10 THINGS NOT TO MISS THIS WINTER

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1 HELISKIING

Tick off this ultimate bucket list item in one of the most beautiful places in the world. There are a number of epic heliskiing zones around Verbier, including the iconic Petit Combin, Rosablanche, Trient glacier and Pigne d’Arolla. Enjoy long runs deep in the alps and far away from the crowds, led by one of Verbier’s famous mountain guides.

2 STAY AT CABANE MONT FORT

Immerse yourself in the full wilderness experience by staying overnight in one of Switzerland’s legendary mountain huts. While many of the country’s huts are inaccessible to most throughout winter, Cabane Mont Fort in Verbier is an excellent exception. In bounds at 2457m, you’ll feel a million miles away bundled up in this cosy hut for the night.

3 DINNER ON THE MOUNTAIN AND SLEDGING HOME

A trip to Verbier wouldn’t be complete without a classic evening dining at one of the resort’s best mountain restaurants and sledging home afterwards. Chez Dany, Marlenaz, Namaste and Marmot are all walking distance from Verbier, offer the best of Verbier’s Swiss mountain fare and link to brilliant tracks to sledge back down to the resort.

4 SKI TOURING

Join the revolution and earn your turns this winter ski touring around Verbier. There are a host of touring itineraries mapped out around the resort. Find the official maps online or at the tourist office and hire gear from one of the many great ski shops in Verbier.

5 HIRING A GUIDE AND GOING OFF PISTE

Verbier is the capital of freeriding for a very good reason, so make the most of your days on the slopes by hiring a guide to show you the best of it. Conquer some of the resort’s legendary lines off Backside Mont-Fort, Mont-Gelé and even the mythical Bec des Rosses. Verbier’s mountain guides will create the perfect itinerary for every level of skier or snowboarder.

6 APRÈS SKI

Verbier is famous for its lively Après Ski scene. Le Rouge and Relais des Neiges are two of the best spots for a beer when the lifts close, while Farinet is the go-to for both locals and visitors looking for a big night out on the town, with the best live bands around and its famous sliding roof.

7 NEW YEARS EVE

One of the best ways to do New Years Eve in the Alps is no doubt Verbier’s Place Centrale party. With the town centre filling with thousands of revellers, a DJ pumping tunes all night and a massive fireworks show ushering in the New Year, Verbier’s world famous celebration simply has to be experienced to be believed.

8 VERBIER XTREME

Over a week every year in March-April, the Freeride World Tour finale comes to Verbier. The culmination of the world’s biggest competition for the only the wildest skiers and snowboarders, the FWT is a true spectacle. Watch riders take on the infamous Bec des Rosses and then soak up the festival atmosphere in town.

9 SLEDGING LA TZOUMAZ

Check out the longest sledge run in Western Switzerland right here in Verbier. Fun for kids and adults alike, the legendary piste weaves from the top of Savoleyres through snowy switbacks and forest all the way to La Tzoumaz. Dropping 834m in total, the sledge run is one not to be missed.

10 PATROILLE DES GLACIERS

In one of the toughest ski touring races in the world, the Patrouille des Glaciers sees teams of three set off from Zermatt and battle through the night over 57km, finally finishing in Verbier. The legendary race runs only every two years, so catching the finishers as they complete the last kilometres running from Médran to the Sports Centre in their ski boots is something very special indeed.


Verbier Mountain Restaurants & Bars

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The best thing about an active ski holiday is the guilt-free eating and drinking. And there’s nothing like a day on the mountain to work up a monstrous appetite… or thirst. Fortunately in Verbier there’s a vast selection of on-mountain eateries and bars, with something to suit every taste. It goes without saying that you should book your table in advance, especially during the high season. We’ve put this go-to list together to help you get the most out of your time in Verbier.


