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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December 21, 2009
Wes from Ski Canada Canada
Some British people can't ski and that is why they don't like Verbier. It is one of the best all around resorts in the World and the nightlife is unparalleled. If you don't like Verbier you should probably still be in Britain.
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!
November 27, 2009
charlie b from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Verbier is definatley overated is my opinion, not well signed and big queues and they are big all of the time. The high point about Verbier is that the snow quality can be good. My suggestion is that if you want to take a good skiing holiday/break go to a French resort, somewhere which barely has queues such as the Grand Massif or Serre Chevaliar. Also Three Valleys has fantastic skiing. It can get busy at times, my favourite is Samoens in the Grand Massif, no queues, empty slopes, great off-pisting. My only advice is to avoid half-term school week.
November 02, 2009
SimomB from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
Verbier is definately overated. It is much more fun to spend half the day on a bus in Chamonix, not to mention the thrill of all the flat runs of the Three Vallees. It is strange why so many of the worlds best riders have based themselves here for so many years and many of the major events like the Verbier ride, Carlsberg high five and O'neil/Swatch extreme are held here. Just don't get the attraction.
October 03, 2009
Tom Amble from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
The Verbier and 4Vallees ski area has some of the most challenging and enjoyable terrain I have come across. The lift system may be stretched at certain times during the season but careful planning and timing mean that any inconvenience can be minimised. I have walked to an empty lift at 9am New Years Day and had freshies all day. The easy access to blindingly good off-piste and itinerary routes more than makes up for a handful of older lifts. The one weakness is the snowpark at Verbier which, despite recent investment, remains very limited but Thyon at the far end of the 4Vallees has one of the best parks in the Alps and Nendaz Burton Progression park has something for every level of skier/rider. Very good skiers and snowboarders could spend many winters at Verbier and not exhaust the possibilities.
April 20, 2009
Mark wood from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went to Verbier for a day trip from a week in Chamonix. My impression (comparing with Chamonix and 3 Vallees)is that there is a terrible lift system; it kept stopping. The valleys are badly linked and impossible to fathom out (in a day at least). Not particularly good restaurants and poor customer service (not the people - the set up). Skiing is ok at Verbier but poorly signposted pistes and bad layout meant we kept ending up back at the same place. French skiing is so much better.
April 05, 2009
James Kelsey from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I first skied at Verbier when I was 5 years old and I have re-visited the resort regularly over the last twenty years. Like all resorts it has its pros and cons but, overall, I find it a very enjoyable place to be. There is no need to moan about the company here. Wherever you find a gathering of people you will find good and bad. The skiing here at Verbier is certainly sufficient for all levels.
April 03, 2009
faye mcadamy from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
Verbier is definitely overrated. I wouldn't bother going if I were you. Go to France with all the rest of the intermediate Brits who think caning red pistes for a week once a year makes them expert skiers. The 3 valleys is a much better option.
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.