Perched on a sunny, south-facing plateau at 1,500m with breathtaking views, Verbier combines three destinations: Verbier, Val de Bagnes (including Bruson) and La Tzoumaz. The ski playground extends from Le Châble at 850m up to Mont-Fort at 3,330m. With 140 km of slopes of its own – most of them red, with a smattering of black and blue and the off-piste itineraries – it also forms part of Switzerland’s largest ski area, the 410km of slopes of the 4 Vallees.
What’s more, you can ski in Verbier for 6 months of the year from November to May.
And as night falls, skiers and snowboarders gather for the legendary après-ski! Still need convincing? Here are 7 magnificent reasons to ski in Verbier this winter.
In Verbier, skiing off piste is lower risk even without a guide because itinerary runs are patrolled – a rare phenomenon. Seasoned skiers and snowboarders can choose between seven marked freeride itineraries: Mont-Gelé, Vallon d’Arby, Otanes, La Côt-Le Châble, Gentianes-Tortin, Col des Mines and ChassoureTortin.
Throughout the season, Verbier throbs with world-class sports, cultural, artistic and gastronomic events: Polaris Electronic Music Festival (28 November - 1 December); Verbier Art Summit (31 January & 1 February), Verbier Xtreme (28 March - 5 April); Haute Cuisine (1-4 April) and the Patrouille des Glaciers ski mountaineering race (27 April - 3 May).
The indoor fun
Verbier Sports Centre’s new sports hall is open from 10am to 9pm daily. With a 600m² climbing wall, 2 squash courts, a covered tennis court and a multi-sports ground, you’ll find everything in one place for an endorphin boost. And Mondzeu’s swimming pool, in the centre of the resort, has a 19m indoor pool, as well as a sauna and gym.
Dropping onto a remote peak by helicopter, expert skiers and snowboarders are rewarded with jaw-dropping views before enjoying a descent on untracked powder. Petit Combin (3,663m), Rosablanche (3,336m), Trient Glacier (3,000m) or Pigne d’Arolla (3,790m) all offer long, unforgettable descents in pure high-mountain scenery.
'Sporty, cool, exciting, extreme... There are many sides to Verbier. Get out there and discover them!'
You might need a little courage to throw yourself down the La Tzoumaz sledge run! Not only is it the longest toboggan run in western Switzerland, but it’s also one of the fastest! From the summit, it’s 10km of thrills and spills with a vertical descent of 848m. Helmets are strongly recommended for this exciting run!
Recognised the world over for its electrifying, cosmopolitan nightlife, the evenings here start with your boots on! From the slopes, it’s just a short walk to the famous places that have given the resort its reputation: the Pub Mont Fort, Fer à Cheval, Off-Shore, the Rouge, the Farinet, and the Off-Piste at the W.
Valais’s most cosmopolitan resort has not lost its charm over the years. Here the architecture blends perfectly with the landscape. And contrary to popular belief, Verbier is not just for the high-rolling elite. Here, you’ll find chalets of every type, plenty of apartments, hotels (1,400 beds), mountain huts – something for everyone at any budget.
For more information on winter escapes in Verbier visit verbier.ch