AMAZING WINTER ACTIVITIES IN VERBIER – SWITZERLAND
- 1 AMAZING WINTER ACTIVITIES IN VERBIER – SWITZERLAND
- 2 Best Things to Do in Verbier in the Winter
- 3 Travel Tips Verbier, Switzerland
- 4 FINAL THOUGHTS ON WHAT TO DO IN VERBIER IN WINTER
Are you planning your ski trip to Switzerland and wondering about the best ski destination? It probably might be Verbier – and if you are wondering about the best things to do in Verbier, Valais, this post is for you as you´ll find many essential travel tips for your winter trip.
Switzerland in the winter is impressive – Verbier in the winter is fantastic!
Verbier, located in the southwestern canton of Valais (Wallis) in Switzerland – the same canton where Zermatt lies – is one of the most famous and popular winter destinations.
Verbier is part of the 4 Vallees ski area (the other resorts are Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon, and La Tzoumaz, and Bruson), making it the biggest ski resort in Switzerland with 92 ski lifts and 412km of pistes to ski and snowboard.
Verbier is very well-known amongst winter sports fans – it is often considered one of the best ski resorts in Switzerland – and after my visit this winter, I can see why.
No, I am not a winter sports person – actually, I had never skied or snowboarded before. As someone who had never done any winter sports (except sledding and ice skating), I did not know much about Verbier.
And I was not sure if I would really enjoy Verbier for my first real winter trip. But guess what? I had a blast! Whether you enjoy winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, etc., or you want to experience these things for the very first time, Verbier is probably the best choice for experienced as well as less experienced winter sportspeople (or wannabe winter sportspeople).
It is also very well-known for its party life, so it is no surprise that Verbier is also popular amongst younger winter sparklers who like to party. And you know what? I did not party, but I still had a blast. So, I was everything but the typical Verbier visitor and still enjoyed it a lot.
In this post, you will find out what to do in Verbier (the best things to do in Verbier and the best winter activities), as well as important Verbier travel tips (like where to stay, how to get there, etc.), so you are well-prepared for your Verbier vacation.
Disclaimer: I was invited to discover Verbier by Valais/Wallis Promotion and My Switzerland. This post might also contain affiliate links – meaning I might earn a small commission if you book/buy a tour/product via my link (at no extra costs to you). More about it here.
Best Things to Do in Verbier in the Winter
Okay, let’s start with the fun things to do in Verbier in the winter:
This is probably the most prominent activity in Verbier – skiing. With many black, red, and blue slopes, Verbier is a ski paradise regardless of your skills. Since I have not gotten to ski the challenging slopes (yet), I did not manage to get great shots, but there are many slopes for anyone.
It is one of the biggest ski resorts in Switzerland. Linked to three others, there is about 410km of pistes, so you will find plenty of different slopes on which to practice your skiing skills.
First Ski Experience: I did it in Verbier! I had my first ski experience, and if you have never been skiing either, this offer might be attractive to you.
You can get a ski instructor, the complete kit, and a ski pass, all for a flat rate. Prices start at about $200.
I had the best instructor, and it was really a lot of fun to try skiing for the first time (and yes, Verbier is suitable for beginners, too).
Well, after skiing, snowboarding is the most popular sport here in Verbier.
I haven’t gotten around to trying snowboarding yet, but one day.
I’ll be honest with you – sledding somehow scares me. After a minor accident with a sled as a child, I was skeptical, but the night sledding was one of the most fun experiences I had.
While you cannot use the ski slopes during the day for sledding, there are plenty of pistes where you can sled. If you don’t want to pack heavy, you can borrow a sled from one rental service.
My tip: The night sledding tour from Restaurant Chez Dany, which sits on a hill, to Verbier town was a wonderful experience. Looking down at gorgeous Verbier at night as I sledded down was a fun and exceptional experience.
Another fun winter activity in Verbier that I tried was hiking in the snow. Some gorgeous trails offer stunning views over Verbier. I wore my insulated, waterproof hiking boots and had snowshoes and poles.
I also did some hiking in the snow without snowshoes (just my hiking boots) or poles. But if the snow is higher, then poles and snowshoes are recommended. Snowshoe hiking is a bit more challenging than regular hiking, but it was less challenging than expected.
If you want to try snowshoe hiking first, you can rent them from rental stores.
You might have seen those giant, weird bullies that clean the slopes after busy ski times. And in Verbier, you have the chance to sit in one of them and use it instead of a taxi.
I did not see those tours being actively promoted, but if you book a dinner at Restaurant Chez Dany (from where you can also do the night sledding), you can choose whether you want to hike up or be picked up at the bus station.
It was indeed a unique experience. And even though the piste bully wasn’t used to clean the slopes in this case, it was still an enjoyable winter activity.
Mont-Fort is one of the highest mountain peaks in Switzerland that you can reach easily by cable car. And if there are cable cars and mountain peaks with amazing views, you know I am not far.
Mont-Fort makes a perfect day trip. Tickets are around $60, and a ski pass is approximately $70. If you are a skiing or snowboarding fan, I am sure Mont-Fort will be on your itinerary.
