Visitor reviews for Verbier Ski Resort

Verbier Ratings

Overall: 4.1. Based on 88 votes and 96 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.5

(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: 4.7

(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: 3.8

(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: 4.5

(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: 3.1

(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: 4.1

(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 05, 2009
A Johnson from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
How can the off-piste of Verbier be compared with the trois vallees, Val or Tignes? (Chamonix not included.) I revisited the 3 Valleys in 2007 after a long sojourn away. The apres-ski is fantastic but the pistes suddenly seemed very tame. You can ski a long way but it's all a bit cruisey. When friends, who regularly ski Courcheval, came to Verbier with us their comment was 'wow, we just don't get terrain like this' and as for Savoleyres on a powder day, no one else seems to know about it at all. Then there's Bruson and Vicheres. Last year I skied for a day all by myself; every time in fresh powder tracks The Medran does get busy, especially on a powder day. I'm all for keeping Verbier the best kept ski secret in the Alps.
January 25, 2009
James Collingwood (13) from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have been to Verbier for the past 2 years and will be going again this Feb. It tends to get very busy in half-term so it is good to get up to the Medran or Savoleyres lift at 9:00. Also the main run back to Verbier can get extremely busy in late afternoon and get quite treacherous. There are some great runs over at Nendaz and Veysonnez especially the world cup run, though it takes a while to make your way across the lift system because there are a few drags and you have to go down if you want to get across. There are a few challenging blacks including Tortin (an unmarked run in the bowl above Tortin itself) and the run down from Mont Fort. Both holidays I have been on, we have gone across the valley to Bruson which is a small ski area, but is good for escaping the crowds of Verbier. Overall, it is a good resort with plenty of challenging runs, and enough of them.
January 23, 2009
Martin from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Due to the fact that Verbier is a very popular resort and only 1hr 45min from Geneva and with a glacier you are always going to find that there are times when it is busy. The only answer I have is to make sure that you are at the lift station early and you should be fine. Verbier is clearly different from the rest of the 4 Valleys and yes, the lift system is pretty awful when you go down towards Thyon; too much time traversing and not enough skiing time. Hopefully the lifts will improve over time. The run down to Verbier from Ruinette is bad: it does funnel and can get scary for those not used to it. I take the lift if I am coming down; no point in doing the path. The other way down to avoid this area is to bear right and ski off to Carreforre and then ski down the golf course (le rouge) and catch a bus (free) there. Savoleyres is fabulous. Unsung and actually more scenic than the main mountain. It offers great off-piste through the trees and the longest run in the resort down to La Tsoumaz. It's north facing and can get icy but is good for all skiers. If you are of a good standard the off-piste is some of the best in Europe. Having skied there for 9 years I am constantly amazed at the new off-piste runs that are available. Also the ski pass covers Super Grand Saint Bernard so if you want to get away from the crowds it is worth the 35 minute drive. Now it is fair to say that Verbier is for skiers and not in anyway like Aspen or Gstaad. No fur coats and a great deal of apres-ski. Also the food has little to offer either on or off the slopes. You would have thought that a resort like Verbier would have food like Zermatt. Sorry to disappoint but the food is generally very boring; the same no matter where you eat and very expensive due to the exchange rate as well as them putting the price up. On the Savoleyres side there is the best Tarte aux Pommes in the resort at Chez Simon. Marmotte and Nameste on the south side of Savolyers has food that is good and they are friendly. Carrefore is always good but is pricey. On the Medran side it is a disaster. Ruinette has been redone and upstairs is more posh than it should be. Olympic is too expensive but the food fair. My advice would be to get a baggette and cheese and ham and have lunch on the go. Save your money for going out in the evening. All said and done - go for the skiing not the food. But a better off-piste resort in Europe (than Verbier) I do not know. Martin
January 21, 2009
Lewis family from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Go to any big name ski resort at main holiday times and you will experience long lift queues and unruly behaviour on the pistes. As for 'Ruperts and Tiffanies' well I'm afraid you can find them everywhere and doesn't that make you the snob for complaining about them - I have skied with worse types and not all English. We were in Verbier early January and for only 4 days. We stayed in Le Chable - we're a bit past the nightlife scene. We have been skiing for the past 30+ years and found Verbier had a great variety of pistes, both on and off and a good place to try off-piste and 'itineraire a ski' some of the trails were fun. I agree, not the choice or the links of the Trois Vallees but for a few days there was more than enough choice. The Portes du Soleil is linked very well. The lifts were fine, I didn't come across one drag or t-bar