Switzerland Ski Accommodation in Verbier, Switzerland

Description

Verbier is one of the most beautiful and prestigious resorts in the world with an abundance of luxury accommodation, bars and restaurants. The resort has some of the best chalets in the world and arguably the best apres ski and nightlife in Switzerland. Verbier is part of the 4 Valleys, Switzerland’s largest ski area made up of 410km of piste connected by 93 lifts. Verbier is the main resort in the area and neighbours Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon.

Verbier is a high altitude resort with skiing from 1500m to 3300m. The resort offers some of the best off piste and challenging slopes which are all connected by an excellent lift system. Verbier is south facing so virtually the whole ski area enjoys sun throughout the day although the lower slopes do deteriorate quickly and can get slushy by the end of the day.

Due to it’s high status, Verbier is one of the most expensive resorts to visit in terms of accommodation costs and eating/drinking out; however better value accommodation can be found in the outlying villages of Nendaz, La Chable and La Tzmoumas which are all connected to the main ski area making the resort accessible for everyone to enjoy!



Getting There

Fly

The most common way to travel out to Verbier from the UK is to fly. There are 3 local airports to Verbier:

Sion - 53km - 0h47
Geneva - 161km - 1h50
Zurich - 282km - 3h

Transfers

There are several companies who offer both shared and private transfers to get you to and from the resort. Shared transfers are cheaper but will run less often so it is worth checking transfer arrangements before booking flights so you don’t end up having to wait at the airport.

Alpy Bus provides shared and private transfers from Geneva to Verbier.

Alpine Xpress provide shared buses between Geneva and Verbier daily.

GVA Transfers specialise in private transfers from Geneva airport.

Mountain Drop Offs
provides transfers from Geneva to Verbier.

Ski Lifts have been awarded the World’s best ski transfer operator in the world ski awards. They provide private and shared transfers

Train

If you are planning on taking the train to Verbier you can take the Eurostar to Paris and then Paris to Lausanne on TGV then Lausanne to Martigny on regional train and Martigny to Le Chable (Verbier’s closest station) on regional train. All the trains are high speed so the total journey time isn’t too long. The Eurostar to Paris is approximately 2nh15 and then it is a further 5-6 hours to get to Le Chable. Make sure to check the times and transfers for each part of the journey to allow yourself enough time.

Drive

If you are driving out to Verbier from the UK, you can either take channel tunnel or the ferry. The euro tunnel departs approximately every 15 minutes from Folkestone and takes 35 minutes. The ferry from Dover to Calais runs 23 times a day and takes 90 minutes.


When to Go



Where to Stay

There are 5 areas to stay in Verbier - Medran, Place Centrale, Hameau & Carrefour, Centre Sportif and Savoleyeres.

Medran

The Medran is the centre of resort where the main lift station is located. There is limited accommodation here as it is mainly shops located here. The queues can get quite long on peak dates.

Place Centrale

Place Centrale is where the most of bars and restaurants are. Place Centrale is located in the centre of resort close to the Medran lifts. You will find plenty of good apartment accommodation here but very few chalets and it can get noisy in the evening.

Hameau & Carrefour


Hameau & Carrefour is where some of the very luxury accommodation is located as well as some ski in/ski out chalets.

Centre Sportif

Centre Sportif is where the sports centre, ice rink, swimming pool, ice karting and other activities are located. Plenty of good value accommodation is located here but it is not very close to the slopes and is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the centre.

Savoleyres

Savoleyres is located up the hill from the resort so the accommodation here offers some fantastic views. There are a few affordable chalets located here and a lift to some cruisy runs however it is approximately 10/15 minutes walk to the centre and the slopes are not well linked €with the rest of the ski area.



Getting around

Verbier isn’t too large so it is relatively easy to walk around, however there are three bus routes throughout the resort which are all free.

There is a bus that runs from Carrefour to Verbier village. The bus runs every 5-10 minutes from 0800-1800. Line 1 takes you to Carrefour, Line 2 takes you to Hameau (Les Esserts), Line 3 takes you to Patier and Verbier Village. All lines run through the supermarket stop (migros), Ermitage car park in Place Centrale, Medran lift station and Savoleyeres lift station.


Apres

Verbier is one of the best resorts in Switzerland for apres ski and nightlife with a host of bars both on and off the mountain:

Pub Montfort is one of Verbier’s original bars and have been serving great beers, wines, shakers and shots since 1977! The Pub serves great food too and is a popular spot with seasonnaires.

The Farm Club
is one of the oldests nightclubs in the Alps and is the most iconic in Verbier. The club offers a unique mix of glamour and good times.

