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.
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.
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.
November 28, 2012
Dave adeane from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
Probably the greatest ski resort in the world... Superb off-piste, some fabulous ski touring, not to mention the fact that some of the best and most experienced ski guides in the world are based here. Yes, of course it's expensive. In fact it's incredibly expensive. But so is buying a Ferrari or living in central London. It's bizarre to hear people complain about the cost of skiing here; if you can't afford it go ski in Romania and stop bellyaching about it. Finally, ski guides here are about chf 500 per day. This is one of the greatest bargains on earth. These guys will take you to some of the most extraordinary places on earth and put their lives at risk to keep you safe. Almost no clients know how to use avalanche transceivers properly, so if your guide gets caught in an avalanche he's toast. On the other hand if you get caught your guide will dig you out in minutes. I pay my lawyer chf 600 per hour and he doesn't risk his life for my benefit. And it only took him 5 years to qualify, rather than 10 years for a guide. So, in conclusion, give Verbier a try. It will be expensive, but you'll find some of the best skiing, heli-skiing and ski touring on earth. However, if you're on a budget and just want to cane red runs and get on and off super-fast ski lifts go to Meribel, Val etc, etc.
March 10, 2017
Andre du Plessis from Ski South Africa South Africa
Have to agree on a couple of key points made on this site namely: 1. Skiing views lifts etc are brilliant for all levels of skiers. Runs are long, varied, well groomed and interesting. 2. Food is unacceptable, both price and quality. 3. The dear Brits..well a lot come here so naturally a certain percentage are jobs but I found the Brits I interacted with polite and careful skiers. Of course, a couple cannot take a few beers and misbehave but I wouldn't label Verbier as a lager lout town. 4. Plenty to do and see in Verbier and surrounds. 5. In my view Zermatt is better but Verbier is very close and so convenient to access; 2 hours from Geneva airport door to door by car or train/bus.
December 21, 2015
Alex reeson from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
Hi! I'm English and live in Switzerland. Some people really hate the English on here hey? I find the vibe hostile as soon as you reach the pistes of Verbier; too many people worried about how they look and what brands are best. Seems to me most have forgotten what they are doing and where they are!? To many haters that can't remember the days when they started and the feelings that ensured them to continue. The scenery is epic, the pistes are well kept and fast. The restaurants over priced but hey you're in Switzerland c'est normale! It would be nicer if people focused on their own thing and stopped being so inconsiderate to one another. So easy to change. Just don't be a dick when you strap your boards to your feet! Problem solved.
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!
January 30, 2017
Martin Short from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
There can be no doubt that Verbier is and will remain one of the global skiing meccas for those serious about tackling challenging slopes. The off-piste is tremendous albeit that you have to be quick off the mark or it will go by lunch time.... Everyone complains about the restaurant prices both on and off the slopes. But the main issue is not only the price but the quality and diversity. Verbier rests on the geography giving it wondrous skiing and thinks that, therefore, no one cares about the food. Not so, Zermatt just down the road is spectacular for food and it is difficult to think about skiing after lunch when you taste the delights of Courmayeur. Somehow, that message does not get to the Verbier establishment. Another reviewer asks why Televebier are involved in the restaurant business. I could not agree more. Make way for those who know how to run a restaurant and perfect your pistes and gondolas ..... But do not be put off, Verbier is a resort beyond compare. Just don't go for the culinary delights it has to offer... M
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.