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Verbier

The legendary Swiss ski resort of Verbier, favoured by the British Royal Family, is as much a Mecca for free-ride skiers as Chamonix, but is glossier with a more classically connected set of ski areas. Situated on the top of a sunny south-facing plateau, the resort overlooks the Grand and Petit Combins towards Mont-Blanc.

4 Valleys ski area

The 4 Valleys ski area extends from Bruson and Verbier, La Tzoumaz and Nendaz, to Veysonnaz and Thyon – totalling 410km of pistes, with numerous backcountry runs and challenging off-piste descents from Mont-Fort, 3330m, or Mont-Gelé, 3023m. The high percentage of black pistes combined with its famed powder and mogul fields, sees Verbier hosting top ski competitions every year, including the famous final stage of the Freeride World Tour, the Verbier Extreme, as well as the Ski Mountaineering World Championships. The high-end adrenalin kick of heli-skiing is also possible on the Trient Glacier, Petit Combin, Rosablanche and Pigne d'Arolla.

 

Similar to Chamonix, Verbier suits skiers of a high standard, but offers many other winter activities, including the thrilling 10km toboggan run from Savoleyres down to La Tzoumaz, parapenting, ice karting and snow polo, with smart shopping, elegant tea-rooms, society bars and luxury hotels to enjoy, too.

Verbier is 90 minutes’ drive from Chamonix to the main resort, or an hour by car to the Le Châble gondola below.