Verbier, Switzerland

A vibrant and traditional Swiss ski resort at the heart of the 4 Vallées, one of Switzerland's largest ski areas. Also home to some seriously luxurious chalets.

The Editor's Snapshot

  • One of Switzerland’s largest resorts, famed for its challenging terrain but with something for everyone.
  • Located on a sunny mountain side, most properties offer fantastic views out across the valley to a wonderful mountainscape beyond.
  • Home to many of the most luxurious chalets in Switzerland, there’s also a great foodie scene and a reputation for great shopping and a plenty of nightlife.   

Ski terrain

410 Km (4 Valleys linked with La Tzoumas, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and others)

Resort Altitude

1,500 M

Ski Altitude

1,500 M – 3,330 M

Highest Lift

Mont Fort  3,330 M

Runs

Blue 39%,  Red 44%, Black 17%

Nearest Airport

Sion 1 hr

Geneva 2hrs

Beginners

Despites its hardcore reputation, Verbier actually has excellent nursery slopes (Les Moulins, Les Esserts and Le Rouge) and there are plenty of good ski schools operating here.

For kids

Various nannying services are available for the youngest non-skiing kids, plus very young children from 3 months to 4 years can be looked after in the Le Mouilin local creche by  fully trained and qualified staff. There’s good children’s beginner areas and a choice of ski schools for those aged four and up who want to start skiing.

Overview

From humble beginnings as a small farming hamlet, the first lifts were installed just after the war and Verbier has grown in to one of the world’s most desirable ski destinations, with some of the best luxury chalets in the world. It’s ski area has expanded to become the biggest in Switzerland and one of the five biggest in the world with more than 400km of runs.  It’s equally well known for its off piste terrain, and of course fantastic gourmet dining.   

Verbier has a well-deserved reputation for having plenty to offer for both skiers and non-skiers. With a host of superb restaurants and enticing boutiques and a lively apres ski scene. The resort has been newly modernised to ensure direct ski access into the village, into the ‘Place Blanche’ area which is located at the bottom of the Verbier home piste, next to the main Medran lift station. 

Verbier offers sunny snow-sure skiing, with ski lifts climbing more than 1,800 vertical metres above the village to the glaciated slopes of Mont Fort and beyond. As part of the 4 Valleys ski pass you will have access to plenty of on piste skiing taking in the resorts of Nendaz, Thyon and Veysonnaz, to Bruson, across the valley. 

Although it looks like it could have been here for centuries, thanks to strict building control, Verbier has in fact almost entirely been built since the late 1940s on a moderately steep hillside – the upside of which is that most properties offer great views out across the valley. 

Better still the hillside is largely south facing, so along with the views out across the Alps from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc, the balconies and terraces are perfect for soaking up the rays.  

Ski Information

Verbier has a deserved reputation for offering some of the most challenging off-piste skiing in the world and attracts some of the world’s best skiers and boarders to capitalise on it.

But it’s incorrect to think Verbier is just about the off piste when it comes to skiing, there’s plenty of terrain for all ability levels and tastes, including excellent nursery slopes for complete beginners.

To make the most of the full extent of The 4 Valleys area pass, good intermediate level skiing is generally required as the links between the sectors is normally on quite tricky red runs, they’re not generally the easy links that are common at similar multi—resort areas in France for example.

In terms of gentler skiing the runs close to Verbier and at Savoleyres/Tzournaz are likely to offer the most appeal. Better skiers will want to explore the 4 Valleys, perhaps spending at least a day in the Thyon and Veysonnaz sector, then more time at Nendaz.

Experts may first be bemused by the apparent small number of black graded runs at the resort, this is because some years ago many former blacks pistes were re-graded as yellow ‘off piste itineraries’, becoming marked, but no longer groomed runs.  Off piste fans will want to heard right off the map however and hire a qualified mountain guide to get in to Verbier’s famous backcountry.

Finally, freestyle fans should head up to La Chaux where there’s a great terrain park.

Beginners & Kids

Verbier has very well laid out and equipped areas for both adult and beginners, as well as a choice of ski schools, some British run. Les Moulins near the resort centre features a creche and children’s learning area; Les Esserts, a little further out, is more suitable for adult beginners and has a magic carpet and button lift.

Once you have mastered the basics at Les Moulins and Les Esserts you are ready to head to Le Rouge, which is a little further up toward the top end of town, where many of the luxury ski chalets are located.

Whether it’s the ideal choice for a first ski holiday is more open to debate and personal taste – some might prefer a smaller, more intimate destination in which to learn, others will be happy to dive in and start as they mean to go on – learning their trade in one of the world’s best resorts.

In terms of available childcare, the local ‘Le Moulin’ creche accepts children from three months old, and the various ski schools will teach children from age four in private or group classes.  A number of British-run nanny-agencies can provide a nanny for your children in resort, day and/or evening, and the tourist office can provide a list of approved babysitters as well. Some other agencies offer academic tutoring in resort for your children during your holiday.

