7 Things that prove Verbier has it all!
- HISTORY – In 1925, Verbier’s ski potential was discovered by a group of hikers, who ascended 15km up from Sembrancher, so that they could ski back down. The first lift system was installed in 1946 and even though Verbier grew as a holiday destination over the next decade, it was not until the ‘ski boom’ of the 1960’s that it became the world renowned snowsports resort that we know and love today!
- LOCATION – Verbier is located in the south-west of Switzerland, bordered by France to the west and Italy to the south. Verbier forms part of the ‘Four Valleys’ ski area, which consists of Thyon, Veysonnaz and Nendaz. Together, these ski resorts offer over 410 km of ski runs and 95 state of the art lifts.
- ALTITUDE – Verbier is located at 1500m with the summit of the Mont-Fort glacier reaching 3300m. The high altitude glacier does not only result in breathtaking views of the Swiss valleys, but guaranteed snow and glacier skiing!
- RUNS – With such an array of runs, Verbier has something to suit all skiers and boarders of all abilities! For those in search of off-piste runs, Verbier has been referred to as one of the “premiere off-piste resorts in the Alps and in the world”
Beginner – try the Mont Gélé area, as this is a favourite with beginners
Intermediate – Take a cable car down to Tortin (2050m), wherein there are numerous red intermediate runs. Alternatively, venture to Bruson (1080m), on the opposite side of the valley. Here, you can enjoy great snow conditions and powder for longer, thanks to the North East facing slopes!
Advanced – Val de Bagnes is a paradise for advanced and expert skiers! It offers classic black runs such as Mont Fort and Combatzeline. Alternatively, you can explore some challenging off-piste in the Tortin, Mont-Gélé and Chassoure areas.
- EVENTS – Xtreme Verbier is the final stop of the prestigious Freeride World Tour. The Freewide World Tour seeks out the best freeskiers and freeriders, who compete for individual wins as well as the title of World Champion! The final leg of the tour is held Verbier, on the Bec des Rosses mountain every March.
- ACTIVITIES – On the mountain: snowshoeing, sledging and husky sledging. Off the mountain: there is an all singing and dancing leisure centre, ‘centre sportif’, which has a gym, swimming pool, squash courts and an ice hockey and ice-skating rink.
- NIGHTLIFE – Verbier is renowned for some of the best and most varied nightlife in the Alps. Starting at the Medran lift station and ending at Place Centrale, there are approximately 10-15 bars to choose from and they are open from 3pm-2am! If you would like to dance the night away, then there are a few clubs in the Place Centrale area; the Twin Peaks, Etoile Rouge and Farm club.
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