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Verbier Quick Facts
Resort: Verbier
Altitude: 1500m
Ski Area: 4 Vallées
Canton: Valais
Train Station: No
Main Language: French

When it comes to ski resorts, Verbier is one of Switzerland's big hitters, having some of the best ski terrain that Europe, let alone Switzerland, has to offer.

By Swiss standards, Verbier is a modern resort - so whilst its rivals such as Zermatt are steeped in Alpine history, Verbier didn't even exist at the turn of the 20th century, and even by 1950 it was still quite small. However, the sudden expansion of ski resorts in the 1950s and 1960s saw Verbier rise almost out of nowhere from its sun-drenched, south-west facing plateau, to become one of Europe's most renowned winter resorts.

Verbier has managed to maintain its youthful feel, with a real buzz about the place that sees it boast one of Switzerland's liveliest après-ski scenes, with something on offer for everyone when the lifts close. And whilst some of Switzerland's best resorts remain well-kept secrets amongst a predominantly Swiss clientele, Verbier is a really cosmopolitan resort, as skiers and snowboarders from across Europe gather to enjoy its vast network of steep slopes, off-piste and powder fields, as well as its après-ski.

Verbier Positives and Negatives

  • Verbier has some of the best skiing in the world.
  • Fantastic array of skiing for advanced skiers, including some awesome off-piste areas and steep pistes.
  • Probably the liveliest après ski in Switzerland.
  • Good slope altitude, making it pretty snow-sure.
  • Verbier town centre, and also its slopes, can get very busy.
  • Can be quite expensive.
  • No train station - need to get the cable car or road up from Le Châble.

Verbier The Resort Itself

Due to the fact that Verbier isn't as old or as historic as some of its Swiss counterparts, and with it having so much development from the 1960s onwards, you might expect its centre to be less appealing than some of the classic Swiss resorts. However, Verbier has managed to maintain a great feel to it, with some spectacular looking chalet-style buildings covering the town.

Verbier's centre is based around the Place Centrale, where you'll find the tourist office. Lots of the resort's bars, restaurants, shops and accommodation are based around here and the streets that span out out from it. The Rue de Medran is one of the main streets leading off from the Place Centrale, and this has a good selection of amenities along it. The Rue de Medran leads down to the Verbier TV cable-car station, which is one of the key points in the town as not only does it give access up to the ski areas around Mont Fort and Mont Gele via the Medran lift, but it's also where the gondola arrives from Le Châble down in the valley below. Verbier has no train station so one of the options is to get the train to Le Châble and then get the lift up to Verbier or get a taxi up on the Route de Verbier that twists and turns its way up from Le Châble.

Verbier has a well deserved reputation as one of Switzerland's liveliest resorts, so it comes as no surprise to find that the town has plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants to suit almost every taste.

Transport links to Verbier

The table below shows train times from the main cities and transport hubs of Switzerland to Verbier.

From Time Changes
Basel 3:43 3
Bern 2:31 3
Geneva 2:24 2
Geneva Airport 2:33 2
Lausanne 1:42 2
Luzern 4:05 3
Sion 1:00 2
Zurich 4:01 3
Zurich Airport 4:14 3

Note: Verbier has no train station, so the final leg of the journey must be done by bus or taxi from Le Châble.

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