our flaws on the big screen for everyone to see) and curiosity (what do I really look like skiing). During the day Rob had videoed us all doing four turns with a focus on achieving technical accuracy, and then later on a short stretch of off-piste bumps. As two groups are running this week, we also were able to see the other team’s undertaking the same tasks.
At a glance
|Resort altitude||1500 m|
|Highest lift||3330 m|
|Lowest lift||821 m|
|km of piste||100|
|Number of lifts||27|
|Lift pass price||CHF 355/ 5 days|
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