Le Dahu

No doubt one of the most popular dining spots on the slopes. Located between the arrival point of the La Chaux Express and the departure point of the Jumbo for Gentianes, you’re guaranteed breathtaking views of the Combin massif from the large terrace. They serve fabulous pizza among other fare using fresh ingredients and local products. Break Dahu, downstairs, is a self-service restaurant with a crêpe corner and an indoor play area.
+27 778 20 20
www.ledahu.ch

La Marlénaz

Something slightly off the beaten track, this gem is great for skiers and for those coming by foot or ski touring. It has exceptional views and a large terrace for slow sun-soaked lunches. This cosy alpine-inspired restaurant is a welcome treat on a cold winter’s evening (you can arrive by snow taxi bring your sleds and head torches for an hilarious descent to Verbier). They serve traditional and international dishes with seasonal ingredients and a fantastic selection of wine.
+41 27 771 54 41
www.marlenaz.com

La Marmotte

A seriously charming restaurant with a warming interior of reclaimed wood and old stone fireplaces. Outside you’ll find a large sunny terrace with exceptional views. Indulge in heartwarming, authentic regional cuisine such as fondues, raclette, röstis and croutes. You can ski or walk here and it’s also accesible by car, so a fantastic option for those who aren’t very mobile.
+41 27 771 68 34
www.lamarmotte-verbier.com/

Le Namasté

A family-run restaurant with real character that won’t put a hole in your wallet! Expect a simple and cosy atmosphere with killer views alongside great locally-inspired cuisine. Located in the picturesque Les Planards neighbourhood, on the Savoleyres side.
+41 27 771 57 73
www.namaste-verbier.ch

Cabane Mont Fort

Sitting at 2,457m, sitting beneath the gnarly Bec des Rosses, this rustic cabane is perfect for a quick, hearty lunch in the most glorious panoramic setting. They serve nourishing soups, fondues and sandwiches or go straight to dessert with one of their delectable homemade tarts, brownies or cakes.
+41 27 778 13 84
www.cabanemontfort.com/

Cabane Mont Fort

Sitting at 2,457m, sitting beneath the gnarly Bec des Rosses, this rustic cabane is perfect for a quick, hearty lunch in the most glorious panoramic setting. They serve nourishing soups, fondues and sandwiches or go straight to dessert with one of their delectable homemade tarts, brownies or cakes.
+41 27 778 13 84
www.cabanemontfort.com/

Le Mayentzet

A quaint and homely restaurant serving Swiss classics such as fondue and croûte. An ideal rendez-vous point as it’s in a really convenient location, just above the Mayentzet chairlift station. You’ll also find some of the most spectacular views over the valley from their terrace.
+41 27 775 25 49
www.verbier.ch/ete/offres/le-mayentzet-verbier-station-fr-ete-2788620/

Chalet Carlsberg

You’ll have no problem finding this larger than life restaurant and bar located on the run down from Attelas. Specialising in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, they serve delicious thin crust pizzas (you can watch them being prepared) and other tummy-filling meals, catering well to vegetarians. It’s only accessible by ski and if you don’t stop for a meal, it’s worth pulling up for a drink as the sun sets on another day in Verbier.
+41 27 775 2673
www.verbier.ch/summer/offers/chalet-carlsberg-verbier-station-en-summer-2788398/

Chez Dany

Set in the quiet hamlet of Clambin, Chez Dany serves lunch and dinner throughout the winter with a seasonal menu crammed full of fresh and local produce. A meal here feels like being wrapped in a blanket thanks to the warming ambience and friendly staff. Arrive on skis via a fun itinerary run which is good for all but beginner skiers. Walkers can reach the restaurant in 20 minutes from Mèdran. In the evening, opt to arrive by snow taxi and descend by sled.
+41 27 775 2673
www.chezdany.ch/

La Croix-de-Coeur

Sitting on the shoulder between the pistes of Verbier and La Tzoumaz, a restaurant with jaw-dropping views that looks across two valleys not to mention the staggering site of the Combins Massif. A great spot to replenish when exploring the Savoleyres pistes. They serve a range of simple traditional dishes and cater well to vegetarians and those with dietary restrictions.
+41 27 775 25 36
www.verbier.ch/ete/offres/la-croix-de-coeur-la-tzoumaz-fr-ete-2788630/

