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Verbier is a world-class resort nestled in the heart of the Swiss alps and part of the 4 valleys ski area. A 4 Valleys ski pass allows access to 400km of ski pistes, 90 ski lifts, 3 snowparks for those into freestyle and not forgetting endless off-piste runs. Verbier really is a resort to offer something for all levels of skiers and snowboarders.

For the freeriders amongst you, Verbier should not need much of an introduction. The resort has gained the reputation as the freeride capital of Europe and once you have had a taste of what’s on offer you will see why. Verbier has way too many incredible spots to list them all here, so let us just wet your appetites a little.

Verbier is home to the legendary ‘Bec des Rosses’ where the world’s best freeriders battle it out in the final round of the Freeride World Tour.

Attelas at 2727m can be seen from resort and tempts you before you even get up the mountain. This dream face is littered with chutes, gullies and couloirs.

Mont Gele is a freeride hot spot in Verbier. There is a small cable car to access the peak so you can lap the off-piste terrain until your legs can’t take any more.

The highest peak is the Mont Fort at 3300m and another must for keen freeriders, along with ‘named’ runs like Creblet, Bac’Combe, Barry’s Bowl, Rock Garden, Stairway and Vallon D’Arby to name just a few. The easily accessible off-piste gets tracked up quite quickly in Verbier, but fresh tracks can always be found if you’re happy to hike and work for it!

No day is complete without a bit of après ski to help unwind share stories of fresh tracks! Start off on the mountain at one of the many spots including Ice Cube, 1936 Bar and Le Rouge. Then head down to the famous Pub Mont Fort for happy hour or the Fer-a-cheval, before hitting Farinet Apres Ski for live bands, shots and jugs of beer.

Take a pit stop at one of the many restaurants in resort and refuel for the night ahead. Verbier has made a name for itself for it’s party scene and buzzing nightlife. Seasonaire bars include the Loft Bar, TBar, Pub Mont Fort, Nelson’s, Crock and Why Not. If you’re after somewhere a bit more up market, head to the Farinet lounge for one of their fantastic cocktails.

If you’re still standing when the bars close you are sure to end the night in either the Casbah, Coup D’Etat or the famous Farm Club. Wherever you do end up just make sure you’re up for first lifts to start all over again!

For those who are not here for the skiing or snowboarding or if you fancy a day off the mountain there is plenty to do Verbier has a sports centre which offers; squash, swimming, sauna, indoor climbing, ice hockey, ice skating and curling. Try out parapenting, go snow shoeing, tobogganing, to a local museum or stay in shape at the Wholeycow fitness centre, offering yoga, pilates and fitness classes. There is a selection of spas in resort to relax or have a massage. Don’t forget there are also many other resorts close by to check out and Switzerland has some great cities to visit.

If you’re a Seasonaire, you’ll be entitled to cheaper lift pass rates with a Swiss work permit. You can check rates out on the Televerbier website:

www.verbierbooking.com

For full resort info check out one of the following:

www.verbier.ch

www.verbier.com

www.verbinet.com 

GETTING TO VERBIER

AIR                             

Closest airports to Verbier are Geneva or Sion.  Easily accessible from Zurich, Milan, Lyon or Turino airports.       

ROAD                        

Follow signs to Lausanne / Grand St. Bernard / Verbier 

TRAIN        

www.rail.ch

TRANSFERS

There are various transfers available from Geneva Airport. Prices start from around 50 chf one way. We recommend the following companies:

 AlpineXpress - www.alpinexpress.com

ALPYBUS - www.alpybus.com