Visitor reviews for Verbier Ski Resort

Verbier Ratings

Overall: 4.1. Based on 80 votes and 95 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: 4.2

(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: 3.9

(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: 3.7

(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: 4.6

(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: 4.7

(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: 3.2

(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 30, 2005
Simon Taylor Foster from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I agree with the negative views of Verbier. I visit a lot. People should not come to this resort. They really shouldn't. In fact the word should be spread far and wide that there are other places to go. Crans is great, Zermatt is great and the three valleys in France are awesome. Don't be boring and go to Verbier, look elsewhere or go at clever times (early December) like some of the people who have written reviews and leave me to have Verbier during the real season, all to myself.
December 28, 2005
Verbier native from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
Verbier is a beautiful resort and the only reason why it is crowded is because everybody knows about its beauty. If you don't like the crowd, you can take off your skis and walk 30' minutes to do some great off-piste. You'll always find good skiing in Verbier. I know it because I was born there and have lived there for 18 years.
December 26, 2005
Guy from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We have just come back from pre-christmas week, well what can I say: Resort fantastic, clean, compact and stunningly beautiful. To my mind it costs no more than any other resort to eat and drink and be very merry. The new lifts have really helped, we did not q once in 6 days. Don't listen to the doubters, go there and make your own mind up, you will not regret it.. Guy
December 15, 2005
Gary Paterson from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I visited Verbier for the first time in Jan 2003, What a place!! The snow was incredible, the people were brilliant and the weather was sunny apart from one day but you cannot complain that it snowed another 4ft in the middle of the week! Yes it's expensive, but to be honest, its not much more expensive than being back home in Perth, Scotland. It has the rich clientele but also the extreme competitors visit every year. I wouldnt hesitate to tell anybody to go their. We enjoyed it so much that we have decided to spend this hogmanay on the slopes of Verbier. So maybe we will see you on Mt Fort and the Farm Club.
November 29, 2005
iAnik from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
I am pretty dissapointed to read such comments; i mean i am 20 and i probably don't see it like u wise guys... what i mean is verbier is a great off piste and after ski place. Sure the prices are high, but not higher than zermatt... it's the price to pay to ski in the YOUNG station of switzerland. Girls are beautiful, snow is great, sellers are sellers: no surprises. Hope we will see u there soon and that the few bad details won't scare u enough to do the mistake of not coming back! see u in pub mt fort!!
November 28, 2005
Diane from Ski Canada Canada
I was there from March 19 to 26, 2005 and had a great time skiing. I found that Verbier offers a great skiing challenge, even though it is not the most beautiful village. There is certainly a lot of action après-ski. I don't recall feeling crowded on the slopes. It depends where you ski. If you ski in the ski-routes and off-piste, there is no crowd. I am going back next March expecting to find at least the same challenge. If you want both, a magic and mythic village and great ski-routes go to Zermatt.
November 16, 2005
priscilla from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
Verbier is a brilliant ski area if you are very good at skiing or excessively rich, preferably both. If you are not in possession of an ortovox, shovel and probe and you can talk a considerable amount of bollocks about avalanches then you are best off going to another resort. Three livers and a suitcase full of cash are your main requirements for the apres-ski.
November 09, 2005
LDB from Ski Netherlands Netherlands
Yo people, good news for ya all, this year a couple of brand new lifts in 4 vallees! I think it is a good resort, sometimes a bit crowded but thats why you should avoid the great holidays. 4 vallees ROCKS! greetz
November 04, 2005
kks from Ski United States United States
Bottom line - there are so many better choices in the Swiss/French Alpes than Verbier for quality of snow, local hospitality, slopeside facilities, on mountain options for dining. La Clusaz is less than one hour fr Geneve, Chamonix and he whole Haute Savoie region offers more too; Les Diablarets, Adelboden, Davos, Engadine (Corvatsch, Corviglia, Lenzerheide), and even small hidden jems like Champex and Grand St. Bernard in Switzerland. I would not return to Verbier.
April 27, 2005
GW from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
As a Brit living in Switzerland, I regularly ski in Verbier. The main runs can get very crowded in peak season and I agree that some of the lifts need updating. To avoid the crowds, ski Attelas first thing in the morning and then move up to Mont-Fort or over to Savoleyres, where far fewer people seem to ski. After many years, I am still discovering new pistes.