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.
- Visit one of the museums dedicated to the culture of the Val de Bagnes.
- Feast your eyes on the wonderful cakes at the Boulangerie-michellod and treat yourself to a cake that is like a work of art.
- For a change from skiing contact the guys at Ski Alternative and see what they can offer to tempt you off the mountain.
- Try go-karting on ice with your family or group of friends - fabulous fun.
- For an adrenalin rush, try paragliding with the Centre Parapente Verbier.
Posted by Kate Whittaker on 9th March 2014
So what makes a group of competent skiers go back to ski school? In my case it was a combination of two things: all the good things I had heard about the Warren Smith Ski Academy (WSSA) from friends but also because all those so called friends (you know who you are) abandoned me leaving me to head off on a long planned ski week on my own. No problem I thought - going back to ski school means I’ll have some people to ski with and I’ll spend some time correcting all those bad habits I have picked up over the years.
Posted by Ski holiday stories on 26th January 2009
The end of last week and the weekend saw heavy snowfall in Verbier. Thursday was a lovely clear day with good snow both on and off the piste. The weekend saw the heaviest snowfall with Geneva airport being closed on Saturday for a short time which led to delayed flights. The snow finally began to subside late on Saturday giving those on the mountain the chance to get fresh tracks before lifts closed. Sunday was one of those perfect days which you will remember for the rest of your life, fresh powder, clear blue skies and sunshine.
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 305/ 5 days|
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