Apres Ski & Nightlife

Verbier has a reputation for its lively apres ski scene and quite refreshingly feels much more  upmarket than other resorts, with a great international crowd.

Popular venues from about 3pm onwards include The Mont Fort (pubmontfort.com), which counts itself as one of the village’s original bars, established for more than 40 years, and The Farinet (hotelfarinet.com) which gets very busy most days by the time the lifts close with live music and table dancing (of the ski booted variety).  

La Rouge has a popular apres ski spot ‘La Luge’ on its upper level with great DJs, drinks menu and a sunny terrace (complete with wind protection screens) to enjoy it all on.  Look out for the wooden giraffes. There are plenty more bars to choose from. Later on the legendary Farm Club is another resort institution – the place to see and be seen for nearly five decades now.  The African-themed Casbah is the late night dancing alternative.

Three of the best

Mountain restaurants

Le Dahu (+41 27 778 20 00; ledahu.ch)  is a large restaurant near the top station at La Chaux. There is a decked terrace, a self-service area downstairs and table service upstairs. Full range of cuisine from popular pizza to gourmet.  Accessible to any non-skiers in your group.

 

La Marlenaz (marlenaz.ch)  is reached from the top of Savoleyres via the off-piste Marlenaz run. It’s worth the effort for great mountain food here with fondue a speciality, as well as the spectacular views. In the evening you can hike up, enjoy dinner, then take a toboggan back.

 

Le Carrefour (route du Golf 95, +41 27 771 55 55, lecarrefour.ch) is accessible from the slopes or by the ski bus for non-skiers.  Very popular – classic mountain cuisine, raclette, fondue, rosti and big salads.

In resort restaurants

The homely La Grange restaurant ((route de Verbier Station 70, +41 27 771 64 31; lagrange.ch) is one of the most popular in Verbier. Good mountain meals and international dishes with steak or cheese fondue prepared to perfection.

If you love sweet things, you must visit La Galerie du Chocolat (+41 27 565 46 46

lachocolateriedeverbier.com), a truly heaven for chocolate addicts and located underneath UBS in the Central Square.

La Rouge (rue de Ransou 37; +41 27 771 80 00; lerouge-verbier.com) is very popular too, largely on the strength of its food quality and menu, with everything from the sea bass to the duck highly praised.

Ski schools

The British run New Generation (skinewgen.com) ski school have more than 20 years’ experience offering private and group lessons in all snowsports disciplines for all abilities.

Adrenaline (adrenaline-verbier.ch), established since 1998, have internationally-qualified instructors qualified to teach all snowsports disciplines from beginner to pro, including offering off-piste guiding. Coming up to three decades in business, BASS Verbier (britishskischool.com)is one of a network of BASS ski schools across the Alps offering teaching for all abilities and off piste guiding.

Chalets in this Resort

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Chalet Plein Soleil, Verbier

CHALET PLEIN SOLEIL, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£7,600
SLEEPS 8 • 3 MIN WALK TO LIFTS • TERRACE • APPLE TV
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Chalet Cimerose, Verbier

CHALET CIMEROSE, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£8,000
SLEEPS 8 • 5 MIN WALK TO LIFTS • GARDEN • FLAT SCREEN TV
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Chalet Max, Verbier

CHALET MAX, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£8,800
SLEEPS 8 • HOT TUB • 3 MINS WALK TO LIFT • SKI ROOM
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Chalet Skye, Verbier

CHALET SKYE, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£11,000
SLEEPS 10 • 2 MINS WALK TO LIFTS • SOUTH FACING BALCONIES • PENTHOUSE
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Chalet Marais Rouge, Verbier

CHALET MARAIS ROUGE, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£12,000
SLEEPS 13 • OUTDOOR HOT TUB • CINEMA ROOM • SAUNA
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Chalet Rosalp 4, Verbier

CHALET ROSALP 4, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£12,500
SLEEPS 8 + 2 • CLOSE TO MEDRAN • APPLE TV • BALCONY
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Entre Ciel Et Terre Luxury Ski Chalet Verbier

CHALET ENTRE CIEL ET TERRE, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£13,000
SLEEPS 8 • SHARED SAUNA • TV ROOM • SOUTH-FACING BALCONY
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Chalet Silver, Verbier

CHALET SILVER, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£13,800
SLEEPS 8 + 4 • OUTDOOR HOT TUB • SHARED SPA AREA • XBOX
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Chalet Sherwood, Verbier

CHALET SHERWOOD, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£13,800
SLEEPS 8 + 2 • CINEMA ROOM • APPLE & SKY TV • Wii
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Chalet Treize Etoile, Verbier

CHALET TREIZE ETOILE, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£15,000
SLEEPS 8 + 4 • OUTDOOR HOT TUB • TV SNUG • SHARED SPA
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Chalet Rock, Verbier

CHALET ROCK, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£15,000
SLEEPS 10 + 1 • OUTDOOR HOT TUB • CINEMA ROOM • GAMES ROOM
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Chalet Bioley, Verbier

