Visitor reviews for Verbier Ski Resort

Verbier Ratings

Overall: 4.1. Based on 83 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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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.
March 19, 2012
Ray from Ski United States United States
Just to add to another reviewers comments. If I were restricted to one area the rest of my life, Verbier and the other connected stations, would be one of my top 5 places. The variety of terrain is second to none. With a little foresight it is very easy to move around the 4 Valleys; however, it is not a place to be if you want or need to have your hand held. As someone mentioned a few years ago, Verbier and environs has enough lines to keep one busy a lifetime. [note from the editor: names are not included in the reviews]
March 13, 2012
JT from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
There has been a sudden flurry of very negative postings about Verbier. I would like to give some context. 4 Valleys - someone has commented on how badly linked the 4 Valleys are, including the quality of the lifts. I think this is fair - but NOT in a posting on Verbier. To be clear, Verbier is resort with a modern lift system and access to some of the most challenging skiing in the world. It has exceptional lift-accessible off-piste possibilities. It is PART OF the 4 Valleys pass system including a number of other villages, the biggest being Nendaz. The quality of lifts and skiing in those resorts does not match Verbier standards, but they are generally much cheaper for accommodation. Unfortunately, there has been some very dubious marketing. Because of the attractions and reputation of Verbier, "Nendaz (4 Vallee)" has become "Nendaz (Verbier)" has become "Verbier (Nendaz)". This is nonsense, and very unfair on people who book one thinking they are getting the other. This is especially true because when the snow is very heavy, and Verbier has an amazing powder day, the connections to Nendaz, Siviez etc might well be closed. However, it has nothing to do with Verbier's attractions and Verbier gains little from it. Very few skiers come to Verbier with the plan to roam over the 4 Valleys - if they do, they are missing the point. There are also some very negative postings about the parking situation. Verbier has been growing and developing and has now reached the point where it is not realistic to drive to the lifts. The car parks have been closed for redevelopment, but also to stop people making the lift area congested. There have been discussions in the Commune about becoming pedestrianised etc - everything has been democratically debated and decided (by those who have a vote in the Commune). Unfortunately, there are some people who don't like it and consider it their human right to drive up to the lifts. Unfortunately, that's life. For me, the Commune is being too restrained in enforcing the new rules - but for sure they are tightening. For those who find the buses "unpleasant", they will need to find a solution in the future that works for them. But expecting to drive up to the lift like in 1971, in a village which is now many times bigger, was never an option. None of this has anything to do with alleged arrogance, greed or nastiness of Verbier people - I think those comments are very unkind. There's always room for improvement - but my experience (as a chalet owner) is that Verbier has wonderful people who are managing to deal with the popularity of their village rather well. If you are an expert (or at least ambitious) skier, and can cope with the strong Swiss franc, come and enjoy an amazing resort. You won't be disappointed.
March 07, 2012
john godley from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Overrated, over priced, tired! 4 valleys it is not. 3 valleys at a push, with poor inadequate links between ski areas. Lift systems are 20 years out of date, breaking down regularly. Lots of waiting in queues. Apres is a rip off and we will certainly never go back.
March 05, 2012
Edward Courage from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We've had a chalet in Verbs since 1971, and agree with M.Grahams comments about the farcical situation since the Mederan lift car park was sold, and before proper drop off and other parking was provided. I understand the Savoleyres buildings and car park has also been sold after the 40year old lift was declared unsafe, this will leave Verbier skiers only street parking, or shanks' pony. Televiebier (being stupid) suggest Verbier skiers with cars who are staying in the village, a 30km round trip to Le Chable. Well, that's a good wheeze. Hey. Well done again Televiebier...
February 07, 2012
M Graham from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
The greed and arrogance of Televerbier and the powers that be in Verbier has now produced the farcical situation where having built a hotel on the car park of the main lift station (Medran) and banned parking they are now preventing any vehicles other than buses dropping skiers off there. The buses are very overcrowded and unpleasant. I strongly urge people to stay away from Verbier until they build the new lift at Les Esserts (promised 5 years ago - still no sign of it at all) and start treating people who use the resort (and pay for it) with just a little bit of respect. The tourist office can only shrug their shoulders and say they are powerless. They have been swamped by complaints. We are strongly considering selling up and moving to a place run by a nicer bunch of people.
January 19, 2012
Jonas Sundstedt from Ski Sweden Sweden
Tjena! My name is Jonas and I first came to Verbier 9 years ago and have remained there since. The place is beautiful with good pistes and challenging off-piste runs (a little too challenging for me!). There are great itinerary runs like Tortin and Gentianes but now I am a little older and heavier, I tend to stick to more comfortable runs like Lac de Vaux. The social and night life is great too and trust me, I know a little about that, having worked as a bar-man in a few bars. My recommendation would be to have plenty of Branca Mentha shots, a true test of your drinking skills. You will bump into many nationalities like Finns (they are crazy!), Scots (they are crazy too) and even Koreans! Hej då
April 18, 2010
Bernardo from Ski Portugal Portugal
I went to Verbier in the Easter break and just loved it. I don't know why people say slope skiing in Verbier is difficult and badly planned. Actually, I found it extremely easy: a lot of red runs should be considered blue and there are black runs which are almost flat. I think the skiing is great, the Savoleyres area has some fantastic slopes down to La Tzoumaz and if you want a little more adventure you can always try the slopes in Thyon, where you will find Piste de L'Ours: a huge olympic run. The scenery in Verbier is probably the most beautiful I have already seen. It's much wider and stunning than Val D'Isere and the tree runs that stretch from Les Ruinnetes to Verbier are great when the visibility is bad. As far as the village itself, it has a lot of bars and restaurants, but it is not a traditional and charming village like Val D'Isere or Zermatt. The only thing I dislike about Verbier is the access to the slopes: with such a huge village, you've only got the Medran and de Savoleyres lifts, which, in the high season, can be absolutely crowded. You can stay for like an hour in the queue before taking the lift, it's just awful. Overall, if you are an intermediate ou advanced skier, Verbier is a fantastic place for you. Although expensive, the endless slopes and the fantastic aprés-ski will make your trip just worth it.
April 06, 2010
Andrew from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
If you can ski well, Verbier is a fantastic resort. It has more options of off-piste than any other major European resort, and the off-piste is amazing. The pistes are good. Yes, the connections are sometimes hard to get to but really not very problematic if you can read a map. The snow is generally good, there are plenty of modern lifts especially in the main Verbier region. Mont Fort Pub and Farinet have both been voted the best apres-ski in Europe in the past, Farinet most recently. The night life is very, very good, even though the clubs themselves don't really start going until 1 or 2. There are plenty of good bars and pubs to visit beforehand. For eating out there are a lot of very good restaurants, offering cheaper and more expensive options, local specialties and more modern European cuisine. Overall, Verbier is expensive, but roughly in line with most European resorts. The weak pound makes everything very expensive at the moment. A 6 day pass in Verbier, Morzine, the three valleys, the Arlberg, will all cost more or less 200 pounds if you include insurance. It is up to you where you think you get the best skiing for your money - Verbier is well worth it in my opinion.
February 28, 2010
broke skier from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went on Feb 20th to Nandez. Great snow, plenty of on-piste and off-pieste, too many drag lifts, night life doesn't start till after 11pm, virtually no apres-ski, £10 for a bowl of soup on the slopes in Verbier!! 2 euros per night tourism tax, whats that all about? Austria for me every time.