Thoughtout the new ski season, we will be highlighting ski resorts from around the world! Today we explore Verbier ski resort in Switzerland. One of the worlds most well known ski destinations with avid British skiers and snowboards with so much on offer. Whilst your here make sure you check out our fantastic Verbier ski resort guide full of useful information to help you make the perfect choice for your next ski holiday! If you are eager to get away make sure you check out of Holiday Offers where you will find some of the best holidays available across the Alps and beyond!
With the most spectacular mountain views in the Alps, the Verbier piste map is renowned for being a freerider’s paradise. Where else can you see both the Mont Blanc and Grand Combin to the south on one day, then see the Matterhorn from the top of Mont Fort Glacier on another? A much-loved ski resort for the rich and famous, it certainly sits on the expensive end of the price spectrum.
LET’S TALK SKIING IN VERBIER
Verbier makes up part of the 4 Vallées – Nendaz, Thyon, La Tzoumaz and Veysonnaz; the largest ski area to be found in the whole of Switzerland. It suits skiers of all levels, with a massive 410km of the Verbier piste map to enjoy and 89 lifts, you’ll find there’s enough variety of terrains to excite even the most advanced skier. In particular, Verbier is also renowned for its fantastic lift-accessible off-piste terrain.
It’s not widely recognised for its beginner skiing, however there are three nursery slopes to be found in Verbier – Les Esserts, Les Moulins which is particularly popular for children, and Le Rouge, which is slightly steeper than the other two. Intermediate ski-wise, you’ve got some few easy pistes to try in Verbier, however there are more to be found in the 4 Vallées, but their lift access isn’t quite as good.
Expert skiers have so much to enjoy here. On the front side of Mt Fort, you’ll find a black mogul field with a steep gradient and a spectacular panoramic view at the summit. You’ll find lots of ‘itinerary’ runs here which aren’t groomed or avalanche controlled, however they do have piste markers. Particular exciting routes worth trying are Col de Mines, Tortin and Vallon d’Arby. You’ll also find lots of lift accessible off-piste skiing on the Verbier piste map.
THE RESORT OF VERBIER
Verbier is certainly one of the most beautiful resorts in Switzerland and it is especially loved by the rich and famous. You’ll find a beautiful mix of traditional wooden chalets and luxury hotels at the more expensive end of the price range. There is a lot of ski in/ski out accommodation here, and you will find the centre to be pretty busy with traffic.
STAYING IN VERBIER
When you’re looking at Verbier ski accommodation, you will find lots of variety to choose from. These vary from apartments, catered and self-catered chalets, and hotels. Most of the hotels are on the more luxurious and expensive side, with 4- and 5-star hotels being particularly popular. However, you can find some 3-star hotels amongst the accommodation in Verbier. You’ll find that there are many British tour operators that run catered chalets here.
VERBIER SNOW CONDITIONS
A definite snowsure location, for Verbier weather-wise, you’ll find an average of four snow days per week and all-day sunshine. For snowfall, Verbier has an average of 35cm of snowfall per week, with January being the best month to choose; seeing an average of 45cm per week.
VERBIER RESORT LIFE
One of the best highlights of Verbier is definitely people watching, so if you’re a lover of celebrity spotting, this is an ideal location for you. Verbier’s fantastic restaurants and bars are aplenty here, and you’ll find lots of great nightclubs too. It’s a big and well-established resort, so you’ll definitely be able to make the most of the Verbier aprés ski here, even if you might need to pay a lot more to enjoy it!
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT VERBIER?
You’ve definitely got an extensive choice of skiing on the Verbier piste map, thanks to its links to the 4 Vallées, with over 410km of piste. Its superb scenery means that you can look forward to stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Based on the south-facing plateau above the Val de Bagnes, you’ll be able to take in the wonderful panorama of the breathtaking Combin Massif from the French-Italian border, right through to the Matterhorn on the south-west and Swiss-Italian border towards the south-east.
Verbier is most definitely a location for more advanced skiers and snowboarders with an excellent choice of Verbier ski lifts to make the most of. However, that’s not to say that intermediate and less than confident skiers won’t miss out as they too will enjoy making the most of their Verbier lift pass to challenge themselves.
It’s also worth diarising Verbier for its events, with the world’s top elite Freeride and Freestyle skiers coming to Verbier for some excellent yearly events. Verbier is most definitely a location that enjoys a luxurious lifestyle, and it’s well worth a visit if it’s in your price range.
THE SNOWRESORT VERDICT
There’s no doubt that Verbier is an extravagant ski resort with a luxury price tag, however if you can afford it, it’s well worth a visit. You’ll find that it’s not only the accommodation that’s expensive, prices are higher at Verbier restaurants and bars too, in addition to the on-piste and off-piste activities. It has the traditional picture-postcard look of traditional wooden chalets, however you’ll also find that it’s kept up with the modern feel too.
If you like the sound of Verbier do not forget to check out our fantastic La Plagne ski resort guide! Or you do fancy making Austria your next ski destination then also check out our St Anton & Kaprun resort guides.