The slopes

  • Extent 5 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 3 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 5 out of 5
  • Intermediate 3 out of 5
  • Beginner 2 out of 5
  • Boarder 3 out of 5
  • X-country 1 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 5 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 2 out of 5
  • Scenery 4 out of 5
  • Eating out 4 out of 5
  • Apres ski 5 out of 5
  • Off-slope 3 out of 5

Gallery

  • VerbierSKI-2009-180

Key facts covers:

  • 4 Valleys area

Key facts

Resort1500 m
Slopes1500-3330 m
Lifts92
Pistes412 km
Price index160

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Verbier

Switzerland

VerbierSKI-2009-180

The upside

  • 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

The downside

  • Some overcrowded areas
  • Sunny lower slopes will always be a problem, even with snowmaking
  • Some long walks/rides to lifts
  • Expensive bars and restaurants
  • The 4 Valleys network is much less wonderful than it sounds
  • Latest user reviews

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    News – 2016/17

    The slow chair lift at La Chaux is being replaced by a six-seater chair, with its starting point closer to the bottom station of the Jumbo cable car to Col des Gentianes. The ancient gondola at Mayens de l’Ours in the Veysonnaz sector is being replaced by a 10-seater gondola, more than halving the ride time. Work has started on a replacement for the Mont Gelé cable car, but it will not be in service until late 2017. A new lift is in the pipeline to access the separate Savoleyres area from a radically different starting point, but that will not be in service until late 2018. The City Ski Championships will be held here for the second time, in February.

    News – 2015/16

    A new 10-room B&B hotel (A Larze) opened in Le Châble, in the valley below Verbier.

    Summary

    For serious off-piste routes and for mogul fields, Verbier is one of the world’s cult resorts. It has other attractions, too: for vibrant après/nightlife it is difficult to beat, and it has some lovely swanky chalets and hotels. But what if those are not the things that float your boat? In particular, what if you’re basically a mileage-hungry piste skier who maybe dabbles in powder, like so many Brits? Well, Verbier doesn’t measure up well against other big-name resorts.
    The experience of piste skiing in Verbier has been much improved over many years – the lifts are better, the slopes have been improved and are less congested, the signs and maps are easier to follow. But there remains the question of quantity. We reckon the local slopes of Verbier amount to less than half the claimed 195km. Leaving aside the daunting itinerary runs, an energetic skier could cover these local pistes in a day.
    Yes, Verbier is part of the 4 Valleys network, doubling the piste extent. But the 4 Valleys is nothing to get excited about – it’s an inconveniently sprawling affair, with lots of tedious links. It’s not even a continuous piste network – to reach the other resorts from Verbier you must ski a serious mogulled itinerary route or ride a lift down to Tortin.
    The major 4 Valleys resort outside Verbier is Nendaz, which gets its own web page.

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    The slopes

    • Extent 5 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
    • Snow 3 out of 5
    • Queues 3 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
    • Expert 5 out of 5
    • Intermediate 3 out of 5
    • Beginner 2 out of 5
    • Boarder 3 out of 5
    • X-country 1 out of 5
    • Restaurants 3 out of 5
    • Schools 5 out of 5
    • Families 3 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 3 out of 5
    • Convenience 2 out of 5
    • Scenery 4 out of 5
    • Eating out 4 out of 5
    • Apres ski 5 out of 5
    • Off-slope 3 out of 5

    Gallery

    • VerbierSKI-2009-180

    Key facts covers:

    • 4 Valleys area

    Key facts

    Resort1500 m
    Slopes1500-3330 m
    Lifts92
    Pistes412 km
    Price index160

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