But even for non-skiers, the trip to Mont-Fort is terrific. There is not much to do or see on Mont-Fort (as you might know from mountain peaks like Jungfraujoch), but the view from 3,300 meters above sea level is impressive. You can see Matterhorn Mountain from there (though from this angle, it might take a while to recognize it), and also Mount Blanc.
There are several restaurants and cafes to relax at and enjoy a (hopefully) sunny day up there.
Explore the Town Center of Verbier
Verbier is a charming village with many pretty chalets. In winter, this village is probably one of the most beautiful around.
The village might be the biggest and most famous of the four valleys, but in the end, it is still tiny, and you might be “done” with sightseeing quickly. However, due to its location, there is sunshine all day long (when the sun is out), and there are many places to sit down and relax.
P.S. Yes, the Christmas Tree was still standing in the middle of the village center three weeks after Christmas (but is not it gorgeous?).
More Fun Things to Do in Verbier
There are a few things to do that I haven’t done myself, but I would have loved to had I had the chance. These include the following activities in Verbier:
As you probably know, I am a vegetarian and would not like testing or doing any activity that harms animals. But I genuinely believe the Huskies are well-treated and actually enjoy sledding – and I am sure I would love doing that, too.
Apres-Ski and Partying
As mentioned, I didn‘t party and did not even enjoy apres-ski, but Verbier is famous for this. So, if you are not as dull as I am, you will probably have some fantastic nights in Verbier.
I had a great time as a former non-skier. Verbier is so much fun, and I consider it the perfect ski destination in Switzerland and Europe.
So, whether you are a ski expert or a ski beginner, Verbier offers something for anyone! Stay safe!
Travel Tips Verbier, Switzerland
Before talking about the best things to do in Verbier, here are some tips for your Verbier vacation.
How to Get to Verbier
Geneva is closer to Verbier than the Zurich Airport. From the Geneva or Zurich Airport, take the train to Le Châble train station (from Geneva it takes about 2 hours, from Zurich Airport a bit less than 4 hours). If you can fly to Bern Airport, it is another good option to get to Verbier quite “fast” by train.
From Le Châble, either take the cable car up or take the bus to Verbier.
You can also rent a car, though I highly recommend using public transportation in the winter.
Tip: In Switzerland, there are fast train routes, and there are scenic routes. If you are not in a rush to arrive at Verbier, I actually recommend taking the scenic train routes. It might take longer, but it is soooo worth it!
Best Time to Visit For A Winter Vacation
The winter season starts at the end of November and lasts until about April. During the holiday season (Christmas and New Year), it gets jam-packed, and during the school holidays in Switzerland (end of February to the beginning of March).
I visited in mid-January, and the timing was perfect. The weather was just right (though we never have a guarantee of that), and the slopes were not too busy.
If you are flexible, I would suggest early December, January (very cold though), the beginning of February, or at the end of March/April. In April, the days are longer, and it gets warmer (something to keep in mind).
Where to Stay/ Accommodation in Verbier
Verbier is a premium skiing destination in Switzerland – so there are some luxurious hotels for the most luxurious winter trip. However, there are also a few more affordable places to stay.
I stayed at a lovely 3-star hotel in a typical chalet-style building (more on that later).
Luxury Hotels in Verbier
Chalet d’Adrien Verbier is the luxurious 5-star property located next to the Savoleyres Ski Lift with a spa and swimming pool that is the perfect choice for those who want to indulge in luxury.
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W Verbier is another luxurious hotel in Verbier that offers a lot of luxury to its guest. Find the best rates and get more info by clicking here.
4 and 3-star hotels in Verbier
La Cordée des Alpes is a very well-rated 4-star hotel that might be the perfect choice for you. Click here for more information and the best rates.
Mirabeau – I stayed at this 3-star property and enjoyed great room views (especially sunrise views). The hotel is quite basic (and so was breakfast), but the view and the fireplace in the lobby made up for the simplicity. Click here to find out more about the hotel and get the best hotel rates.
How to Get Around
Many places are within walking distance in the town center. If you need to hop on a bus, you will be pleased to find out that you can use the shuttle buses/public transportation for free in Verbier. Those shuttles also bring you to the lift stations.
Verbier has two lift stations. Medran is the main one, which you can also get from Le Chable and Savoleyeres.
Where to Rent Ski Equipment
There are several rental shops where you can rent any equipment – prices do not vary too much between the shops.
Read more: Basel winter itinerary.
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Are you visiting Switzerland in the winter with younger kids? Then Grächen – also in Valais – might be the perfect ski destination.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON WHAT TO DO IN VERBIER IN WINTER
Though my Verbier trip had been my very first trip, where I tried out several winter activities, I am sure that Verbier offers incredible activities not only for beginners but for all kinds of people.
If you are a winter sport newbie, Verbier will take good care of you. If you are an expert in skiing and snowboarding, you are well aware of all Verbier has to offer – but it is also great for all the people in between.
The incredible scenery and lovely town center make this winter trip even more unique, and there is no shortage of fun things to do in Verbier. Though I would love to visit Verbier in summer one day, winter is a fantastic time to see Switzerland’s area.
Are you looking for more pictures from winter wonderland? Then click here and have a look at my favorite images from Switzerland in the winter.