25 Candles for 25 Years of the Verbier Xtreme

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THE FREERIDE WORLD TOUR AND ALTIS PRESENT: 25 CANDLES FOR 25 YEARS OF THE VERBIER XTREME

Verbier, Switzerland – Tuesday 24th March 2020 – It is under extraordinary circumstances that the Grande Finale of the FWT20 will not happen this year. Nonetheless it is with passion and humility that the Freeride World Tour wanted to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Verbier Xtreme, the departing moment for an international Freeride journey.

Since its creation in 1996, the public have been amazed by the evolution of the sport which defies the laws of gravity and constantly pushes the limits of what is possible in the mountains. In 2008 the success of the event lead to the creation of an international championship made up of 5 stops with the final being the Verbier Xtreme. Giving birth to the Freeride World Tour.

The 20th February, armed with headtorches from Altis, the 25 candles outlined the flanks of the imposing mountain as night fell. They sat along the ridge as well as on the summit of the Bec des Rosses, in celebration of the 25th edition of the legendary Verbier Xtreme. Just like on the Matterhorn 5 years ago, the emblematic face was illuminated by 25 freeriding icons, who have contributed to the success of the Xtreme.

Highly experienced mountain guides, led by Claude-Alain Gailland, in charge of safety for the Verbier Xtreme for 20 years, supervised the operation with a cool composure

The Valaisan skiers Jérémie Heitz and Yann Rausis, as well as the French snowboarder Xavier De Le Rue topped off the spectacle by riding the face one by one, equipped with an LED helmet under a blanket of stars in the night sky. There were as many stars in the sky as those who illuminated the Bec de Rosses that evening. Among the stars Estelle Balet, Dédé Rehm, Gilles Voirol and Marco Siffredi, the young riders who left us too early, who made an impact on the history of the Bec des Rosses, were surely watching from above.

It was a magical, unforgettable and nostalgic moment for the participants and spectators of this evening spectacle.Nicolas Hale-Woods, the cofounder of the Verbier Xtreme and CEO of the Freeride World Tour was moved to be surrounded by the whole Freeride family. In fact, that evening, the flanks of the Bec des Rosses brought together freeriders of all ages. From 17 year old Victor Hale-Woods , to the 72 year old Jean Troillet.

The director of this event was none other than the night shooting specialist, Nicolas Falquet who filmed and edited the video. The photographer Dominique Daher, who conscious of the importance of the moment, admitted to trembling slightly before pushing the shutter to release for the 6 minute exposure. He could not afford to miss this crucial shot. The result is simply stunning.

The 25th anniversary cannot be fully celebrated without the 25th edition of the Verbier Xtreme, which is already cued for the 2021. Stay tuned to see what the Freeride World Tour has in store for its fans, athletes, and partners for the 25thedition of the Verbier Xtreme, as the legends who built its reputation over the years have already confirmed their presence!

Don’t miss the latest news by staying tuned to www.freerideworldtour.com

ID Card for the Bec des Rosses :

Altitude : 3223m

Descent : 650m

Angle : 35° –  50°

Orientation : North East

First edition of the Verbier Xtreme: 1996

The 3 athletes that skied the Bec des Rosses at night :

  • Yann Rausis : FWT rider since 2017, Verbier local, finished 4th in Verbier Xtreme in 2017
  • Jérémie Heitz: Competed in the FWT for 5 seasons (2nd place overall in 2015 an 3rd in 2014), a once in a generation skier as shown in his emblematic steep skiing film “La Liste”
  • Xavier De Le Rue: Snowboarder, 3x FWT world champion (2008,2009,2010) and 3x winner of the Verbier Xtreme (2009,2010,2011)

 

The 25 candles that illuminated the Bec des Rosses :