CHALET BIOLEY, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£15,000
SLEEPS 10+3 • HOT TUB • TWO LIVING ROOMS • WINE CAVE
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CHALET V, LA TZOUMAZ, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£15,600
SLEEPS 8 + 4 • OUTDOOR POOL • HOT TUB • TV ROOM
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Chalet Mowgli, Verbier

CHALET MOWGLI, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£16,000
SLEEPS 8 + 2 • SKI-IN / SKI-OUT • HOT TUB • BALCONIES
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Chalet Pierre Avoi, Verbier

CHALET PIERRE AVOI, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£16,000
SLEEPS 14 + 2 • OUTDOOR HOT TUB • CINEMA ROOM • SAUNA
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Chalet Les Attelas, Verbier

CHALET LES ATTELAS, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£18,000
SLEEPS 12 • OUTDOOR HOT TUB • SAUNA • STEAM ROOM
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Chalet Sorojasa Verbier The Chalet Edit

CHALET SOROJASA, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£18,000
SLEEPS 10 • INDOOR SWIMMING POOL • CINEMA • STEAM ROOM
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Aparment Victoria 111, Verbier

APARTMENT VICTORIA 111, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£18,130
SLEEPS 8 • SHARED POOL • SHARED SAUNA • SHARED GAMES ROOM
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Chalet Le Ti, Verbier

CHALET LE TI, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£18,425
SLEEPS 8 • OUTDOOR HOT TUB • GAMES ROOM • GARDENS + TERRACES
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Chalet Maurine, Verbier

CHALET MAURINE, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£21,260
SLEEPS 12-16 • HOT TUB • MASSAGE ROOM • STEAM ROOM
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Chalet Nyumba, Verbier

CHALET NYUMBA, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£27,000
SLEEPS 12 + 4 • INDOOR POOL • HOT TUB • CINEMA & PLAYROOM
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Chalet Milou, Verbier

CHALET MILOU, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£28,000
SLEEPS 12 • OUTDOOR HOT TUB • STEAM ROOM • TV SNUG
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Chalet Sagarmata, Verbier

CHALET SAGARMATA, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£33,050
SLEEPS 10+3 • SWIMMING POOL • SAUNA • STEAM ROOM
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Chalet Fontanet, Verbier

CHALET FONTANET, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£36,600
SLEEPS 12 + 1 • SHARED SWIMMING POOL • TV ROOM • POOL TABLE
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Chalet Sirocco, Verbier.

CHALET SIROCCO, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£40,185
SLEEPS 8 • SWIMMING POOL • SAUNA • CINEMA ROOM
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Chalet Dent Blanche, Verbier

CHALET DENT BLANCHE, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£41,320
SLEEPS 12 + 2 • SWIMMING POOL • SAUNA + STEAM ROOM • CINEMA
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Chalet La Vigne, Verbier

CHALET LA VIGNE, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£42,270
SLEEPS 8 + 2 • INDOOR POOL • CINEMA ROOM • OUTDOOR HOT TUB
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Chalet Bella Coola Estate

BELLA COOLA, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£45,100
SLEEPS 10 • INDOOR POOL • STEAM ROOM • TV ROOM
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Chalet Delormes Verbier Luxury Chalet

CHALET DELORMES, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£46,120
SLEEPS 14 + 1 • INDOOR HOT TUB • SAUNA/SPA • GAMES ROOM
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Chalet Les Etrennes, Verbier

CHALET LES ETRENNES, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£46,160
SLEEPS 12 • OUTDOOR HOT TUB • TV ROOM & BAR • STEAM ROOM
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Chalet Orsini, Verbier

CHALET ORSINI, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£48,930
SLEEPS 10 + 3 • OUTDOOR HOT TUBS & SPA • CINEMA ROOM • WINE CAVE
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No 14, Verbier

CHALET No 14, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£60,900
SLEEPS 26 • SWIMMING POOL • HOT TUBS • CINEMA ROOM
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Chalet Norte, Verbier - The Chalet Edit

CHALET NORTE, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£68,180
SLEEPS 12 - 14 • SWIMMING POOL • HOT TUB • CINEMA ROOM
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Chalet Chouqui, Verbier

CHALET CHOUQUI, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£75,000
SLEEPS 16 + 4 • POOL • HOT TUB • CINEMA & GAMES ROOM
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Chalet Bella Coola Estate

THE BELLA COOLA ESTATE, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£76,200
SLEEPS 16 + 2 • INDOOR POOL • OUTDOOR HOT TUB • WINE CAVE
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Chalet Makini, Verbier

CHALET MAKINI, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£79,700
SLEEPS 10 + 1 • SWIMMING POOL • HOT TUB • SKI- IN/SKI-OUT
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The Lodge, Verbier

THE LODGE, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£85,000
SLEEPS 18 - 24 • INDOOR POOL • TWO HOT TUBS • ICE RINK
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Chalet 1936, Verbier

CHALET 1936, VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Lowest Price£85,500
SLEEPS 14 • SWIMMING POOL • HOT TUB • CINEMA ROOM
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