Verbier , Switzerland
This Four Valleys resort is highly popular with the British market and also the most discerning guests from around the world. Verbier is without doubt one of Europe's top ski resorts and has the range and quality of accommodation to match.
The large ski area is spread over an area collectively known as the Four Valleys and offers something for every level of skier, including some of Europe's best off piste terrain. Verbier offers a range of extensive and challenging slopes for experts, making it a must visit for adventure seekers and powder hounds.
The resort is attractive but slightly sprawling. However, many of the luxury chalets in Verbier are traditionally styled which makes for pretty vistas of the resort from just about any angle. Verbier is set on a wide, sunny plateau with spectacular panoramic views over the main Rhone valley below.
The village atmosphere is almost unrivalled in the Alps, the apres ski and nightlife are as legendary as the skiing, so you can ski hard and party even harder during your stay.
Pros & Cons
- Great for the advanced skier with access to lots of off piste and some good, long bump runs.
- The village is atmospheric, with many Verbier ski chalets offering alpine charm.
- Excellent selection of bars and restaurants offering a vibrant and varied nightlife.
- A good selection of ski schools especially for advanced skiers.
- Many chalets in Verbier are traditional alpine style, alongside a lot of good hotels.
- Can be a long walk / bus ride to the main lift stations from your Verbier ski chalets.
- The 4 Valley ski area is spread out and badly interlinked.
- The pistes do not have names or numbers which makes navigation tricky at times.
- After a fresh snow fall the off piste gets tracked out very quickly.
- Not an ideal resort for a complete beginner.
If you fancy a change from your Verbier ski chalets and hotels, there is a great range of restaurants on offer. To really splash out, visit some of the other upmarket hotels. The restaurant in the Hotel Nevai, is urban contemporary in style and serves Euro-Asian food. Pre - booking is a must at this sought after venue. Chalet d'Adrien also has an excellent menu but it is not cheap! For something a little more affordable, King's and Millennium come highly recommended. The Millennium steaks are simply superb. Verbier also has some great local Swiss restaurants - trying some of this cuisine is a must! When the staff take their nights off at the chalets in Verbier, consider going to The Caveau, Relais des Neiges or Au Vieux Verbier. The popular Fer a Cheval does reasonably priced pizza and other simple dishes. The offshore cafe at the foot of the Medran lift does a great cooked breakfast and a wide selection of snacks, but be warned: the portions are big!
Mountain restaurants are lacking in numbers, which means queues, and overcrowding in the high season. The Savoleyres ski area offers the best selection. If you are looking for good value then visit the Poste Hotel. Verbier's Au Mayen hut offers a good level of service and a great suntrap terrace, and if you enjoy Rosti then definitely visit La Marmotte. On the Medran side, Cabane de Mont fort is well worth visiting: a proper atmospheric mountain refuge serving excellent food. Book ahead as it is very popular. Hotels and chalets in Verbier should be able to do this for you. Other recommended mountain restaurants are Les Ruinettes, The Olympique and Carrefour.
Apres ski is almost essential before returning to your Verbier ski chalet or hotel. Verbier's apres ski is of a high quality and quantity, but it is quite expensive. The Pub Mont Fort is popular with the British crowd and gets very lively later in the evenings. The Farinet is another place to be and by 5pm is heaving with a live ban playing on the terrace and most people on the tables dancing - not for the faint hearted. Other favourites of ours are; The terrace of the Central Hotel, The Big Ben Pub, The Nelson, Fer a Cheval, Crock no Name, amd The Loft bar. If you want to try something different after a day on the slopes we can recommend ice karting just in case you need some more adrenaline pumping through your veins.
Verbier is home to the infamous Farm Club. It is seriously expensive but if you want to hang out with the rich and famous then this is the place. The Casbah with its North African theme is not quite as expensive and well worth a visit. The younger crowd tend to head to Scotch where drinks are a lot cheaper. Most places are located in the Place Central, very close to all the Verbier ski chalets and hotels. Verbier has a few taxi companies, in case you can't walk back to your hotel or chalet, or are located in one of the Verbier ski chalets a short drive from the centre. But bear in mind that many chalets in Verbier offer a driver service!
- Cable Car
- Chair lift
- Drag lift