Le Mouton Noir

On sunny days (of which there’s no shortage), you’ll find the buzz on the largest bar- terrace in Verbier. Get high on the extraordinary panoramas and choose from a drinks menu that includes magnums of Rosé, cold beers and cocktails while music from talented DJ’s seduces you. The restaurant serves a varied menu from local specialities to international cuisine and downstairs is a self-service restaurant and a crêperie for a quick meal on the go.
+41 27 771 42 44
www.kvhotels.com/fr/restaurants-bar-verbier/restaurant-mouton-noir.html?utm_source=mybusiness_MN

Ice Cube

Serving up great views and snacks including crowd-pleasing fare such as paninis, burgers, wings and hot dogs. The Ice Cube bar is a perfect opener to après ski or for a quiet beer and some people-watching. Conveniently situated just below the Ruinettes lift and is open from 9am to 4.30pm every day. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page /IG for information on DJ’s and upcoming events.

+41 27 771 42 44
www.kvhotels.com/fr/restaurants-bar-verbier/ice-cube.html?utm_source=mybusiness_ICE

Crêperie de Savoleyres

With a great big sun trap for a terrace, mind-blowing views of the Combins, and a mouth-watering selection of crêpes, this restaurant is a certain hit for families with children exploring the many delights of Savoleyres.
+41 27 775 26 28
www.verbier.ch/ete/offres/creperie-de-savoleyres-verbier-station-fr-ete-2788553/

Le Sonalon

You’ll be warmly greeted by the owner’s shaggy Bernese mountain dog and a roaring log fire when you arrive to this mountain restaurant which overlooks Verbier, from its sunny location under the Savoleyres lift. Serving French and Swiss cuisine tthat includes hearty stews, a fish of the day, wood-fired raclette and inspired fondues. Outstanding views and a fabulous wine menu seal the deal.

+41 27 565 3530
www.lesonalon.ch

Les Gentianes Restaurant

This eco friendly, igloo-shaped restaurant is found at the top of the Col des Gentianes, at an altitude of 2,900m and is open from 9am to 4pm. The restaurant serves satisfying mountain grub and is self-service. There is also a bar and lounge area for chilling out with a drink or a hot chocolate.
+41 27 775 26 56
www.verbier.ch/ete/offres/les-gentianes-verbier-station-fr-ete-2788370/

Le Carrefour

A favourite of many locals and a must for carnivores as they specialise in a variety of meats served on the hot stone. Le Carrefour has a fantastic terrace with superb views over the La Rouge piste making it an idyllic lunch spot on a sunny day. It’s equally satisfying dining inside on a cold winter’s evening. Located at the top of Le Rouge ski lift or access it by the road on your way up to Savoleyres.
+41 27 771 55 55
www.lecarrefour.ch/

Cuckoos Nest

With panoramic views to die for (located at 2,700m) and easy access via the Attelas cable car, this restaurant is a great pick for non-skiers wanting to take in Verbier’s famed views. Finished in old woods with cuckoos dotted throughout, the interior is charming and the terrace is sublime on a sunny day. Serving Swiss classics, pastas and salads.

+41 27 771 2615
www.cuckoosnest-verbier.com

Les Gentianes Restaurant

This eco friendly, igloo-shaped restaurant is found at the top of the Col des Gentianes, at an altitude of 2,900m and is open from 9am to 4pm. The restaurant serves satisfying mountain grub and is self-service. There is also a bar and lounge area for chilling out with a drink or a hot chocolate.
+41 27 775 26 56
www.verbier.ch/ete/offres/les-gentianes-verbier-station-fr-ete-2788370/

Le Rouge Restaurant

It’s hard to pass by this vibey restaurant, located at the bottom of the Le Rouge piste, without stopping. And you should stop here. They specialise in brasserie-style lunches with an Asian-influenced menu and there’s plenty of space across two sunny terraces. The “La Luge” bar is renowned for its lively après and they serve amazing cocktails. If you’re a large group seeking something out of the ordinary, why not book the exclusive wine cellar for an unforgettable evening meal?
+41 27 771 80 00
www.lerouge-verbier.com/

