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Verbier ski resort - stunning Swiss mountain scenery and superb skiing.
Verbier ski resort - stunning Swiss mountain scenery and superb skiing.
Verbier is a modern village built on traditional themes.
Verbier is a modern village built on traditional themes.
Col des Gentianes leads to a feast of freeride terrain at Verbier
Col des Gentianes leads to a feast of freeride terrain at Verbier
The Chassoure gondola at Verbier serves all freeride terrain & ski routes.
The Chassoure gondola at Verbier serves all freeride terrain & ski routes.
Loads of options at the huge Verbier ski resort.
Loads of options at the huge Verbier ski resort.
Mt Gele cable car serves Verbier's best freeride terrain.
Mt Gele cable car serves Verbier's best freeride terrain.
Verbier piste skiing.
 Verbier piste skiing.
The St Bernard Express is the way to get travel to Verbier.
The St Bernard Express is the way to get travel to Verbier.
Short bootpacks access the goods at Verbier.
Short bootpacks access the goods at Verbier.
Tortin is a major lift, piste and lift pass hub for Verbier, 4 Vallees & Printze.
Tortin is a major lift, piste and lift pass hub for Verbier, 4 Vallees & Printze.
Verbier ski resort.
Verbier ski resort.
The 4 Vallees Col de Gentianes cable car at 2950m.
The 4 Vallees Col de Gentianes cable car at 2950m.
Verbier ski resort,
Verbier ski resort,
Relax near La Chaux at Verbier with views across to the Grand Combin.
Relax near La Chaux at Verbier with views across to the Grand Combin.
Perfect Verbier ski resort piste trails.
Perfect Verbier ski resort piste trails.
Medran 1 & 2 gondolas head up from the village.
Medran 1 & 2 gondolas head up from the village.
Verbier has a surprisingly compact central shopping area.
Verbier has a surprisingly compact central shopping area.
Fine dining & drinks are par for the course in Verbier.
Fine dining & drinks are par for the course in Verbier.
Verbier has a plethora of high end accommodation.
Verbier has a plethora of high end accommodation.
Ski Verbier.
Ski Verbier.

Verbier

Verbier Ski Resort Switzerland

Verbier ski resort is a very fun, very stunning and very large skiing area in Switzerland. Forming the western section of the massive 4 Vallees ski region, Verbier has almost limitless premier on and off-piste opportunities, rightly ranking it amongst Europe's best and most famous ski resorts.

Unlike many of Europe's mega sized ski resorts, Verbier is also an attractive, vibrant village with low rise buildings built along traditional lines.

For Powderhounds, highlights of skiing Verbier are the freeride routes off Mont Gele and Mont Fort, which at elevations of up to 3,330m provide superb ski experiences and glorious views of iconic alpine peaks such as the Grand Combin, Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.

Summary of Pros & Cons for Verbier Ski Resort

Pros

  • Sensational lift served freeride terrain;
  • Stunning views;
  • Interlinked with 4 Vallees for huge & diverse ski terrain on piste;
  • Numerous ski in ski out accommodation options;
  • Switzerland’s best après ski & nightlife;
  • Quality heliskiing available;
  • Backcountry ski options easily accessed;
  • Easy to get to via train from Geneva airport.

Cons

  • Busy on a powder day and weekends;
  • On mountain accommodation expensive;
  • While the après is good, the prices are extortionary.

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • The Mont Fort area is not actually including in the Verbier lift pass and takes 5 lifts to get up without putting on a ski!;
  • In Switzerland, so while everything is perfect, it comes with a price tag.

Verbier Ski & Snowboard Terrain

Verbier ski resort is part of the 4 Vallees ski domain and ranges from 821m at Le Chable up to to 3,330m on the summit of Mont Fort. The ski resort has seamless connections with the 4 Vallees ski area, for a massive total combined 410 km of marked runs. The expansive off piste terrain only adds to the size and adventure of Verbier.

Verbier is in effect four ski areas which is reflected in the multitude of lift pass options. The lower Bruson ski area is across the valley via gondola from Le Chable. The Savoleyres / La Tzoumaz area has sunny open pistes great for beginners and lower intermediates on the Verbier village side, and better snow quality trails in the shaded side down to La Tzoumaz. The Verbier sector includes 1500m of skiable vertical for all abilities up to Mont Gele. Finally, the Mont Fort sector is actually part of the 4 Vallees interlinked ski area, and not strictly part of Verbier. Terrain is mainly off piste freeride and advanced routes, although a major intermediate trail doe link back into Verbier.

You will love Verbier if you live for off-piste and freeride skiing or boarding and luck into some decent conditions. Cautious intermediates may not enjoy the disjointed layout of the marked pistes and the inconsistency of the piste ratings. But anybody who wants to leave the groomed stuff behind (or wants to learn how) will have a ball.

Verbier is a quality ski destination for budding Powderhounds. The resort's size and elevation mean the snow quality will last, particularly for those that are prepared to stomp a bit of bootpack. Be warned though, there are definitely no friends on powder days at Verbier because every man and his dog hits the slopes. Get a guide to learn the area.

The ski terrain and lifts at Verbier are a tad complex to do any justice on this page! For detailed information see our Skiing Verbier page.

Verbier Ski Resort Interlinked with 4 Vallees

The 4 Vallees ski areas (Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, La Tzoumaz, Savoleyres, Thyon and Bruson) offer quite distinct and different types of terrain of varied difficulty.

