Explore Verbier Ski Resort
On Chamonix's Ski Pass

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This page is a continuation of our review on exploring The Verbier Ski Resort. Verbier Switzerland has co-partnered with Chamonix and as a result, the Mont Blanc Unlimited Ski Pass entitles Chamonix skiers to full access to this elite Swiss resort.

The Skiing At Verbier

The resort is large, with 410km of pistes and very well serviced with 92 lifts - pomas/drag lifts, chairs, cable cars, gondolas including modern chair lifts and the very modern Funispace from Les Ruinettes to Attalas.

The Funispace is a sort of big gondola or small cable car. It’s bigger than average gondola and holds 10 to a dozen people. Like the gondolas, there are several travelling on the cable, as opposed to a cable car where there’s only one going each way. The Funispace is a really efficient people mover.

The biggest difference with Chamonix France, is that all of the 4 valleys are interconnected which makes for easy access and a terrific variety of skiing.

Link to Verbier Piste Map.

Verbier Ski Resort:
For Beginners

There are three large beginners areas accessible from town at les Moulin for the Kids Club and Esserts and La Rouge at village level which are serviced by a drag lifts. These are on the route of the ski bus and there’s pick up/drop off parking right next to these lifts.

Well done, Verbier!

This convenience was well thought through.

It was remarkable the number of nannies milling around the bus routes with their little charges.

Verbier Ski Resort:
For Intermediates

We found the resort extensive with lots of variety, with the majority of runs graded at intermediate level.

Verbier Ski Resort:
For Experienced Skiers

There was a good black run, starting from the top of the mountain at Mont Fort. It’s a very long run all the way from the top to the bottom at Siviez. The piste was steep and fast and although it was graded a black run, on the day we were skiing, it was well groomed, which made it a red.

Greppon Blanc in the next valley had terrific skiing.

You’ll find a massive mogul field part way down Chassoure on the way to village of Thyon. We’re fond of bumps as our daughter specializes in moguls and had great fun on this impressively large mogul field.

The Village of Siviez

This was an interesting village you can ski to. It’s two valleys across from Verbier.  Siviez is a village built on both sides of a river. This village can be accessed by road and there was parking in the areas under the main bridge. We noticed multi-storey apartment buildings and hotels.

The Town

The town had a consistent Savoie look and feel to it with architecture of dark, heavy timbered buildings. Town planning’s clearly controlled new development as this design seemed to be standard with new residential buildings and even the retail and commercial areas had this “Savoie” feel.

Accomodation in Verbier is mainly in chalets, given the restricted size of the savoie style buildings.

I understand Verbier has a reputation for being a swanky, elite resort, a favoured destination for wealthy tourists. I noted street advertising targeted this market with advertisments for Swiss personal bankers. The British Royalty seem to enjoy their winter holidays here, with Fergie, Prince Andrew and the girls snapped by the paparazzi at Verbier.

The shops are well "dressed" and has the expected range of shopping for the higher-end clientelle. However, there appeared to be a lack of variety.

Here is google's map of Verbier's main Place Centrale.The Medran cable car is to the south-east of the Tourist Office.

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Verbier Ski Resort:
Other activites

Off piste activities include:
• Heli skiing
• Snow shoeing
• Para gliding
• Museum and Art Gallery at Hammeau

I walked and explored the town from Hammeau to the centre of town.

There’s an excellent restaurant with fantastic views located right next to the Les Creux lift. It has a large outdoor terrace with lovely linen and table ware. I stopped here for a hot chocolate and admired the wonderful view.

Verbier Ski Resort:
Our Favourite Aspect

While Verbier was large, nonetheless and we found it easy to “tour” around Verbier’s 4 valleys and had a taste for the ski resort.

Top Tip

Because Verbier is expansive, take care to watch the time so that you’re able to ski back in time to get the Medran back before it closes for the day.

Verbier Ski Resort:
Overall Impression

It’s bigger than you’d think. The majority of the pistes are graded for intermediates, but there’s so much of the resort to explore. We’d recommend starting the ski day earlier to maximize skiing and exploring Verbier.

This resort is ideal for family skiing holidays.

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