Chez Simon

It’s well worth stopping for lunch at this cosy family-run hut when exploring the wide open pistes of La Tzoumaz. They serve simple but satisfying Swiss cuisine, specialising in all things cheese and using fresh local ingredients. If you don’t stay for a meal, it’s great for a hot-chocolate pit stop in the sunshine. Cash is the only currency here.
+41 27 306 80 55
www.laurenti.ch/chezsimon/

La Vache

Serving popular mountain meals from salad to pizza, burgers to nuggets in a chic but rustic setting, which celebrates Switzerland’s favourite animal, the humble cow. You’ll find this atmospheric restaurant on the route down from Attelas. The sunny terrace is perfect for catching the afternoon sun and taking in spectacular views of Mont Blanc.
+41 27 771 3291
www.lavache-verbier.com/preacutesentation.html

Les Moulins

Sitting at the bottom of the Les Moulins beginner ski run, this newly renovated restaurant is a treat for meat lovers specialising in grilled meats on the open fire
but offers a varied menu to accommodate all tastes.
+41 27 565 86 80
www.restaurant-les-moulins.ch/en/


The Essential Family Guide to Verbier

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As much as we’d like to think that we’re the ones in charge, the truth is, if the kids are happy, then so are us parents. Nature provides the very best playground and the slopes, forests and paths surrounding Verbier abound with magic-making and adventure-seeking opportunities. But when stormy weather chases us off the mountain or if little legs are too tired to snow plough, or if you simply want to add another dimension to your holiday, there’s a cache of organised activities, for lively little ones through to persnickety teens, available to parents. Let’s take a look at what you can dip your child’s pudgy little toes into this winter…

The newly renovated Verbier Sports Centre houses amazing facilities which includes a state of the art 600m2 climbing wall with colour-coded climbing routes for every level of climber. There is also a climbing block dedicated to children. Climbing is fantastic for building strength and flexibility, but it’s also great for teaching the really important skills of decision-making and focus. Turn up as you are as everything can be rented.

 

Entry for kids is CHF10 and for adults is CHF16. Additional rental costs are harness CHF4, shoes CHF4, rope CHF5, full set up CHF9.

In case you’re intimated or want to improve your skills, why not get some climb lessons? Gabriel Heger (heger.gab@gmail.com / +41 79 257 77 21) provides the know-how at CHF80/hour.

For a more scaled down climbing experience, there’s a great climbing wall at the Médran café where harnesses can be hired on site and you can enjoy a cappuccino while the kids work on being Spiderman.

An excellent family activity is the Escape Room Verbier. Your family will need all of your combined brainpower, working as a code-cracking team in order for you to escape the room. The rooms aren’t scary in any way and there’s an emergency escape option for anyone who might suffer from claustrophobia. This engaging family experience is for ages 7 and up. The cost is dependent on your group’s size but as an indication, a group of 4 to 5 people is CHF35 p/p and a group of 6 people is CHF30 p/p. Book online through their website www.verbierescaperoomemporium.com or email verbierescape@outlook.com for enquiries.

Ice skating in a winter wonderland hands down beats the more synthetic city experience. At the Parc de Loisirs, below Verbier’s Place Centrale, there’s an outdoor rink which is open to the public from 10.00 to 20.00 daily, at no cost. Skates can be rented nearby at Monnet Sports for CHF 5 per hour. Get it touch with the Tourist Office for more information ph. +41 27 775 3888 or email info@verbier.ch

 

How about your child learns a valuable life skill while having enormous fun? Mountain Thyme Cookery School offers a range of options for creating mini chefs. Your child will learn to make a traditional meal from the region and take the recipe away with them so they can recreate it for you in your home. The cost is CHF 30. For more information and other classes, including private lessons, go to their website www.cookinthealps.com

