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 72 lifts on one ski pass, including the ski resorts of Verbier, La Tzoumaz, Bruson, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon/Les Collons. 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. No “prepared pistes” (aka no grooming) and steep.
Verbier has stunning scenery and equally breathtaking extreme terrain to match. Verbier resort can get busy during peak holidays, but with all of those lifts, miles of prepared trails plus nearly limitless off-piste skiing, there is always somewhere new and fresh to ski. And that doesn’t include the six other villages and ski areas that are interconnected with Verbier. See our Verbier Ski Photos and Verbier Ski Videos.
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.
Verbier’s St Bernard dogs that pose for pictures at the top of the major lifts are uber popular with kids. Parents be warned, these are for sale photos, not just for fun. Everyone loves the panorama (and family photo opp) at the 3330 meter summit of Mont Fort Glacier, hike up to the viewing platform for incredible vistas of the Matterhorn, the Dom, and Mont Blanc -namedropping a few of the biggest Alps.
Mont Fort is also host of the Extreme Freeskier World Cup Finals. If you are an expert skier, ski the marked (steep and not-groomed) trail section – otherwise plan to download the Mont Fort tram to gentler mid-mountain skiing.
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 the exception of Zermatt. There are designer boutiques next to homey bakeries’, ski shops and après ski bars, five-star restaurants and pizzerias all in a row.
For lodging in Verbier you have choices of staying in 5 to 3 star hotels, or renting a chalet or apartment. 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 daily. You can also stay in less busy, less pricey villages and still ski the entire 4 Vallées. In the center of this vast terrain is Nendaz, and the slopeside smaller Hotel Les Etagnes. In charming Thyon Les Collons the slopeside Hotel La Cambuse offers classic Swiss ambiance, family and pet friendly, with stunning views of the Matterhorn.
Verbier makes our Top Swiss Ski Resort List. Verbier has it all – vast serious terrain, great snow given its high elevation, extraordinary scenery, kids snow parks, wonderful on mountain chalets for lunch, and a ski town full of distractions from shopping and dining to very lively après ski (but that’s another story…and this is a family ski site).
Verbier is also part of the Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass for ski privileges allowing pic Pass holders 5-days of skiing with lodging purchase at qualified lodges.
Travel to Verbier: Fly into Geneva or Zurich. Geneva is closer. Take a Train to Martigny to the St Bernard Express Train to Le Chable, then a Bus, Taxi or Gondola (lift ticket required) to Verbier.