Guidebook

Freeriding Verbier

A guidebook for powderhounds seeking the best lines in Switzerland’s freeriding capital.

Description

Legendary Verbier is famed for its gorgeous scenery, Swiss efficiency, and an expansive amount of expert skiing and off-piste terrain. With over 120km of lift-served off-piste routes alone, there’s more than enough for any expert skier to get excited about.

According to ski legend Patrick Thorne in his book ‘Powder: The Greatest Ski Runs on the Planet’- “Verbier has certainly made its mark, with events such as the freeriding and speed-skiing world tours all ending up here each spring... For expert skiers, the options in Verbier are relatively limitless.’ This means that there are a fantastic amount of freeriding lines to try. We have compiled a long list to take you to all of the best spots. Perhaps start at the top, with Mont Fort Backside, heralded by locals and visitors alike as being THE must-do freeride line in the greatest Swiss ski area of them all.

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/

Chassoure - Rock Garden
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Chassoure - Rock Garden

Verbier
517 m
36 °
E
0 m
1.5 km
A Verbier classic requiring some walking but without great commitment
Moderate
Private
Savoleyres - La Marlene
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Savoleyres - La Marlene

Verbier
743 m
40 °
S
14 m
3.2 km
A straightforward scenic ski in the sun with a potential great lunch stop.
Moderate
Private
Savoleyres - Moomin Forest
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Savoleyres - Moomin Forest

Verbier
267 m
31 °
S
4 m
1.3 km
Great skiing through the "Moomin" forest
Difficult
Private
Gentianes - Mont-Fort Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Gentianes - Mont-Fort Couloir

Verbier
497 m
33 °
63 m
1.1 km
A steep and enjoyable South facing couloir
Severe
Private
Attelas - James Blunt Variant
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Attelas - James Blunt Variant

Verbier
465 m
51 °
W
0 m
0.9 km
Some steeper options from the classic James Blunt
Severe
Private
Mont Gele - North Couloirs Lake Side
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont Gele - North Couloirs Lake Side

Verbier
325 m
44 °
N
4 m
1.0 km
Steep north facing couloirs from Mont Gele towards the Lac des Vaux
Difficult
Private
Mont Gele - Central Couloirs
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont Gele - Central Couloirs

Verbier
339 m
40 °
N
0 m
0.6 km
The main north facing couloirs from the top of Mont Gele
Severe
Private
Mont-Fort - North Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont-Fort - North Face

Verbier
287 m
41 °
N
4 m
0.7 km
Gnarly with a capital G. Perhaps second only to the Bec des Rosses for extreme lines.
Extreme
Private
Savoleyres - Pylons
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Savoleyres - Pylons

Verbier
695 m
28 °
S
0 m
2.0 km
A direct line following the pylons of the Savoleyres cable car
Moderate
Private
Savoleyres - Planards Esserts
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Savoleyres - Planards Esserts

Verbier
656 m
34 °
S
0 m
2.1 km
Slightly steeper but fun skiing in the sun from Savoleyres to Les Esserts
Difficult
Private
Mont-Fort - Phantom Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont-Fort - Phantom Couloir

Verbier
296 m
48 °
E
13 m
1.1 km
An excellent but very serious, steep and exposed couloir
Extreme
Private
Mont Fort - Jacobs Ladder
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont Fort - Jacobs Ladder

Verbier
853 m
42 °
E
82 m
2.9 km
A short climb gives access to a beautiful open bowl
Severe
Private
Mont-Fort - Les Lues
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont-Fort - Les Lues

Verbier
888 m
50 °
N
43 m
2.9 km
Excellent steep couloir skiing above the Lac de Cleuson
Extreme
Private
Savoleyres - Tournelle Left
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Savoleyres - Tournelle Left

Verbier
725 m
28 °
S
0 m
2.1 km
A steeper line skiers left of the Tournelle
Moderate
Private
Mont Gele - La Chaux
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont Gele - La Chaux

Verbier
613 m
40 °
S
4 m
1.8 km
A marked itinerary towards the Cabane de Mont-Fort
Moderate
Private
Attelas - Secret Spot
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Attelas - Secret Spot