  1. Isabelle De Lalène: Member of the organisational commitee for the Verbier Xtreme in 1996 until 2011.
  2. Francine Janet-Moreillon: Member of the organisational committee for the first Verbier Xtreme: Francine was head of communication and then judge during 2 following editions of the Xtreme.
  3. Nicolas Hale-Woods: CEO of the FWT, co-founder of the Verbier Xtreme along with Philippe Buttet.
  1. Elisabeth Gerritzen: Winner of the 2019 Verbier Xtreme and FWT rider since 2017.
  1. Alain Guigoz: Member of the organizational committee for the first Verbier Xtreme and legal advisor for the FWT.
  1. Ueli Kestenholz: Rider in the 1st Verbier Xtreme and bronze medalist in Snowboard Giant Slalom in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.
  1. Géraldine Fasnacht: 3x winner of the Verbier Xtreme 2002, 2003, 2009.
  1. Jean Troillet: Co-safety manager for the 1st Verbier Xtreme with Thierry Gasser. More than 10 summits of 8000m peaks including the 1st descente of Everest on a snowboard.
  1. Julien Hess: Member of the organisational committee from 2010-2020. General Manager of the FWT from 2016 – 2020. Co-founder of the Verbier E-Bike Festival.
  1. Victor Hale-Woods: Nicolas Hale-Woods son. Freeride Junior Tour (FJT) and Freeride Junior World Championships (FJWC) participant.
  1. Thibault Hale-Woods: Nicolas Hale-Woods son. Freeride Junior Tour (FJT) and Freeride Junior World Championships (FJWC) participant.
  2. Claude-Alain Gailland: Head mountain guide and head of safety for the Verbier Xtreme for 20 years as well as head mountain guide for several FWT competitions (Japan, Alaska, etc..)
  3. Hugo Dentan: Pierrick Dentan’s son and Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) rider.
  1. Paul Dentan: Pierrick Dentan’s son and Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) rider. Vice World Champion (2nd place in Men Ski) at the FJWC.
  1. Pierrick Dentan: Member of organisational committee since the 1st Verbier Xtreme and weather coordinator for 22 years.
  1. Raphy Gillioz: 3rd place Ski men in the 2009 Verbier Xtreme. Mountain guide and patroller at Telenendaz.
  1. Julien Willenegger: Member of the safety team.
  1. Michel Marcon: Member of the safety team.
  1. Leo Slemett: 2017 Men’s Ski World Champion. Member of the Pro Freerider Board (PFB)
  1. Phil Meier: Rider during the Verbier Xtreme and first FWT competitions.
  1. Nicolas Pasquier: 3rd place in Ski men category in the 2007 Verbier Xtreme.
  1. Michel Voirol: Gilles Voirol’s father. Gilles finished 2nd place in the 1st Verbier Xtreme in 1996 and 3rd in 1997. Gilles died in Canada in 2002. The Verbier Xtreme trophy is named in his honour
  1. Ruth Leisibach : Quintuple winner of the Verbier Xtreme (2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) and snowboard world champion in 2008
  1. Lars Langenskiöld: Former Marketing manager for Red Bull Switzerland, title sponsor for the 1st Verbier Xtreme.
  2. Yannick Ducrot: Member of the organisational committee since the 1st Freeride World Tour competition in 2008 / Head of operations.


Verbier Restaurant Guide

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A potential dilemma when arriving in a new destination is deciding where to eat. Verbier is no exception. With an abundance of great restaurants from traditional cozy Swiss establishments, to world-class high-end international cuisine, Verbier has something for everyone. Here our some of our suggestions:



Best Restuarants for Fondue and Traditional Swiss

Switzerland is world famous for it’s delicious melted cheese dishes. Fondue and Raclette are staple classics, welcome after a long, cold day up on the mountain…

La Marlenaz
La Marlenaz

Le Caveau

Le Caveau is place to go for anyone looking for a local cheese’fest. Located in the centre of Verbier for more than 50 years, Le Caveau serves their famous Raclette, delicious Fondue’s along with other dishes for those looking for a lighter option.

+41 027 771 22 26

www.caveauverbier.ch

Le Carrefour

Located up above Verbier, Le Carrefour has a varied menu with locally sourced ingredient. Delicious potato Rosti, fondues, steak on a hot stone or try their specialty L’Avalanche

+ 41 27 771 55 55

www.lecarrefour.ch

Chez Dany

Chez Dany is perched up above Verbier, nestled in the tiny hamlet of Clambin. Enjoy a warm welcome and delicious traditional food after a walk up through the forest or book a snow taxi with the option of sledging back down(depending on the time of the year).

+ 41 27 771 24

www.chezdany.ch

La Marlenaz

Perched above Verbier, La Marlenaz offers spectacular views along with delicious traditional food. Walk up or take the snow taxi, enjoy dinner, then make it a night to remember by sledging back down to Verbier. Book ahead and don’t forget to dress suitably.

