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 (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.
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.