We all love a good film and often, the best way to really enjoy that is to go for the full cinema experience; popcorn, flip-down seats, a dark auditorium and a huge screen. The Verbier Cinema, just off the main strip above the Place Centrale, has retained all the charm of a classic old-school cinema and runs a varied program of new releases, normally offering a mix of genres including animations, family-friendly flicks and documentaries. See their schedule and timings on www.cinemaverbier.ch

 

There are few children that don’t love getting wet. The Mondzeu Indoor Pool is a great option for unleashing some toddler energy and tiring out your little one. Its convenient location near the Place Centrale and minimal tariffs (children are CHF6, adults are CHF8 with a 50% discount for residents) mean you can easily squeeze in an hour or two here and there. The opening hours are 12.00 to 19.00 Wednesday to Sunday.

The Verbier playground at Marais Verts has just undergone a complete transformation. This sunny play space, close to the post office, has fantastic new facilities aimed at building independence and confidence while having fun. Depending on the snow conditions, this is a wonderful social place for children to do what they do best – play.

Need more Zen? A little time on the mat can be so beneficial for children. Yoga not only improves flexibility and co-ordination but brings a sense of calm to even the smallest of practitioners, who are also prey to the pressures of our fast-paced modern living. Verbier’s Wholeycow studio have created a special half-term timetable for kid’s yoga and dance classes. There are classes on Mondays and Fridays, from 15.00 to 16.00 (for 4 to 6 year olds) and from 16.00 to 17.00 (for 7 to 10 year olds). Classes are CHF10 per child and you can book them in by emailing info@wholeycow.ch. Full details on their website www.wholeycow.ch

If you’re looking for something more genteel, the duck pond at Hameau is a short bus ride up above Verbier to the Hameau bus stop. Take some dry bread and enjoy some quiet time in the afternoon sunshine feeding the ducks. Kids adore this simple pleasure.

Time for yourself is hugely important too. The team at Petit Verbier is an invaluable resource for parents carving out precious time for themselves when in Verbier. From full day nannies to evening babysitters, and everything inbetween, Petit Verbier provide friendly and professional carers that are adaptable to you and your children’s needs. Why not take advantage of their After Ski Kids Club, for children aged 3 to 6 years. Your child is picked up after ski school at midday, fed a warm two-course lunch, and then spends the afternoon engaging in outdoor activities with other children, until pick up at 16.00. So they get hours of fun and you get to ski the whole day! Win-win. Go to www.petitverbier.com for more information on this and other services.

 

And when it’s time to eat, and we know never to delay on fulfilling this critical small-human need, there are a number of restaurants around the village that are child-friendly and worth pinning in your Google Maps.

Good Morning Le Bec (www.good-morning-verbier.ch) on Verbier’s Place Blanche not only serves healthy ‘flexifood’ including a lot of kid-centric options between 8.00 and 16.00, but they have a dedicated soft-play area which is run by the ladies at Petit Verbier.

Offshore Café (www.offshorecafe.com) is fantastic for ‘hangry’ children because their kitchen, serving fresh, mostly Mexican-influenced hunger-busting dishes, is open non-stop between 8.00 and 19.00. There is a kid’s menu and the atmosphere is friendly, noisy and relaxed so you won’t get any snooty eyebrow raises when little Freddy kicks off.

Le Shed (www.leshed.ch) is a great option too. My kids love it because their burgers (including veggie burgers) are just so darn good! And so are their fries. Swedish-run, this cool restaurant radiates chilled Scandi vibes, where nothing’s a problem.

Al Capone (www.alcapone-verbier.com) is the real Italian deal, serving delicious pizza and pasta and many other wonderful seasonal dishes, grilled meats and fish. A truly authentic restaurant that caters to children without skimping on adult indulgence.

La Pergola (www.lapergola-verbier.ch) restaurant warmly welcomes kids and family and serves great pizza and pasta dishes that will fill hungry tummies.

So come snow or sunshine, Verbier’s got it covered. Here’s to experiences over things and memories over Minecraft! Have a great time in Verbier.


