Verbier is located less than two hours from Geneva airport. The 158km transfer is scenic and runs around the Lac Leman lake next to Geneva, before venturing into the mountains and climbing up towards the town.
Tucked away in the southwest corner of Switzerland, a stone's throw from the French and Italian borders, Verbier is a pretty resort spread across a south-west facing mountainside, made up mostly of charming chalets enjoying gorgeous views across the valley. These attributes, along with it world class skiing, lively apres-ski scene and lofty prices make Verbier a popular resort for wealthy types who come to ski hard and play harder.
The skiing is what interests us and there's plenty of it to get stuck into. Verbier is perhaps best known for its superb lift-accessed off-piste, and hosts the finale of the Freeride World Tour in which you can watch the world's best fly down the insanely steep Bec de Rosses. With over 400km of skiable pistes spread across the 4 Vallées area, there's plenty to keep intermediate skiers entertained. Much of the bowl immediately above the village is gentle and south-facing, meaning it gets the sun virtually all day and is therefore a nice place for beginners to make their first turns. Ski touring is becoming ever more popular in Verbier, with the resort bang in the middle of the famous Haute Route, from Chamonix to Zermatt.
Verbier is the capital of the Four Valleys ski circuit and is home to not only some of the best skiing in Switzerland, but also to perhaps the most famous leg of the freeride world tour. A single pass will let you ski the resorts of Verbier, Bruson, Evolene, La Tzoumaz, Nendaz, Siviez, Thyon Les Collons, and Veysonnaz.
The town itself is a purpose-built resort, though there have been people living here for a lot longer. The first hotel was finished in 1925, the first lessons given in this new and exciting sport the same year. In 1928, the first baby was born and the official population leapt up to 3. Even by the end of the second world war there were fewer than 30 registered residents.
It wasn’t until 1946 that the first ‘lift’ was installed, and it could hardly be called that. It was thrown together to drag people up the hill, and it wasn’t until a full ten years later that things began to really take off.
People came from far and wide to see the amazing terrain on offer — and of course sample it — and by the mid-sixties, the resort became one of the first to hit the 10,000 uplift-per-hour mark. Now, that’s up to more than 40,000 people per hour, and will probably still climb in years to come.
The town is lively and vibrant with a bustling nightlife, great mixture of self-catered and hotel accommodation, and of course some of the best skiing in all the Alps. As such, Verbier ranks time and time again in top-ten lists for the world’s best ski resort.
Verbier is home to some superb ski schools, independent instructors and over 100 mountain guides. SkiBro works with the very best of these, to bring you a hand-picked selection to compare and book instantly in one place.The good news is that while Verbier is undeniably very expensive in comparision with similar resorts elsewhere, ski instruction is similarly-priced, so there is superb value-for-money to be had from hiring a local specialist instructor or guide, or booking into a ski school, and in doing so making the whole trip well worth it.
Verbier highlights: Wonderful modern town with great on and off the slope facilities, a lively apres and gastro scene, and a host of accommodation options for all tastes makes Verbier one of the greatest and most famous resorts in the Alps, if not the world.
Verbier is best for: Those who aren’t willing to compromise on anything. While not cheap, Verbier has it all, cementing itself as one of the true do-everything resorts. From the food to the quality of the rental equipment, Verbier should be a top choice for anyone who wants the best they can get can in terms of both resort and skiing quality.
Ski and Snowboard Guide to Verbier:
Verbier sits happily on a sunny plateau at 1,500m. From the town, fast gondolas will take you up to the mid-station at 2,200m, a respectable height in itself. From there, you’ll have the choice of two lifts, which will whisk you even higher.
You can access Attelas at 2,727m, and then take a gondola up to 3,023m, topping out the Mont-Gele. From here you’ll have a choice of directions. And if you thought this was as high as you could get, you’d be forgiven. But it’s not.
From Les Ruinettes, you can head up to La Chaux, then take a gondola up to Col des Gentianes at 2,950m, and then another gondola up to Mont-Fort 3,330m. This mighty peak has not only an amazing panoramic view, but also a bar, and a black run fit for only the most daring of skiers.
Verbier’s lower slopes are best suited for beginners, however, there aren’t that many on offer. There’s a learner area next to the town and a section of blues in an area called Croix de Coeur that is the best place for those finding their snow-legs.
Those with loftier aspirations will find lots to do coming down from La Chaux and Attelas, and even down fro Col des Gentianes, where a long and snaking red delivers you back to the mid-stations.
Experts will find the most to do, with a lot of ungroomed pistes and powder to tackle. Every peak offers a great variety of terrain to tackle, and the whole mountain — if not the entirety of the Four Valleys should be given its dues.
The fastest way to open up the other resorts is to surmount Col des Gentianes, and then ski down towards Tortin, giving you good links to Siviez and then up to the other skiable areas.
Verbier alone has 44 downhill pistes serviced by 17 lifts. The Four Valleys ski area boosts that up to a colossal 205 pistes covering 412km, served by 92 lifts, which places it among the likes of Portes du Soleil, the Three Valleys, and the Vialattea in terms of size and quality of infrastructure.
First-time and beginner skiers: A good-sized beginner area next to the town provides an easy in-road for those just starting out, and the Croix de Couer area just above provides a good natural progression.
Intermediate skiers: Intermediates looking to push themselves, and in particular sample some off-piste, will love Verbier’s high peaks and snowy bowls just begging to be explored and tracked out.
Expert skiers: Expert skiers will find heaven in Verbier. Long, snaking, steep groomers, and endless fields of powder await. From the high peaks, valleys and gullies just ask to be slashed and choosing your own line is pretty much mandatory for those with the skills to do so. The whole of the Four Valleys is much the same in regards to the terrain on offer, but it’s the high-altitude freeriding at Verbier which makes this one of, if not the best expert-skiing resort in the Alps.
Learn to ski and snowboard in Verbier
Ski School Group Lessons and Private Ski and Snowboard Instructors in Verbier:
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Children’s Group Ski Lessons Verbier
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Verbier (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!).
We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.
SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety.
Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Adult Group Ski Lessons Verbier
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new.
Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private Ski Lessons Verbier
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time.
These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives.
A private ski instructor in Verbier can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons.
For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Off-Piste Guiding Verbier
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions.
A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Verbier. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons Verbier
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Verbier designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!