and nearly half the chair lifts took more than 2. Although some do need upgrading. The beauty for me was the ability of getting to the top of the mountain and being able to ski back to the village a variety of ways without having to take another lift. The Savoyleyres area is brilliant for beginners through to intermediate, there is not a big choice of pistes, but they are long enough to warm you up. The down side could be to get from the Medran to Savoleyres, but the bus link was almost every minute. The ski from Savoyleyres to the Medran lift was lovely and skiable for most skiers. The other issue is that all the runs into Verbier seem to end on one piste and chanelled to a 'funnel'. I can see that being a problem at peak times. Also the lift pass is expensive and food on the pistes pricey, but that wasn't helped by the exchange rate, if we could have got the usual 2.2 francs to the pound it wouldn't have seemed too bad. A tip - get a Nationwide card, don't select the pay in sterling option and you will get a better rate. On arrival home found we'd got a rate of 1.67 instead of the 1.47 that was on offer at the banks before we left the UK. Also if you draw out cash you don't get charged commission, but remember you do need to have the money in your account before you go. Its a debit not a credit card.
January 21, 2009
Gspot from Ski Italy Italy
Verbier is the Jackson Hole of the Alps. It gathers skiers, boarders, telemarkers, riders of any locations from the UK to Italy and Scandinavia and the US; in short it is a Mecca, a special place blessed by the Mountain gods. Amazing scenery, great heli terrain, sensational off-piste and the Nevai and the Farm club. Go to Courchevel or concrete galore in Val Thorens to be abused by overweight French waiters but leave Verbier to all of us, from 18 year old to senile. We just love the place. By the way, Verbier has the best guides in Europe, like in Jackson Hole. They should twin these 2 resorts in an eye blink. Whistler, Jackson, Squaw, La Grave, Chamonix; Verbier is part of this exclusive club for real mountain people who like to have fun.
January 18, 2009
nikke smith from Ski Finland Finland
Verbier is so fun. I came here 8 years ago and now I cannot leave. I love to snowboard and this is the best place I have been. I work at Number 1 Sports which is a great ski rental and retail shop near the main lift. If anyone needs any help in Verbier I am always available and feel I have a lot of useful information to give.
December 11, 2008
Dan woods from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
I have just spent an amazing couple of days in Verbier where the snow conditions were some of the best I've experienced for this time of year. I was lucky enough to have a snowboard lesson with es-ride snowboard school. They are a new school and really seem to be pushing snowboard coaching in Verbier. The bars in town seemed to be better than ever with lots of new watering holes. Verbier really is the best place to ride.
December 05, 2008
Lottie from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I am absolutely amazed at the amount of negative comments about this amazing resort. True, Verbier is full of snobs but surely that is better than a selection of unruly yobs, like you can get in so many resorts. The skiing at Verbier is awesome, off-piste especially, as it has a wide range of routes. The nightlife is also incredible, dancing on the bar in Farinet apres-ski on to Pub Mont Fort and then down to Casbar. It just doesn't get any better. I did a season here at Verbier and ran a top chalet so trust me there are plenty of idiots around the resort but don't let that take away the true charm of the place. It's fantastic and I would give anything to go back for longer than a week. Seriously, ignore some of those negative comments. Rubbish.
August 23, 2008
Shirley & Jackie from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Ok - many skiing / winter reveiws for beautiful Verbier - we thought it was high time for some summer positivity. We have been very fortunate to be able to come to this wonderful hoilday venue for the past 4 summers. August in Verbier provides the fantastic extremes of experiences. One day you can be lazing, swimming and sunbathing by the amazing outdoor pool - viewing spectacular diving displays by the young - the next day attempting to scale the scary heights of Pierre Avio. In between are many miles of extraordinary and peaceful walking during which there are welcoming, friendly restaurants (a special thank you to Le Carrfoure and Le Marlena to name just two). In addition the superb activiteis - cheesemaking (the best), valley tours, bread making (even though it was actually for children, sunrise at Mont Fort (what a breakfast) - are all part of what makes Verbier very special. It is, of course, primarily a high class skiing resort, but my skiing days are way over, I therefore feel very privileged to be able to enjoy the summer pleasures of what Verbier also has to offer. All in all, I can think of few places on earth where the soul is so healed by beauty, peace and challenge. Thank you Verbier - we love you!
April 15, 2008
Verbierexpat from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
The author of the rather inflammatory April post should remember that Verbier, like much of the Alps, is not purpose built to get one from point A to point B the quickest way - that in part is the charm of the Swiss Alps. Head to North America if you want a decent purpose built resort. Also avoid Easter if you don't want to wait in line or get to the Medran lift early like the rest of us. For the most part Verbier is not crowded outside of Christmas/New Years, February Ski Week and of course Easter.