Verbier resort information & 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 (tel: +41 27 771 2669; www.feracheval.ch) which has a sun terrace and can get very busy and Pub Mont-Fort (tel: +41 27 771 9062; www.pubmontfort.com) famous for its shots selection and happy hour from 1600 to 1700 each evening.
After dinner, rub shoulders with celebrities and Verbier's beautiful people into the early hours at The Farm Club (tel: +41 27 775 4000; www.hotelnevai.com), an Alpine institution that has thrilled clubbers for more than 40 years.
Restaurants in Verbier offer everything from light mountain snacks to gourmet cuisine. There are more than 60 restaurants to choose from and 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: +41 27 778 1384; www.cabanemontfort.ch) for nourishing soups and sandwiches; head to much-loved La Marmotte (tel: +41 27 771 6834) for fantastic rösti; or savour regional dishes at the celebrated Chez Dany (tel: +41 27 771 2524).
In the village itself, Au Vieux-Verbier (tel: +41 27 771 1668) serves traditional Swiss mountain fare, while Le Caveau (tel: +41 27 771 2226), specialises in fondue and raclette.
For a lighter meal the Offshore Café (tel: +41 27 565 2137; www.offshorecafe.com) is one of the world’s longest established snowboarding venues, welcoming customers for 30 years. It’s open from 0800 to 2000 daily and is famous for its breakfasts.