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Verbier

Listed under Skiing in Verbier, Switzerland.

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Even regular visitors (myself included) find the sheer variety of runs in various directions bewildering. Like a taxi driver trying to acquire "the knowledge" in London's myriad streets, I feel I am only half way to passing my exams. Not only is Verbier's own network of pistes in the Val de Bagnes vast - it is also part of a much larger, four-valley system guaranteed to keep skiers and boarders entertained for as many weeks as they might have to spare. The choices – particularly off-piste - are boundless. An instructor or guide is highly desirable. If the snow is unusually good, there is a wonderful run, almost a vertical mile, down to Le Chable from La Chaux. (If ever you manage to ski from the top of Mont-Fort to Le Chable, you will have accomplished some 2,500 vertical metres - well over 8,000 vertical feet.) Across the valley is Mayens-De-Bruson, where many Verbier cognoscenti make for to escape the crowds on good powder days. In Verbier’s main ski area, Attelas is the starting point to reach the legendary Mont Gelé, with its experts-only front face, but a powder skier's joy on its much more benign "backside". Stairway To Heaven - a short sharp climb not far from the top of the Jumbo cable-car at the Col des Gentianes - brings skiers and riders to some quite easy and enjoyable powder-fields. Perhaps the ultimate is the back of Mont-Fort, where you can chose from couloirs of varying severity. But this should definitely not be attempted without a guide. There is also some excellent heli-skiing. The four-valley tour makes for a picturesque but relatively undemanding day's excursion.

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Written by  Arnie Wilson.

Other expert and press reviews

“Verbier”

For the advanced and expert skier this is a great resort with an excellent variety of slopes. Read more...

Written by  Andrew Lockerbie.

“Premier ski resort”

This is the premier ski resort of French-speaking Switzerland, with an unpretentious panache and a fun-filled atmosphere. Its restaurants serve some of the finest creative cuisine in the region; others make do with simple alpine fare for hearty appetite… Read more...

Written by press. Frommers

“Excerpt from 'Our low-cost run at Verbier'”

By David Rose for The Observer, First Published March 16, 2008 ...Since the early 1980s, when the Duchess of York was a legendary Verbier party girl, the resort has had a deserved reputation for being posh. Nowadays, the Sloane tones of the expensively… Read more...

Written by press. Full Article from The Guardian

“Verbier”

With great skiing, stunning scenery, a bustling nightlife and a pleasant setting, Verbier is one of the great Alpine resorts. There is an extensive array of challenging skiing with the variety of off-piste slopes, just one of the reasons why Verbier fin… Read more...

Written by  David Holyoak.

“Verbier: the cool out in the cold”

By Clar Mann for The Telegraph. First published 10 November 2008. Last season Verbier was suddenly the hottest resort in the Alps. Its first VIP members’ club, the Coco Club, opened, causing quite a stir with its £1million makeover, gold-leaf walls and… Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The Telegraph, 10th November 2008

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Verbier Background

Recommended for intermediate and advanced skiing, snowboarding and moguls, Verbier lies in a sunny, well sheltered position in the heart of Switzerland’s southern most Alps and is known for its sun and snow record.

Verbier has access to 410kms of piste, the longest being 13km and also offers limited year round skiing on the Mont Fort Glacier. Skiing is high and varied with off piste runs offering varied terrain for the advanced skier. Verbier also offers a terrain park with a half pipe for snowboarders and paragliding, ice climbing and ski trekking facilities.

Well known for its vibrant night life, Verbier has a cosmopolitan atmosphere, luxury accommodation and predominantly Swiss restaurants.

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