Unlike many Alpine resorts, Verbier was established before skiing and commercialism took hold. With a traditional village feel and a family-friendly atmosphere, its ambience is poles apart from the purpose-built resorts. Widely regarded as Switzerland's top ski resort, it may attract the rich and famous, but Verbier is a working village and as such a year-round destination offering a variety of seasonal outdoor activities. South-facing and located on a mountainside, it's also a sun trap, avoiding the shade and lower temperatures experienced in valley resorts. The information below offers just a taste of what there is to see and do here.
Festivals & events
Throughout the year there are numerous festivals and events. During the winter there are films, lectures and presentations. Summer events include markets, food and craft workshops, a music festival, a craft beer festival and several bike races.
Winter in Verbier
With a reputation for reliable snow cover, a long season from late November until late April, and widely regarded as the off-piste capital of Switzerland, Verbier attracts those who enjoy skiing, snowboarding and other winter activities, including dog-sledding and tobogganing.
Verbier is ideal for experiencing the thrills of the back-country and off-piste deeps, steps and powders. A vertical drop of over 2500m is possible and you can enjoy untracked slopes for hours on end. There are guides and instructors who will take you away from the crowds for a truly special day's off-piste skiing.
Hiking & biking
With over 950km of marked hiking trails to explore you can lose yourself in nature and the glorious views at your own pace. In summer, mountain bikers flock to the area to take advantage of its 8 downhill trails, 23 enduro trails, 500km of cross-country trails and routes for e-bikes.