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Verbier

Verbier

Rhône-Alpes - Verbier - Valais, Switzerland

Snowboard, Ski

Verbier is located in the canton of Valais, high up in the Rhone Valley, south western Switzerland. The resort boasts picture perfect mountain landscapes, with glaciers and varied terrain, and it’s renowned as being one of the best destinations in the world for expert skiers and boarders. Verbier forms part of the Four Valleys together with Nendaz, Veysonnaz, La Tzoumaz and Val de Bagnas, and with over 400 kilometres of pistes, together they become one of the largest ski areas in the world. Verbier’s highest peak, Mont Fort (3.300 m), and the area surrounding is renowned for the excellent snow quality.

On the north face of Mont Fort a lot of fun can be had with the off piste options, most of them legendary, all be it dangerous, and well known in the freeriding world. Test your skills on one of the steepest mogul fields where you’ll need to get speed later on to join the ‘glacier motorway’. The Tortin descent covers 1.500 vertical metres and begins with another nerve testing mogul field before becoming an easier smooth ride. The Mont Gele cable car will leave you on the north face of Bec des Rosses by the vertical wall above a gully, giving you a preview of the off piste terrain that’s waiting. It’s an extreme rider’s paradise, but if you’re not an expert, opt for the posterior part of Lac des Vaux, it’s less demanding but just as enjoyable. If riding through the trees and finding jumps is more your thing, the best route can be found in the Bruson Area where a fir tree forest awaits you.  It’s recommended to contract a guide if you don’t know the area well so you don’t get lost or go into serious avalanche zones.

Piste lovers and carvers have some fantastic runs in Attelas, Savoleyres and Ruinettes, although Verbier on the whole has a complete set of excellent pistes where you’ll have no time for boredom. There are unlimited natural elements for freestylers around Lac des Vaux. La Chaux snowpark is at the foot of Bec de Rosses and has a large selection of different modules and a Big Air Bag (over 12s only) where they catch your air on camera. There are four access points to the park, each dedicated to a different level. The first entrance has nine modules and is only for experts, the second is black and has thirteen modules, the third is blue and the fourth is also blue but it gives access to the whole of the lower part of the park.

As the capital of extreme skiing, Verbier hosts two main annual competitions, the Verbier Xtreme which is a part of the Freeride World Tour, and the Verbier Ride which is one of the top freeskiing competitions hosted at the snowpark every January. There are also various other competitions throughout the season.

Conditions

The official opening and closing dates of the station are given during the first week of December and the first week of May respectively. From the end of January through to April the complete station will be open and you can traverse the Four Valleys (all included in the lift pass) and the off piste areas. Snow quantity isn’t usually a problem, however the lower pistes nearer to the village can get slushy around the end of the season.
Characteristics
  • SnowPark
    1
  • Summit
    10.925 ft
  • Lifts
    40
  • Base
    4.921,3 ft
  • Vertical Drop
    6.003,9 ft
  • Terrain
    162 Ha
  • Longest Run
    6.2137 Mi
  • Runs
    50

Difficulty level of the pistes

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