Traveling to Verbier
Fly into Geneva or Zurich Airports, Geneva is closer.
Take a train to Martigney and connect on the smaller "St Bernard" train to Le
From Le Chable take a bus or gondola ride (ticket required) to the village of
Les 4 Vallées and Verbier Stats:
Summit Elevation: 10,925'
Verbier Village: 5,026
Vertical Drop: 5,889'
Prepared Runs: 256 miles
Our Review of Les 4 Vallées and Verbier
We have skied many places and found Verbier to be among the most extreme,
offering so much terrain, glorious high elevation peaks, a very fun ski village, and more crazy steep
runs than Jackson Hole and
Big Sky combined.
Verbier is Swiss-French, part of Les 4 Vallées - which
encompasses 92 lifts and 412 kilometers of prepared pistes on one ski pass. You
can ski between six towns including La Tzoumaz, Bruson, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and
Thyon. The biggest skiing of the four valleys is Verbier on Mont Fort and Mont
Gelé, Mont Fort glacier being the highest elevation at 10,925',
reached by tram with an unsurpassed panorama of Switzerland's highest peaks
including Mont Blanc (15,781'), The Matterhorn (14,690'), and The Dom (14,911')
to name a few splendid Alps.
Verbier is a European ski playground of the chic and provides an extreme party
scene to rival the terrain. We can personally attest to both the wild terrain
and nightlife. Our first run off the tram at Mont Gelé
was an abrupt intro to Verbier. It was a 3,000' vertical drop of steep
un-prepared NFT (no fall terrain). Our next run was equally head-spinning off
the summit of Mont Fort tram. After enjoying stunning scenery on the 10,925' observation platform, we skied more seriously steep expert slopes, next to
the world speed skier track. It was no surprise to us when we learned that
Verbier hosts the Xtreme World Cup finals.
If all this extreme ski terrain sounds daunting, stay off Mont Fort and Gelé
and you will find 125 miles of prepared pistes (trails) for intermediate
cruising served by 38 lifts in all directions. For big mountain exploration on
prepared pistes, you can ski to the interconnected villages of Nendaz, Veysonnez and Thyon
to the west, and Bruson to the east.
On mountain ambiance is extremely fun at Verbier, with 24 fabulous Swiss
chalets and big bars scattered about the mountain allowing you a place to catch
your breath, enjoy the scenery and Swiss cuisine, and plot your next alpine
assault. While James Blunt's restaurant La Vache is popular and modern, we
thought the Cabane du Glacier Tortin on Mont Fort served cheese fondue to die
for, partly because of the cliffy goat path we skied to get there.
Verbier has a top rated ski school, and
mountain guide services - which are
highly recommended if you want to venture off piste and explore the full
potential of the steep deep (potentially dangerous) terrain off the trail map.
The Village of Verbier is a mélange of authentic and aspiring.
Here charming Swiss chalets and bakeries neighbor modern designer boutiques and
urban après ski bars. Some of the finest ski hotels in Verbier include the
star Chalet de Flore which is a member of Verbier Luxury Hotels along with
sister hotel 5-star Chalet D'Adrian. Verbier's No. 14 Chalet and The Lodge
Verbier - Sir Richard Branson's latest luxury hotel, are top notch and top price
as well. Adding to that league, a new Hotel W Verbier, W Hotel's first ski
hotel has debuted in a chi chi new Place Blanche at the base of Verbier's ski
Verbier is French speaking, but a predominance of English
skiers and chalet owners make it easy to communicate, in fact the area is
quadri-linqual: French, German, English and Italian are all spoken.
Verbier has French flair and chicly dressed people, many Michelin rated
restaurants, and some wild après ski bars.
We witnessed crazy costumes, big dancing and drinking at The Farinet end of
season party. The Fer à Cheval, Le Rouge and the Casbah are also notorious night
clubs that rock in Verbier after the lifts stop until late night.
Between the wild freeski terrain and the parties, you could get into all kinds of
trouble in Verbier. On the softer side, you can have a lot of fun and meet some
passionate people from all over the world who are drawn to the superbly scenic
skiing in Verbier. If you buy
Vail Resort's Epic Pass, you get 5 free ski days at Verbier when you book
lodging, a nice season pass benefit to consider.