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Verbier - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Skiing in Verbier
Verbier - Ski Resort in Four Valleys, Swiss Alps - 412km of Piste (1500m to 3330m)
A world class resort, ranked by many in their global top ten. Capital of the 4 Valleys ski circus. Wide ranging facilities for skiers and non-skiers of all kinds.
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|29km||Cross Country Pistes|
The Swiss ski resort of Verbier is part of the Four Valleys ski area with access to 412km of downhill skiing, with 205 individual pistes, served by 92 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Verbier itself (412km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Four Valleys ski resorts of Bruson, Evolène, La Tzoumaz, Nendaz, Siviez, Thyon les Collons and Veysonnaz.
With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Verbier is able to augment natural snow, on 42km of ski runs, with 52 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 17 Ski Lifts of Verbier are able to uplift 41,328 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are three Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Verbier are perfectly feasible. Sion Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Verbier
The 4 Vallées Ski area is one of the largest lift-linked areas in the world and the largest truly-linked and wholly in Switzerland. The maximum skiable vertical, when conditions are right, involves a trail of 15km (nearly 10 miles ) descending more than 2,500m ( 8230 feet) again one of the biggest and best verticals in the world.
Verbier has a good percentage of high-tech lifts able to shift large numbers of skiers quickly, most famously 'Le Jumbo' cable car, which carries 150 people at a time up to the Mont Fort glacier . In addition the Funispace lift contains giant gondola cabins on twin wires each capable of carrying 30 passengers. Other recent additions are the Chaux Express and Les Attelas lifts, increasing capacity and speed of access on key routes
Experts will be especially enraptured by what's on offer around Verbier. Highlights include the legendary Tortin snow bowl with its huge bumps, the extreme couloirs down from Les Attelas, the steep skiing around Mont Gele and the notorious Gentianes run below the cable car. Ski safaris are organised by the ski schools to French and Italian resorts in the area and heli-skiing is another popular option.
Ski mountaineering is yet another of the Verbier's strengths, lying as it does on the legendary 'Haute Route' between Chamonix and Zermatt (6 days). Intermediates inevitably have the greatest choice with hundreds of miles/kilometres of trails in the blue/red category. The huge Lac des Vaux bowl with lifts rising in every direction is one of the many options. Beginners may feel daunted by the skiing mecca all around them, but nonetheless have sunny nursery slopes just above the village centre.
Cross country skiers have half a dozen 4 and 5km (2.5- 3 mile) loops to choose from starting in the various Vallées villages, and there is a eight kilometre (five mile ) route through Val de Bagnes.
Snowboarding in Verbier
Boarders' favourite slope is generally regarded as La Chaux and the 1936 Neipark (www.mysnowpark.ch). Verbier hosts one of Europe's best known freeride competitions, unique to Europe, the Xtreme, each season on the north face of the Bec de Rosses, which features gradients of up to 54 degrees. About 30 of the world's best riders (skiers and boarders) are selected, by invitation only, to participate.
Verbier Aprés Ski
Verbier's nightlife offers something for everyone but is generally more happening than most of its competitors. Le 71 Point Bar below the Chez Martin restaurant has great music, as does the Crock No Name which is also famous for its Long Island Ice Tea. The large Nelson Pub and the two-level Mont Fort Pub are both famous for being action-packed through to 1.30am. The more laid-back King's Bar serves cocktails, fine wines by the glass, malts and Havana rums and cigars.
There are four night clubs in Verbier open up to 4am, the Coco Club is the 1st Luxury Vip members' club in the Alps. Le Farm Club has no dress code but normally has queues if you arrive late. Casbah is a late, late lounge bar and night club which opens just as the other bars are winding down and the fourth choice ius The Coup d'Etat.
Teenagers tend to gather at the fast-food and games room Big Ben club near the Medran lift.
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Verbier in brief
Verbier Ski Resort is:
Excellent for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Opened : November 3, 2011
Closed : April 28, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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