Ski Lifts in Verbier
Verbier’s 4 Vallees ski domain is served by a total of 88 lifts, more than half of which cover the terrain in Verbier, Bruson and La Tzoumaz. Verbier’s once disastrous lift queues have been mostly alleviated, mainly because of a new gondola from Verbier to Les Ruinettes.
Verbier Ski Lifts
Skiers still come to Verbier for the terrain and despite the lift system rather than the other way round, even if the lift company has spent CHF 100 million over the last 10 years. Verbier’s lifts run from 8h30 until 16h30 and the disastrous queues that used to build up at several points have been mostly alleviated – a 20 minute wait is now claimed to be the worst you might face and there is a chairlift alternative to the busy Funispace.
Probably the most important improvement was the new gondola from Medran to Les Ruinettes, with an uphill capacity of 1,100 riders per hour that has taken the sting out of the first lift up, even if there’s an irritating climb up a broad staircase to reach the lift; itself quite possibly a queue dissipation measure.
A new gondola from Le Chable to Bruson, opened in December 2013, makes it easier still to get to the Bruson ski area, which when snow conditions are good is well worth visiting as an alternative to Verbier’s busier slopes.
Verbier Lift Passes
You can now buy your hands-free lift pass online from www.televerbier.ch to avoid the other major queue you might face in the morning. Beginners can get a reduced price pass for Les Esserts lifts; the full 4 Vallees lift pass covers Verbier, Mont-Fort, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon, Bruson and La Tzoumaz and for a supplement you can also ski the La Breya area.
As well as allowing access to all Verbier 4 Vallees lifts, for skiing in winter, hiking and biking in summer, a new partnership agreement with Vail Resorts entitles holders of the Annual Verbier Ski Pass to ski free for three days in any of eight “Vail Resorts” in Colorado and California – Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Northstar and Arapahoe Basin. There’s just the small matter of who pays for the cost of getting from Verbier to the USA!!
Holders of the Annual Verbier+ Ski Pass are also entitled to three non-consecutive days free skiing in Sierra Nevada – Spain’s highest and Europe’s most southerly ski area – where you can look down on the Mediterranean and on a clear day see as far as Morocco and the North African coast.
Closer to ‘home’, Annual Verbier+ Ski Pass holders are also entitled to eight days free skiing in the Chamonix Mont Blanc valley and one day’s free skiing in the nearby Ski St Bernard ski domain.
Verbier Lift Company
Gare de Medran, Case Postale 419
CH 1936 Verbier, Valais, Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0)- +41 (0)27 775 25 11
Email: [email protected]