Verbier



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Verbier
Verbier is justifiably famous as one of the most outstanding ski areas in Europe and lies high in a sunny, well-sheltered position in the heart of Switzerland's southern-most Alps with views of Mont Blanc to the west and the Matterhorn to the east.

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Skiing - Night skiing: Heli skiing: Torchlit descents:

Snowboarding Snowparks: 2

Other Snow Sports Cross country: 20km Cross country equipment available: Snow shoeing: Snow shoes available: Telemark: Telemark equipment available: Sleigh rides: Skidoos:

Verbier, and the smaller resorts of Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thuyon and La Tzoumaz are all linked by one ski pass, which offers skiers and snowboarders one of the largest skiable areas in the Alps, including 255 miles (410km) of pistes of all standards. Verbier itself offers 122 miles (195km) of pistes for various levels of skiers and snowboarders. Advanced and intermediate skiers seek the resort's most famous slopes on the intimidatingly steep Mont Fort and the off-piste routes from Mont Gelé to Tortin and La Chaux. Verbier is also renowned for its vast amount of challenging off-piste skiing and demanding mogul runs, which are sought after by expert skiers and snowboarders. Beginners are also well catered for with excellent ski schools, nursery slopes in the centre of the village and a wide variety of blue (easy) runs on Savoleyres and Lac de Vaux.

The shopping in Verbier is excellent, though genearlly limited to groceries and ski wear. There are a range of boutiques and clothing stores, but most are very expensive.

A wide choice of restaurants caters to the international crowd with over 60 superb restaurants offering anything from traditional cuisine to Japanese and American fare. Rosalp and the Montpelier restaurants are well known for their award winning food, but are priced accordingly. Local specialities like fondues, raclette and rösti are served in traditional establishments like La Channe Valaisanne, Viex Valais and Le Carrefour. Vegetarians are well catered for. The main square is surrounded by cafes, patisseries and coffee shops.

Verbier has one of the wilder and more exciting nightlife scenes among the European winter ski resorts. The road running from the main ski lift to the town centre is the heart of the après ski action and there are plenty of bars and cafes around the town square. The Nelson Pub and King's Bar serve cocktails and fine wines; the Croquignolle is famous for its Long Island Iced Teas. Five nightclubs stay open and busy until 4am: Le Scotch attracts the younger crowd with happy hours and theme parties, and Big Ben is the gathering spot for teenagers. Tara Club has three bars and different music. L'Aristo and Marshal's Night Club are late night lounge bars. The Farm Club is perhaps the most famous nightspot in Verbier and is the choice for many celebrities. Regular guests keep their own bottle behind the bar and are waived past the long queue.

Besides skiing and snowboarding, Verbier also offers heliskiing, a six-mile (10km) toboggan run, ice-skating and cross-country skiing. As a top Alpine sports centre, Verbier also offers a sports and fitness centre, indoor swimming pools, curling, a climbing wall, and paragliding. It is also one of the best sites for hang gliding and parascending. Summer activities also include walking trails and superb mountain biking. The ski resort has good facilities for children of all ages.

Verbier's accommodation, restaurants and ski passes are expensive and queues for the lifts can be long during the holidays. The snow reliability is fairly good in Verbier and it's usually possible to ski down to the village, but as with all European ski resorts weather conditions are unpredictable and it is can be cloudy.