Verbier Ski Resort Guide

Verbier boasts some top-notch pistes, specialises in itinerary runs, beautiful chalet architecture, and has a vibrant, exciting social atmosphere. No wonder we’ve chosen to make it the heart of our ski instructor training programme and the base for our Verbier Ski School.

Like some of the high-end French resorts, Verbier is a playground for the rich, famous and royal, with regular visitors such as James Blunt, after whom a lift has even been named. The scenery is spectacular in this popular resort and although Verbier is renowned as a challenging place to ski there is a dedicated beginner area at the foot of the mountain. Then for the more advanced, there’s plenty of bumps, off-piste and itinerary runs to ensure your thighs are burning by sundown.

Situated in Valais canton of Switzerland, Verbier is part of the 4 Valleys ski area, with linked access to the other resorts of Thyon, Nendaz, La Tzoumaz and Veysonnaz. As part of the biggest ski area in Switzerland, you’re never stuck for choice on where to ski and explore during your stay! Think Verbier might be the resort for you? Here are all the reasons we love Verbier.

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Verbier Resort Information

Verbier Key Facts

  • Verbier has 70 pistes as well as 29km of cross-country trails
  • Despite controversy this year, it remains part of Switzerland’s largest ski area: the 4 Valleys
  • 19 blue runs
  • 20 red runs
  • 5 black runs
  • Verbier hosts the annual Xtreme Verbier, the finals of the Freeride World Tour

Verbier Piste Map

Verbier Piste Map

Click on the image to download a high res piste map for Verbier and the wider 4 Valleys.

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The flagship resort of the 4 Vallees ski area, Verbier offers a truly amazing skiing experience in the heart of the Swiss Alps.

Well known as a freeride mecca, the steep challenging terrain has the ability to push even the most experienced skiers. However, Verbier isn’t just super difficult off-piste terrain, it also offers everything anyone would want from there ski holiday. A variety of wide open runs coving 410km fo pistes, some of the best off-piste skiing in the world, and lots of amazingly sunny south facing areas to enjoy the incredible views.

This combined with a resort that offers a lively modern feel whilst still keeping the traditional Swiss charm is always going to be a winner for any holidaymaker.  

For Beginners

  • Les Esserts beginner area – With a magic carpet, Poma lift and sledging area for the little ones, it’s the perfect spot to get started.
  • La Chaux or Savolares – Once you’ve graduated from Les Esserts, enjoy these wide open blue runs in the sunshine. There are also family fun parks in both areas.

For Intermediates

  • Lac des Vaux – Begin to explore the wide-open runs of Verbier here. This links in with “the M25”, named for its wide nature, verbiers main run going from the very top right into the town.
  • Siviez and Nendaz – Begin to explore more of the 4 valleys in these two areas.
  • Bruson – Our top tip on busy weeks, head to Bruson across the valley as there are never any queues.

For Advanced

  • Mont – Head up here for spectacular views and long steep runs on the way down.
  • Itinerary Runs – Non-pisted routes on the piste map that you can tackle without a guide. Highlights include Tortin, Gentiane and Vallon d’Arby.
  • Off-Piste Favourites – Rock garden, Highway to Heaven, Catwalk, Col de Mouche, Lac de Vaux Ridge, Mont Gele, Bruson trees, and front side Savoleyres to name but a few.

For the Ultimate Challenge

Head off the backside of Mont Fort, Stairway to Heaven, Banana Couloir, Rock and Roll, Number One Couloir, 3 Fingers, Hourglass, Hidden Valley or even the Bec de Rosses. Please only head to these places with a qualified guide as they are fun but can be very dangerous.

Verbier Après & Nightlife

Verbier is a foodie’s paradise, with a plethora of delicious menu choices both on and off the hill.

It was difficult to make this list, as it could go on for pages, but here are a few options well worth checking out.

Cheap Eats 

  • Ice Cube – Located very conveniently at mid-station this little bar serves a range of bites on a very sunny terrace with a great view.
  • Dahu Self – Located underneath the main Dahu restaurant, Dahu does a range of sandwiches, burgers and other tasty things. The savoury crepes are highly recommended.
  • Pub Mont Fort – Offering a no-frills pub menu. The burgers are good, but the nachos are better!
  • Offshore – American style diner, located at the main Medran lift station. Nice quick service and very kid-friendly. Ask for the sandwiches that aren’t actually on the menu, really tasty and very cheap!

