Visitor reviews for Verbier Ski Resort

Verbier Ratings

Overall: 4.1. Based on 84 votes and 96 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.6

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Verbier is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.8

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Verbier has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 4.8

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.7

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.1

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Verbier.

Public Transport: 4.4

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Verbier, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 3.9

(1) No places to stay in/near Verbier, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 2.4

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.7

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Verbier.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.0

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.8

(1) There are no child care facilities at Verbier, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.3

(1) Verbier relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.7

(1) There are no snow groomers at Verbier, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Verbier are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.9

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Verbier is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 3.8

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Verbier, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.6

(1) Verbier usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.0

(1) The staff at Verbier are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Verbier are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.4

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.6

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.8

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 3.3

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.4

(1) No intermediate terrain at Verbier, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.9

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 3.7

(1) Not even a kicker at Verbier, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 3.2

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Verbier, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.6

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Verbier has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.2

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.4

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 4.7

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 4.2

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.8

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 4.0

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 3.7

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.8

(1) Overall, Verbier is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 3.5

(1) Overall, Verbier is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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April 25, 2013
Wilhelm from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
I do know Verbier since over 25 years and I do miss the good old time we used to have in Verbier, with an international crowd, without the arrogant Brits who never integrate any country in world they still think that the Victorian empire rules the world. They do it their own way with no respect of anybody but themselves imposing their way of life and do not respect the local traditions, not talking about learning any French. For them it is double Chinese, they expect everybody should speak English. The low end British tour operators brings to Verbier, a bunch of unpolite people just getting drunk not respecting anything, which means a lot of people like Swiss and other nationalities do not come to Verbier anymore. The only important thing for Brits are: I have done Tortin, been to the Farm, got pissed, park anywhere and the local people do not speak English, the English breakfast is just crap etc. Well, Verbier does not need them. For luck, the pound dropped from CHF 2.30 to 1.50, so a lot of them cannot afford to spoil Verbier anymore. Just go somewhere else or try to integrate just a little and respect the other nationalities and local traditions.
January 07, 2018
Stowewoodskier from Ski United States United States
Verbier rocks. It is one of the best hills in the world. If you can rip, it is a must stop on the punch list. If you are lucky enough for pow, it can be a special place. Who cares about the nightlife after 30,000 vertical on a pow day; a cocktail and a bed. You want to party, go to Miami. If you have never tried a tortaflate at the refuge, you have never had heaven for food on a ski hill and for that matter Chez Denny is a great end to a great day. See you on the hill.
December 11, 2008
Dan woods from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
I have just spent an amazing couple of days in Verbier where the snow conditions were some of the best I've experienced for this time of year. I was lucky enough to have a snowboard lesson with es-ride snowboard school. They are a new school and really seem to be pushing snowboard coaching in Verbier. The bars in town seemed to be better than ever with lots of new watering holes. Verbier really is the best place to ride.
November 29, 2005
iAnik from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
I am pretty dissapointed to read such comments; i mean i am 20 and i probably don't see it like u wise guys... what i mean is verbier is a great off piste and after ski place. Sure the prices are high, but not higher than zermatt... it's the price to pay to ski in the YOUNG station of switzerland. Girls are beautiful, snow is great, sellers are sellers: no surprises. Hope we will see u there soon and that the few bad details won't scare u enough to do the mistake of not coming back! see u in pub mt fort!!
November 28, 2005
Diane from Ski Canada Canada
I was there from March 19 to 26, 2005 and had a great time skiing. I found that Verbier offers a great skiing challenge, even though it is not the most beautiful village. There is certainly a lot of action après-ski. I don't recall feeling crowded on the slopes. It depends where you ski. If you ski in the ski-routes and off-piste, there is no crowd. I am going back next March expecting to find at least the same challenge. If you want both, a magic and mythic village and great ski-routes go to Zermatt.
December 01, 2009
Eva from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
There's just a wonderful buzz about Verbier that makes it an absolutely fantastic place to visit. I was shocked at all the negative feedback and can't understand how people dislike the place! Understandably, every resort has its faults - who can say that Chamonix, Val D'isere and Val Thorens are perfect? Verbier offers so much- it accommodates perfectly for a range of skiers and there's always the chance to explore further than just Verbier itself which can be recommended in peak season. However the queues are no more than other resorts in the three valley's for example. The main piste has been mentioned in some negative reviews: the 'motorway' and admittedly some years ago this was very busy, nevertheless in 2008 a new bypass has been created, taking a lot of people off this main slope and now the crowds have died down considerably. I have skied in a range of places but i now can't stop going back to Verbier after 8 years and counting! It's a fantastic resort-gorgeous scenery, fantastic pistes and so much to offer. Surely you'd much rather be in Verbier, a resort always catching the sun than Chamonix in a deep valley which often gets very cold and dark. Of course, as with all other top resorts you'll have some snobs, but all I can say is live and let live. Verbier's an absolutely amazing resort. Ignore any negative comments- it's the best resort I've ever been to, 100% go for it, you wouldn't want to be anywhere else!
December 01, 2009
Michael L from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I skied in Verbier last December and found no queues so not sure that they can be classified as "big all the time". I found Verbier to be an excellent skiers resort - varied terrain, fantastic off piste, great scenery. Didn't get lost once; I think people may have forgotten how to use their sense of direction and adventure and too often opt for a vanilla serving of skiing. I didn't find anything pretentious about the resort either- the skiers are there because they love their skiing, shop staff are friendly and know their stuff. I'm going to be back their in ten days time and I can't wait!
February 22, 2009
Manson from Ski Afghanistan Afghanistan
Verbier has great terrain & awesome gradients. It's just a crying shame about the English speaking locals, they are mostly horribly spoiled and care nothing about anything but themselves. My honest advice is to just go to Verbier for the day.
February 07, 2008
Amy Green from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Going for my second time at the end of March and cannot wait. Went 2 years ago with my now husband (I think I impressed him with my snow boarding skills, not). We went to St Anton last year & it didn't have the same buzz for us. We fell in love with Verbier, the snow, accommodation, bars, restaurants, holiday reps, everything was fab. I would definately recommend the resort. As with all holidays there will always be some who have a bad experience, I would find it hard to think of something bad to say about Verbier. Yes, it can be expensive, but not anymore than you would pay in the UK. It's brilliant, go for it.
August 23, 2008
Shirley & Jackie from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Ok - many skiing / winter reveiws for beautiful Verbier - we thought it was high time for some summer positivity. We have been very fortunate to be able to come to this wonderful hoilday venue for the past 4 summers. August in Verbier provides the fantastic extremes of experiences. One day you can be lazing, swimming and sunbathing by the amazing outdoor pool - viewing spectacular diving displays by the young - the next day attempting to scale the scary heights of Pierre Avio. In between are many miles of extraordinary and peaceful walking during which there are welcoming, friendly restaurants (a special thank you to Le Carrfoure and Le Marlena to name just two). In addition the superb activiteis - cheesemaking (the best), valley tours, bread making (even though it was actually for children, sunrise at Mont Fort (what a breakfast) - are all part of what makes Verbier very special. It is, of course, primarily a high class skiing resort, but my skiing days are way over, I therefore feel very privileged to be able to enjoy the summer pleasures of what Verbier also has to offer. All in all, I can think of few places on earth where the soul is so healed by beauty, peace and challenge. Thank you Verbier - we love you!