Verbier is one of the largest and most famous ski resorts in all of Europe. Found in southwestern Switzerland, this village resort is perhaps best known for its ample off-piste possibilities, and after a fun day on the slopes, a vibrant nightlife scene awaits. In addition to drawing in world-class skiers with its difficult slopes, Verbier attracts Swedish royals and more than its fair share of celebrities. As such, you never quite know who you might be sharing the slopes with. In addition to the excellent ski runs, visitors come to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Among the sights are the snow-covered Mont Blanc and Combin mountains.
While traditionally a hotspot for skiers, snowboarding has been on the rise at the predominantly French-speaking village of Verbier. There are numerous ski and snowboard schools in the village, so the lesson options are complete regardless of which sport you prefer, and if you need equipment, that can be easy to arrange as well. Once you're ready to venture out on the slopes, you will have around 190 miles of diverse ski runs at your disposal at Verbier alone. It is also possible to access the other runs in the region if you want to add extra depth to your ski Verbier experience.
Verbier forms part of the region that is known as Les 4 Vallees, or the Four Valleys. Between the four ski areas in this region, the marked runs stretch for approximately 250 miles. Nearly 100 lifts move skiers and snowboarders around the Les 4 Vallees region, and you can get as high as 10,820 feet on one of them. Children and seniors who wish to ski Verbier and the rest of the region can expect to get significant discounts on their lift tickets, which is part of the reason why this largely unpretentious resort is so popular.
The skiing in Verbier Switzerland isn't only of the downhill variety. Numerous cross-country tracks are found in the region, so you can get a good workout while you take in the beautiful sights and the fresh mountain air. When getting out of the cold for a while is the aim, a trip to the Le Centre Sportif might be in order. This multi-sports complex is home to heated swimming pools, an indoor ice rink, a games area, tennis courts, curling lanes, saunas, and a solarium, among other things, and is popular with visitors in summer as well.
The Verbier summer activities are numerous, it should be mentioned, in which case you might return for some warm weather fun. As you might expect, hiking is among the most popular summer activities, as are climbing, paragliding, and golfing. From June to October, the Golf Club de Verbier opens its excellent course up to the public. Due to the 5,163-foot elevation of the Golf Club de Verbier, you can expect your shots to go farther than they would at sea level, which is a nice bonus.
Whether you want to ski Verbier or enjoy the other activities that this lovely alpine village has to offer, finding a place might be among your main priorities. In the more upscale department, the Verbier hotels include the Hotel Rosalp and the Hotel Les 4 Vallees. Standard in-room amenities at these hotels include hair dryers, mini bars, safes, TV, and Wi-Fi, and as is customary at many Swiss ski hotels, breakfast is also included. Those who want to take the meal options further can pay the half board price and get both breakfast and dinner.
On the more affordable side, Verbier hotels such as the Hotel Phenix and the cheaper Les Touristes are worth keeping in mind. As for another lodging gem, the small, intimate, and well-priced Central Hotel Verbier is also worth adding to your list of possibilities, unless you ultimately have your sights set on an apartment or chalet rental. There are only eight rooms at the Central Hotel Verbier, which makes it especially ideal for those who want an alternative to the larger, busier hotels.