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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April 03, 2008
verbier resident from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
Regarding the previous comment - You can't slag off Verbier for having too many 'Ruperts' and in the same breath tell people to go to 'Val'! It's Val d'Isere,and there you will also find unpleasant, spoiled sloanes, the ridiculous nouveau riche and the new wave of skiing chavs like any resort nowadays in Europe. Most people are unpleasant here - rude Norwegians, pushy French and loud Aussies to name but a few. There is no way to escape it, It's the Alps.
March 30, 2008
Phil Davidson from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Whilst I agree that the skiing potential is as good as it gets this really only applies to off-piste and the quality number of itinerary routes. For piste skiers, the lift system is woefully inadequate for the number of skiers that Verbier can attract, the Madran lift, for instance, had a queueing time of around 1 hour on Easter Monday! Then there is the way the resort is linked, or more precisely, the way it isn't! Many of the 4 Vallees require such a convoluted route to reach the unlinked valley floors that it is nigh on impossible to reach the outer limits of the resort when compiled with lift queues. Where, in France, one would expect and usually receive a four/six man express lift one finds a 1960s two man which barely moves, or outdated drag lift the length of the mountain. Alley this with no bus linkage between Nendez or any of the other smaller villages and if one were to run out of time then the only way home is a very expensive taxi ride. Even the bus to Bruson only runs every half hour and stops altogether at 4.45pm: once again a possible expensive taxi ride. The clientele too perhaps are worthy of mention, precocious, loud mouthed and poorly behaved children adorn the place and the overall feeling is one of too many Ruperts and Tiffanies who are clearly surplus to requirements!! So whilst I have hankered to ski here for years and I am a competent skier on Mont Gele coulouirs etc, this is not a resort I would recommend or will be visiting again. The 3 Vallees in France, Tigne, Val or Chamonix are much better alternatives and with significantly cheaper lift passes, are cheaper too!
February 12, 2008
martin from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Well the sun is out and it is cold so the conditions are really good. It's the best off-piste that you can get and it is here and although there can be crowds, best bet is to shake off that hangover and get to the Medran or Sav. before 9.00. Yes, it is expensive and I think not welcome or necessary. If the food and drink were as good as Zermatt then I would not worry but the food on the mountain is pretty average. Sure, no issue if you are a ski expert and want nothing but snow but they should cater for others as well. Best things guys is to take your own food and water with you. I do and you can save 200 CHF a day by not paying up for average food. (family of 6!!) But as for the skiing - you have the best conditions and best slopes in Switzerland - go for it.
February 09, 2008
waspy from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just back from a week snowboarding in Verbier (02-09/02/08). Had great conditions thanks to a big dump of snow on the Fri/Sat of our arrival, then another dump on the Tuesday. Not nearly as snobby or stuck up as feared. It is well worth buying the four valley pass as there are some great runs over by Tortin/Combatsaline. Savoyles also has a couple of belting reds and the itineraries all over the range are breathtaking in their exposure; a big leap of faith. Night wise, we stayed in a catered chalet but the night off we ate at Al Capone's which was fantastic. Beers are similarly priced to home, Mont Fort Pub is good; 4-5pm is happy hour. ENJOY! It ain't like they say.
February 07, 2008
Amy Green from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Going for my second time at the end of March and cannot wait. Went 2 years ago with my now husband (I think I impressed him with my snow boarding skills, not). We went to St Anton last year & it didn't have the same buzz for us. We fell in love with Verbier, the snow, accommodation, bars, restaurants, holiday reps, everything was fab. I would definately recommend the resort. As with all holidays there will always be some who have a bad experience, I would find it hard to think of something bad to say about Verbier. Yes, it can be expensive, but not anymore than you would pay in the UK. It's brilliant, go for it.
January 28, 2008
SAM from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
Verbier has super views, good snow and is a short drive from anywhere in western Switzerland. It is also Brit infested and the mountain restaurants are hopeless compared to Cervinia, Zermatt, Cortina. Lately, the Brits and Russians have arrived and they are very arrogant and unpleasant.
November 13, 2007
Duncan Laidler from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I agree with the last comment!! Led to believe this would be a great resort for my inter/advanced skiing but was very disappointed on my visit in 2007. Lift system and links not a patch on the larger French resorts and crowded runs leading down to the town. Traversing the whole resort can take a good while and, if you are just average, lifts are required to go downhill. Overpriced for ski snobs who have to be seen in trendy bars with average skiing.
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!
February 12, 2007
Adeline from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just come back from Verbier. Went there with my friend and stayed with a friend...haven't had that much fun in sooo long! Skiing was amazing. If you're a beginner, I'd even say have lessons before you go if you've got a dry slope nearby just to pick up the basics. Because once you're there, it can be pretty frustrating not being able to do your own thing on the slopes! I agree with someone else who commented on it being expensive, you spend as much as you've got. If you've got money to burn, go crazy! It you're budgeting a wee bit more, then drink b4 you go out (big bottle of smirnoff 19 CH francs, BARGAIN!) and just find the right paces to go! Casbah Saturday nights-hedkandi! Wicked music, and everyones really cool and chilled out. People aren't really snobby or stuck up, just get so people with a ridiculous amount of money so hey, what ya gonna do! Meet as many people as you can, because guaranteed they'll be the maddest and most fun people you'll meet in a long time!!
February 11, 2007
Patrick Donoghue from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Me and 10 friends just got back from a week in Verbier and it is fair to say that the resort must rate as one of the best in Europe. We went just after a medium snow fall so I guess we didn't see the very best of the conditions, non the less there is plenty to go at and plenty of hits and drops to play around on. There is a lot of talk about this being an expensive resort and I guess if you want to get rid of your money it can be!! If you go to the right places food and beer is only the same or slightly more expensive than home. Hit the Wonderbar for all the footie and rubgy matches with decent priced drinks. I'm a boarder who loves North American resorts for the terrain and general feel when you're riding (no pushing in lines and no crazy skiers hell bent on going 5 times faster than their ability). Verbier is the closet I've seen to The US Feel with a good quality of rider and lack of rude people. We bumped into Richard Branson whilst we were there so I guess if it's good enough for him its good enough for us mere mortals. Go if you can. You'll love it.