THE BEST SKIS FOR VERBIER

From piste to powder, we teamed up with the pros at Mountain Air to get the low down on the best skis for Verbier’s famous terrain.

 

PISTE

 VOLKL DEACON LOWRIDE 84
This rocket ship of a ski is not for the faint hearted. From steep and icy pistes, to perfect early morning groomers, get the Deacon 84 on an edge and it absolutely flies. Stiff and lively, this Volkl powerhouse was made for blasting down FIS.

HEAD SUPERSHAPE I.SPEED
Punchy, dynamic and precise, the Head Supershape boasts accessible power that will raise the bar on every piste in the 4 Vallées. From the Tortin bumps to Piste de l’Ours, the Supershape will make you feel unstoppable.

ALL MOUNTAIN

FACTION DICTATOR 2.0
This legendary ski from a legendary local brand simply ticks all of the boxes. Used by Verbier patrollers, the Dictator is incredibly versatile and very fun. Playful and poppy with hugely accessible power, this ski will have you charging through waist deep powder in the morning and ripping down the piste in the afternoon.

BLIZZARD BONAFIDE
Robust and aggressive, the Bonafide is a bombproof weapon for Verbier’s most challenging terrain. This all-mountain ripper’s double Titanal sheet makes it a rock-solid teammate for all conditions, from powder to rock hard snow. Anyone who tests the Bonafide races about its exhilarating power and precision.

TOURING

BLIZZARD ZERO G 95
From the steepest steeps, to the longest days and the biggest vertical, this ski has it covered. A Verbier Bureau des Guides favourite, the Blizzard Zero G is a true ski alpinism partner. A light and stiff ski for the most advanced mountaineers, the Zero G feels right at home on everything from the Bec des Rosses to the Grand Combin.

BLACK CROWS CAMOX FREEBIRD
The most popular ski in Verbier, the Camox Freebird is a true one ski quiver. Light and adaptable, this ski will devour the Attelas couloirs, take you charging up Rosablanche and smashing through waist-deep powder in Barry’s bowl all in a single day. This is a ski made for Verbier.

BACKCOUNTRY

 K2 MINDBENDER 108
The K2 Mindbender is the sawed-off shotgun of the ski world. This backcountry charger is an absolute cruise missile, punching through crud and eating chopped up powder for breakfast. A go-to for local legend and Freeride World Tour star Carl Renvall, the Mindbender is a serious choice for the boldest of skiers.

BLACK CROW FEROX FREEBIRD
This access all terrain backcountry ski is the playful option for for Verbier’s open powder fields and steep chutes. This powder ski has the soul of a true alpinist, making light work of ascents and cranking the party tunes for the ride down.

 

Mountain Air features a range of skis selected specifically for Verbier’s famous terrain and is offering a special test event for locals and visitors to experience the best of the Val de Bagnes. From many years exploring every inch of the 4 Vallées, the team know what works here. Join the test program on January 10-12 and get access to the expert team and up to 35 different pairs of skis to test, plus receive a drink and bite to eat at the end of the day. Experience that Verbier feeling and get all the details here: bit.ly/MAskitest20VL


Get ready, the Boss des Bosses is back!

The legendary Boss des Bosses, Europe’s biggest inter-resort mogul competition, will be back in Verbier on March 15th. Founder Tom Banfield organised the first Boss des Bosses in Chamonix back in 1990, challenging a friend from Val d’Isère to settle their dispute over which resort had the best skiers. Last year, teams and supporters from Zermatt, Chamonix and Portes du Soleil came to Verbier for the head-to-head mogul competition. Teams made up of skiers, snowboarders, telemarkers and mono-skiers navigate a steep section of snowy bumps (‘bosses’ in French) scoring points for speed, style and jumps.

VL: How was last year’s event after the 5-year break?

TB: The legendary Phoenix rose from the ashes and shook off its dust. Teams from Zermatt, Chamonix and Portes du Soleil arrived with bus loads of supporters to enjoy a fabulous display of fun and games. A dramatic final saw Zermatt beat Verbier on the final race.

NdR: Last year’s event was a real experiment, especially with the location of the course. Back in the 90’s, the Mogul Mania events were staged on the sunny slopes of Fontanet, however we decided to create our own purpose-built course in the trees. It provides better visibility in case of a white out, and spectators can access the site on foot, avoiding the safety issues that curtailed the event’s continuation in Chamonix. Luckily for us, the idea was a great success, especially as it was only a short roll down the hill to Le Rouge’s L’After Party and prize-giving.

VL: What can we expect at this year’s event?

TB: Amazing skiing, great tunes and, hopefully, plenty of warm sunshine. This year’s sponsors include Faction Skis, Sinner Clothing, Mountain Air, Le Rouge Restaurant, Winslow Breweries, Pharmacie de La Croix de Coeur, Sungod Goggles, Verbier Tourism and Téléverbier.

NdR: We learned a lot of lessons from last year’s inaugural event. Amongst other things, how to make better bumps and better jumps.

VL: The first Boss des Bosses was 27 years ago, so it’s older than most of the competitors – what do you think makes the event still so popular with the younger crew today?

TB: It’s only Niko and I that have grown old! The event itself is still fresh. Mogul skiing is still great to watch and the crowd is still made up of a never- ending stream of young seasonaires living their dreams.

NdR: 1990 seems like only yesterday, but the spirit is the same. Chasing the lifestyle of a ski fanatic is a choice that only a few people have the pleasure of realising, but we that do have two things in common: we love to ride and we love to party. So, any event celebrating both is bound to succeed.

VL: How has the event changed over the years?

TB: We started with a ghetto blaster, a bag of cassettes and a megaphone, so to have DJs and a proper sound system is a great improvement. On the skiing front, the quality of jumps and tricks has gone stratospheric!

NdR: Stratospheric jumps indeed! This year, French National Champion Ben Cavet will be setting the standard, skiing for Portes du Soleil. Regarded as one of the best aerialists in the business, Ben recently won a silver medal at the FIS World Cup in Deer Valley, USA.

VL: Your favourite memory so far?

  1. There have been so many hilarious moments and tense finals, it’s too hard to choose one.

NdR: One of my many favourites was watching one of my team mates destroy a very competent skier from Zermatt while dressed as a giant banana.

VL: Who would you put your money on this year?

NdR: Zermatt have managed most wins over the years, winning last year’s final against Verbier on the very last run. So with the incentive of revenge, my money is on Verbier.

VL: How did the Boss des Bosses end up in Verbier?

TB: I’ve known Niko since the very first edition of Boss des Bosses, when he skied for Chamonix. We started reminiscing about how he had skied for three different resorts in the first three editions and after a few more beers we discussed the possibility of hosting the competition in Verbier.

In September 2015, Niko called me to say that his friends, Raph and Tash from Le Rouge, were also keen to bring the event to Verbier, so, thanks to their collaboration, the dream became a reality.

The course is above Bar 1936, with easy pedestrian access from Carrefour.

11h Course inspection

12h Racing begins

15h Grand finals

17h Prize giving and LAfter Party at Le Rouge

22h After LAfter party at Le Crock