Resort Info

Verbier Resort Stats

Resort Altitude:
1,500 m
Total piste:
410 km
Easy Runs:
35
Intermediate Runs:
55
Difficult Runs:
10
Terrain / Snowboard park:
Yes
Highest lift:
3,330 m
Longest piste:
16 km
Number of Lifts:
95

Verbier is undoubtedly one of Switzerland’s top ski resorts. Nestled on a plateau overlooked by the Mont Fort mountain, this premiere ski resort has a global reputation for fantastic skiing as well as a chic and charming village atmosphere. It’s no surprise that the rich and famous flock here and as a direct result Verbier boasts some of the most luxurious chalets and alpine homes the Alpes has to offer. Upmarket Verbier may be but exclusive it is not, there are numerous low and mid range chalets options that cater for the more budget conscious.

There is a vast array of tempting shops and boutiques as well as a huge choice of restaurants and bars. Blisteringly good Apres ski and nightlife is available for those who want it and there’s something for all budgets with prices as low a 6 CHF for a pint of beer in the Pub Mont Fort. The ski area is vast and tends to suit the more intermediate to advanced skier with over 400km of marked runs extending up to 3,330m at the highest point. As well as conventionally graded pistes there are numerous itinerary runs which are unpisted and are often long mogul fields when between snowfalls. The opportunity for off piste and back country skiing is another reason Verbier is so popular. There are various mountain guides available who will take you to some of the famous descents including Stairway to Heaven and the Back side of the Montfort to name a couple.

Whether you are a serial luncher/cafe goer who prefers to spend more time off the piste than on or you are a hard core off piste skier who lives for powder – Verbier has it all and you will not be disappointed.

Apres ski in Verbier

Apres ski in Verbier is without a shadow of a doubt one of the best you will find in any ski resort in the world. Post ski drinks, a sing song and dancing is part and parcel of a ski holiday for more and more people these days. Verbier has a plethora of options including the Rouge at the bottom of the rouge piste offering outstanding outdoor music whilst basking in the glorious sunshine. At this point things will be kicking off in the Montfort pub and the Fer A Cheval. You, of course, can’t say you have done après ski without having experienced the Farinet – this really starts to get going at around 7pm. Check out

Nightlife

Like après ski, Verbier has a lot to offer in the nightlife department. Many of the après ski bars are open until 2am with the Pub Montfort being very reasonably priced. More upmarket options include the Farinet Lounge and T Bar being the most popular. From 2am the night clubs are open until the wee hours of the morning. Coup D’Etat and Casbah are the most popular with Public and the Farm Club for those with unlimited budgets.

Families and children

Facilities for children in Verbier are quite good in that children aged up to 6 will ski for free and those aged 7-13 are heavily discounted. There is a playground area at Le Chaux and the Schtroumpfs nursery in the town centre looks after children and babies from a very young age. This nursery is really quite something because it is on the side of the Moulins nursery slope and has it’s on snow garden with lots of activities and fun to be had. There are also private nanny companies that will come to your chalet and look after your children – one of the best is Petit Verbier.

After the lifts close the Moulins piste is still a good place to take children for sledging. As the piste is completely confined it is possible to sledge to the bottom and then get the bus back up to the top (or for some a good use of their chalet driver service.

Activites in Verbier

• Verbier doesn’t have a vast amount of other activities aside from skiing. There is a fantastic sports centre with pool, hot-tub and sauna facilities. Ice karting is available in January/February as well as parapenting and walking excursions. Chez Danny is well worth a visit for an evening meal excursion. Chez Danny is an on mountain restaurant towards the bottom of the slope and they will pick you up by snow mobile. Enjoy an amazing dinner and the return to Verbier by toboggan.

Eating Out in Verbier

Finding a good restaurant is not difficult, the hard part is deciding which one to go for. One of the top choices would be Al Capone’s which delivers excellent food at reasonable prices. The Fer A Cheval is another firm favourite offering quality pizza & pasta as well as some more traditional dishes such as snails and fondue.

If you are looking for something more pub style then the Pub Montfort and Offshore cafe offer great burgers, nachos, fajitas, chicken wings etc at good prices.

Chalet Adrien offers top quality fine dining and boasts a Michelin star. The food and service are fantastic however it’s extremely expensive. Many would argue that Brasserie Le V offers a menu to the same standard but without the extortionate prices.

Mountain Restaurants

Sadly Verbier doesn’t have the most fantastic mountain restaurants especially compared to it neighbour Zermatt. The good news is that it’s getting better. Restaurant Chez Danny (mentioned earlier) is by far the best option. Offering a quality menu including a firm favourite – soup served in a hollowed out bread loaf. Another good option is over on the Savoleyeres is Chez Simon – simple well cooked food.

Cabine Montfort is the only other restaurant worth a mention because not only do they offer quality food at an altitude of 2457m just below the Mont Fort mountain, but you can also stay overnight there. It’s reasonably priced and gives you a mega head start if you want to set off early to find the powder.