The Insider’s Guide to Verbier – Ski, Spa & Swiss Cuisine!


Verbier in Switzerland is one of the world’s most upmarket ski resorts but does it live up to the hype? This luxurious village styles itself as the Capital of Winter and we’ve compiled an insider’s guide to Verbier to help you to get the most out of your trip.

First Impressions

Verbier is seriously photogenic – most buildings are chalet style with wooden roofs and the village centre is charming. aul, being half Swiss, had been here some years ago and was curious to see how it had changed. The answer is not all that much but there are now many luxurious shops and cosy restaurants as well as a cinema and tourist information office.

Verbier village chalet
It’s a great place to go for a stroll. What I wasn’t expecting is how friendly everyone is, whether the local shopkeepers or our fellow skiers. We got chatting with people who had come from as far as Australia and Dubai to enjoy the skiing here, as well as Brits closer to home.

Verbier village SuzeGuide to Verbier – Skiing

Talking of skiing, Verbier has a reputation for some of the best in the world with 410 kilometres of runs. The 4 Vallées is actually the largest ski area in Switzerland.

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Whilst beginners will certainly find enough runs to keep them busy, it’s the fabulous black runs and off-piste skiing that attracts the likes of celebrities and royalty. Verbier has invested heavily in infrastructure in recent years, with a new 6 person ski lift at La Chaux that can transport up to 2,100 people per hour. The main ski lift in the village is somewhere that you could use as a meeting up point with friends, as it has a cafe and lockers. There are even a couple of climbing walls for children! At the top, there’s an unusual dual ski lift and chair cabin that I’ve never seen anywhere else. Snowboarders or those preferring to take a cabin on a chilly day will find it particularly handy.

Verbier ski liftSkiing conditions in the 4 Vallées are excellent, mainly due to Verbier’s high location. There are also ski cannons that can be called into use if necessary. A wide range of ski passes are available, including the hands-free Valais SkiCard that you can prepay.

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Verbier has also created the very first Drone Slope in Europe, where for a fee your skiing can be filmed by the resort’s own drones and emailed to you the same day. Its’s part of the Audi Funpark which has small jumps and a tunnel, located in Savoleyres. While we were on the slopes, we noticed a few very photogenic dogs with their owners. You can pay a certain amount to get photographed with one of them – isn’t this St Bernard adorable?

Mountain dog
We also spotted this rather cute penguin.

What to see in Verbier - this penguin on the ski slopes is a nice surprise! - Luxury Columnist - a style and travel blogGuide to Verbier – Dining on the Slopes

I’d highly recommend Le Mouton Noir, one of the best restaurants in Verbier. It has a superb location at the top of the main ski lift, a few minutes from the village centre. We feasted on local specialities including tartiflette and profiteroles.

Mouton Noir Verbier restaurant - Luxury Columnist - food, travel and style blogThere’s a huge panoramic roof terrace where apres-ski gets into full swing and there’s also a self service restaurant on the floor below.

Le Mouton Noir Verbier reviewIf you like fondue, make sure to head to Igloo du Mont-Fort. It’s actually the highest fondue in Europe at 3300 metres high! We took a succession of cable cars to get there and the air got steadily thinner as you reached the top. Arriving at the summit, we spotted a tiny igloo structure – inside there’s a cute restaurant with four tables, although there’s plenty of outdoor seating for when it’s warm. The charming chef, Lolo, rustled us up a tasty fondue, washed down with a glass of white wine.

Igloo Mont-FortGuide to Verbier – Dining in the Village

For a real fine dining experience, head to La Cordée des Alpes. This gourmet restaurant creates dishes that would not be out of place in a Michelin star establishment.

Cordee des Alpes restaurantCasual dining can be found at Le Fer à Cheval which serves up tasty pizzas and Swiss specialties.

Le Fer a Cheval VerbierClose by, Milk Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a hot chocolate or other milky treats.

Milk Bar VerbierBottle Brothers at Hotel Nevai is a stylish choice for cocktails and mini burgers. There’s a lovely outdoor area for when the temperature heats up.

Bottle Brothers VerbierNo guide to Verbier would be complete without a mention of apres-ski and one of the best places for it is the Farm Club. Also within the Hotel Nevai, it’s been a hotspot since opening in 1971.

Farm Club Verbier
Ski hire

We used JET Verbier as they deliver skis and all other equipment directly to your hotel or villa so there’s no need to carry them back. When you leave, they’ll also collect your equipment, a great time saver.

Jet Ski Switzerland VerbierWhere to Stay

Hotel La Cordée des Alpes is an excellent choice, combining luxurious interiors with what many consider to be the best spa in Verbier. Most of the spacious rooms and suites have there own balcony overlooking the village. We were impressed by the charming staff, for whom nothing is too much trouble. A handy mini-van will drop you at the base of the slopes and collect you at the end of the day. We enjoyed relaxing in front of the log fire in the open-plan lounge area, decorated with books and vintage skiing equipment.

Cordee des Alpes Verbier reviewGetting to Verbier

It’s a scenic 2 hour drive from Geneva airport although you could choose to take a train from Martigny to the nearby Le Châble station. We used a hire car from Tesla Transfers and were pleasantly surprised by the excellent road handling.

