One of Switzerland's best ski resorts and the largest in the 4 Vallées ski area, Verbier's challenging pistes and infamous après-ski make it a great choice for your next trip.
First things first, Verbier is a resort made for skiers (there’s a reason why Camel Snow founder Rory lives out there during the winter months). But the unique, panoramic vistas of Mont-Blanc and the Combins massif, as well as the number of activities on offer makes Verbier a very attractive destination for just about everyone.
Verbier sits in a south-facing punch bowl, which means the resort enjoys long, sunny afternoons during spring and Easter time. Looks can be deceiving when you arrive as the grassy hills of the Savoleyres greet you. But fear not, as the majority of pistes can be found on the backside of the mountain where the snow stays in great shape throughout the season. All thanks to its decent altitude and excellent snowmaking facilities.
Not a resort for nervous intermediates, as the terrain can be challenging and difficult to navigate if you’re new to the resort, with piste colours not always a fair representation of the slopes.
When the lifts shut, the town certainly doesn’t. There are a host of good restaurants and bars offering various cuisine from around the world. There is also the fantastic newly built sports centre, due to be completed by December 2019. Here you can find plenty of sports facilities to entertain, from tennis, squash and climbing to basketball, volleyball and badminton.
Lunch Spots, Restaurants & Haute Cuisine
Both on and off the mountain there are some great restaurants offering a wide range of culinary delights, from the traditional Swiss-Savoyarde affair to Swedish burgers and sushi. The terrace at Le Dahu and Chez Dany are a must if you enjoy people watching and making the most of the sun.
Note: It’s a good idea to make reservations before you ski over to your desired restaurant as this popular resort tends to get quite busy. But, no need to worry as we can make them on your behalf (it’s part of our Complimentary Concierge Service), all you will need to do is decide if you fancy an early or late lunch.
Après-Ski & Nightlife
For après-ski, there’s no shortage of options in Verbier. Start at Ice Cube (“Verbier’s infamous seasonnaire pit-stop at altitude”) and watch the paragliders setting off while you enjoy a cool beverage and music from their resident DJ. Head for town afterwards and you can ski directly to Le Rouge on a sunny afternoon, a popular place before a must-visit to Farinet Après-Ski, with live bands every night of the season from 6pm.
This party hotspot, voted the Best Après Ski Bar Worldwide by ‘Which’, is not for the faint-hearted though (and make sure you don’t wear your favourite threads).
Some other spots we recommend checking out:
Mountain: Carrefour, Le Dahu & La Marmotte…
Town: Al Capone, Le Shed & Fer à Cheval…
Après: Ice Cube, Le Rouge & Farinet…
Verbier Ski Guide
Take a look at the Verbier piste map and you’ll notice that half the runs in Verbier are blues, but this is a touch deceiving. In reality, it’s best to ignore the colours altogether. If you’re not an ultra-confident skier, then we strongly recommend ski lessons, an instructor or a guide.
TIP: You can make the most of 10% off ski lessons here with Performance Verbier when you book with Camel Snow and we can ensure a fun-filled day both on (and off) the mountain*.
For intermediate skiers, head to Savoleyres or La Chaux, where beginners or children in your group can make the most of the carpet and button lift on Les Esserts.
Advanced skiers can push themselves on the itinerary routes, (just make sure you stick close to the yellow poles). Our favourite is from the top of Mont Gele or from the top of Mont Fort. But before you head for the moguls, take in the stunning views of the 3,333m expanse of Mont Blanc slopes and the Matterhorn. If that hasn’t sapped all your energy, head down Col des Gentianes for the ultimate long, scenic mogul-ridden run.
If you’re lucky enough to arrive after a big dump of snow, make sure you get in touch and book one of our recommended guides who will make sure you don’t just follow the crowds. Our personal favourites are the hike into and ski down from Rock Garden, the ski up to Rosa Blanc or the easily-accessible Greppon Blanc followed by lunch at the Bois Sauvage.
* Valid for any full week catered chalet bookings.
Petit Verbier offers a range of childcare options from nannies for a couple of hours to full-time care throughout your stay. They have a drop-off point conveniently located in Mountain Air or they can easily meet you at your chalet. So you can enjoy freedom while the kids are being entertained.
Teaching your own kids to ski can be stressful! Fortunately, there are a number of ski schools offering kids groups for either mornings or full days with lunch, which is a great place for the little ones to hone their skills and make some new friends.
- Mountain Picnic
- Sports Centre
Only two hours away from Geneva, the only decision you have to make is whether you would like to get a private transfer or the train from inside the airport to make most of the stunning scenery around Lake Geneva. We can give you all the options depending on what time your flight arrives.
There’s also Sion airport, just 45mins from Verbier for private planes and a small number of commercial flights, though be warned, it does shut in bad weather where you will be re-routed to Geneva airport (also known as Cointrin). If you’re jetting off to the slopes for a special occasion (or just feeling a bit James Bond) then take a heli-transfer from Geneva for a fantastic 25-minute flight to Le Chable. From there you will be whisked up by the resort team and taken directly to your chalet (in approximately 20 mins).
Camel Snow Verbier Portfolio
We have 63 luxury Chalets, lodges and apartments available in Verbier, as well as five superb hotels to choose from.
Accommodation only, Self-Catered, Bed & Breakfast, Catered, Half Board, Short Stays.
If you would like to book a holiday in Verbier, but you’re still not sure where to start, get in touch and we can tailor our chalet, lodge and restaurant recommendations to you.