• Twilight over Verbier.
  • Lift at Verbier.
  • Slope and chalets at Verbier.

Gateway City: Geneva
Transfer Time: 2.5 hours
Via: 1st & 2nd Class Rail

Beginner: 33%
Intermediate: 42%
Expert: 25%


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  • A Best of the Alps Resort
  • Chic Shopping
  • Casino
  • English Spoken
  • Expensive
  • Family Resort
  • Fine Food
  • Fly Luggage
  • Glacier Express
  • Haute Route
  • High Season Lines
  • Long Season
  • Lots to do
  • No Cars
  • Olympic Resort
  • Party Town
  • Skier's Resort
  • Summer Skiing
  • Very Scenic
  • World Cup Races
  • X Country


One may not be aware, but Verbier, Switzerland’s only purpose-built resort, dates to the late 1,400s when the Castle de Verbier was destroyed by war. Today its ruins are being restored. The first skiers tried the sloping pastures in 1925. Switzerland picked Verbier’s sunny plateau as a ski resort in 1946. Today it’s a favorite for party people, who take their skiing very seriously, many from the UK, so language is not a problem. Verbier’s built in a modern châlet style, compactly developed making it easy for those who flock here to get to the lifts, bars, shops, restaurants, sports center, late night bars, or everywhere, whether by foot or the free buses.

The resort sits at the bottom of a bowl dominated by Mont-Fort and Monte-Gélé. In the midst of ‘Les 4 Vallées,’ it has just an incredible amount of skiing. There are 255 miles of trails serviced by 95 lifts including the Chondola a gondola-chair combo between La Chaux and Les Ruinettes, a 6-seater at La Chaux, a 30 person high speed gondola above Medran, and the 150 passenger Mont-Fort cable car. The newest one, Les Ailletes to Mont-Gélé’s free-ride heaven, replaces the resort’s oldest installation. The many experts take their chances on Monte-Gélé or Lac des Vaux. Those finishing Tortin’s 3,000-foot vertical of bumps have a gondola or cable car to whisk tired bodies back to Verbier.  Intermediates are happy at Ruinettes or Savoleyres. Débutants can begin just above the village. The more adventurous can ski a day in Chamonix or Courmayeur or try the ‘Super St. Bernard’ to Italy. In April, the most experienced can do the four day haute route to Zermatt and Chamonix. It’s an Epic Pass partner with five days of skiing while staying in specific hotels and was awarded Switzerland’s best resort for a second year by World Ski Awards.

Hotels in Verbier


  • Superior

Verbier was transformed in the past several years with the opening of some top quality hotels, starting with the Châlet d’Adrien. Then came the triumvirate: the Nevai, Cordée des Alpes and the W. The Cordée opened in 2012 with 20 guest rooms and 12 apartments so families, or groups of friends, can easily be accommodated. Architecturally it is in a modern rustic châlet style using weathered wood and local stone. Some apartments have fireplaces and all have slate baths. In the lounge is a display of antique mountaineering equipment from the mid-1850s. The Cinq Mondes spa has a large elegant pool with mountain views. To top off a stay, the restaurant adds accolades to Verbier’s reputation of fine dining.

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  • Exterior of Le Chalet D'Adrien at Verbier.
  • Terrace at Le Chalet D'Adrien at Verbier.
  • Pool in Le Chalet D'Adrien at Verbier.
  • Room in Le Chalet D'Adrien at Verbier.


  • Superior
  • michelin
  • chateaux

When the Châlet d’Adrien opened in 2001, Verbier’s hotel dynamics increased by several notches. The luxurious 29-room jewel brought a new, higher dimension to the resort. Chef Mirto Marchesi oversees Le Grenier, the gourmet restaurant, and Table d’Adrien, serving local specialties. Complimenting the hotel’s ski-in panoramas, the renovated and spacious pine-paneled bedrooms take care of all our creature comforts. To further calm body and mind, guests are pampered in the hydrotherapy spa, whirlpool, hammam, sauna, and infinity pool. Owners Brigitte de Turckheim and her husband, Eric Cachart, also have Verbier’s nearby Châlet de Flore.

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