Mid Range

  • Chalet Novelly – Hidden away in the next valley just about Siviez, a cute converted cattle barn serves up a range of hearty dishes. They only have outside seating, so be sure to go on a day with nice weather.
  • La Vache – Located at the top of the “James Blunt” lift and owned by the very same musician, La Vache serves up huge pizzas and is a great place for groups to meet up for lunch.
  • Dahu – An absolute favourite of the team at New Gen. The sunny terrace located in la Chaux serves up Swiss classics along with some amazing pizzas and pastas. The service is amazing and the staff go above and beyond.
  • Chez Danny – Hidden away in the Medran trees, this hard-to-find restaurant is a gem of Verbier’s on hill cuisine. Lots of local dishes amongst others in the most picturesque location. The duck cottage pie is an absolute winner! You can also book for dinner and get the snow taxi up and then sledge home by moonlight, great fun.
  • Chamois – Amazing steaks cooked on an open fire are amongst the offerings. Great wine list to match the menu as well.
  • Tbar – Sushi heaven in the Alps. A trendy little bar with a small but very delicious sushi menu.
  • Au Vieux Verbier – Lots of Swiss classics including the gallows (a huge hanging meat platter) for you to share.

Fine Dining

  • Mouton Noir – Located at the mid-station this amazing sunny terrace is always worth the visit. Offering an ever-changing menu there’s something for everyone. As the afternoon goes on the music is turned up and it’s a great spot to enjoy a glass of local rosé in the sunshine!
  • Le Carrefour Restaurant – Not strictly fine dining, you can access this by both roads and on skis. For lunch or dinner, we highly recommend what is probably the best dish in town: the Rosti ‘Creblet’.
  • Chalet d’Adrien – Very special food served here in the beautiful restaurant or out on the terrace. For an extra special head there on a Sunday afternoon for the all-day buffet which is truly memorable!
  • Hotel Vanessa – A modern menu with good service, steak tartare is very good here.
  • La Cordée des Alpes – High-quality food in set menu form, and the open plan kitchen allows you to see the chefs in action.

Verbier Après & Nightlife

Verbier is well known for it’s après and nightlife scene, with tons to offer party goers.

Famous for hosting many-a-partier, Verbier has plenty of spots to let loose – in your ski boots or not.

  • Le Farinet – You can’t miss this famous spot. It combines après, cocktail lounge and nightclub all in one. There is a new live band every week in the apres ski and it normally gets pretty wild (crowd surfing, beer drinking etc) Next door is the Lounge where famous DJ’s play and celebs hang out.
  • Le Rouge – Situated at the end of a ski run it has awesome après ski with DJs and balcony.
  • Etoile Rouge – A supper club in town which offers dinner with entertainment before it transforms into a nightclub.
  • Pub Mont Fort – The perfect place for happy hour and après ski just next to the Medran ski lift. This is a famous place in Verbier and hangout of many a seasonnaire. It has amazing food for a decent price and the burgers are to die for!
  • Bar 1936 – Another great après ski bar that’s on the slopes on the way down to Medran. It often has a live band and deckchairs to take in the sun.
  • Mouton Noir– If Folie Douce style après is your thing, check out the new après ski spot on the slopes. Situated near the Ruinettes station, it has a fantastic restaurant and DJ’s, dancing and shows to entertain until the lits shut.
  • Loft Bar – The loft is a local’s favourite and instructor hangout that is welcoming to everyone. It has cheap drinks and a great party atmosphere.
  • T Bar – A good place for cocktails, live evening music, and sporting events. You’ll often find New Gen instructors Zac and Max playing in their band Whisky Thieves here.
  • Fer a Cheval – A great restaurant and a place for all types, après ski, evening etc. with tons of sun and a central location.

A bit of history

Verbier was first skied when a group of enthusiasts decided to hike up the mountain a whole 15km back in 1925. But it wouldn’t be until the 1940’s that the first lift was put in. In 1951 it was time for the lift system to hire their third employee!

Verbier’s history goes back to the 12th century which is when it is believed that the Verbier castle was built. You can still find ruins today but it was mostly tore down in the 1400’s. Before the ski resort, Verbier was a quaint area with a number of hamlets and villages dotted along the mountain. Today you can still find the charming windmills and chapels that so marked that time.

Verbier continued to grow in the ’50’s but it wasn’t until the big ski boom of the 1960’s that Verbier took off into the adventure sports capital that we know today.

Verbier Village Map

Verbier Village Map

Verbier FAQ’s

How can I get around Verbier?

There is a free bus service that runs circular around the resort. Verbier has a free bus service that runs from Carrefour all the way down to Verbier village. It runs every 5-10 minutes from 8am – 6pm.

All lines run through the supermarket stop (Migros), Ermitage  car park in Place Centrale, Medran lift station and Savoleyres lift station. So if you need to get to any lift station, it doesn’t matter which one you get on.

It is important to get the right number to get to your destination.

  • Line 1 takes you to to Carrefour
  • Line 2 takes you to Hameau (Les Esserts)
  • Line 3 takes you to Patier and Verbier Village

*Tip – Only line 3 stops outside la poste on the way to Patier and Verbier Village

Where can I stay in resort?

Here are some of our favourite places to stay in Verbier:

W Hotel
Luxury resort hotel with ski in/ski out access. Stunning and spacious rooms and suites with extraordinary views.

Inghams
Great value hotel right in the center of Verbier.

