Verbier has a reputation of being a winter playground for the rich and famous, with its large and varied ski area, luxury ski accommodation, and extravagant nightlife. It can however, also be a great place to take the family.
Most unusually for a ski resort, children under eight ski for free (it is normally under five), and there are substantial lift pass reductions for children aged between eight and 14. Teenagers will love the cool and glamorous vibe of Verbier, and the ski area has terrain suitable for every level. The resort has amazing hotels, chalets and apartments to stay in, some of which are ski-in/ski-out. We are talking real luxury here, with quintessential wooden finishes, lavish interiors and high-end service. Better value accommodation can be found in the outlying villages of Nendaz, Le Châble and La Tzoumaz, and as they are all connected to the main ski area, the only compromise you have by doing this is missing out on the lively late night après-ski that Verbier offers.
Its compact size and free bus service means it's easy to get around. In addition to the enormous ski area and modern ski lift infrastructure, Verbier also has fabulous mountain restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the panoramic views. The village lies at 1,500m and enjoys a long winter season thanks to the high altitude skiing that includes the glacier on Mont Gelé at 3,000m. It is south facing, so you can enjoy basking in the sunshine at one of the many après-ski mountain bars and restaurants. There aren't as many non-skiing activities here as there are in other resorts, but you can still enjoy swimming, indoor rock climbing and ice-skating, and there is also a cinema.
Verbier is a great option for a summer holiday as well. The Alps are very beautiful in summer with hot sunny days and cool nights, and plenty of activities and events to keep you occupied.
Verbier is a couple of hours drive from Geneva airport, or you can take a train all the way to Le Châble and take the gondola up to Verbier from there. It is place that attracts an international crowd, and you'll find that English is widely spoken. A ski holiday here combines the best of many worlds - great ski area, great accommodation, and great entertainment.