For us, Verbier most definitely lived up to its reputation as the Capital of Winter and one of Switzerland’s best ski resorts. The perfect combination of good looks and world class skiing make this an unmissable Winter destination…although I’m told that it’s very popular for Summer hiking too!

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We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading this insider’s guide to Verbier – what would your favourite activity here be?

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  • Verbier looks picture-perfect with its cute chalets, beautiful mountains, cosy restaurants and cafes. What a fantastic winter destination!

    Miriam
    http://www.londonkitchendiaries.com

    • It’s definitely one of our favourites, Miriam – so well preserved yet modern in many ways

  • It looks so gorgeous!! I love the alpine hotels, the view and the food looks fabulous! You’ve got me craving hot chocolate now!

  • Wow snow looks amazing I have never seen snow in real life

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Verbier looks really beautiful, I’ve heard it’s a beautiful place to ski! Great photos 🙂

    • Yes it really surpassed my expectations, I wasn’t expecting it to be so friendly as well as picturesque

  • Verbier is absolutely on my dream travel-list now after reading/seeing more about the destination on your blog. It looks like a wonderfully luxurious location, and it’s lovely to see a St Bernard again – I tend to associate them with Swiss mountain walks!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Wow this is just such a great post full of great info. I would love to go to Verbier one day and I would especially love to dine in the restaurants you recommended.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • I’m so glad you found it helpful, Gemma and hope you get to visit Verbier – lots of lovely restaurants there

  • You are right, Suze, Verbier is seriously photogenic. I’d love to go skiing there. If only I didn’t live so far away from Switzerland….

    • Well when you’re next visiting Europe it’s easily reached 😉 Have a great weekend

  • The one regret I have about Verbier is that we spent all our time enjoying the facilities of The W and we do no skiing…I guess that gives me a good excuse to return. How fun that they have a Drone Slope too…probably a good thing I didn’t know that at the time 😉 !

    • You definitely should return and try out the drone slope – I’d certainly be tempted by that!

  • Hayley Rubery

    Ahhhh this post is making me miss Verbier, SO much!! We went slightly out of season and dined in a place called Pub Mont Fort and it was great – if you ever go back definitely visit! 🙂

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

    • Thanks for the tip, Hayley, I will! Wonder if that is at the top of the slopes too?

  • I have never gone skiing but I hope that one day I will! The fondue looks so delicious. I can’t believe that I haven’t had any yet this winter.

  • Laura Lynch

    Wow, you’re so right that it’s incredibly photogenic. I’m not really a skier though. Do you think it would be a good place to visit in the summer? Would all that stuff be open during summer?

    • It’s a great place in Summer from what I’ve heard – the restaurants and shops are all open and there are quite a few festivals. You can also cycle down the mountains on a sort of scooter!

  • Wow – your images are really stunning, and really capture the feeling of the place. While the area looks great, those dessert photos stopped me in my tracks. Yum!

  • Oh god. This looks incredible but unfortunately my last visit to Switzerland in August tortured my purse strings. Is it ridiculous when you are there?

    • It depends, there are lots of supermarkets so you can choose to eat in quite a bit and some of the restaurants are fairly reasonably priced too

  • Monika Mizinska

    Switzerland in winter looks like fairytale! No other country looks this good covered in snow:)
    Also, these desserts seem to be super yummy

    • That’s a good point, Monika, it really does look magical in the snow. I’m slightly biased as my husband is Swiss 😉

  • Lyn – A Hole in my Shoe

    Oooh this is the picture of Switzerland we hoped to see last year when we were there after our Rhine River Christmas cruise. Unfortunately we hit the warmest winter in 80 years and there was no snow. Oh well, there is always next time and you have given us a great suggestions on somewhere new to see.That meal looks amazing.

    • That’s unlucky, Lyn – normally they use ski canons but I guess it was slightly out of the ski season. You definitely should return!

  • Melody Pittman

    I was experiencing some serious wanderlust while reading this post. I haven’t been skiing in ages and certainly no place that could even compare to Verbier. Beautiful. And that food. OMG. Mouth-watering for some cheese fondue!!

  • My favorite activity would definitely be the skiing and just enjoying the clean fresh mountain air. The classic wooden chalet style is such a classic Swiss look and had me remembering a ski trip I took to Zermatt a couple of years ago. The slopeslide and apres-ski food looks impressive! I’ll definitely have some cheese fondue.

  • Chrysoula Manika

    What a great guide, Verbier is truly picture perfect and the chalets look really charming. What really impressed me though was the drone footage you can get. That is so cool

  • Oh my gosh there is a fondue tent??!! I need to go there ASAP. I love a good cheese fondue. This place really looks amazing

  • Karla Ramos

    Skiing is definitely on my bucketlist. I hope to be able to do it someday

  • Beautiful place!

  • The place seems to have popped out of a fairy tale. It looks like a winter wonderland. Would love to learn to ski someday. The Tesla looks beautiful. So much snow everywhere and such beautiful slopes. The food also looks yum. I am sure you would have had a wonderful time.