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Winter Activities in Verbier

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Verbier is one of the world’s major winter resorts. And for good reason. It offers some of the best skiing and riding on the globe, along with a bustling village that is famed for its nightlife and party atmosphere. But there is more to Verbier than simply a thriving ski resort. It can just as easily offer a tranquil break from the pressures of your hectic working life!

Outdoor Winter Activities in Verbier

Skiing and snowboarding
Verbier offers visitors almost limitless skiing and boarding opportunities. It is the principal village within Switzerland’s largest interlinked ski area, with over 412km of pistes on its doorstep and more off-piste slopes than you can shake a ski stick at. There is something for everyone, and although the village has been described as not altogether ideal for beginners, this is simply because there is so much available for intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders! See our page describing the Four Valleys Ski Region for more details.

Snow Shoeing
If sliding down hills on planks is not quite your thing, or perhaps if the snow conditions aren’t that welcoming on a particular day of your stay, why not try snow shoeing? There are a handful of hire shops in Verbier that can provide you with snow shoes and poles for rental on a per-day basis, and a number of marked walks exist. The Tourist Office publishes a free map to show the routes, and organised excursions into the lower hills and forests can be organised through the hire shops or adventure companies in the village.

Cross-Country (Nordic) skiing
This is something not many Brits do, yet they are definitely missing out. The technique is very different to downhill skiing, and (allegedly) gives a particularly healthy cardio-vascular workout. It involves sliding your skis along what are often pre-made parallel grooves in a track – and Verbier offers over 22km of cross-country tracks in the surrounding area. A 4km track is located at village level behind the sports centre, whilst a short ride up the Médran bubble gives you access to the 6km route around La Chaux and Les Ruinettes. If you fancy exploring further afield, Le Châble has a 10km circuit, and a little way up the Grand St. Bernard valley at Plamproz there is another 2km track available.

Ice Skating
A great family event and something most people are happy to have a bash at, skating is available at the ice rink located beside the sports centre. It is available for public use at certain times in the afternoon, but ensure the local ice hockey team is not playing a match when you are hoping to use it. Skate hire is available. For more details call 0041 27 771 66 01.

Sledging
Verbier boasts the longest sledging run in the French speaking region of Switzerland, running from the top of the La Tzoumaz bubble down to the village of La Tzoumaz itself. It gives a vertical descent of 848m and, from our own experience, can provide some of the most fun you are likely to have on your visit to the resort. The Petite Combe run, too, is floodlit every Wednesday and Saturday evening for night time sledging. Sledges can be hired from several of the hire shops in Verbier.

Ice Climbing
Climbing a frozen waterfall or even a man-made ice tower is an experience not to be missed, and several adventure companies in Verbier can lay on instruction and assistance to parties of all ages. All equipment is provided so all you need to bring with you is your courage and a readiness to be an adrenalin-junky for a couple of hours.

Paragliding (known in Switzerland as Parapenting)
If you’ve never done a tandem flight but have always been tempted, Verbier’s beautiful south-facing mountains offer the perfect opportunity to get soaring. Spectacular aerial views of the mountains, valleys and alpine forests are included as standard as you ride the thermals and glide your way downwards with your instructor at the helm.

Indoor Winter Activities in Verbier

Cinema
Verbier has a small cinema that opens daily. It shows major film releases predominantly in the evenings, though on bad weather days the cinema does open early. Be aware that some films are shown in English, whilst many are in French.

Wine tasting
The south-facing valley sides from Lausanne to Sierre is the wine-making capital of Switzerland, and although the UK market is somewhat bereft of Swiss wines, there are some world-class vinters located in the Canton, producing fabulous white and red wines (it seems they just don’t see the UK as a worthwhile market to tap into)! If you have your own car, go exploring along the Rhône valley as many firms offer wine-tasting on the spot. We recommend trying the local white Fendant.

Spa / Wellbeing
Pamper yourself with a massage or treatment after a hard day on the hill! Several local firms offer mobile services and will come to your chalet or apartment, offering professional massages and dealing with any aches and pains that you may have.

Swimming
The sports centre in Verbier has a large indoor swimming pool, open in both the winter and summer.

Squash
There are also two squash courts located within Verbier’s sports centre. These can be booked by phone on 0041 27 771 66 01, and you can even hire racquets and balls if needed.

Indoor climbing
Similarly, if you don’t relish being out in the elements, there is an indoor climbing wall at the sports centre that can provide the entire family with an adventurous time. Instruction is available and the wall is open throughout the year. Call 0041 79 671 50 54 for further details and to book.