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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February 20, 2006
Grant B from Ski South Africa South Africa
I am at Verbier at present on a 10 day holiday, was last here in 1991. I have skied Madona in Italy, St Moritz, St Anton, Sela Ronda Italy. Today was some of the finest skiing I have ever done, conditions were perfect, new snow, sun shining, does it get any better? Night life is great, people friendly, and not crowded. This is the only resort I have returned to in 25 yrs of skiing. Give it a try you will not be disappointed.
August 02, 2006
Robin Q from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Done 2 seasons in verbier and returning in december for number 3.... its an epic place to be - a vast amount of skiing, still after 2 seasons there is plenty i haven't had the time to do. Nightlife is great, atmosphere is great, life in verbier is always great.
October 24, 2006
sixpack from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
There's just something about this place that makes it a great place to go. It just has a combination of ski & apres-ski that works incredibly well. I'm a western canadian skier - the north west pacific is probably the best ski region in the world - and am not easily impressed. Chamonix is a bit of a pain, has bad weather and is so so busy; espace killy is a bit mild and unadventurous; maybe val d'isere has good local stuff, but its full of brits; meribel is excellent but again too full of brits and not as 'international'. Southern alps and italy is just dull skiing. The multi-national aspect makes verbier better than most places. Sorry, but I don't really want to go to a resort full of Brits when I'm on holiday. It is however getting more pricey now, and some of the many rich-kids are becoming a serious pain in the a*s in the evening (generally at weekends). Can anyone tell me what the snow is like at New Year ?
November 23, 2006
Robert Perris from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
Great skiing, but if you want to get away from the crowds start at Veysonnaz or Nendaz, or even Les Collons. The furthest of these resorts (Les Collons) is about two hours skiing away from Verbier. It doesn't have much nightlife at all, but it's a great family place where the snow and slopes are great, but if you want to head over to Verbier and ski, you can, although it's worthwhile to stay the night in Verbier if you choose to do this.
January 01, 2007
Fiona Smith from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Well after readng other peoples feedback i am a amazed. Verier is one of the best Ski resorts in the world. There is a good mixture of people and americans love it there which says something. We stayed close to the main lift which is a must. The walk up the hill almost finishes you off especially if you enjoy the nightlife. I have never queued and I have been there 3 years in a row. I agree that sometimes the people there can be a bit snobby but live and let live. We are fortunate today that package deals allow us the opportunity to stay in these top resorts. I love the chalet we stayed in the host tried really hard to please and it is great fun living with strangers for a week,its abit like Big Brother. December is cold but Verbier never dissapoints and the Farinet Bar is a must.I would highly recommend it to anyone. Suits all ages and pockets,something for everybody.
February 11, 2007
Patrick Donoghue from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Me and 10 friends just got back from a week in Verbier and it is fair to say that the resort must rate as one of the best in Europe. We went just after a medium snow fall so I guess we didn't see the very best of the conditions, non the less there is plenty to go at and plenty of hits and drops to play around on. There is a lot of talk about this being an expensive resort and I guess if you want to get rid of your money it can be!! If you go to the right places food and beer is only the same or slightly more expensive than home. Hit the Wonderbar for all the footie and rubgy matches with decent priced drinks. I'm a boarder who loves North American resorts for the terrain and general feel when you're riding (no pushing in lines and no crazy skiers hell bent on going 5 times faster than their ability). Verbier is the closet I've seen to The US Feel with a good quality of rider and lack of rude people. We bumped into Richard Branson whilst we were there so I guess if it's good enough for him its good enough for us mere mortals. Go if you can. You'll love it.
February 12, 2007
Adeline from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just come back from Verbier. Went there with my friend and stayed with a friend...haven't had that much fun in sooo long! Skiing was amazing. If you're a beginner, I'd even say have lessons before you go if you've got a dry slope nearby just to pick up the basics. Because once you're there, it can be pretty frustrating not being able to do your own thing on the slopes! I agree with someone else who commented on it being expensive, you spend as much as you've got. If you've got money to burn, go crazy! It you're budgeting a wee bit more, then drink b4 you go out (big bottle of smirnoff 19 CH francs, BARGAIN!) and just find the right paces to go! Casbah Saturday nights-hedkandi! Wicked music, and everyones really cool and chilled out. People aren't really snobby or stuck up, just get so people with a ridiculous amount of money so hey, what ya gonna do! Meet as many people as you can, because guaranteed they'll be the maddest and most fun people you'll meet in a long time!!
April 13, 2007
Fred from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
After 10 years avoiding Verbier I went back 2 weeks ago and it just confirmed my past impressions: with the exception of Mont-Fort and Tortin (which are great), the slopes are highly overrated: if you like to queue at the bottom of short, overcrowded and uninteresting runs, just go there... Village has become ugly : I just don't like this resort and realize I never will!
November 13, 2007
Duncan Laidler from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I agree with the last comment!! Led to believe this would be a great resort for my inter/advanced skiing but was very disappointed on my visit in 2007. Lift system and links not a patch on the larger French resorts and crowded runs leading down to the town. Traversing the whole resort can take a good while and, if you are just average, lifts are required to go downhill. Overpriced for ski snobs who have to be seen in trendy bars with average skiing.
January 28, 2008
SAM from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
Verbier has super views, good snow and is a short drive from anywhere in western Switzerland. It is also Brit infested and the mountain restaurants are hopeless compared to Cervinia, Zermatt, Cortina. Lately, the Brits and Russians have arrived and they are very arrogant and unpleasant.