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- Extensive, challenging slopes with a lot of off-piste and long bump runs
- Upper slopes offer a real high-mountain feel, plus great views
- Sizeable, animated village in a sunny, panoramic setting
- Lively, varied nightlife
- Much improved lift system, piste grooming and signposting, but ...
- Piste map and piste naming still have a long way to go
- Some overcrowded pistes and areas
- The 4 Valleys network is much less wonderful than it looks on paper
- Sunny lower slopes will always be a problem, even with snowmaking
- Some long walks/rides to lifts
- Expensive bars and restaurants
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For serious off-piste routes and for mogul fields, Verbier is one of the world’s cult resorts. For vibrant nightlife, too, it is difficult to beat. At first, with its claimed 410km of pistes, Verbier also seems to rank alongside the French mega-networks as a dream resort for keen piste skiers who like to ski for a week without doing the same run twice. But if the French 3 Vallées floats your boat, you may be sorely disappointed by the Swiss 4 Vallées. The network is an inconveniently sprawling affair, with lots of tedious links.
Verbier’s local pistes leave a lot to be desired, too: in comparison with the slopes of somewhere like Courchevel, they are distinctly limited. A good intermediate skier could cover them in a day. This is partly because many of the runs that could and should be black pistes are classified as unpatrolled itinéraires – something that we have been moaning about for years.
News – 2012/13
A new gondola linking Bruson to Le Châble is planned, but we have no details. A new 4-star hotel, the Cordée des Alpes, is due to open. The planned new lift from Les Esserts to Savoleyres has been postponed again, now to 2013/14.
News – 2011/12
A six-pack (Mayentzet) replaced the two successive slow chairs from just above the nursery slopes to Les Ruinettes. Snowmaking has also been improved in this area. A new mountain restaurant, Le Dahu, opened at the bottom of the Chaux Express chair. A new snow garden opened at La Tzoumaz.
News – 2010/11
The Mont-Fort cable car was upgraded with new panoramic cabins, but the lift capacity remains the same. The Médran lift station was renovated and new facilities added.