+41 771 54 41

www.marlenaz.com

Book your table in advance!

Yes, it’s great to be spontaneous, but spontinaity won’t be your friend as you hungrily look through the window of packed restaurants. Most places take telephone bookings, or have an online booking system. Some may have two sittings during the evening. Check when you book so you don’t get surprised by being asked to leave your table as your just settling into your digestif.


Best Restuarants for Families

Anyone with young kids knows ‘the look’ from some restaurants who prefer not to entertain young children. In general, Verbier is kid friendly, but like any destination, some restaurants are more suited to children than others.

Offshore Café

Offshore Café has a pink VW Beetle just inside the door and assorted surfing décor – which will appeal to all young diners. This is a great spot for an early kids dinner as the restaurant closes at 8pm. Fajitas, burgers, tacos and milkshakes made with homemade ice cream will keep the whole family happy ( no reservations taken).

+41 27 565 21 37
www.offshorecafe.com

Al Capone

Italian cuisine including a wide range of Pizza’s, pasta’s and a special menu price of 19 CHF which includes half a chicken in a basket or steak. Just down from the Savoleyres lift station, so if you’re convenient if you’re staying about the main town.

+41 27 771 67 74


www.alcapone-verbier.com

Chez Martin

Centrally located, with a family-friendly welcome, Chez Martin dishes up. Pasta and pizza’s are available at reasonable prices. A children’s menu with pizzas and half portions of pasta will suit the smaller people in the family.

+41 27 771 22 52
www.chezmartin.ch

La Pergola

This centrally located Italian restaurant has a wide selection of pizza’s and pastas along with antipasti, carpaccio, bruschetta, risotto, fish and meat. The kitchen opens at 5.30 pm which is perfect for those who are wanting to eat early with the kids.

+41 27 771 33 44
www.lapergola-verbier.ch


Fine Dining Restuarants

Verbier attracts the rich and famous, along with royalty – people with sophisticated palates who expect a high level of creative cuisine. Fortunately for them, and us, the resort has good selection of restaurants catering for those who want to experience the dishes of Verbier’s world-class chefs.

La Cordée

In the atmosphere of a chic brasserie, discover hearty and contemporary gourmet cuisine. Collaborating with local producers, chef Fabrice Taulier selects many of his ingredients directly from local farmer friends in Valais and the rest of Switzerland.

+41 27 775 45 45



www.kvhotels.com

W Kitchen

Enjoy a cocktail at the W Living room before enjoying supreme Swiss cuisine with an intriguing twist. The ‘bistronomic’ restaurant, W Kitchen promises to entice those who are in constant search for an exciting gourmet experiences with the freshest seasonal ingredients.

+ 41 27 472 88 88




www.wverbier-restaurants.com

La Table d’Adrien

The Chef, Sebastiano Lombardi creates gourmet cuisine inspired by the mountain environment and being close by to Italy & France, along with local influences. The restaurant is also know for their Sunday brunches served on their sunny terrace.

+41 27 771 6200




www.chalet-adrien.com


Fun Night Out Restuarants

Verbier is world famous for it’s nightlife, so you won’t be disappointed with the selection of restaurants and bars to enjoy with friends or to meet new people.


Gunpowder Curry Co.

Situated just off the Place Centrale and new to Verbier this season, Gunpowder Curry Co. aims to add some spice to the Verbier dining scene by introducing a contemporary curry house vibe to the Alps.
With a menu full of big, bold flavours, dishes that are ideal for sharing, a perfectly paired drinks menu with a carefully curated selection of gins and gin-based cocktails from around the world. Gunpowder is ideal for a fun night out with friends!

+41 27 775 69 79



www.kvhotels.com

Eat-Hola Tapas Bar

Watch the chefs in action as they prepare Sergi Arola’s signature tapas live as you sit at the front row behind the elegant bar table. Guests are invited to enjoy an interactive, engaging experience in Verbier’s unique tapas-bar, where innovative menus await.

+41 27 472 88 88



www.wverbier-restaurants.com

Farinet

Located in the center of Verbier, the Farinet is well know for their live après ski, but they also have a great selection of food including sharing plates, sticky ribs, salt and pepper calamari and lots more. Downstairs, Farinet South sports bar menu includes, burgers, nachos, chicken wings and tacos.

