WEsaySwitzerland's overall most challenging skiing both on and off-piste. Some excellent chalet accommodation, and a magnet for party-goers and snowboarders.
Verbier is a world renowned ski area enjoying a good altitude in a protected location in the middle of Switzerland's most southerly Alps. The vast four valley ski area offers 400km of runs and covers the villages of Thyon, Veysonnaz and Nendaz which are fast becoming popular in their own right.
Strict regulation of building height and materials has meant that Ski Chalets in Verbier, and indeed all other accommodation types have kept their charm. The village centre has plenty on offer including some great nightlife as well as a good variety of shops, boutiques and restaurants.
The much improved lift system will soon whizz you up to even the very upper slopes which offer spectacular views and (should you want it) some challenging runs and plenty of off-piste. Novices have a selection of nursery slopes in the village centre and at Les Esserts. Cheaper day passes cover these areas and there is a local Verbier pass also for wider exploration. Intermediates will enjoy the Savolyres area with it’s uncrowded snowy pistes as well as the superb glacier skiing.
Verbier is world famous for its apres ski, it is trendy, cosmopolitan and always lively. Other activities include ice-skating, curling, indoor tennis, a heated indoor swimming pool, tobogganing, cinema, sauna/solarium, para and hang-gliding, cross country skiing and a beautifully designed sports centre equipped for most activities.
New for 2016/17
The slow chair lift at La Chaux is being upgraded to a six-seater chair, with its starting point closer to the bottom station of the Jumbo cable car to Col des Gentianes. The ancient gondola at Mayens de l Ours in the Veysonnaz sector is being updated to a 10-seater gondola, more than halving the ride time. Work has started on a replacement for the Mont Gelé cable car, but it will not be in service until late 2017. A new lift is in the pipeline to access the separate Savoleyres area from a radically different starting point, but that will not be in service until late 2018. The City Ski Championships will be held here for the second time, in February.
New for 2015/16
A new 10-room B&B hotel (A Larze) opened in Le Châble, in the valley below Verbier.
New for 2014/15
The Etoile Rouge nightclub and supper club opened.
New for 2013/14
A new gondola from Le Châble linked Verbier to the heart of the Bruson ski area. An old chairlift at Les Masses, beyond Thyon, was replaced by a quad. The chairlift from Siviez to Plan-du-Fou (for access to Nendaz) was replaced by a gondola. A cutting-edge 5-star hotel W Verbier opened in December, as part of a new development at Médran.
New for 2012/13
A new mountain restaurant opened, La Vache, part owned by celebs such as singer James Blunt and rugby player Lawrence Dallaglio. A new ice rink opened in the town square at La Tzoumaz.
- Wide array of challenging slopes with a lot of off-piste and long mogul runs
- Upper slopes offer a real high-mountain feel, plus great views Sizeable, lively village in a sunny, panoramic setting
- Vibrant nightlife