Verbier

Ever since I was a little girl, I had always dreamed of skiing in Switzerland. I used to watch the World Cup on T.V. and think that was the one and only place true place in the world where you could
enjoy some real skiing. My dreams came true several years later… and, when I finally made it to a Swiss mountaintop, I was lucky enough to be in Verbier with a bunch of my Swiss friends who knew the area inside and out. I was completed mesmerized. It was so much more than I had ever dreamed of.

Anyone as fascinated with mountains as I am has to agree that being in the heart of the Alps is pure bliss. Not only for the skiing itself, but for the breathtaking views as well—endless peaks, larger than life. And then there’s the sheer fact that Verbier, which is part of the Les 4 Vallées ski area, is incredibly immense. A seemingly endless array of runs and tons of off-piste terrain, complemented by superb mountain restaurants and quaint villages scattered throughout the base of the slopes. And then, of course, there are the vast open spaces where you are free to carve turns as wide or as short as you like.

The best part of it all is that it’s in Switzerland— efficient, polite Switzerland, where the lifts are of exceptional quality and incredibly fast, where the signage and piste maps are easy to understand and where everyone is always more than happy to help you find your way or suggest a run you might enjoy.

As an added bonus, the town of Verbier is as quaint as can be, with its pedestrian streets and log cabin buildings. In addition to the tiny bakeries, adorable cafés, quaint tearooms and a collection or restaurants and hotels, you’ll also find numerous exclusive, high-end boutiques (Watch out, though, or you could easily make a serious dent in your budget!).

When it comes to sports, Verbier is a favoured location for major freeride, mountain biking and ultra-trail competitions: it is truly a sporting hub, and a year-round gathering spot for athletes.

Let’s not forget that Verbier is, first and foremost, all about skiing at its absolute best, offering magnificent runs for every skill level and taste, meandering greens, wide open blues and reds, and black sectors where you definitely want to hold on to your hat (or ski helmet!) and go down one turn at a time.

In sunny weather, head to the open, high-altitude sectors. You’ll literally feel on top of the world in these immense snowfields. Enjoy it—because there’s certainly nothing like this back home!

 



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Text from 2015-2016 ski magazine

The young and the restless

By Marilyn Griffiths and Robert Choquette, Special Contributors

In terms of easy access, it doesn’t get any better than this. Verbier, in western Switzerland, is a mere two-hour drive or shuttle bus transfer from Geneva Airport. And when it comes to lodging, Verbier boasts over 25,000 beds and enough restaurants, shops, bars and discos (most open until 2 a.m.!) to meet just about everyone’s needs.

People from all over the world choose Verbier, one of the largest ski areas in Europe, first for its tremendous skiing and riding and, second, for its vibrant atmosphere. No other Swiss ski resort attracts so many young people. Ideally located at the western reach of the Four Valleys, this chalet-style village is perched at 1,500 m atop a sunny plateau that serves as the main gateway to four enormous alpine valleys and five villages linked by some 93 lifts and over 412 km of trails. It doesn’t get easier than this— just step into the 150-passenger Jumbo cable car and make your way to the top of Mont Fort’s 3,330 m, the destination’s highest point. From here, snow conditions and weather permitting, the options are practically unlimited, both in and out of bounds.

Novices and experts alike will find exactly the kind of skiing they are looking for in Verbier. Skiing the Four Valleys is a unique experience not to be missed. Intermediate-level skiers will need a full day to ski the entire circuit and back… as long as they keep up a good pace and don’t make too many wrong turns. By the time you get back to Verbier, you’ll have covered around 56 km of mostly cruising runs and skied in excess of 4,000 m of vertical.

Verbier is famous for its off-piste skiing. But be smart: hire a guide and strap on avalanche beacons before heading out-of-bounds. Besides, you wouldn’t want to be late for all the après-ski fun at the Mont-Fort pub.

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Ski stations Accommodations Snow Conditions
TEMPERATURE (CELSIUS)
Month Min. Max.
January -3 5
February -2 8
March 2 14
April 5 17
May 10 22
June 13 25
July 1 27
August 14 26
September 10 21
October 6 17
November 1 10
December -3 5

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