+41 27 771 66 26

www.hotelfarinet.com

Pub Mont Fort

Enjoy après-ski drinks by their fire pits on the balcony then tuck into a relaxed casual dinner at the Pub Mont Fort. Delicious burgers, ribs, nachos, salads, curry’s and more…This is definitely informal pub grub, but sometimes that’s exactly what you’re looking for.

+41 27 771 90 62


www.pubmontfort.com

The Shed

Easily one of the most delicious burgers you will every taste, alongside an array of yummy side dishes and some good original cocktails. It’s not possible to book a table, but you can enjoy a drink while you wait.

+41 27 565 14 28


www.leshed.ch

Fer à Cheval

A Verbier classic… Friendly fun, relaxed atmosphere, a true Verbier favourite for many people over the years. Pizza’s, salad’s, steaks along with sugestions of the day. Something for everyone.

+41 27 771 26 69



www.feracheval.ch

Aiseki Sushi

Aiseki Sushi create an ‘Izakaya’ – a casual dining and drinking experience in a gastro pub like atmosphere. Aiseki Sushi serve delicious sushi and drinks at their new central location in Hotel Phenix, by the post office.

+41 77 471 51 48


www.aisekisushi.com


Vegetarian and Vegan Restuarants

Although the Swiss alps may not be the the ideal culinary destination for the vegiarian or vegan there are more and more options each year. Obviously dairy eaters are at a distinct advantage but you arteries may not thank you after a week of fondues. Thankfully each year there are more and more options. Here are some highlights:


Verbier ski area

A Skiers Guide To Verbier

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The town of Verbier itself is at a height of 1550m and the ski area rises to 3300m in the high alpine above the town. Its mainly south-west facing slopes mean there is plenty of sunshine to work on your goggle tan whilst at the same time being high enough to maintain the snow.

As part of the 4 Vallees domain, which encompasses the smaller resorts of Nendaz and Thyon, there are 410km of piste to choose from, with a new stunning backdrop around every corner. Read on for a detailed explanation of each area and what they have to offer:

In recent years Verbier has continued to invest in its ski lift and snowmaking facilities, guaranteeing plenty of time on the snow from the start of December to the end of April season.

Verbier piste map

Verbier Ski Area

The main Verbier ski area is where most people start their week. The main Medran 6 person bubble lift takes you up the mountain to Les Ruinnetes about the tree line. From there a choice of lifts give access to a huge variety of run in the sunny bowl above Verbier. The Funispace lift takes you up to the Attelas ridge from where you can access to Lac des Vaux; the perfect area to warm up the legs for the first few runs in the morning. On the other side of the ridge, you have a choice of longer red and (easy) black runs which lead back down to Les Ruinettes.

Alternatively, stay left and drop over the ridge to the La Chaux area. Here you’ll find a create variety of runs packed into a small area, from easy blue to tricky red runs. This is also where you can get the pulse rate up in the snow park or the Skier-Cross run. On a powder day there is also plenty of easily accessible off-piste, From the Attelas ridge the Lac des Vaux bowl offers easy and safe off-piste to work on your powder turns, or the Creblet itinerary run gives you a longer and steeper off-piste run which opens up into a huge bowl before dropping down into the trees.

Below Les Ruinettes the pitch is generally a little steeper, and it’s here you’ll find some of the steeper red and black runs. For those not ready for that but still, want to ski back to the village there are two long blue tracks, which snake there way down through the trees.

Best for:

  • Mixed ability groups
  • Late and early season snow
  • Snow park
  • Border Cross
  • Choice of restaurants


Is Verbier snow sure?

With skiing up to 3300m Verbier always has snow during its 5 month ski season. Normally the first non-glacial ski area to open in Switzerland Verbier opens its Lac des Vaux area (2700m) for weekends during November – Verbier was able to open for skiing on the 9th of November 2019!

Like many resorts, Verbier has invested heavily in snow cannons in recent years. This means the resort is able to put down a solid base of snow and allows for skiing back down to the Village, normally right up to the closing in the last weekend of Apri.


Mont Fort ski area

Included in the 4 Valleys Pass

Although there are only 3 pistes in the Mont Fort area, there is huge off-piste potential, with the legendary ‘Backside’ off the summit of Mont Fort and infinite ski touring options beyond.

