Visitor reviews for Verbier Ski Resort

Verbier Ratings

Overall: 4.1. Based on 80 votes and 95 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: 4.2

(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: 3.7

(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: 4.7

(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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May 31, 2013
Andrew from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
I think a reviewer's comments are rather counter-productive. You just scared off the very people you would like to attract. If the Brits were that bad, no doubt the local police would send them packing fairly quickly. And don't think it's just the British - get any group together on holiday with drink and 2000 metres altitude and you have a recipe for trouble. Try visiting Austria to meet some rowdy Germans. Also one needs to understand that there are different norms in different countries. For instance, the things Swiss and Germans do in lift queues would get one kicked out of any supermarket or pub in Britain. My own experience is that Swiss of a certain age are sadly lacking in tolerance but are very quick to take your money. One special peculiarity is that the Swiss have the most sensitive ears in the world as any noise is like torture to them. Then once you understand the local dialect, you quickly find many have views which are nowadays almost unique on foreigners, women and gays. And sorry, but 99% of French hotel breakfasts really are crap - frankly, very few hotels make an effort. Often they have had it too easy for too long, so people without money to burn choose to go to places like Italy where nothing is too much trouble. Anyway, rant over. Personally, I find staying at home gets me a good breakfast, then driving 30 minutes to my local resort is pretty good compared with being fleeced by the Romands.
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.
March 30, 2013
Kevin L from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
Great site - accurate, informative, well-laid out. One correction: take into account the change to daylight savings time in providing this coming week's sunrise and sunset.
March 26, 2013
Kara from Oz from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
I love skiing in Verbier; have been coming for the last 12 years. Have been to other resorts as well but this is my favourite. Depending on when you come you can get great/poor snow, busy/quiet lifts, expensive/cheap accommodation. We are here for two weeks right now - have had extraordinary powder for a couple days and otherwise lovely snow, no queuing on any lift (at all), cheap (catered) accommodation. Plus now we have a baby and the nannies are brilliant. My view is that Verbier is for intermediate and advanced skiers with the itinery & off-piste being the most challenging and satisfying places to ski. Guides are essential to make the most of the place. Like everywhere - skiing is an expensive past time, I think I spent the same on a trip to NZ a few years back (and it was no where near as good).
March 16, 2013
Martin Kahn from Ski South Africa South Africa
Super slopes, views, snow and the worst value food in the world. Not one decent restaurant on the entire circuit-try Zermatt, Courchevel, any tier 5 resort in Italy and you will eat better.
March 08, 2013
Carall from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
What a shame. I once owned a chalet here and I was looking forward to the return, disaster. The antiquated lift system is beyond a joke compared with other famous resorts. I have never taken so long before the first turn of the day. I had heard it was becoming a joke as a weekend resort for tax exiles, many I believe do not support the skiing but just own property. The old haunts still exist but are shabby and forlorn. A few new bars have emerged but were dismal. They appear just to be for the English seasonaires. The off-piste is still appealing but far too many are skiing without guides. One young man thought having a transponder would keep him alive. Alas I shall continue to ski elsewhere, higher, better value and a lot sexier.
January 02, 2013
Paul M from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Wow, can't believe I wrote the below 7 years ago now and it can still be found on the site reviews. Since my last post here in 2006, the lads and I have been back to Verbier almost every year and are visiting again on 23rd Feb 2013 for the yearly bash. Let me say I just cannot wait, Verbier with its superb slopes and equally superb apres/nightlife just hits the spot like nowhere else. What a place, what a buzz. Look out Verbier here we come (again)!! February 15, 2006 Paul M (Romford, UK) from United Kingdom I've read all these reviews and believe me the people who slate the resort obviously are too stuck up and don't know how to have a good time on ski/board holiday. Me and my mates are going back (for the 9th time on Feb 25 '06) and we cannot wait. It is without doubt the best resort for everything....skiing & boarding, off-piste, apres, nightlife etc etc that we've ever been too. Skied for 22 years and for the past 6 years, boarding, and I can honestly say I've been most places, Zermatt, Whistler, Saas Fee, Chamonix, Meribel, Mayrhoffen etc etc and no where even comes close to Verbier. I cannot rate it highly enough and is the only place I've been back to more than once. DO NOT hesitate in taking your hols there if you're young (I'm 35 now though and still love it) and are looking for a great time both on the slopes and into the early hours!!
December 06, 2012
Jason Lajoie from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
Verbier is an excellent choice for those who like more challenging terrain to ski and snowboard. It offers some of the best lift accessible off-piste riding in the world. There are plenty of easier pistes and gentle off-piste areas as well. Verbier should not be confused with The 4 Valleys. Verbier is maintaining itself as a world class resort with top quality accommodations and amenities as well as state-of-the-art lift technologies. The other, smaller resorts connected by The 4 Valleys lift network are using antiquated lifts and offer much less in terms of terrain. They are better suited for families on a budget as they can access Verbier by lift...in time...if their lifts are working. Currently Verbier is undergoing a transition in it's parking/vehicle access situation. Like all transitions Swiss, it's going to take a hell of a long time to sort itself out. Before one could drive up to Verbier and if lucky, or early enough, find a parking spot right near its main lift. Now there is a gigantic chalet/shopping area/plaza taking that parking's place. It's been under construction for a good two years now and still isn't finished. If you are staying in Verbier the buses can get you where you need to go. If you're staying down in the valley the lift up will get you there. Don't let any negative reviews of Verbier's current state of parking transition turn you away from this first rate, world class resort. These comments are from those who've been used to parking somewhere convenient and now they have to change their habits and are annoyed. Life is full of changes, some of us can deal with them better than others. It will all work itself out for the best in the end. It always does:)
November 28, 2012
Dave adeane from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
Probably the greatest ski resort in the world... Superb off-piste, some fabulous ski touring, not to mention the fact that some of the best and most experienced ski guides in the world are based here. Yes, of course it's expensive. In fact it's incredibly expensive. But so is buying a Ferrari or living in central London. It's bizarre to hear people complain about the cost of skiing here; if you can't afford it go ski in Romania and stop bellyaching about it. Finally, ski guides here are about chf 500 per day. This is one of the greatest bargains on earth. These guys will take you to some of the most extraordinary places on earth and put their lives at risk to keep you safe. Almost no clients know how to use avalanche transceivers properly, so if your guide gets caught in an avalanche he's toast. On the other hand if you get caught your guide will dig you out in minutes. I pay my lawyer chf 600 per hour and he doesn't risk his life for my benefit. And it only took him 5 years to qualify, rather than 10 years for a guide. So, in conclusion, give Verbier a try. It will be expensive, but you'll find some of the best skiing, heli-skiing and ski touring on earth. However, if you're on a budget and just want to cane red runs and get on and off super-fast ski lifts go to Meribel, Val etc, etc.
March 23, 2012
nigel carson from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have to agree on earlier postings. Verbier is living on an outdated reputation. It is poorly connected, ridiculously expensive and frankly doesn't come into my top 5 resorts. The skiing might be very good but I would like to ski rather than spend my time on (the admittedly excellent) ski buses.