Why choose a ski holiday to Verbier? Verbier is often considered to be the Swiss Version of Chamonix, known for its big skiing, guaranteed snow on the Mont Fort Glacier and vibrant nightlife. Verbier is located in the southwest corner of the Swiss Alps and forms part of the 4 valleys ski area, offering a massive 410km playground, linking the ski resorts of Verbier, Veysonnaz, Nendaz and Les Collons.
Verbier skiing holidays are perfect for skiers and snowboarders alike, and unlike Chamonix has a modern and efficient lift system surrounded by perfectly groomed pistes. Ski holidays to Verbier are in our top off piste ski resorts; please have a look at our Verbier ski holiday packages, for your perfect Verbier ski holiday where we can fly your local regional airport.
Verbier is a traditional mountain village lying in a sunny bowl at 1500m, surrounded by a spectacular mountain range offering fantastic views across the Rhone Valley. The Verbier ski resort is an attractive town made up chalet style buildings and chic shops offering plenty of alpine charm. At night the town comes to life with over 60 bars and restaurants to choose from it is obvious why ski holidays to Verbier are in our top 10 Après Ski resorts.
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Why ski in Verbier? The four valleys ski area is the biggest ski area in Switzerland, and has runs to suit all levels. However it is more suitable for intermediates and experts as there are many challenging runs and offers fantastic off piste. All the lift systems are modern for effortless transport around the mountains.
Verbier has an excellent and well-established ski school, with plenty of English speaking instructors. There are nursery slopes both at the village level and above.
Verbier offers a fantastic variety of slopes for intermediates, with a particular reference to the pistes of Savoleyres, which offers some phenomenal views of Verbier with plenty of testing red runs to help you progress.
Verbier is an experts skiers dream, known for its steep runs and outstanding off-piste. There are some real classic runs here, notably the exhilarating black run from the Mont Fort and routes form the Col des Gentaines and Mont Gele.
The off-piste in Verbier is world renowned, they even hold the O’Neil Xtreme competition here, which gives you an idea of the type of terrain Verbier has to offer. The Mont Gele cable car serves no pistes at all; it allows access to a variety of off-piste runs and couloirs to choose form perfect for all freeride skiers and snowboarding. For the less squeamish check out the Lac des Vaux, which are wide-open powder fields. If you like off-piste riding through the trees check out the Bruson area.
With hardly a draglift to be seen makes Verbier the perfect resort for snowboarders. Check out the Snow Park at La Chaux or the fast boarder cross at Savoleyres. The terrain park in La Chaux is a freestyles heaven featuring 3 separate lines with a number a number of kickers and rails. Sadly there is no half pipe but Verbier is famous for its extreme natural terrain with plenty of rock drops and insane cliff jumps to choose from.
There is no better way to finish a hard days skiing or riding than with a few well-earned après ski drinks with your mates. Fortunately there is no shortage of après bars in Verbier.
Which are the best Après bars in Verbier? Well There are so many to choose from! Well here are a few to choose form:
1936 is a bar is located just below Mayentzet chairlift, just before the final slope leading to the Medran. This après bar is the perfect place to meet after a hard day skiing, on a sunny day it will be absolutely packed often with live DJs spinning tunes and BBQs wafting into the air.
Fairnet Après Bar is located in the Fairnet Hotel, voted best ski après bar in 2004 and live bands every during the winter season. It opens at 4pm and happy hour finishing at 5pm it is a must see in Verbier.
Fer a Cheval is another popular après bar and it is not uncommon for the bar to get so full it spills out in to the street during the spring months.
Pub Mont Fort is located just above the Medran with its ski in location and happy hour from 4-5pm its no wonder why it is a local’s favorite, it is a great place to meet at the end of the day.
There are many award winning restaurants in Verbier including the Chalet d’Adrien which has a Michelin star and stunning views. Le Sonalon on the edge of town boasts the best fondues and nettle soup in town. If you are looking for something more casual Al Capone and Le Fer a Cheval are great for pizza.