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Resort Guide

The skiing in Verbier is varied and has runs to suit many standards although intermediates and experts will appreciate it the most, with some of the best off-piste and semi off-piste opportunities in the world (these include the itineraries: Vallon D'Arby, Tortin, Gentianes, Mont Fort and other notable off piste 'runs' such as the Backside of Mt Fort, Stairway to Heaven, Rock Garden, Col des Mines, Couloir des Dix, Col de la Banane, Fontanet and Creblet).

Verbier's ski domain ranges from 1500m to 3330m. From which the view extends to the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. It is part of the "Four Valleys" ski area, which includes the ski resorts of Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, La Tzoumaz and Thyon with a total of 410km marked runs.

For beginners

Great skiers need to start somewhere, and Verbier nurtures its young and inexperienced in the heart of the village on the nursery slopes of Les Esserts before progressing to the open, tree-lined runs of Savoleyres and later, the wide open slopes of the glacier La Chaux also offers great beginner terrain with nice, easy runs which tend to soften up in the afternoon given its south facing orientation. 

Snow parks

The La Chaux Park in Verbier is, as the name implies, in the La Chaux sector directly under the Chaux Express chairlift. Kickers, rails and even an airbag feature in the Verbier park which sits in a natural sunny bowl. The park is sponsored by Swatch and features a camera system that allows visitors to have their run through the park and on the airbag filmed and then shared on line. The park is used each year as the host for Verbier Ride competition and although the park is shaped specifically for that competition it maintains a similar lay out for the rest of the season with some pretty sizable kickers and technical rails.

Off Piste

Verbier is famed for its off-piste and is known as the free ride capital of Europe. As well as being home to the notorious Mont Fort and Tortin (named as one of the world's scariest ski runs by the Daily Telegraph), Verbier is also home to routes such as Col de Gentianes, Col de Mouches, Backside Mont Fort and Stairway to Heaven. If you get bored of these then there is plenty more off piste to explore in Tzaoumaz, Savoleyres and Bruson. It is imperative that you take all the safety precautions you can, shovels and probes and beepers can be purchased or hired. Speak to lift operators prior to going off piste as they will have a better idea of what is safe and what isn’t. To be extra safe professional guides can be hired who have all the local knowledge to take you to the best spots without sacrificing safety.

Ski & Snowboard hosts

VIP SKI offer a free ski and snowboarding service to help you find your way around the Verbier 4 Valley ski area. This service is open to all skiers who feel able to tackle red runs with confidence. The service is available 3 days a week between 9.30am and 4:30pm. The hosts will find you the best snow, the best lunch stop and the quickest lifts. The meeting point for the service will be discussed when the ski host visits your chalet, if ski hosting is in demand the groups will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please note that our hosts are not instructors and cannot take beginners, nor will they take you off piste. All children aged 15 or under must be accompanied by an adult.

Cross Country Skiing

Once you have grasped the essentials, head off for the 22km of cross-country skiing tracks to be found in and around Verbier. The circuits are free to use and given the flat terrain on which they are laid out, are of easy level grades – mainly green and blue tracks. You will find ‘walking, Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing maps’ at the Tourist Office, alternatively lessons and guided excursions are available from the various ski schools, ask a member of staff for details.

In Verbier we provide our ski hire from No1 Sport which is a shop close by to our chalets and next to the Medran lift station.

We collect details such as ski ability, height, weight and shoe size beforehand, to ensure the team at hire shop know exactly what you’re looking for and therefore the whole fitting process is as quick and seamless as possible.

We are confident you’ll get the very best of service from the shop we have selected having used No1 Sport to sort out ski hire locally for our Verbier guests over the past 2 years.

Ski rental equipment descriptions and categories vary from resort to resort, and even from shop to shop. To make this easier we describe ski equipment as silver, gold or platinum. We would advise you book the following according to your experience and ski ability;

Silver – for complete beginners
Gold – for intermediate level
Platinum – for advanced/expert level

Possibly one of the most important aspects of a ski holiday, the lift pass is vital unless you plan to walk up the mountain before skiing down!

Pre-book your lift pass directly with us before you travel. Your lift passes will be delivered to your chalet before breakfast on the first morning, in plenty of time for you to make it up the first lift. 

There are several ski school providers in Verbier, each will offer a variety of tuition options from beginner groups to private lessons and off piste guiding, however, some may specialise in a particular area. We have listed a few of our recommended suppliers below, and highlighted those we pre-book on your behalf.

European Snow Sports +41(0)2 77 71 62 22

We can pre-book lessons on your behalf - please call us on 0208 875 1957

European Snowsport understand how valuable your holiday time is. Each instructor is committed to sharing their Their instructors will help you build confidence, understand the resort, guide you to the next level of your skiing and help make your holiday complete. Whether it’s for kids, teens or adults; for beginners, experts, mogul bashers or gentlefolk who learn-&-lunch, they offer the perfect balance of classes and instructors.

