Did you know that in winter, Verbier pretends to be the place where the most litters of bier is drunken? Also, in winter the ski resort located in the French Wallis turns into a Londoner colony. Here, bistro and bar staffs speak English only and yuppies from the City spend their week-end with clients.
Most of all, Verbier offers one of the largest skiable domain in Switzerland and covers 4 valleys with only 1 ski pass. “Sport and Party” is the motto !
How to reach: unfortunately, going to Verbier by train from Zurich is complicated. You would need to change in Bern to take the train to Brig, stop at Martigny, take a second train to Le Chable and then a bus or the gondola… You save your time by car !
Where to stay: The choice of hotel is restricted. Choose between le Farinet, le King’s, le Chalet d’Adrien, the W (Hotel in Les Trois Rocs) , le Mazot. If you like the very exclusive, the Lodge has been built by Richard Branson especially for you !
What to do: skiing. Doing something else is not an option ! For a skinning tour or an heli-ski on the Grand Combin, you can book a guide. Other useful info:
- Ski tuitions in English at the ski store Moutain Air.
- Telemark rental at Dominique Roux’s, near Savoleyre
- A stop: the Chalet Blanc is a private club opened at the top of Savoleyre. Perfect for a ski lunch pause or a drink
- My favourite mountain restaurant: la Cabanne Mt Fort, Chez Danny and la Marlenaz
When the weather is cloudy and snowy, I suggest you to visit the Foundation Gianada at Martigny. There is always great exhibition there. Otherwise, you can ride horse or ice skate at the Sport Center.
Tea pause: Milk Bar for its Milkshare or the Australian – inspired Offshore near Medran for its pancake and chicken sandwich.
After ski: Le Rouge or Le Farinet. Eventually, le Fer à Cheval to enjoy the sun on the terrace.
Dinner out: unfortunately, there is no so many gourmet restaurant in Verbier. If you like the very Swiss raclette style: la Chaine Valaisane. If you rather want a pizza: chez Martin. If you want to overpay your salad: le Chalet d’Adrien. If you want something a bit more elaborate: le Hameau.
I especially like to walk by night to La Marmotte or to Le Namaste for a cheese fondue- dinner with friends, and to luge down back.
Bar: after dinner, Le Farinet is still open ! Otherwise Les Croquignols is quiter. Le Pub Mt Fort crowded of English with a pint. Le Barjo is the meeting point of locals. The Club-lounge of the W hotel named the Carve, freshly opened, is an alternative of the noisy T-Bar on the Place Centrale
Clubs: the Farm Club is an institution where younger and older like to mix in a casual atmosphere. Giuseppe and Serafino, the tenders, are two brothers dedicated to their club for ages. They almost know their regular clients by name.
You can try different atmospheres at la Casbah, which moved to the former place of the Public (formely named le Coco, and even previously le Taratata).
Little tip: the bakeries near the post office or back to Les Croquignols open when you’re on your own way back home, around 5 a.m. Stop there to buy a warm croissant or a sandwich !