THE 5 BEST SUMMER HIKES IN VERBIER

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Thanks to an extensive summer lift system, there are endless stunning walking trails for all ages and fitness levels at the mountain paradise. Immerse yourself in all the Val de Bagnes has to offer with the five best hiking trails in Verbier.

1. Sentier des Chamois

The trail from La Chaux to Lac Louvie is an absolute classic in Verbier. The stunning track offers unparalleled views of the Grand Combin massif all the way to Mont Blanc. While it’s technical at times, the traverse to the lake never gets too difficult and the view from the north side of Louvie is one of the best in the valley. It’s also a great trail for wildlife spotting. Starting from La Chaux, follow the signs to Col Termin before dropping down to the stunning lake and charming cabin. Finish the walk in Fionnay, where you can take the bus back to Le Chable.
Distance: 13km
Vertical: 546m+
Time: 5h

2. Lac des Vaux

The popular trail to the beautiful Lac des Vaux is a must-do hike in Verbier. There are a lot of great ways to get to the lake, but one of our favourites is the loop back to Verbier via the lake from Fontanet. This trail offers spectacular views over the famous turquoise lakes. Take a dip if you can brave the alpine temperatures!
Distance: 12.3km
Vertical:276m+
Time: 4h15

3. Cabane Panossière par la Maye

While it’s one of the more challenging hikes on this list, it is easily one of the most satisfying and a chance to experience the high mountains of the Val de Bagnes in all their glory. From Cabane Brunet’s sprawling valley views, trek though grassy meadows to spectacular high alpine landscapes and the 190m-long suspension bridge Passerelle de Corbassière, which spans the Corbassière glacier. Enjoy incredible views of the 4313m Grand Combin and then a piece of cake at the charming Cabane Panossière.
Distance: 13km (return)
Vertical: 796m+
Time: 2h45

4. Pierre Avoir

The famous Pierre Avoir pinnacles overlooking Verbier are a must-see for visitors and locals alike. There are lots of routes leading to the impressive peak, but for those up for a challenge, the trek all the way from Verbier via le Château is a worthwhile endeavour. Take the forest track to St-Christophe and pass the dramatic Chute du Bisse before emerging above the tree line and following the ridge to the Pierre Avoir. Take the lift back down from Savoleyres to complete this breathtaking loop.

Distance: 8km
Vertical: 1014m+
Time: 4h15

5. Bisse du levron

Traversing the entire Verbier bowl, the Bisse du Levron is a classic route for meandering souls. Built around 1460, the Bisse du Levron is an ancient irrigation channel which flows high above Verbier at around 2000 metres above sea level. Largely flat, the ancient waterway winds its way all the way from La Chaux to just below the Pierre Avoi, where it spills over an enormous cliff – the Chute du bisse.

Distance:10km (from La Chaux)
Vertical:60m+
Time: 2h30


How to do Verbier on a Budget

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Verbier will well-known for its exclusive crowd and its world-class ski slopes, but that doesn’t mean everyone can’t enjoy its renowned off-piste skiing and buzzing nightlife.
From transport to keeping yourself fuelled for big days on the mountain, there’s plenty of ways to do Verbier on a budget.

 

LIFT PASS
Televerbier offers a 10% discount on 4 Vallées ski passes ordered a minimum of 10 days before your trip. It’s also worth keeping in mind that Verbier has two lift ticket pricing systems throughout the season, with the busiest times attracting a premium price tag.

SKIP THE LIFT LINES
One excellent way to save money on a lift pass, is to bypass the lifts altogether. After renting just a few pieces of specialised gear, you can scope plenty of amazing lines under your own power. Verbier has loads of ski touring itineraries, mapped out to give touring rookies a taste of the wild side. You can find maps online or at the tourist information centre. However, if you want to venture off these resort itineraries, hiring a guide is your best bet.

