Guidebook

Discover Verbier - Switzerland’s Legendary Ski Mountain

5 superb ski tours, from day-long summit climbs to mini-adventures.

Description

Slap bang in the heart of the Four Valleys, one of Switzerland’s largest ski areas, and attracting everyone from professional skiers to ritzy holidaymakers and fanatical ski bums, Verbier is a jewel in the Swiss skiing crown. Not only does it boast extensive expert and off-piste skiing, but the setting is absolutely beautiful. Awe-inspiring glacial scenery and vast mountain panoramas, with views from the top of Verbier’s ski area- Mont Fort, at 3,330m- stretching as far as Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn make Verbier an incredible place to ski.

With over 120km of lift-served off-piste ski area, there’s a serious amount of ski touring to be done in the 4 Valleys. Here are 5 splendid tours to get your adventures in Verbier started. For a mini adventure not so far from the pistes, try the Bruson Backside. Those looking for a bigger, daylong challenge with a summit climb should go for the Mont Fort Hut to Prafleuri Hut route.

Written by Fionnuala Kavanagh

Sources:
Thorne, P. (2014) Powder- The Greatest Ski Runs on the Planet. (2014) London: Quercus Editions Ltd.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/resort-guides/switzerland/verbier/

La Châble - Mont Fort Hut
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La Châble - Mont Fort Hut

Verbier
0 - 1 hrs
2.0 km
62 m
336 m
38 °
A short section linking the Verbier Lifts to the well situated Mont Fort Hut
Moderate
Private
Mont Fort Hut to Prafleuri Hut (via Rosablanche)
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Mont Fort Hut to Prafleuri Hut (via Rosablanche)

Verbier
5 - 6 hrs
10.3 km
1,145 m
942 m
37 °
One of the big days on the Haute Route taking in the summit of the Rosablanche
Moderate
Private
Bruson Backside
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Bruson Backside

Verbier
1 - 2 hrs
3.6 km
148 m
918 m
40 °
A mini adventure not so far from the pistes
Moderate
Private
Vallon d'Arby - Ocean Drive

Vallon d'Arby - Ocean Drive

Verbier
0 - 1 hrs
0.9 km
17 m
470 m
47 °
W
A steep and enjoyable couloir which finishes down the Vallon d'Arby
Severe
Private
Vallon d'Arby - Les Plans
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Vallon d'Arby - Les Plans

Verbier
0 - 1 hrs
3.3 km
44 m
883 m
38 °
An alternative entrance to the Vallon d'Arby with some good skiing but requires some walking
Difficult
Private