Heli-skiing in Verbier
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Heli-skiing in Verbier

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Verbier resort information & après-ski

Après-ski

Verbier is as well known for its partying as its demanding skiing. In fact, the intoxicating mix of fashionable bars, traditional-style pubs and cosmopolitan clubs (open until the small hours) creates one of the most exciting après-ski scenes in the Alps. Friday and Saturday, in particular, are the big nights out due to a massive influx of well-heeled weekenders from Geneva and London.

Popular watering holes include Le Fer à Cheval (rue de Médran; tel: 027 771 2669 ; www.feracheval.ch), Pub Mont-Fort (Chemin de la Tinte 10; tel: 027 771 9062 ; www.pubmontfort.com) and The Farinet (place Centrale 6; tel: 027 771 66 26 ; www.hotelfarinet.com).

After dinner, rub shoulders with celebrities and Verbier's beautiful people into the early hours at The Farm Club (route de Verbier; tel: 027 775 40 00; www.hotelnevai.com), an Alpine institution has thrilled clubbers for more than 40 years.

Eating out

Restaurants in Verbier offer everything from light mountain snacks to gourmet cuisine. Many of the best eateries here feature the hearty cuisine and fine wines of the Valais region.

On the slopes, dine at Cabane du Mont-Fort (tel: 027 778 1384; www.cabanemontfort.ch) for nourishing soups and sandwiches; head to much-loved La Marmotte (Les Planards 6; tel: 027 771 6834) for fantastic rösti; or savour regional dishes at the celebrated Chez Dany (Hameau de Clambin 10; tel: 027 771 2524).

In the village itself, Au Vieux-Verbier (rue de Médran; tel: 027 771 1668) serves traditional Swiss mountain fare, while Le Caveau (place Centrale; tel: 027 771 2226), specialises in fondue and raclette.

Resort Information

Beyond the slopes

Winter sports enthusiasts can explore extensive marked winter hiking trails or opt to have a go at ice climbing, dog-sledding, curling, ice skating and tobogganing in Verbier and its surrounds.

Non-skiers can visit the resort's Alpine Museum (rue de la Bérarde) at le Hameau, and spend time in the village with its galleries, cinema, shops, tea rooms, swimming pool complex and spa facilities. For a more structured itinerary, there’s the option to join in the tourist office's themed walks and visits to local sights.

For those craving something a little more adrenaline-inducing, there’s an opportunity to see the slopes from above on a paragliding trip, or to explore the mountains on a guided climbing tour.

Family fun

Verbier offers good facilities for families, with considerable reductions on lift pass prices (children under six are free). Most ski schools offer tuition for children. The Swiss Ski School's kids’ club (Chemin des Moulins; tel: 027 775 3363; www.esecure.ch/verbier) has its own drag lift and takes children from three years upwards.

Other family facilities include nursery slopes, a 10km-long (6 miles) toboggan run from the top of Savoleyres to La Tzoumaz, a children’s playground, adventure trails and climbing walls.

Childcare options include Les Schtroumpfs (Chemin des Moulins 3; tel: 027 77165 85) for little ones aged from three months to three years, and Arc-en-Ciel (tel: 027 771 4469) nurseries from 18 months upwards.

Retail therapy

Verbier has an extensive selection of more than 70 shops, including small fashion boutiques, specialised wine shops, art galleries and independent shops selling local products – the most exclusive establishments are mostly in Place Centrale and Rue de Médran. There is also the usual ski resort offering of grocers, convenience stores and ski rental shops in Verbier.

Splashing out

For the ultimate in money-no-object Alpine chic, stay at The Lodge (tel: 027 775 2244; www.thelodge.virgin.com); an exclusive hideaway located in the wooded fringes of the resort. Rustic, but luxurious, this chalet-hotel sleeps 18 (plus six children in the Kid's Bunk room), and boasts its own mini ice rink, indoor and outdoor pools, tailor-made cuisine and a stylish spa to soothe aching muscles after a day on the slopes.

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Hotels

Verbier is very much a chalet town, with something for everyone. There are more luxury chalets here than you’ll find anywhere else (including several 5-star options). Given the size of Verbier, there are surprisingly few apartments and guesthouses; although nearby Le Châble has inexpensive bed and breakfast options for those on a budget. There are also a number of hotels in the resort, including a selection of 4-star, as well as a few simpler accommodation choices.


The Lodge

027 775 2244.

Sir Richard Branson's Alpine escape opened in 2007 and is available for exclusive weekly hire for up to 18 guests in nine stunning rooms and suites. Among the incredible facilities here are an indoor pool, ice rink, disco and driver on call 24 hours a day.

Chemin de Pléndazeu 3, Verbier, Switzerland

Hôtel de la Poste

027 771 6681.

A popular and comfortable 3-star chalet hotel near the resort centre, Hôtel de la Poste features an indoor swimming pool and a homely restaurant.

The Bunker

027 771 6601.

An underground hostel in a converted atomic bomb shelter, The Bunker offers cheap and basic dormitory-style accommodation. The hostel also allows guests free use of the pools and ice rink at the neighbouring sports centre.

Rue de la Piscine, Bagnes, Switzerland

Getting there and around

Getting there

Nearest airport: Geneva International Airport (GVA).

Distance to resort: 161km (101 miles).

Driving time: 2 hours.

Nearest railway station: Le Châble.

Distance to resort: 8.5km (5 miles).

Driving time: 15 minutes.

Getting around

Verbier is small enough to explore on foot, but free buses also run throughout the resort every five to 15 minutes during the day. There are no bus connections with the other resorts in Les 4 Vallées, for which taxis should be ordered.

Edited by Gavin Haines
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