Verbier
657 m
41 °
W
0 m
1.3 km
A secret spot that's not so secret anymore but still a classic. One of the Attelas couloirs offering easily accessible adventure and steep skiing but not to be underestimated.
Severe
Private
Gentianes - Pylon Run
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Gentianes - Pylon Run

Verbier
428 m
41 °
S
40 m
1.1 km
Easy access to a nice pitch of skiing
Difficult
Private
Attelas - Creblet
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Attelas - Creblet

Verbier
951 m
38 °
W
1 m
2.6 km
An introduction to the classic Attelas couloir skiing
Difficult
Private
Mont-Fort - Poubelle
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont-Fort - Poubelle

Verbier
183 m
47 °
E
14 m
0.4 km
An extremely serious, steep line straight from the top ridge of Mont-Fort.
Extreme
Private
La Chaux to Le Chable via Sarreyer
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La Chaux to Le Chable via Sarreyer

Verbier
1,452 m
36 °
S
18 m
6.0 km
A long run down to Le Chable through the forest and villages but needs good snow cover.
Difficult
Private
Mont Gele - S Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont Gele - S Couloir

Verbier
266 m
45 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
A steep N facing S shaped couloir
Severe
Private
Mont Gele - Direct
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont Gele - Direct

Verbier
452 m
38 °
S
2 m
1.0 km
A direct line down the south face of Mont Gele
Difficult
Private
Mont Fort - Grands Plans
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont Fort - Grands Plans

Verbier
326 m
49 °
E
19 m
1.8 km
A variant down the Glacier du Petit Mont Fort away from the main Backside crowds for a bit longer
Difficult
Private
Mont Fort - Glacier du Petit Mont-Fort
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Mont Fort - Glacier du Petit Mont-Fort

Verbier
427 m
39 °
S
8 m
1.5 km
A nice run down the gentle slopes of the glacier to join the exit of the classic 'Backside'
Difficult
Private
Attelas - James Blunt
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Attelas - James Blunt

Verbier
499 m
42 °
W
3 m
1.4 km
A short cut through off-piste terrain
Difficult
Private
Attelas - Etablons - Ba Combe
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Attelas - Etablons - Ba Combe

Verbier
473 m
32 °
W
81 m
1.6 km
An alternative entrance to Ba Bowl with some walking.
Moderate
Private
Attelas - Number One
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Attelas - Number One

Verbier
524 m
42 °
W
0 m
1.0 km
The widest and least steep of the Attelas couloirs
Severe
Private
Attelas - Ba Combe
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Attelas - Ba Combe

Verbier
481 m
38 °
W
5 m
1.4 km
A Verbier classic - great mellow skiing from the Col des Mines
Moderate
Private
Bec des Rosses - Dog Leg
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bec des Rosses - Dog Leg

Verbier
454 m
48 °
0 m
0.6 km
The classic, most natural line from the summit of the Bec des Rosses
Extreme
Private
Attelas - Three Fingers
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Attelas - Three Fingers

Verbier
481 m
52 °
W
0 m
0.9 km
The most serious of the Attelas couloirs
Extreme
Private
Chassoure - Col de la Petite Mouche
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Chassoure - Col de la Petite Mouche

Verbier
686 m
32 °
N
1 m
2.3 km
An interesting line following the ridge line and trees to Tortin
Difficult
Private
Bec des Rosses - Access
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bec des Rosses - Access

Verbier
21 m
40 °
E
274 m
0.8 km
The route up to the Bec des Rosses.
Severe
Private
Col de la Chaux Exit
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Col de la Chaux Exit

Verbier
256 m
31 °
N
1 m
1.0 km
An easy descent to re-join the pistes of Verbier from the Col de la Chaux.
Moderate
Private
Col Ferret Access
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Col Ferret Access

Verbier
74 m
22 °
W
122 m
1.6 km
A short skin gives access to the Col Ferret and various routes which start here
Moderate
Private
Gentianes - Stairway to Heaven
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Gentianes - Stairway to Heaven

Verbier
496 m
44 °
N
131 m
2.1 km
A Verbier Mega-Classic that rewards those prepared to do a little boot packing
Difficult
Private
Hidden Valley
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Hidden Valley