Ski Verbier Exclusive
Ski Verbier Exclusive specialises in unrivalled luxury chalet holidays in Verbier, since 1992.

Ski Freedom
A small and professional ski operator offering catered and self-catered chalets and apartments to Verbier.

Flexiski
Flexiski offers tailor-made holidays across the Alps.

Kaluma Travel
Luxury, tailor-made holidays with an excellent standard of service, gourmet food friendly and professional staff.

As well as some agents with whom you can book stays in Verbier:

Firefly Collection
Firefly Collection offers a cherry-picked selection of the finest luxury ski chalets, together with expert, impartial advice, and a complimentary concierge service.

Alpine Answers
Free ski holiday booking service in 150+ resorts. Over 1,200 chalets and hundreds of hotels ranging in size from 2 to 200 people.

Altitude Holidays
Small, flexible, owner-run company.

Flexiski
Flexiski offers tailor-made holidays across the Alps.

Carrier
Luxury tour operator.

Independent Mountain
Catered and self-catered chalets & apartments in the French Alps.

Move Mountains
Handpicked ski holidays.

Much Better Adventures
Active holidays direct from Independent Operators.

My Chalet Finder
A website specialising in self-catering chalets and apartments across the world’s top ski resorts.

Oxford Ski Company
Luxury ski breaks.

Powder Beds
Ski accommodation specialists.

Alpenglow Ski
A specialist chalet agent with a wide range of catered chalets to suit all budgets.

Ski Boutique
Luxury ski holiday agent offering the finest chalets and hotels with a VIP service from start to finish.

Ski Independence
Travel agent specialising in ski vacations.

Skiline
Ski Holiday Company – run by skiers for skiers.

Ski Solutions
Luxury ski resort travel and accommodation.

SNO
Ski deals and cheap holidays with the biggest tour operators in Verbier.

Snowfinders
An up and coming ski agency who will find you exactly what you want! Best prices, best advice.

Where can I get my ski equipment?

There are a number of ski shops in Verbier, but we recommend using Ski Service.

What is the snow like? Verbier webcams

These can be found on the official Verbier site.

Where can I find more information about Verbier?

Verbier tourist board website

Verbinet
A site with useful info about resort and well as snow reports and news

What shopping is available?

Food Shopping

  • PAM – is just off the roundabout at place central.
  • Migros – at the bottom end of town.
  • Denner – a cheaper option for meet and is next to Migros
  • Co-op – near the cordee des Alps hotel at the bottom of town.
  • Cheese shop – La Chaumiere is awesome it does a really good cheese fondue mix, one of the best around!
  • Bakeries – There is one just down from the Medran area near the big ben pub. Or head to the “secret bakery” for a late night snack. There is an open window across from the post office and opposite Nelson pub. Its an like a factory bakery and you can get fresh crossiants and sandwiches
  • Secret Secret Bakery – up a littel path past the Crockignol bar is a very secret late night bakery – good for a lovely roast beef sandwhich

What services are available in Verbier?

Doctor – Dr Stefan Popescu is the best doctor in town, located on Route des Creux.

Pharmacy – There are a number of pharmacies in resort. The easiest one is located right in the center.

Tourist Office – Also right in the center on the roundabout of Place Central.

Post Office – Mail your post just off Place Central next to the bus stop.

Bus Stop – In Place Central, next to post office. This is where the Bus up from Le Chable arrives.

Newsagents – There is a shop called Naville, once again just on Place Central.

What non-skiing activities are there in Verbier?

Fitness and Recovery Sessions

Lottie and Emma, from Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats, offer whole body innovative workouts designed systematically to compliment your skiing, speed up recovery and enhance your performance on and off the piste. Sessions vary from high intensity cardio and strength conditioning, working on ski specific skills such as agility, balance, co-ordination and power, to active recovery and assisted stretch sessions. Training is offered either 1-on-1 or in private groups with a maximum of four. Sessions are tailored made to suit individuals and the in-chalet service means Lottie and Emma can come straight to you, unless you fancy their ethos of fresh air, outdoors training!

Or, if you fancy venturing out of Verbier for the day for a little adventure then perhaps our friends at Frost Guiding can help?

Frost Guiding offer Alpine Mountaineering, Ice Climbing and Ski Touring Guides in Arolla, Switzerland

What about in the summer?

Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats run transformative, holistic fitness retreats in Verbier, Tuscany and Salcombe and have hand-picked beautiful accommodation to relax in, while providing nourishing meals to fuel you through to the next day. Their focus is on outdoor training, taking advantage of the stunning natural environment each place is situated in, and focusing on primal and functional movement patterns. The range of activities includes high altitude hikes, trail running, TRX, HIIT circuits, Par Cours Vita training and daily yoga, balanced with active recovery sessions and fresh, healthy, nutritious meals. Guaranteed to leave you feeling restored, rejuvenated and ready for action!

Check out what our Verbier Ski School has on offer