Verbier

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Verbier
Leo Kleine
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Leo Kleine

Pros

  • Tons of intermediate to expert skiing and freeride options
  • Linked to the massive 4 Vallées ski area
  • High elevation sees long seasons
  • Incredible views of Mont Blanc massif

Cons

  • Many old and slow lifts
  • Expensive ski passes
  • Some connections will be difficult for snowboarders to maneuver
  • Crowds can be an issue

Overall

4.8

Part of Les 4 Vallées, Verbier is a freeride mecca known for it's steep and deep slopes; so much so it even hosts the Freeride World Tour finals! If that's too adventurous for you, there's plenty to enjoy on-piste and across the Les 4 Vallées, Switzerland's largest ski area. 

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

March

March is the best month because there's still plenty of snowfall and the base is better than during February. The high altitude also sees the snow staying fresher for longer which means you might even enjoy some spring skiing if you're lucky!
Airplane

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Geneva International Airport

Car

DRIVE TO

Verbier (2 hours)

Verbier (Walk)

  • Main base with a bustling village
  • Large range of accommodation
  • Variety of restaurants and shops

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Siviez (4 mi)

  • Lift access to Verbier
  • Limited lodging compared to Verbier but best for ski-in/ski-out accommodation
  • Ideal base for exploring the 4 Vallées ski area

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Nendaz (7 mi)

  • Ski resort in the heart of the 4 Vallées ski area
  • High end accommodation
  • Less variety of restaurants than Verbier

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For beginners

Known as a free-riders paradise, Verbier is far from being suitable for beginners. Beginner-friendly slopes can be found in the smaller resort of Thyon though it's quite far from Verbier. Practicing on the blue slopes down to Les Masses at Thyon will help beginners be at their own pace without being disturbed by racing expert skiers.

For intermediates

There are plenty of red slopes all around Verbier! Our favorite for long uninterrupted rides back to the village is skiing from the top of Col des Gentianes for carving, speeding up and exploring the surrounding terrain.

For experts

Verbier is an absolute jackpot for advanced and expert skiers with endless off-piste options and easy to access backcountry terrain! From cliff drops to insanely steep pitches, it's all here. Get to the top of Mont Fort on one of the highest ski lifts in Switzerland and ski all the way to Siviez to get your legs burning from the endless bumps!

Find freshies

Most European ski resorts groom fresh snow but if you're quite confident going off-piste, finding freshies is easy; including the backside from Mont Fort to the Grand Desert lake. If you want to stay inbounds, get up early and be the first to ski Mont Gele. Hiring a guide would be ideal but for experienced backcountry skiers, start off at Les Ruinettes and ski down to Verbier, or if the weather is looking good, make your way up to Mont Fort.

Ditch the crowds

It can get fairly crowded around Siviez and Col des Gentianes so for quieter slopes, explore other parts of the 4 Vallées such as the slopes between Nendaz and Plan du Fou!

Non skiers

While Verbier might not be on the top list of resorts for non-skiers, there are a few other outdoor activities that could keep them entertained. These include snowshoeing, ice-karting, dog sledding and much more.

Families

Families with beginners should make their way to Thyon, a ski resort in the 4 Vallées that offers more beginner-friendly slopes. For those with intermediate or above skiers, there are many family-activities like horse-riding, ice-karting and tobogganing to participate in at Verbier.

Verbier vs
VerbierArosa Lenzerheide
beginner--
intermediate36 %61 %
advanced37 %27 %
expert27 %12 %
total runs37 117
ski area400ac 225ac
summit elevation10,925ft 9,400ft
total lifts39 -
child lift ticketFree CHF25 CHF ($25 USD)
adult lift ticketCHF66 CHF ($66 USD) CHF75 CHF ($76 USD)
uncrowded
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snow
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back country
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value for money
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average total snowfall91″ -

Verbier Reviews

Fabulous

4.3 / 5

based on 3 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Have your say on Verbier
Fabulous!

4.3 / 5

Nov 22, 2017
FBFlorian B.
advanced skier
Verbier is a super nice resort, good for family and super for who likes o go up or down on the snow Lot of super lifts all around the mountain and a lot of interested people everywhere.. Apres skis are unique and good partying too.. Definitely my favourite place in Swiss alps. Good accessibility with possibility to keep the car down the... More
Superb!

4.5 / 5

Nov 10, 2017
HHHarry H.
expert skier
Fantastic resort with endless piste skiing that will satisfy anyone needs. Unrivalled lift accessible back country lines that are world famous and will provide some of the best adrenaline rushes of your life. The only lacking factor in verbier is skiing for beginners. The beginner slope les esserts is a bus ride away from the main ski area but this... More
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 08, 2017
JJason
Verbier is one of Switzerland’s best resorts, very close to Zermatt, but on the French speak side of the mountains. They have great terrain, ski school and the lifts are very fast and modern.
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