Verbier
1,040 m
32 °
N
150 m
5.0 km
A long complex off-piste run with lots of terrain
Difficult
Private
Gentianes - Highway
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Gentianes - Highway

Verbier
412 m
41 °
N
17 m
1.2 km
A bit like Stairway without the bootpack
Severe
Private
La Chaux - Le Chable via les Vacheresses
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

La Chaux - Le Chable via les Vacheresses

Verbier
712 m
33 °
W
11 m
3.8 km
A long run down to Le Chable through the forest and villages but needs good snow cover.
Difficult
Private
Mont Fort - Cat Walk
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont Fort - Cat Walk

Verbier
774 m
39 °
E
61 m
2.3 km
The winning combination of a short ski skin up to a long run down a secluded open bowl
Difficult
Private
Mont-Fort - South Face - Le Chable
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont-Fort - South Face - Le Chable

Verbier
1,387 m
40 °
S
120 m
4.6 km
South Face of Mont Fort travelling past the legendary Bec des Rosses
Severe
Private
Chassoure - Col de la Mouche
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Chassoure - Col de la Mouche

Verbier
497 m
33 °
N
1 m
1.6 km
A huge bowl at the perfect ski gradient
Difficult
Private
Mont Gele - Super Mouche
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont Gele - Super Mouche

Verbier
579 m
46 °
NE
0 m
1.2 km
A narrow isolated couloir that gradually widens out in to the main Tortin valley
Severe
Private
Bec des Etagnes North Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bec des Etagnes North Face

Verbier
437 m
48 °
N
156 m
1.0 km
Yet another big Verbier line, with big exposure, often overlooked, not for the faint hearted.
Extreme
Private
Attelas - Rock and Roll
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Attelas - Rock and Roll

Verbier
381 m
47 °
W
0 m
0.6 km
The classic Attelas couloir - experts only
Extreme
Private
Barry's Bowl
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Barry's Bowl

Verbier
395 m
45 °
W
55 m
2.0 km
A classic bowl easily accessible from the Gentianes - La Chaux red piste.
Difficult
Private
Bec des Rosses - East Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bec des Rosses - East Face

Verbier
329 m
44 °
NE
0 m
0.5 km
The 'easiest' route down the legendary Bec des Rosses
Severe
Private
Six Blanc North Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Six Blanc North Face

Verbier
281 m
37 °
N
205 m
1.5 km
Bruson Freeride comp area
Severe
Private
Savoleyres Trees
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Savoleyres Trees

Verbier
268 m
26 °
N
1 m
1.6 km
Neat little tree run with plenty of mini jumps and cliffs
Moderate
Private
Mont Fort - Backside
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont Fort - Backside

Verbier
1,591 m
50 °
58 m
8.5 km
THE Verbier classic taking a journey a long way from the ski area. Serious skiing in a serious environment.
Severe
Private
Mont Gele - Bouquetin
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont Gele - Bouquetin

Verbier
521 m
41 °
N
0 m
1.2 km
Another steep Mont-Gele classic couloir
Severe
Private
Mont Gele - Couloir de la Chaux
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont Gele - Couloir de la Chaux

Verbier
584 m
43 °
W
0 m
1.2 km
An enjoyable line down the west facing couloir from the top of Mont Gele
Difficult
Private
Mont Gele - Banana Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont Gele - Banana Couloir

Verbier
880 m
46 °
54 m
2.2 km
The classic N facing couloir in the shape of its name
Severe
Private
Le Fou
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Le Fou

Verbier
1,075 m
41 °
N
121 m
3.5 km
A wild and rarely frequented tour to Le Fou and down to join the bottom of the Hidden Valley
Severe
Private
Mont Gele - Super Fly
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont Gele - Super Fly

Verbier
784 m
44 °
NE
4 m
1.6 km
A steep Verbier classic couloir
Severe
Private
Le Fou - North Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Le Fou - North Couloir

Verbier
677 m
47 °
N
0 m
1.1 km
A steep and serious couloir directly down the North Face of Le Fou
Severe
Private
Savoleyres - Tournelle Right
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Savoleyres - Tournelle Right

Verbier
775 m
43 °
S
0 m
2.1 km
A steeper line skiers right of the Tournelle
Difficult
Private