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Winter Lift Passes


As with many interlinked ski regions, there are one or two lift pass options to be aware of when considering what to purchase for your Verbier stay. The following is a breakdown of what is on offer.

Verbier Pass

If you’re planning to ski in the local area on each day, and don’t need any more flexibility, you can choose to buy a local Verbier Pass that gives access to the three different sectors that make up the Verbier Ski area – Verbier, Bruson and Savoleyres.

Four Valleys Pass

If you want complete flexibility and the freedom to roam, the Four Valleys Pass allows you to connect beyond the Verbier area to the nearby villages of Siviez, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon, plus you get unlimited access to the Bruson and Savoleyres ski areas.

Discounts available

A 15% discount is available for youths up to 24 years of age (this has just changed and used to be only up to 19 years). Similarly, Seniors born between 1938-1950 also get a 15% discount, and Group discounts of 15% off apply for groups of 15 persons and more. See also Family Passes below.

Depending on what you plan to do, and particularly if you have family or friends in ski school who you would like to meet up with at lunchtime, it might be best to purchase a local Verbier Pass for your stay, then purchase the occasional half-day Four Valleys top-up if you plan to venture further into the Four Valleys o a given day. We reckon you can afford to do this twice before you start wishing you had purchased the full Four Valleys Pass in the first place!

Family Pass

Families are eligible for discounts of around 10%, although the exact value depends on the make-up of your family group. Grandparents, uncles, aunts and step-parent families are also included in the family pass, and in order to qualify as a ‘family’, there must be a minimum of three paying individuals, with at least one adult or senior plus one child or youth (unmarried). In addition, there must be a maximum of three adults to each child or youth, and a maximum of six adults to two children (or two youths) for each Family Pass. Family ski passes must all be issued for the same duration, but the sector you choose to ski in can differ.

Beginner Pass

Two beginners’ slopes in Verbier – Les Esserts and Les Moulins can be accessed using a Beginner Pass, and there are ‘magic carpet’ conveyor-belt-style lifts on Les Esserts and Tzoumaz that you can buy a pass for on an ad hoc basis (payment only by cash).

Pedestrian Pass

If you aren’t skiing but want to head up to take in the scenery – or the lunches – on the Mont Fort, Attelas, Mont-Gele and Savoleyres mountains, you can also get Pedestrian Pass. There are marked walking trails if you’d like to explore between Les Ruinettes and La Chaux and also up to the Cabane de Mont Fort from La Chaux. Pedestrian passes are also available for the season.

Season and Annual Pass

Season passes make obvious sense for those staying in the village for several months. A full Four Valleys pass for an adult start at 1456CHF (around £950-£975).

The Four Valleys annual pass gives you unlimited access to the lifts in winter and summer, and the sooner you book it, the more you save. Discounts are available when purchasing in September, October and November, and the pass will also provide:

  • Access to all Fours Valleys lifts
  • 1 entrance to the Bains de Saillon (thermal baths roughly 40mins away by car)
  • 1 entrance to the swimming pool at La Tzoumaz
  • 1 entrance to the St-Bernard Dog Museum at Martigny
  • 1 entrance to the Verbier Sports Centre
  • 20% discount on a facial treatment at Spa Valmont Verbier
  • 25% discount on services offered at the SPA at the Chalet d’Adrien Hotel

The Four Valleys Club Card

The Four Valleys Club Card allows you to ski the Four Valleys area at a reduced price all season (or just Valais at an even cheaper rate). The more you ski the cheaper it becomes! The pass works like a credit card with your days on the mountain being debited from the card at the end of each ski day. The rate debited is based on the time you start and the area you decide to ski and once you’ve bought your card, you don’t need to return to the cash desk.

You can buy these passes either online or at one of the lift pass offices in the village or at Tortin, and you can also use them in the summer. Take a look at the dates they’re offering reductions this year.

The Valais Skicard

The Valais Skicard operates in a similar way to the Four Valleys Club Card but is pre-paid as opposed to being charged afterwards. Valais Skicard holders charge their card with an amount of money, after which they’re granted direct access to the slopes without having to queue at the ticket counters.

Weh you pass through a lift control gate, the scanner automatically deducts the relevant amount from your Valais SkiCard, based on your age group and the time of day. The card is non-transferable, and valid for two years. You can extend the life of your Valais Skicard simply by recharging it – with a minimum of of 100CHF – before its expiry date. The Valais Skicard also gives access to the thermal baths at Saillon and the Gianadda Foundation in Martigny.

Confused? We wouldn’t blame you. The important thing is simply to be aware that choices exist, then question the staff at the lift station counter when you are in the village about what pass you ought to get. More details can be found at the lift company’s website.