Once a mythical hidden gem, Bruson is now part of the 4 Vallées mega-resort; here's what all the fuss is about!
Just a decade ago, Bruson was the place where the connoisseurs went while the masses headed for Verbier. Upon arriving in the village of Le Châble, Verbier is to the left, Bruson to the right and - thanks to a new cable car - both can now be accessed directly from there, meaning that Bruson has gone from a local secret to a popular holiday destination.
Luckily for freeriders, the majority of newcomers to Bruson stick to the pistes so the cold powder and fabulous terrain for which the area is famous remain relatively quiet compared to the legendary lines of Verbier's high country. In this guidebook we've listed some of the finest runs in the area, from the long and committing "Bruson Backside" (which requires a bit of logistical planning before you drop in) to the easy and stress-free "Canadian Trees - Pasay"; there's plenty of variety across these 5 routes. For those willing to earn their turns, "Six Blanc North Face" is highly recommended and - in the right conditions - provides one of the best descents to be found anywhere across the 4 Vallées.
Bruson sits in something of a snow pocket, and seems to attract and hold on to powder when it is scarce in the surrounding areas. As if epic terrain and reliably excellent snow weren't enough, Bruson also enjoys some of the finest views in Switzerland, with many of country's highest peaks visible from the lift system, as well as the famous Rhône valley and the mythical summits of the Mont Blanc Massif.
So the next you arrive in Le Châble, turn right!