The Mont Fort area is also where you’ll find some of Verbier’s best known off-piste routes.

Be aware you should only attempt these either with an instructor or guide or if you know the area and have avalanche equipment and know-how to use it.

  • Backside
  • Barry’s bowl
  • Stairway
  • Highway

To get there take the Jumbo cable car from La Chaux up to Col des Gentianes. Another cable car will take you up to 3300m, the temperature up here can be several degrees colder than La Chaux, so even on a warm day make sure you wear an extra layer and take some warm gloves. From the top of Mont Fort the only piste option back down is a Verbier’s toughest run, a steep black, which is often full of moguls. However since 2020 there is now an alternative way down on the Mont Fort Zip line – although this may not be any less scary, at least your legs won’t be burning when you reach the bottom!  Back down at Col des Gentianes, you can take the long and challenging red back down, with a perfect excuse to rest tired legs and take in the view halfway down at Cabin de Mont Fort.

The other side of Col des Gentianes you have Verbier’s longest itinerary run down to Tortin. This one is a real leg burner but also probably your best chance to ski some safely secured powder snow.

Whether you choose to ski back down or not, a trip up to Mont Fort is a must, The cable car up from Col des Gentianes gives you a great view of the Mont Fort moguls. This is arguably Verbier’s toughest black, but if you don’t fancy it, you can always take the lift back down. From the top, you are greeted by jaw-dropping 360 degree views of the alps, with Mont Blanc in one direction and the Matterhorn in the other.

At the top of the lift and before you head back down you could enjoy ‘Europe’s highest Fondue’. Probably not on your bucket list but a good talking point none the less!

Best for:

  • Challenging runs
  • Off-piste
  • Good snow
  • Best views in Verbier
  • Also accessible for non-skiers


What are Itinerary ski runs?

Itineraries are controlled off-piste routes, marked out by a single line of yellow poles and bonded 20m either side, they are not pisted but are controlled for avalanches and other hazards.

Marked on the piste map in yellow, they are a great introduction to skiing in off-piste snow conditions.


Bruson Ski Area

Part of the Verbier ski pass

The Ski area of Bruson is located on the opposing side of the Val de Bagnes from Verbier. Although it is a relatively small ski area it offers some of Verbier’s most interesting and scenic skiing as well as a more authentic and local atmosphere.

The Bruson ski area is included in the standard Verbier lift pass and is well worth checking out for a day during your Verbier stay. From Verbier take the lift down to Le Châble and up the other side to Bruson.

The Bruson area is between 1,080m and 2,445m with 44km of piste and is accessed from the main La Passay chair. As you arrive at the top of the chair you are greeted by stunning views across to Mont Blanc and up the valley to the Col de Grand St Bernard.

With 4 red slopes, 1 black and only 1 blue Bruson is probably not the place to head for your first day on skis. For the early intermediate and above there are a lot of options packed into this small area, with beautiful tree-lined pistes which are always quieter than those of the main Verbier area.

However, Bruson really comes into its own during bad weather days when it’s dumping down with snow.

The place to head on a bad weather day

Almost all of the Bruson ski area is below the tree line, which means its a great option on bad weather days. If its a powder day you can bounce down through the gladed off-piste with well-spaced trees offering some definition in the fog.

Similarly, the pistes are all in and amongst the trees so you can see the bumps coming. Key to any successful bad-weather day is good restaurant options. Bruson has 3 restaurant options which are all full of character and charm, particularly on a powder day when the door gets kicked open every few minutes with and well wrapped up skiers pile in with grins from ear to ear!

Best for:

  • Getting away from the crowds
  • Authentic atmosphere
  • Bad weather days
  • Spectacular views
  • Tree-lined skiing


Savoleyres and La Tzoumaz Ski Area

Part of the Verbier ski pass
The Savoleyres/La Tzoumaz ski area, included in the standard Verbier lift pass, is accessed via the Savoleyres lift which is on the other side of town from the main Medran lift. From Medran take any bus for a short 5 min ride, before getting off at the Savoleyres roundabout.

From the top of the lift, you can either ski on the sunnier Savoleyres side with great views over the town of Verbier and the Grand Combin beyond, or ski on the larger La Tzoumaz area on the other side, overlooking the Rhone valley.