EATING OUT
While cheap eats in ski resorts aren’t easy to come by, there are plenty of great spots in Verbier that won’t blow the budget.
On the mountain, the Le Break Dahu serves up quick meals, combined with an unbeatable view of the mighty Grand Combin from the deck chairs outside. Le Mayenzet offers more traditional mountain fare in a super-cosy atmosphere and with very reasonable prices.
Back in the town centre, the kiosk near the post office in Verbier offers huge sandwiches and chips that are the cheapest and best in town.
But the best way to save money on food on the slopes is to take a picnic. Grab some things from one of the supermarkets in town and pick a sunny spot on the mountain for a bite. There’s also a canteen at Ruinettes lift station where you can bring your own food if you’d prefer a break inside.
After dark, Pub Mont Fort is a classic for reasonably-priced pub fair and has a lively après-ski atmosphere to match.

THE ESSENTIALS
Get in early to book your train and gear for the best discounts
Put in the hard yards and earn your turns by spending a day or two ski touring
Pick off-peak periods for the best lift ticket and accommodation deals
Pack a picnic lunch to keep you going on the mountain

Getting to Verbier

Not just the most convenient and environmentally friendly way to get to Verbier, with a little forward planning Switzerland’s excellent rail system can also be the cheapest.

SBB offers huge discounts for loads of tickets bought online in advance. You can easily see whether ‘Supersaver’ tickets are available for your preferred train online from 60 days out. Each connection has a limited number available, so the earlier you buy, the more options you will have. Supersaver tickets from Geneva Airport to Le Châble could be as little as 23CHF one way, a discount of over 60% off the normal price.

Where to stay

While Verbier is famous for its exclusive accommodation, there are more and more modest options available. The cheapest accommodation in Verbier is MAP Hostel or Mt Gele Guesthouse. Staying in Le Chable, a 10-minute gondola ride down from Verbier, will give you even more options. Televerbier’s Base Camp in the Le Chable lift station is very economical if you’re travelling in a group, while there are a growing number of affordable Airbnbs available.

Verbier Lift pass

Televerbier offers a 10% discount on 4 Vallées ski passes ordered a minimum of 10 days before your trip. It’s also worth keeping in mind that Verbier has two lift ticket pricing systems throughout the season, with the busiest times attracting a premium price tag.

Skip the Lift lines
One excellent way to save money on a lift pass, is to bypass the lifts altogether. After renting just a few pieces of specialised gear, you can scope plenty of amazing lines under your own power. Verbier has loads of ski touring itineraries, mapped out to give touring rookies a taste of the wild side. You can find maps online or at the tourist information centre. However, if you want to venture off these resort itineraries, hiring a guide is your best bet.

Cheap ski hire

Hiring gear can be a big expense during a ski trip, but with a little forward planning you can nab quality gear with some big savings. Mountain Air offers a 10% discount for online bookings in advance, meaning you could potentially save over 10CHF a day for premium skis and boot hire.

Covered parking in Verbier

EATING OUT
While cheap eats in ski resorts aren’t easy to come by, there are plenty of great spots in Verbier that won’t blow the budget.
On the mountain, the Le Break Dahu serves up quick meals, combined with an unbeatable view of the mighty Grand Combin from the deck chairs outside. Le Mayenzet offers more traditional mountain fare in a super-cosy atmosphere and with very reasonable prices.
Back in the town centre, the kiosk near the post office in Verbier offers huge sandwiches and chips that are the cheapest and best in town.
But the best way to save money on food on the slopes is to take a picnic. Grab some things from one of the supermarkets in town and pick a sunny spot on the mountain for a bite. There’s also a canteen at Ruinettes lift station where you can bring your own food if you’d prefer a break inside.
After dark, Pub Mont Fort is a classic for reasonably-priced pub fair and has a lively après-ski atmosphere to match.

THE ESSENTIALS
Get in early to book your train and gear for the best discounts
Put in the hard yards and earn your turns by spending a day or two ski touring
Pick off-peak periods for the best lift ticket and accommodation deals
Pack a picnic lunch to keep you going on the mountain

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