Welcome to the second instalment of our series of mini-guides called A perfect day at the resort. After showing you what Val D’Isère, France had to offer in our first mini-guide , we decided to go to the beautiful country of Switzerland, to the famous ski resort of Verbier.
Verbier is located in the Val de Bagnes which is part of the canton of Valais. To get there by the road, you will have to drive from Martigny in the valley which is really beautiful with vineyards hanging on each sides of the mountains.
When you get to Verbier for the first time, you expect to find a small traditional Swiss village. However, Verbier is not that small and is actually quite a large place that stretches out over the mountain. Despite its impressive size, th Verbier resort is extremely quiet and peaceful. With numerous grand wooden chalest and stunning views of the surrounding mountains, the streets of Verbier make you feel instantly at ease and keen to discover its hidden treasures.
Verbier is a very special location as it is nestled on a high plateau at 1500m above sea level which gives the ski resort an incredible light quality and a particularly stunning view.
Even though we could talk for days about the beautiful stores, the great food and the peaceful atmosphere, we are here to take you through the skiing zones and help you get a #perfectskimoment.
Verbier is part of the 4 Vallées ski area, which includes the ski resorts La Tzoumaz, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Siviez or Thyon.
If you stay in Verbier for one week, we highly recommend you buy the 4 Vallées skipass as you’ll be able to make the most of the area. If you are in Verbier for just one or two days, you should only get the Verbier skipass as it includes the areas of Verbier, La Tzoumaz and Bruson. The 4 Vallées offer 400km of slopes and 100 lifts across four valleys between 821m and 3 330m giving you plenty of options.
Where to go in the morning
To get your day at the resort off to a perfect start, you have to hop onto one of the Médran Gondolas and go up to Les Ruinettes. From there you have two options, the first one is to take the Etiértses blue run as a warm up run down to the Mayentzet chair lift. This blue slope will allow you to enjoy a super mellow ride and enjoy the beautiful view on Verbier and below on the Val de Bagnes Valley. This blue slope will allow you to enjoy a super mellow ride and to take in the beautiful view of Verbier and over the Val de Bagnes Valley. This run is not really crowded so you get the chance to relax and wake up slowly. The second option is to get straight on the Funispace gondola up to the Attelas summit (2 727m), take a picture there, ride down the Attelas red slope and head to the La Chaux area.
This area is quite easy to ski on as it has mainly blue slopes, but it is also the place to have fun since it has the Snowpark. The Verbier Snowpark includes not only jumps and rails and boxes but also a really fun ski-cross circuit and a big airbag. The Ski-cross run is super fun to go on, esepcially when you race down it with your friends or children.
You can also take the cable car in the La Chaux Area to go to the Col des Gentianes (2 950m) and Mont Fort (3 330m) on top of Verbier. at the top of Verbier. From there you have two options for getting down: Either you take the black and red slopes all the way down back to the La Chaux area or you can use the freeride routes (at your own risk) and head to the Tortin area.
From the Mont fort, you are sure to have an amazing view on the surroundings mountains and especially on the Grand Combin (4 314m) and the Petit Combin (3 672m) summits.
As you have been exploring the great Verbier ski area all morning, you are now starving and ready for a lunch break. The good thing is that there are numerous restaurants right on the slopes.
For our part, we went to the Dahut Restaurant located on the La Chaux area as it is really convenient to reach and offers a beautiful terrace and breath-taking views of the Mont-Rogneux (3 084m), the Super St-Bernard (2 800m) and the Six Blanc (2 445m) summits. We recommend you go there as the food is excellent, prices are reasonable and the staff is super friendly as often in Switzerland. You will be able to enjoy traditional Swiss meals but also great pizzas while resting and listening to sweet house music.
We personally had a Tartiflette Bagnarde which is basically like the French version of the Tartiflette but with local cheese from Val de Bagnes, Valais, it is served with small salad and Italian Aosta Ham. Delicious!
Where to go in the Afternoon
Verbier is a freeride paradise and is home to freeride events like the Freeride World Tour stage, Xtrem de Verbier hosted on the famous Bec des Rosses (3 222m) which will take place this year on April 1st – 9th.
The best way to watch this famous face, the best way is to go up the Mont Gelé (3 023m) with the cable car you can take from the Attelas Summit. The way up is very nice as you get to enjoy a 360° view of the mountains. Once you are at the top, the Bec des Rosses will be on your right with the Grand Combin in the background. As the cable car stays on top 10 minutes before going down, you have plenty of time to take a few pictures and post them on Instagram with our #perfectskimoment in the caption 😉
If you feel confident and your skiing skills are good enough, you can ski down to the Tortin area following the freeride route the Verbier patrollers have opened, but we highly recommend you to hire a Mountain Guide and take all the safety equipment you’ll need like a beacon, probe and shovel and make sure you know how to use them.
If you choose to go down with the cable car, you will be able to go skiing in the Lac de Vaux area and enjoy the view of the beautiful frozen lake.
After a nice skiing session in the afternoon, you can have a drink at the Ice Cube bar, the place is not big but that’s a great spot to start the Après as it is located in Les Ruinettes right above the famous Verbier selfie spot. You can also ride down the blue run Etiértses which will quietly take you back to the resort. The good thing is that this run ends right in front of the Hotel W Verbier. This place has a central square with a bar in the middle and is a good après-ski hangout as they offer parties and concerts.
Verbier also offers many après-ski spots with cosy terraces soaked with sun like the Hotel Farinet bar where you can stay until night time as they also offer a night club, but make sure to be dressed to the nines as this place is also loved by European royals and pop stars 😉
Skis and snowboards rental stores: www.myskirent.com
Verbier Tourism: www.verbier.ch
Freeride World Tour: www.freerideworldtour.com
Dahut Restaurant : www.verbier.ch/fr/fppoi-le-dahu-4426.html
Ice Cube Bar: www.lemoutonverbier.com
W Hotel Verbier: www.wverbier.com
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