Overview of Verbier Ski Resort
When you take a Verbier ski holiday you’re in one of the world’s best known ski resorts, like Chamonix, famous for its extreme terrain, but also offering ski runs suitable for all. It is an attractive resort of chalet-style buildings located on what is popularly described as a ‘sunny balcony’ above the valley below, although it is a bit of a sloping balcony as the resort is built on a gentle hillside.
Like other famous resorts such as Courchevel and St Moritz, Verbier has a reputation for attracting celebrity guests, in its case the Beckhams are among those reputed to own a chalet here and Richard Branson even owns a luxury chalet, The Lodge, which is rented out to house parties for up to £100,000 a week.
This attraction to the well heeled means that Verbier has a reputation for luxury living, with some designer shops and gourmet restaurants, although perhaps less than in Crans Montana or St Moritz. Prices are typically higher than at less famous resorts too, although as always you can usually shop around to find more affordable shops and restaurants.
Your Verbier ski holiday will be based at one end of the giant 4 Valleys ski area, a linked network of nearly 90 lifts connecting the ski runs above more than half-a-dozen ski villages.
The ski area has nearly 2,200 vertical metres between the highest lifts up on the former summer ski destination of the Mont Fort glacier, and the lowest runs. Although there’s no marked piste, in exceptionally snowy winters some of the world’s longest vertical descents of nearly 2,500 vertical metres are possible down to the valley floor below the village. A quarter of the domain's runs are above Verbier itself, the largest single sector in the region.