Again there’s a great variety of pistes here, and although it has a more family feel there are also so pretty challenging blacks as well as some great opportunities to get into the powder.

The area’s undulating terrain and sparsely tree-lined runs make it a real favourite for ski schools and for the local kids. It’s below the tree line skiing makes it a great option on bad weather days, with the very cosy Chez Simon offering the perfect spot to warm.

Savoleyres also one of the longest sledge runs in Switzerland. The 10km long run starts at the top lift and drops 848km down to the village of La Tzoumaz. You can hire sledges at Mountain Air or Evasion Sport.

Can you ski from Savoleyres to Medran?

Yes! There is a long winding blue piste which traverses the whole Verbier bowl taking you past the Carrefour restaurant and back to Medran. However, if there is a heighten avalanche risk this piste will be closed from about halfway along. In this case, there is an alternative route which takes you down a tricky red to the Les Esserts beginner area and from there you need to take the le Rouge button lift to complete the detour.

Best for:

  • Easy playful terrain
  • Families
  • Sledging!


Mont Gele

Included on the 4 Valley pass

For the advanced skier, Mont Gele alone is worth making the trip to Verbier for! A single peak rising above the Les Attelas ridge to a height of 3,000m, its 3 distinct faces are all skiable, with endless routes and possibilities on a powder day.

Although almost everyone who gets in the cable car is kitted out with fat powder skis and avalanche packs, there are two itinerary runs from the summit, although it should be said they are both pretty challenging. As with Mont Fort, if you get to the top and don’t fancy it, you can always take the lift back down.

Away from the itineraries, there are plenty of off-piste options, although you should be an experienced powder skier before attempting it, and again, either know where you’re going or be with a professional who does

Best for:

  • Steep and Deep
  • Challenging skiing
  • Views



How to get to Verbier

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Switzerland is home to some of the biggest mountain ranges in Europe, which can be an obstacle when travelling around this small country. Fortunately Switzerland also has a world renowned transport network, with its trains, tunnels and well kept roads which are kept clear of snow even in the middle of winter. All of which of plenty of convenient ways to get to Verbier.


From the airport

The majority of visitors get from the airport to Verbier by either train or transfer. Trains run with customary Swiss efficiency and timing, from both Geneva and Zurich airports to Le Chable which is located in the valley below Verbier. For the loan traveller, the train is the most cost-effective way of getting to Verbier. For groups, or for a shared ride, a transfer can be both cheaper and with the added convenience of a drop off into the centre of Verbier.

From December 21, 2019 the new Verbier Express service will be running a direct link between Geneva Airport and Le Châble every Saturday and Sunday. read more ->

Geneva Airport to Verbier transfer

Distance: 158km
Journey time:
2hrs
Cost:
varies on size of group

There are several transfer companies which operate a service from Geneva Airport. With a journey time of just 2hrs, this is the quickest way to get from Geneva Airport All Transfers companies are conveniently located in the arrivals section of Geneva Airport all transfer companies listed below will take you and your luggage direct to Verbier in a time of approx 2 hrs.

Best for shared and groups:
Alpine Express
Alpy Bus
Mountain Drop Offs

Best for private
GVA Transfers
Tesla Transfers

Zurich Airport to Verbier transfer

Distance: 283 km
Journey time: 3 hours
Cost: Depends on size of group

Zurich is Switzerland’s main airport, and maybe the best airport to fly to if you are travelling from outside of Europe. Zurich has two arrival gates but all transfer companies listed here will have their driver meet you at whichever gate you land at.

Transfer Companies:
Alpin Bus
Taxi Zurich Airport 

Sion – Verbier’s nearest airport

At just 60km away, Sion is Verbier’s nearest airport and, weather permitting the arrival point for most private jets.

The majority of visitors, however, fly into Geneva. With multiple airlines running regular service all over Europe, including British Airways, SAS, Norwegian, Swiss Air and Easy Jet. Getting from the airport to Verbier is also straightforward, there is a regular train service as well as several taxi transfer companies.

Swiss air will be flying from London Heathrow to Sion from 8 Feb 2020

The other option especially for, visitors outside of Europe is to fly into Zurich. Located in the opposite corner of Switzerland to Geneva and separated by some impressive mountain ranges the transfer time is longer than that from Geneva. A new tunnel has made the train ride much quicker and more direct. Cars however still have to take to longways around.

