Verbier & its Surroundings
Verbier has something for everyone! At an altitude of 1500m, Verbier presents a vast selection of sporting and leisure activities throughout the summer and winter months. It offers peace and quiet to those who seek it, but equally the resort has a great nightlife for the more energetic visitor.
With France to the west and Italy to the south, Verbier is situated in the south-western part of Switzerland. If you enjoy classical music, the Verbier classical music festival in the summer months is a must. And if you prefer sport, then again, during the summer months you can enjoy the Grand Raid Cristalp mountain biking competition and the Grand Concours Hippique horse show. There are plenty of summer activities that you can enjoy, from strolling through the alpine pastures to hiking on one of the many walking trails or cycling along the many mountain biking trails. Whichever activity you do, you will always be surrounded by Verbier’s natural beauty.
During the winter season Verbier hosts the world famous Verbier Xtreme freeride contest which takes place on the Bec des Rosses, and the equally famous Verbier Ride freeskiing competition.
Verbier is alpine charm at its best, offering traditional chalet-style buildings that nestle in the hillside. Its south-westerly situation ensures a lot of sunshine and offers plenty of sun terraces for you to relax on. The resort is best known for its chalet style accommodation, with many tour operators and select Chalet companies offering all-inclusive holidays, there are also plenty of hotels and self-catering apartments to suit all budgets.
A Skiers Paradise
With so many activities, it is best to visit our summer activities page to see what Verbier has to offer. It’s not all sporting and extreme activity in Verbier though; there are concerts, recitals and street performances for you to enjoy too.
Verbier is a skier’s paradise in the winter season, which runs from mid December until the end of April. The four valleys in Verbier, Thyon, Veysonnaz and Nendaz offer over 410 kilomtres of ski runs and 93 modern lifts, all covered in one (hands-free) lift pass. If you love gadgets, you can purchase a Swatch Snowpass watch which you can log all your personal details onto. At an altitude of 1500m, snow is pretty much guaranteed in Verbier. Skiing opportunities are endless for all levels of skiers and boarders. There are gentle runs, intermediate runs, some of the best off-piste runs in the Alps, Heli-sking and glacier skiing, no matter your level you will not be disappointed with what Verbier has to offer.
Mont Gélé and surrounding areas is a great place to ski if you are a beginner or an intermediate skier, however, it can get very busy for that reason. If you are a bit more experienced and want to venture onto red intermediate runs, take the cable car to Tortin (2050m) where it is quieter. Another good, quiet area for intermediate skiers is Bruson on the opposite side of the valley, which offers more snow and powder, given the fact it gets less sunshine.
Val De Bagnes
If you are an expert or advanced level skier then Val de Bagnes is where you should head to, with typical black runs in Mont Fort and Combatzeline. It can get quite busy, so expect the lift queues to reflect that. If you enjoy skiing off-piste, then hire a mountain guide and explore some of the off-piste areas around Tortin, Mont-Gélé and Chassoure. Always ensure you have a mountain guide with you when you ski off-piste and use the correct off-piste equipment when doing so.
1936 Neipark snowpark
The fantastic 1936 Neipark snowpark is located at La Chaux (2260m), with plenty of rails, jumps and corners and if you’re after some steep freestyle skiing the opportunities at Verbier are profuse.
If you want to take a break from skiing, you can visit the Alpine Museum and art galleries, swim in the indoor swimming pool, relax in the saunas, shop ‘til you drop and party away in the many bars and discotheques that Verbier is also renowned for!