New Generation +41(0)8 44 770 47 33

British ski school popular with VIP SKI guests in other French resorts. All-green uniform. Meeting point outside Relais de Neige restaurant opposite Medran.

Ecole Suisse de Ski +41(0)2 77 75 33 63

The biggest and longest-established in Verbier, their instructors are instantly recognisable by their red uniform. Also provide experienced off-piste guides. Meeting point by red flags outside Medran or behind Medran in car park, depending on level.

Altitude +41(0)2 77 71 60 06

British ski school who have been in Verbier for over 10 years. All-blue uniform. Meeting point outside Relais de Neige restaurant opposite Medran.

Powder Extreme +41(0)2 08 123 94 83

Off-piste specialists. Green and purple uniform. Twinned with Performance Verbier ski school, recognisable by their all-orange (men) or all-pink (girls) uniform. Meeting point outside Offshore Café.

Verbier plays host to a variety of activities and snow sports during the winter months. Whether you’re looking for something relaxing such as a massage or beauty treatment, or the adrenaline buzz of speeding up and down the pistes on a snowmobile there’s plenty to keep you occupied. We’ve listed details of the most popular activities below.

(Please note there are numerous choices of companies for all options so please speak to your Chalet Host once in resort for further details. With all extreme sporting activities please ensure you check your own insurance policy to see if you are covered to take part.)

Ice skating

Verbier sports centre not only has a 60m ice rink, but also a curling rink with three lanes. Skates are available to hire and you can take lessons if you wish. For those who prefer to spectate, the local ice hockey team, HC Verbier, also known as 'The Dolphins', play regularly and provide a very enjoyable night out. Located on the Rue du Centre Sportif, at the opposite end of town and can be reached on bus 3 or 4.

Walking & snow shoeing

Verbier has 25km of signed hiking trails, most of which are open all year-round. It is a great way to see the mountains. You can truly find yourself in another world, with nothing but the sound of a marmotte scurrying in the undergrowth and maybe a mountain spring trickling by. Perhaps the best way to enjoy this breath taking natural environment is to sign up for a guided trek with professional guides/instructors. They take you to the most remote spots to see the best of alpine scenery and wildlife, well away from the crowds. Ask for the “walking, Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing map at the Tourist Office or ask your chalet host for more details.

Husky dog sleigh ride

Get a taste of Alaska on a husky powered sledge whilst taking in the breathtaking mountain scenery. Dog sledding began in Canada and Alaska where, in the far north, people were dependent on their dogs for protection, companionship, hunting, trapping and, most of all, transportation. Daily tours are available weather permitting. 

Sports Centre

Located on the Rue du Centre Sportif, the sports centre has lots of alternative activities for kids. There is a swimming pool, an ice rink for skating, hockey and curling, and a climbing wall. It is at the opposite end of town and can be reached on bus 3 or 4.

Helicopter Flights and Heli Skiing

For a truly amazing, thrilling and exhilarating panoramic bird’s eye view of the mountains choose a sightseeing scenic helicopter tourist flight. What better way to see Verbier and the surrounding area? And for intrepid souls, this can open up incredible untracked skiing and touring opportunities. This can be organised through any local mountain guide company or through one of the local flying companies (sky diving also available) please ask your host for more details.


There is a children’s play area located behind the post office just off Place Centrale. Take the little cut-through path between it and Cosy Bar.

Swimming Pool

The Sports Centre in Verbier has both indoor and outdoor pools, both of which are heated. Here you will also find a play area for children, beach volleyball, sauna, Turkish bath, solarium, tennis, squash, indoor ice rink and a climbing wall.


Verbier's only cinema located just off Place Centrale. Most of the films are shown in their original English version with German and French subtitles. 


Want to try something new? Tired of having your feet firmly on the ground? For the ultimate exhilaration, experience the silence and taste the freedom of flying in perfect safety. Paragliding can be experienced in numerous interesting and beautiful places worldwide but it truly has to be said none more beautiful than the Alps. 

Kids Clubs

The following ski schools all offer morning clubs for young children: Ecole Suisse de Ski (at Les Moulins), Altitude and European Snowsports (at Les Esserts)


There is a 10km toboggan route from the top of the Savoleyres cable car down through the forest to La Tzoumaz. Opening times subject to snow conditions. Sledges can be hired from most ski shops at daily and half-day rates.

Art Galleries and Museums

There are numerous Art Galleries in Verbier. For more details please ask your chalet host


There are a couple of spa's offering a Turkish hammam (steam room), dipping pool, sauna, beauty and relaxation treatment. Please ask your host for more details.

