Verbier in the South West of the Swiss Alps is well known as being one of the best ski resorts in the world with its unrivalled off piste skiing, the danger of the beautiful terrain appealing to thrill seekers from all over the world. Verbier also has a much more sedate side with excellent nursery runs for children, great slopes of varying difficulty for all abilities, cross country runs and lovely walking routes.

As a destination of the rich and famous Verbier is unashamedly wealthy, frequented by royals from several nations and celebrities from around the world, it has all the glamour and glitz of a top quality holiday resort popular with the jet set. Wildly beautiful yet appealingly civilised Verbier is the ski resort to be seen at.

Verbier is an expensive resort, it is filled with the very best of hotels and chalets leading you to believe that you can’t travel there on a budget; however surprisingly there are several very good budget hotels. Notably the De Verbier Chalethotel; traditional rooms, hearty buffet breakfasts and a comfortable lounge complete with log fire are unexpected as are the balconies that the rooms enjoy. An affordable gem in the midst of luxury and opulence.

At the other end of the scale is the upmarket Kings Parc Hotel, recently refurbished; each of the 17 rooms is actually a suite with balconies to appreciate the stunning views over the resort. The hotel has been refurbished using contemporary design, rich colours and luxurious materials which give a sense of privilege and calm.

The most popular way to stay in Verbier is to rent an apartment or a chalet, these range from basic studios to the opportunity of renting a chalet belong to one of the world wealthiest. For unbridled excess why not rent the chalet belonging to Sir Richard Branson with its almost unimaginable opulence.

Verbier has an excellent range of restaurants with influences as diverse as French and Asian, local food is hearty and warming with fondue and raclettes being the iconic dishes of the region.
Other popular dishes include slow cooked pork casseroles and cured meats. For the best views with your meal travel up to 2730m to the newly opened La Vache; panoramic views over the mountains perfectly complement the menu of local produce and pizzas. With its new celebrity owner you never know just who you might meet inside.

For a excellent meal head to the Nevai restaurant in the Nevai Hotel, heated balconies and terraces make the most of the stunning views and once inside the open fires add to the charm of this well rated restaurant. Offering a fusion of Mediterranean and Asian flavours alongside perfectly cooked meats this restaurant is one not to miss.

Verbier is absolutely about the excellent skiing but don’t let that blinker you to the range of other activities that are all around. Tobogganing is a great fun way to travel down the slopes and the floodlit Petite Combe run lets you have a little night time adventure. Ice climbing is another popular sport, the eerie calm of the frozen waterfalls giving a haunting experience that will never be forgotten.

During the summer months the activities don’t stop and can be just as exciting as their winter counterparts. White water rafting, glacier walking and rock climbing give you another way to seek your thrills whilst a helicopter ride over the beauty of the Alps offers a completely different kind of excitement. More than a ski resort Verbier is worth much more than a second glance during the summer months.

Mid December to Mid April is peak ski season with the Christmas period being vibrant and exciting but it can also be incredibly busy. Although there are many activities during the off peak season with all the natural beauty of the region, it is always best to check the available facilities if this is your preferred time to travel.

Higher altitudes may have snow on the ground all year round but it is not always suitable for skiing, making the peak skiing months always the most popular time to visit.