Verbier Ski Resort Guide

Verbier Ski Resort Guide

Verbier boasts some top-notch pistes, specialises in itinerary runs 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 and famous with famous fans 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.

Despite a controversial dispute this year, Verbier remains part of the 4 Valleys ski area, with linked access to the other resorts of Thyon, Nendaz, La Tzoumaz and Veysonnaz. Giving you plenty to ski and explore during your stay!

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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.

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 tour operators in resort:

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

Powder White
Chalet holidays ‘tailor made for you’.

Ski Verbier
Specialist chalet and hotel operator

Skiworld
Some great chalets at affordable prices.

Flexiski
Flexiski offer tailor made holidays across the Alps.

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

As well as some of the 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
Ski Holidays – from weekend to luxury chalets

Altitude Holidays
Small, flexible, owner run company.

Alpine Guru
A wide range of Ski Holidays and chalets

Directline-Skiing
A ski holiday search engine A ski holiday search engine

Flexiski
Flexiski offer tailor made holidays across the Alps.

Carrier
Luxury tour operator

If You Ski
Ski Holidays, chalet holidays, snow reports and more.

Independent Mountain
Catered and Self Catered Chalets & Apartments in the French Alps

Kuoni
The winter and summer holiday specialists

Move Mountains Limited
Hand picked 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

Scott Travel
Independant ski holiday specialists

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

Camel Snow
A unique and personal service, going the extra mile to ensure your bespoke ski holiday is perfect

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

Ski Europe
Ski Holidays for everyone – from chalets to apartments

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

Skiing Holidays
Skiing holiday deals and expert advice

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.

The Luxury Ski Company
Luxury ski holidays in the finest catered chalets & apartments throughout the Alps

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 is the après and nightlife like?

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

You can’t miss the famous Le Farinet. 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.

For awesome après ski with DJs and balcony head to Le Rouge situated at the end of a ski run. They also have a supper club in town called Etoile Rouge which offers dinner with entertainment before it transforms into a nightclub.

Just next to the Medran ski lift is Pub Mont Fort, the perfect place for happy hour and après ski. This is a famous place in Verbier and hang out of many a seasonairre. It has amazing food for a decent price and the burgers are to die for!

Bar 1936 is 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.

If Folie Douce style après is your thing, check out the new après ski spot on the slopes, Mouton NoirSituated near the Ruinettes station, it has fantastic restaurant and DJ’s, dancing and shows to entertain until the lits shut.

A locals favorite and instructor hangout is Loft Bar. The loft is a great seasonairres bar that is also welcoming to everyone. It has cheap drinks and a great party atmosphere.

You can often find New Gen instructors Zac and Max playing in their band Whisky Thieves at T Bar. A good place for cocktails, live evening music and sporting events.  

Last but not least, Fer a Cheval is a great restaurant and place for all types, après ski, evening etc. with tons of sun and a central location.

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!

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