Farinet was voted ‘Best April Ski Bar Worldwide’ in 2004 and it continues to be a top spot amongst seasonnaires, locals and holidaymakers

Le Rouge is a restaurant and club located on the piste. The bar has a large outdoor terrace which is the perfect spot for apres ski.

T Bar is located in the centre of Verbier and is a favourite for apres ski.

Twin Peaks nightclub has all female staff and hosts fun party and themed nights - think Cayote Ugly style!

The Loft
is popular with both seasonnaires and locals. The bar has a relaxed atmosphere and is a top choice for apres ski.


Eating out

Verbier offer a great selection of restaurants throughout the resort suitable for all tastes and budgets.

Chez Dany is a mountain restaurant open throughout winter and summer. The restaurant serves local specialities with a contemporary twist; the restaurant is great for families.

Offshore Cafe is surf themed serving fresh food from 8am till 8pm. It is a popular spot with locals and tourists alike.

La Table d’Adrien
has a Michelin star and serves fine cuisine in the heart of Verbier. The cuisine is inspired by French, Swiss and Italian cuisine and all dishes combine innovation, elegance and style.

Le Vache was originally created by James Blunt, The Farinet hotel and the Sarbach brothers who aimed to create a fabulous mountain restaurant in a great location with stunning panoramic views.

Pub Montfort
is a top choice with seasonnaires and has great value burgers.

Fer A Cheval doubles up as a lively apres ski bar. The international restaurant serves pizza, steaks, pastas and much more.



Activities

Verbier offers a good selection of activities for non skiers including:

Heli Sightseeing
Spa Days
Paragliding
Ice Karting
Ice Climbing
Escape Room
Snowshoeing
Shopping
Sledging/tobogganing
Husky sledding



Ski School

There are several ski and snowboard schools in Verbier. The schools offer a variety of services from beginner group lessons to private ski clinics. Group lessons are more sociable and will work out cheaper but are less intense than one to one tuition.

Our recommended ski schools in Verbier include:

New Generation offer unforgettable ski lessons, adventures and experiences to suit your needs and exceed expectations.

European Snow Sports
offers a full variety of instruction for everybody.

Altitude is a ski and snowboard school offering both group and private lessons.


Getting around

Verbier isn’t too large so it is relatively easy to walk around, however there are three bus routes throughout the resort which are all free.

There is a bus that runs from Carrefour to Verbier village. The bus runs every 5-10 minutes from 0800-1800. Line 1 takes you to Carrefour, Line 2 takes you to Hameau (Les Esserts), Line 3 takes you to Patier and Verbier Village. All lines run through the supermarket stop (migros), Ermitage car park in Place Centrale, Medran lift station and Savoleyeres lift station.


Family ski

Despite its reputation of being a playground for the rich and famous, it is also a great place to take the family.

Children under 8 ski for free and there are substantial lift pass reductions for children ages between 8 and 14.  

Many families will choose to book a private nanny as this will offer them flexible levels of high quality care. Our recommended private nanny companies in Verbier include:

Petit Verbier Childcare was established in 2008 and offer high quality childcare from their experienced nannies and babysitters

Alpine Childcare match families with nannies and babysitters working in resort.


Group Ski


Childcare

Verbier isn’t a particularly family-friendly resort with its steep slopes but if your children are confident on their skis then it can be a fantastic place to come!

Childcare
There are Two major providers of childcare in Verbier:

Petit Verbier – British-run with a number of excellent nannies offering daily or weekly childcare depending on your preference. They are the most popular childcare company in Verbier so do make sure you book well in advance, especially for peak weeks of half term, Christmas and New Years. http://www.petitverbier.com/

Les Schtroumpfs – This is the local crèche in Verbier which is actually very popular with British holiday makers. Prices are quite a bit cheaper than using a private nanny from Petit Verbier and you can book by the day or half-day, with or without lunch. - http://www.lesschtroumpfs.ch/p1.php

Another option is to arrange childcare through your chalet operator. A number of the more upmarket operators in Verbier can arrange for childcare in your chalet and will arrange everything for you to ensure a seamless transition at handover time! Give one of the sales team a call and they will be able to run you through the various options.

Ski School

The various ski schools in Verbier all take children but the Altitude Ski School has their own Polar Bears Kids Camp that offers very young children (3+) a perfect introduction to the slopes. Have a look at their website here: - http://www.altitude-verbier.com/lessons/childrens-lessons/

Activities

If you fancy doing something a little bit different with your children for a day or an afternoon, there are a number of great activities on offer to make your holiday a bit special.
Ice Skating – this is really popular in Verbier and they have a huge ice rink at the sports centre on the Rue de la Piscine at the bottom end of town. Booking isn’t required and the prices are very reasonable. There are often ice-hockey matches in the evening which are great fun.