Massage and Beauty Therapists

There are a couple of Beauty therapists offering a range of products and procedures in resort. Please ask your chalet host for more details

We understand that for many guests an important part of their ski holiday is enjoying an après ski beer or dancing the night away into the early hours. We’ve listed below just a few of our favourite bars in Verbier. Don’t forget to ask your Chalet Host for advice on which venues are the best, they will after all, probably have frequented most of them!

Pub Mont Fort - Legendary Verbier institution located at the bottom of the Medran lift. Cheap drinks, live music, sporting events, ski movies.

Farinet - The craziest bar in town. On your right as you go down the main road between Medran and Place Centrale - you should be able to hear it! The live music starts at 6pm and the beer keeps flowing until 9pm. Not a place to go if you don’t like loud music or spilt drinks…happy hour 4-5pm.

Fer A Cheval - On the left on the way down from Medran. This is a well known bar which is always busy, inside and out.

Central T Bar - One of the most famous bars in Verbier that is open all year-round. Live music on certain nights and popular with seasonnaires. Good place to watch live sport and also good food. Lovely sun terrace.

Harold’s - On the left, before Place Centrale. Famous for its burgers and has lots of screens for live sport. Occasional live music.

Le Cosy  - Just past the Post Office. Good for a quiet drink away from the revellers. Closes early.

King’s Bar - Small and intimate bar underneath the King’s Hotel. The place to go if you enjoy cocktails.

Farinet Lounge - Next to the Eponymous après ski bar, but a million miles away in terms of atmosphere. A relaxing bar with comfortable sofas and a wide range of cocktails, whiskies and cigars.

Le Rouge - A high-end but well-frequented bar at the bottom of the Le Rouge piste. Slightly more pricey.

Twin Peaks - Late-night cocktail bar on Route de la Poste. For many people, the final stop before bed.

Casbah Club - Open until the early hours of the morning, this North African-themed club is often packed with revellers. Split into 2 rooms, one for pop / rock and the other for dance, so plenty to suit all tastes.

The Farm Club - The place to be seen in Verbier for over 40 years. Expect to pay for drinks by the bottle.


Once you’re on the slopes, you probably won’t feel like going back to your chalet to have lunch! There are a variety of restaurants to choose from for lunch, either on the mountain or in the village.

Many of the lunch time restaurants also offer dinner in the evening. As your chalet host will have one night off in the week, this provides the perfect opportunity for you to sample the local cuisine.

 In busy periods don’t forget to ask your Chalet Host to make a reservation to ensure that you get the restaurant of your choice. Below we’ve listed a few of the many restaurants in Verbier.

Mountain Restaurants;

Chez Dany - Signposted off the run down to Verbier. A local institution. Very cosy feel. The food is traditional swiss and cheesy. Tartiflette is not to be missed, the Ox cheek is also very good!

Dahu - More family orientated. Great for children as the pizzas are all made fresh and you can watch the dough being tossed in the kitchen. Great views over the valley in nice weather and conveniently located next to the snow park.

Crystal - Very smart, very pricey. The fondue is really good and the wine list is extensive.

Cabane Mont Fort - Perfect on sunny days as it has a very nice terrace. The Carbonara and the brownies are not to be missed.

Village Restaurants;

Carrefour - Easily accessible for non-skiers/beginners if you take bus number 1 to the final stop. Rosti and Crute are recommended as are the soups.

La Channe - Strongly recommended, Le Channe is a meeting of rustic and modern. Waiters in traditional Swiss dress, reasonable prices, excellent steaks and cheese dishes.

Le Caveau - Great atmosphere in a typical Valais mountain setting. Specialties include raclettes, cheese fondues, meat fondue, croûtes, röstis, assiette valaisanne, cheeses and grillades.

Borsalino - Discover this restaurant with its specialities from Italy and elsewhere, in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The chef prepares pasta in the traditional Italian way. Pizzas are made in Verbier’s only wood-burning oven.

La Grange - This friendly restaurant has old wood décor and a beautiful fireplace promising all the goodies! Boasts seasonal cuisine including fish and meat grilled over a wood fire.

Nevai - The restaurant menu offers an extensive range of grilled meats, fish and vegetables plus a choice of Asian, Mediterranean and local cuisine.

Millennium - Offering French and International cuisine with modern and traditional menus including vegetarian dishes, all served up in a warm atmosphere. A great selection of regional and international wines.

Our luxury Verbier chalets

We're certain our luxury Verbier chalets will be just what you're looking for. 

Take a look at Chalet Tortin, Chalet Mont Fort and our Refuge Darbay below and find out exactly what VIP SKI has to offer. 

If you've got any questions, call the team on 0208 875 1957 or email

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