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.

Show all 35 ratings

December 10, 2015
Clément from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
Verbier is a great ski resort and one of my favorites in Switzerland. Excellent slopes & equipments, fantastic playground for freeriders, greatest après-ski in town, easy transportation.
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!
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.
January 15, 2006
Big Scottish Baby from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
Get fit, take a couple of lessons and stop looking down on others with different backgrounds. Verbier is an inclusive resort were the mountain is the leveller and you can slpash the cash as much as you like but your getting no kudos till you get up the top. And where do you people drink? Its £2.80 a pint in Verbier and thats the same as UK and a load less than France.
January 17, 2006
Richard Sroson from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
From the reviews on this website gives me mixed feeling especially the one written last year which are on the second page. I think the crowds are a lot better now the lifts have been updated and i'm sure you will be able to find a quiet run even on peak season (Febuary). If you go there you have to try out the chondola which is a new lift with is a mixture of chair lifts and gondolas (try the chair it is the quietest and the fastest chair there since it is going at gondola speed). Don't let the bad reviews put you off this resort because it hasn't put me off and I'm going there in April (can't wait). If your going there on the first week of April and want to find me just look for the best skier on the slopes (lol). Verbier here I come.
April 05, 2015
Andre from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
Snow forecast is great for exactly that. However, the visitor review section is, quite frankly, a complete joke. The 'reviews' are often neither accurate or useful. They simply provide an outlet for prejudice and intolerance. I assume the contributors are also hoping to alienate potential skiers from the resort so that they can have a little more space on the slopes to themselves. Whoever edits the content should be highly embarrassed that they are so out of touch with what is going on. PS I believe Verbier is a great resort, with the potential to be even better. It just needs Televerbier to stick to their core business rather than think they can also run mountain restaurants! [note from the editor: we need to rely on the honesty of reviewers as we are unable to stay abreast of all conditions/changes at all our listed resorts! Your review is one such critique which could help edit relevant reviews so only sincere words are displayed.]
February 07, 2006
P from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went there this Sunday. Left Verbier at 10am, skied non stop for 3.5 hours until we got to the end of the 4 Vallées at Heremence, a little icy but the sun softened the snow. Amazing panorama skiing by the different landscapes. Ate at a nice restaurant "Les Chottes" on the return. Just got back in time to grab one of the last lifts up to Lac de Vaux at 4pm - what at day!
February 07, 2006
ian robinson from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just got back from skiing Verbier but stayed in a litte gem of a place called Nendaz. Check out the report I've put on there, you can ski the Verbier area without the high costs (and the busy bars if you are family orientated). The area is just great. But do look up Nendaz!
February 15, 2006
Paul M (Romford, UK) from Ski United Kingdom 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!!
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!!