Verbier is one of the best known resorts for experienced skiers on the planet, and for good reason! Renowned for its world-class off-piste areas, Verbier is nestled in South-Western Switzerland making it the ultimate playground for adrenaline seeking freeriders.
Whenever I am asked about my favourite ski resorts, Verbier is always one of the first resorts I consider. From its panoramic mountain views to the fantastic ski terrain, top-quality accommodation to the unbeatable après ski, Verbier really is a resort that stands out from the crowd.
How to access Verbier
Getting to Verbier is remarkably easy, with only a 2-hour transfer time from Geneva airport, those who prefer to travel by train arrive to nearby Le Chable, only a short gondola ride from the main resort. Verbier is part of the ‘4 Valleys’ ski area which also includes; Thyon, Vegsonnaz and Nendaz. Together they boast over 410km of immaculately groomed ski runs and 93 lifts, all covered by one lift pass.
Nothing is better than skiing through untouched powder – just you and the mountain!
The Experienced Skiers Paradise
Verbier (1500m) is the gateway to the largest ski area in the whole of Switzerland. This resort caters for skiers of all abilities, however in my opinion it’s abundance of freeride areas and steep slopes make it more suited to intermediates and experts. It comes as no surprise that freeride world champions call Verbier home when not away in competition.
For the most adventurous of skiers, the Val de Bagnes area is for you, here Mount Fort’s 3300m summit awaits! At the top of this famous black run, you’ll be treated by the most amazing panoramic views of the alps, and if the weather is on your side you can even see Mount Blanc and the Matterhorn. With beauty comes danger, the descent is exhilarating but very steep and should only be attempted by advanced skiers. If you are up to the challenge, be sure that you have the right travel insurance before you go. Read my top tips on what to look for when choosing travel insurance.
The Tortin, Mont Gélé and Chassovre areas of the mountain giving experienced skiers the opportunity to cut fresh tracks on ungroomed ski routes. They’re marked out with yellow flags and are not controlled, so should only be attempted by experts. Verbier’s ski school teach on these pistes, so if free riding is something you want to get into then make sure you take a lesson.
Plenty of groomed runs for Intermediate skiers
For intermediate skiers, Verbier has some of the best red runs anywhere in the alps. Try Tortin at 2050m, it’s a quiet area away from the crowds with exciting and challenging runs perfect for perfecting your skills.
Nothing is better than skiing through untouched powder – just you and the mountain! The possibilities for this are endless in Verbier with heli-sking. Whilst it offers a totally new and different ski experience, heli-ski is expensive and is not the only way to enjoy Verbiers vast natural slopes. If you’re a little more budget conscious, you can take advantage of ski-touring where you use special ski bindings to walk into unchartered territory. You can do this anywhere but the best place to start is at Bruson before exploring Six Blanc and Tête de la Payanne.
Snowshoeing in Verbier
If the snow report isn’t in your favour, try snowshoeing! Just grab a trail map from your snowshoe rental facility and head out into the mountains and immerse yourself in nature! A list of snowshoeing trails can be found here.
Alternatively, if you do not want to head out on your own, you can hire a guide and experience ‘Adrenaline Showshoeing’ with Adrenaline Verbier, where you’ll trek to some of the more extreme but spectacular areas of the mountain. (Don’t forget to take your GoPro!).
The best Apres Ski Experience
Verbier offers some of the best après ski anywhere in the alps. With almost 20 bars there is no better place to relax after a challenging day on the slopes. From the lively Le Mouton Noir Bar at Ruinettes featuring a panoramic terrace holding up to 1,000 people to the chic but cosy Cordee Des Alpes Lounge Bar for champagne in front of the fireplace or the iconic Le Rouge, right at the bottom of the pistes. If you are looking to dance the night away, there is also three fantastic nightclubs right by the Place Centrale in the middle of the ski resort.
Ready to line up your perfect ski trip ?
Winter is coming and it is time to book the ultimate ski holiday! If you are looking to lay down some fresh tracks in untouched powder then you will not be disappointed by Verbier. Before you go, make sure you have the best ski and snowboarding gear and be sure to check out my interview with British freeride professional, Angelika Sykes.