Local lift passes can be purchased for a cheaper price for Bruson, La Tzoumaz/Savoleyres and Verbier (which includes Bruson and La Tzoumaz/Savoleyres). Nendaz, Thyon and Veysonnaz are covered by the Printze lift pass. The Verbier and Printze lift passes does not include the top three cable cars including Mont Fort. The 4 Vallees lift pass is the only one that includes all lifts.

Lift tickets can also be combined under the Mont Blanc Unlimited pass which gives access to the resorts of Chamonix in France and Courmayeur in Italy. The price of the pass and the distances between the three areas mean its value is dubious at best.

Heli Skiing Verbier

The mountains around Verbier have numerous ski descents of over 2000m vertical and are perfect for heli skiing. Heliski operators fly diectly from Verbier to ski spectacular mountains including 3670m Petit Combin and the 3800m Pigne d’Arolla. More information on heliskiing out of Verbier is coming.

Where is Verbier, Switzerland?

The village of Verbier is located in the canton of Valais, south west Switzerland. Verbier is 170km east of Geneva (2hr drive), a 1 hour drive from Chamonix and 1 hour from Aosta (via the Great St. Bernard Pass). 

The nearest international airport is Geneva which has easy transfers to Verbier via taxi, shuttle bus or train. Sion airport is close to Verbier and is an option for travelers from London or Zurich.

A great way to get Verbier and the 4 Vallees is by train. Train access from anywhere in Europe including direct from Geneva airport (2hr15min by train) and Brig can be easily achieved via Martigny. From Martigny, the St Bernard Express runs every 30min to Le Châble, where a gondola, bus or taxis will whisk you up to Verbier.   

For detailed information see our Travel to Verbier page.

Verbier Accommodation

The key question is not what type of accommodation but where to stay in Verbier?! Verbier has lifts all over the place but these are not easily accessible from all parts of the village, nor do the village lift queues move quickly in peak season. The best access to Verbier's sensational off-piste terrain is via key lifts Medran 1 and 2, which leave from the top of the village. For the ultimate in convenience, stay near the lifts (like in W Verbier) unless your hotel or chalet has its own shuttle bus (like the La Cordée des Alpes).

Verbier hotels and Val de Bagnes accommodation options range from five-star hotels to bed-and-board. Verbier also offers more than one thousand rental chalets and apartments. If you are watching your pennies and want 'atomic-proof' accommodation try “The Bunker”, a converted nuclear fallout shelter in Verbier, but be warned it is a windowless, triple bunk, party centric hostel!

Staying down the mountain in Le Chable can also be excellent value and access isn’t an issue considering the daytime gondola and evening bus service that runs between Le Chable and Verbier.

See all Verbier Ski Accommodation Listings here >>>

Verbier Activities

There is plenty for non-skiers to do in Verbier including paragliding, ice skating, swimming, day spas, tobogganing, snow shoeing and dog sledding.  Oh ........ and sleeping in after partying all night!

Verbier Après & Nightlife

Verbier's huge range of bars, restaurants and clubs do après incredibly well, so it is well suited to seasoned party-hard animals. Many clubs only come alive after 11pm so be prepared to miss first lifts. Après-ski and nightlife options are almost as infinite as the skiing choice but some of the best are right in the centre of town. Try the highly rated Le Farinet for combined apres, bands (every night of the season) and nightclub til 4am. Alternatively the L'Etoile which opens at a more than reasonable 11.59pm each night (earlier on weekends) is just opposite. Those who are not drinking & dancing fit need not apply! Similarly, those on a budget, look elsewhere.




Tours in or near Verbier & 4 Vallees

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Chamonix Alps Ultimate Women's Ski Tour DETAILS
GUIDED SKI TOUR | WOMEN ONLY
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
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USD 2,995
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski 3 countries in one week with an all female group based in the legendary Chamonix. Experience the Grands Montets, Aiguille du Midi, the Valley Blanche, Verbier & Courmayeur in amongst the highest peaks of the Alps.
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Chamonix Ultimate Experience Ski Tour DETAILS
GUIDED SKI TOUR | MIXED GROUP
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
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*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 2,995
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski 3 countries in one week based in the legendary Chamonix. Experience the Grands Montets, Aiguille du Midi, the Valley Blanche, Verbier & Courmayeur in amongst the highest peaks of the Alps.
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    Verbier Ski Trail Map
  • Verbier Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    821m – 3330m (2509m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    7-10m 
  • Lifts (31)
    Verbier
    10 Gondolas / cable cars
    10 Chairs

    4 Vallees - 77 lifts
    17 Gondolas / cable cars
    18 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    November to April
    8:40am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 410km(4 Vallees)
    Longest run – 8km+
    Advanced - 28%
    Intermediate - 50%
    Beginner - 22%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 17/18)
    Verbier (incl. La Tzoumaz & Bruson)
    Adult – CHF66 - 69
    Child – CHF33 - 35
    Child u/7yr - Free

    4 Vallees
    Adult – CHF71 - 75
    Child – CHF36 - 38
    Child u/7yr - Free

    La Tzoumaz & Savoleyres
    Adult – CHF58 - 61
    Child – CHF29 - 31
    Child u/7yr - Free

    Bruson
    Adult – CHF47 - 49
    Child – CHF24 - 25

    Printze (Thyon, Nendaz, Veysonnaz)
    Adult – CHF58 - 61
    Child – CHF29 - 31
    Child u/7yr - Free

    4 Vallees Ski Trail Map
  • 4 Vallèes Ski Trail Map

    Printze Ski Trail Map
  • Printze Ski Trail Map