Tobogganing – Verbier is home to one of the longest toboggan runs in Europe, the Piste de Luge from the top of the Savoleyres lift all the way down to La Tzoumaz. At 10km long you will need to have your wits about you, but it’s a fantastic way to spend an afternoon and won’t be forgotten in a hurry. Toboggans can be hired in town and it’s free to go down the track.

Ice Karting – this is only for older children (7+) but if you want to re-create your favourite episode of Top Gear then this is the place to do it in relative safety! Both indoor and outdoor options are available but it’s the outdoor track that you really want to try – especially when the sun is shining! http://www.kartingextremeverbier.com/about-verbier-karting/kids-activities-verbier/

Swimming – the recently refurbished sports centre is at the bottom of the town, about a 10 minute walk from the Place Centrale. Although there are no facilities especially for kids (such as slides) there is an 8-person Jacuzzi and a 25m pool with 5 lanes. - http://centre-sportif-verbier.ch/


The Piste

Beginners

There are several beginner areas in Verbier which are all easily accessed from the centre of resort.

Les Esserts is the largest of the areas with 1 drag lift and 2 magic carpets (one of which is the longest magic carpet in Switzerland!). Les Esserts is conveniently located next to the Hameau bus stop so it is a popular spot for beginners.

Le Rouge area is home to two slopes that run from the top of the village at Carrefour down to the Brunet bus stop. The two slopes are served by 1 drag lift which gives skiers and boarders access to a slightly more inclined slopes so it is a good place to progress to after Les Esserts.

Les Moulins is the smallest nursery area, with 1 short drag lift and a short slope of only 318m. Les Moulins is located in the centre of resort and the Ecole Suisse de Ski use it exclusively for their Kid’s Club Programme.

La Chaux area is a good place to progress after the nursery slopes. There is a good network of nice slow blue pistes located here. The area is accessed from the Medran via Le Chaux Express lift.

Intermediates


40% of Verbier terrain is suitable for intermediate terrain. There is a long vertical descent of 1,277m from Attelas down into Verbier which is a popular challenge for visitors. The runs back into resort towards the end of the day can be crowded, so if you want to avoid the busy slopes then Savoleyeres and La Tzoumaz will be quieter, as will the Bruson which is located across the valley from Verbier and accessed by the La Chable-Bruson gondola.

Experts

Verbier has some excellent off piste itineraries. The resort has many ‘ski tours and ‘high mountain tours’ which are not marked, maintained or controlled runs and are intended for very experienced skiers and boarders. These are not official pistes but they are used so often, you may think that they were.

There are many fast lifts and steep slopes around Mont Fort, Plan du Fou, Les Attelas, Chassoure and Tortin so they are popular areas for accomplished skiers.


Ski School

There are several ski and snowboard schools in Verbier. The schools offer a variety of services from beginner group lessons to private ski clinics. Group lessons are more sociable and will work out cheaper but are less intense than one to one tuition.

Our recommended ski schools in Verbier include:

New Generation offer unforgettable ski lessons, adventures and experiences to suit your needs and exceed expectations.

European Snow Sports
offers a full variety of instruction for everybody.

Altitude is a ski and snowboard school offering both group and private lessons.


Equipment Hire


There are several ski hire shops in Verbier that offer a great range of winter sports equipment. It is recommended that you book your ski and snowboard hire in advance as many of the stores will offer online discounts

Recommended stores in Verbier:

Ski Service provide top quality equipment. You are able to swap and exchange your equipment free of charge whenever you want.

All Mountain rental are a specialist ski and snowboard hire service offering delivery, collection and in-chalet fitting service,

Intersport provides ski and snowboard equipment to suit all abilities.


Lift Passes

There are two different lift passes available in Verbier: the local Verbier ski pass and the full area 4 Valley ski pass. The local area pass accesses just the Verbier area, and the 4 Valley pass accesses the whole 410km of piste. Most skiers prefer to purchase the full area pass as this allows you to access more pistes however this is more expensive.

The below prices are based on the current rates in resort but may change at the time of booking:

6 Day Pass   Verbier Valley    4 Valleys
Adult            €357                   €373
Child            €303                   €317
Senior          €179                   €187

Family passes are available for a minimum of 3 people from the same family with at least one adult and one child. A maximum of three adults per child is allowed and passes must be for the same duration bought in a single transaction.

Beginner passes are available which allow access to two easy pistes - Les Esserts and Les Moulins.


Piste
Verbier, Switzerland Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: 1° C
Wind: 12mph
Direction: ssw
Conditions: Clear skies
New Snow
24hrs: 2cm
Snow Depth
Top: 240cm
Base: 80cm

Verbier Chalet Sleeps

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Ski Chalets in Verbier

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