Switzerland’s number one resort is wonderfully scenic, sunny and snowsure – the perfect formula for a winter break. Europe’s most fashionable ski scene is this season’s must.
The skiing at Verbier is world class. It boasts more than 80 lifts, giving you access to over 400km of runs at a snow-capped altitude of up to 3,330 metres. Beginners and intermediate skiers can take their pick from nearly 80% of the runs, with picturesque views from Les Esserts and versatile slopes at Savoleyres.
For advanced skiers, the resort plays host to some of the sport’s most thrilling competitions, from Verbier Ride and High Five to Xtreme. It’s home to some of the best lift-served off-piste in the world, including the legendary vertical drop of nearly 2000m from Mont Fort Glacier.
Verbier has a deserved reputation as a luxury resort, with some of the region’s most exclusive properties and a clientele that includes European royalty. For groups ready to splash out, Sir Richard Branson’s nine-bedroom chalet The Lodge is an extravagant option, with two master suites, a spa and mini ice rink. Just 250 metres from the lifts, it sleeps 18 and offers a full staff.
Attracting skiers in all age brackets, the resort has some budget-friendly options too. The rustic Chalet Darbay sleeps four to six in cosy surroundings, with a sun terrace and easy access to Place Centrale. It’s also a handy 100 metres from the Médran lift.
With a select number of venues, Verbier’s après is a distinguished affair. From sun-drenched terraces filled with fur-clad Germans to traditional pubs popular with the British, it offers some of the best nightlife in the Swiss Alps.
Champagne-fuelled revels are the resort’s speciality. Hotel Farinet’s Après Ski bar is the destination for a spot of afternoon dancing and live bands every evening, while L’Etoile is great for partying into the small hours. For those looking for more sophisticated, low-key après, there’s the terrace at Le Rouge and Cosy Crock No Name en route to Savoleyres.
Verbier’s snow isn’t just for skiers. There are plenty of off-slope activities to keep you amused away from the slopes. There’s sledging at La Tzoumaz – the longest run in the region – and winter walking across four dedicated trails.
You can take in the magnificent scenery on a helicopter tour or learn more about mountain life at the Alpine Museum and Nanuq Art Gallery. In the summer months, Verbier is a top destination for mountain biking too, with 500km of cross-country trails.
A central location, at the heart of the Four Valleys ski area, and a smart complex of shops and restaurants at the foot of Médran makes Verbier the ideal all-round resort. The haunt of bright-eyed beginners and seasoned skiers alike, the runs and schools are well set up to cater for all levels. And the wealth of upmarket bars makes time off the slopes time well spent, whether you’re celebrating graduation or enjoying early retirement.