Verbier Ski Resort

Verbier is famous for its legendary off-piste and glamorous nightlife. Its location near Geneva makes it a favourite of jet-setters who want to fly in, ski hard and dance the night away, but there are gentler and more affordable ways to explore its huge and high 4 Valleys ski area.

At first glance, Verbier is a rambling collection of wooden chalets in a sun-kissed meadow 1500m up a mountainside, but despite rustic appearances the village is a purpose built ski resort which before 1925 was little more than summer pasture. But the combination of superb skiing and easy access from Geneva meant the resort grew and grew.

And so did the skiing. Verbier’s vast 4 Vallees ski area now stretches across to 8 other resorts: Nendaz, Siviez, Veysonnaz, Thyon 2000, La Tzoumaz, Les Collons, Les Masses and Bruson. (Le Chable, 700m below Verbier, and lift-linked to it and Bruson does not have any ski slopes but is a vital cog in the system.) It's the largest lift-linked ski domain wholly in Switzerland, with a claimed 410km of runs, over 80 lifts and a highpoint on the Mont-Fort Glacier at 3330m. No wonder there are over a dozen ski schools and guiding organisations operating from Verbier alone.

Despite all the high snowsure groomed piste available, it's the off-piste that grabs attention. High profile competitions like Verbier Ride and O'Neill Xtreme ensure that top skiers and boarders, and lots of wannabes, come from all over the world. But there are gentle itineraries as well and Verbier is an ideal resort to try off-piste for the first time.

The apres ski starts in the bars on the slopes and slowly drifts down to the resort where it carries on into the next morning. The smartest night clubs like the Farm Club are very expensive, but there are plenty of live events where the price of admission is just a rather pricey beer or two. And there is every sort of restaurant available from Michelin star fine dining to pizzerias. Some of the lower mountain restaurants stay open at night and ferry guests to and from the resort on snowcats. 

The choice of accommodation includes more than a dozen hotels and numerous apartments and chalets. Prices tend to be high in central Verbier, but are more affordable in the outskirts that are a bus ride away from the main lift, or in Le Chable and the other 4 Vallees resorts. Our Verbier accommodation search will automatically expand outwards to include these options.

Ski hire in Verbier

In the centre there is a good choice of ski and board rental shops. In the outer suburbs, the choice is more restricted. Although the shops compete on range, they tend not to on price (at least not for walk-in customers). works with several ski hire shops in Verbier and the surrounding villages and can secure discounts of up to 60% if you book online in advance here.

SKISET has an outlet near the centre of Verbier, Xtreme Sports, and will give discounts of up to 50% if you book online via this link.

Verbier Pros & Cons

+ Huge ski area
+ Extensive off-piste terrain
+ Improved ski lifts and snowmaking
+ New gondola from Le Chable to Bruson
+ Attractive village with sunny aspect
+ Great apres ski and nightlife
- Piste map and sign posting
- Overcrowding in some areas
- Sun-affected lower slopes
- Relatively expensive

Verbier Hotels

W Verbier Hotel 5-star
Chalet d’Adrien 5-star
Hotel Nevai 4-star
La Cordee des Alpes 4-star
Le Chalet de Flore 4-star
Hotel Vanessa 4-star
Central Hotel Verbier 3-star
Hotel Ermitages 3-star
Hotel Farinet 3-star
Hotel Phenix 3-star

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Verbier Statistics

  • CountrySwitzerland
  • StateValais
  • Region4 Valleys
  • Base1,103 metres
  • Summit3,023 metres
  • Vertical1,920 metres
  • Ski area extent412 km
  • Beginner135 km
  • Intermediate170 km
  • Advanced26 km
  • Longest run15 km
  • Number of ski lifts88 
  • Cable cars
  • Gondolas10 
  • Chairlifts27 
  • Surface lifts46 
  • Riders per hour79,710 
  • Day lift passSfr 69
  • 6 day lift passSfr 355

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