Verbier Switzerland Family Ski Vacation
- Les 4
Verbier is very big, very extreme and very scenic. This Swiss ski resort,
part of Les 4 Vallées in Switzerland
offers 412 kilometers
of runs and 92 lifts on one ski pass, including the ski resorts of Verbier,
La Tzoumaz, Bruson, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon. For a ski family, there is
so much terrain, so many glorious high elevation peaks, and a vast efficient
lift system. A family ski trip to Verbier and the 4 Vallees is best saved
until your children are expert skiers, since they will want to ski Mont Fort
(the highest peak at 10,925') and Mont Gelé where the terrain is expert only
- non groomed and steep.
Verbier will take your breath away with stunning scenery and extreme terrain
to match. Verbier resort can get busy during peak holidays, but with 38
lifts and over 124 prepared trail plus loads of off-piste skiing, there is
always somewhere new and fresh to ski. And that doesn't include the five
other villages and ski areas that are interconnected with Verbier.
Verbier is French speaking
Switzerland, and the on mountain
experience is a blend of modern lifts and traditional chalets serving lunch
on sunny decks and inside cozy Swiss huts like Chez Dany at Le Chable.
Kids will love Verbier's St Bernard dogs that pose for pictures at the top
of the major lifts. Parents be warned, these are for sale photos, not just
for fun. Everyone loves the panorama (and family photo opportunity) at the
summit of Mont Fort Glacier
with incredible vistas of the
Matterhorn, the Dom, and Mont Blanc to namedrop just a few of the biggest
Alps. From Mont Fort summit, you can see Verbier's speed ski track that
plummets straight down the steep face, this is where top speed skiers race
each year trying to beat the world speed ski record - which currently stands
at 251 at Les Arc in France, top speed here to date is 219 kph. If you are
an expert skier, we suggest you ski more slowly down the marked trail
section - otherwise plan to download the Mont Fort tram.
Verbier offers an excellent ski school,
and guide services
which are highly recommended if you are going to go off-piste and explore
the uncontrolled, unmarked terrain that is available (and tempting) all over
this ski resort. Park skiers and snowboarders will find Verbier's Swatch
terrain park with jumps, rails and a Swatch air bag highly entertaining.
Verbier's large ski village
is charming and bustling,
bigger than most ski villages in Switzerland, with exceptions like of
Zermatt. There are designer boutiques next to homey bakeries', ski shops and
five star restaurants and pizzerias all in a row. For lodging in Verbier you
have choices of staying in a five, four or three star hotel, or renting a
chalet or apartment in Verbier. We stayed at Chalet de Flore which is
convenient to the ski lifts and town, is beautiful decorated in Swiss alpine
decor, with a modern twist, the best amenities and a delightful breakfast
You will quickly see why Verbier makes many skiers' top ski resort list.
Verbier has it all - vast serious terrain, great snow given its high
elevation, extraordinary scenery, and a ski town full of distractions from
shopping and dining to very lively
(but that's another story...and this is a family ski site).
Les 4 Vallées Stats:
Vertical drop: 5,889', Prepared Trails/Pistes: 254 miles, 92 Lifts. See
photos of Verbier Skiing
Verbier Ski Videos
Travel to Verbier:
Fly into Geneva or Zurich. Geneva is
closer. Take a Train
to Martigney then the St Bernard Express Train to Le Chable, then a Bus or
Gondola (lift ticket required) to Verbier.
All Stories by Heather Burke
All Photography by Greg Burke