After the post bus climbs and twists around more than 16 serpentine turns, you will finally arrive in Verbier. Planned in châlet-style architecture more than 65 years ago, it is Switzerland’s only purpose-built resort. Over the years, it has become a highly active and very popular ski area attracting young skiers from all over, especially the UK. It’s compactly developed making it easy for those who flock here to get to lifts, ski shops, cafés, the sports center, bars, late night clubs, or wherever by foot or the free buses.
Verbier sits at the bottom of a bowl dominated by Mont-Fort and Monte-Gélé. In the midst of ‘Les 4 Vallées,’ it has just an incredible amount of skiing! There are 245 miles of trails serviced by 95 lifts including the recent ‘Chondola’ a gondola-chair combo between La Chaux and Les Ruinettes, a new six seater at La Chaux, a 30 person high speed gondola above Medran and the 150 passenger Mont-Fort cable car. The many experts take their chances on Monte-Gélé or Lac des Vaux. Those finishing Tortin’s 3,000-foot vertical of bumps have a gondola or cable car to whisk tired bodies back to Verbier. Intermediates are happy at Ruinettes or Savoleyres. Débutants can begin just above the village. The more adventurous can ski a day in Chamonix or Courmayeur or try the ‘Super St. Bernard’ to Italy. In April, the most experienced can do the four day haute route to Zermatt or Chamonix.