There are no specific transfer companies from Sion yet, although this may change with the new scheduled flights. Taxis are available for either a short ride to Sion airport or all the way up to Verbier, or if you really want to arrive in style and get the maximum about of time on the slopes you could book a helicopter transfer!


Getting there by Train

The Verbier train station is located in Le Chable in the valley below Verbier. The newly developed station feeds straight into the Verbier ski lift network with just a short 8min telecabin up to Verbier itself and is included in your train ticket. The lift runs from 08:00 to 19:30 during the winter season, if you arrive after that, there is a bus service (also included in the train ticket) up to Verbier.

Getting to Verbier by train

Geneva Airport to Verbier train

Journey time: Approx 2h 59 min
2 Changes: Geneva Airport > Martigny > Le Châble
Cost: CHF 57.20 one-way, CHF 104.40 return

From Geneva Airport train station take the IR90 direction Brig, changing at Martigny to the local train to Le Châble.

The journey take you around the beautiful Lac Leman before heading heading up the Rhone valley, before changing at Martigny and heading into the mountains to Le Châble.

Zurich Airport to Verbier train

Journey time: Approx 3h 30 min
2 Changes: Geneva Airport > Visp > Martigny > Le Châble
Cost: CHF 75.00 one-way, CHF 150.00 return

From Zurich Airport train station take the IC8 from platform 3 to Brig. Change at Brig to the IR90 direction Geneva and change again at Martigny. Finally, take the local train up to Le Châble.


Verbier helicopter transfers

If you really want to arrive in style and get maximum time on the pistes there is always a helicopter transfer. Flight times from all the airports list above are negligible when compared to other forms of transport, in fact the pilots normally take a scenic route to make the most of the spectacular views. Helicopters land in Le Châble and from there a driver is arranged to take you up to Verbier.

  • Geneva – Verbier: 30 mins
  • Sion – Verbier: 8 mins
  • Zermatt – Verbier: 18 mins

Helicopter transfer companies
Adrenaline Heliski
Whitetracks
Verbier Helicopters


Driving to Verbier

Whether driving your own or renting from the airport, having your own car in Verbier gives you more freedom once in resort and saves on carrying luggage from between trains. However there are a few things you should be aware of.

Hiring a car at Geneva Airport

Geneva Airport has both a Swiss and a French side. So if you are planning to hire a car, make sure you go through a recognised car rental agent on the Swiss side so that you car has all the necessary requirements for driving on Swiss roads

Swiss Vignettes

Although there are no tolls on the motorways in Switzerland, you are required to buy a vignette for you vehicle. this is a small sticker which is stuck to your windscreen and are available at motorway border crossings, petrol stations, post offices.

Snow-tires and snow-chains

Swiss cars are required by law to have snow tires during winter months, and if you rent a car from the airport they will come fitted between mid-November to May. If you are driving your own car, you should bring have snow chains and its a good idea to practice fitting them before you have to do it in the snow.

Parking in Verbier

Most accommodation comes with its own parking spaces. There are several long term parking options in Verbier or you can leave you car for free down in Le Châble. Find a parking space in the centre of Verbier, especially during the busy periods isn’t that easy, so best to walk or just on a free bus.

Verbier Petrol Station

Fuel in Switzerland is one of the few things, that you will discover is relatively inexpensive, in fact, if are driving back to France or Italy you should probably fill up with petrol before you leave!

Verbier has two petrol station, both at the entrance to the town. Or there are more down in le Châble in the valley.


Getting to Verbier from Zermatt

Although only 60km as the crow flies, there are some sizable mountains in the way meaning you have to take the long way round.

By train the journey is le Châble > Martigny > Visp > Zermatt 

The journey time is just under 3 hours but the views are breathtaking! By car the journey time is just under 2 hrs to Täsch just out side of Zermatt, from where you have to park and take the train into the traffic-free resort.

Getting to Verbier from Chamonix

Verbier to Chamonix involves crossing the French/Swiss border before driving over the Col de Forclaz. During the winter this mountain pass can often be closed due to too much snow, so make sure you bring snow chains if you don’t have snow tires and be sure to check the forecast for both Verbier and Chamonix.

Another option which will get you there whatever the weather is to take the train from Martigny. It takes a longer route and is a little bit slower than driving at 1hr 30min, but again, the views are spectacular!