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Top 10 things to do for non-skiers in Verbier

The best ways to keep yourself busy if you’re not skiing

Featured in: | Barnaby Bos, Verbier Reporter | Published
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While Verbier might undoubtedly be one of the best places in the world for those who love to shred the mountain, there’s plenty more beneath the surface to keep non-skiers happy for a lifetime.

It’s not only incredible skiing and snowboarding that Verbier offers. If you’re not here to ski, or perhaps you’ve had a few long days on the slopes and just fancy a more relaxed day in the town, there’s a brilliant variety of activities to do.

1. Heli-sightseeing

You don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to appreciate the beauty of the Swiss Alps. The view from Verbier is breathtaking in itself, but if you’re after a truly unique and unforgettable view, then there’s no better way to see the rugged peaks than to stare down at them from a helicopter. Whitetracks Helicopters offers amazing helicopter sightseeing tours and scenic flights around the Verbier region.

It would take you weeks to see as much from the ground as you can in one helicopter flight. Taking it one step further, Kando Experiences can even organise for you to have a fine-dining lunch experience atop one of the Glaciers, complete with lavish fur rugs, seats built into the snow, champagne, and the best gourmet food.

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2. Après-ski fitness sessions

During the Winter, Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats offer Après-Ski Fitness Sessions. These are open to everybody, not only reserved for skiers, and are a fantastic way of keeping in shape while out on holiday. You can opt for one-to-one and private group fitness training with an in-chalet service as well as outdoor and studio space available for workouts. From high altitude running trails through some of Verbier’s most stunning scenery to bodyweight strength training and core conditioning, there's something for everyone at every fitness level.

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3. Day at the spa

A trip to Verbier wouldn’t be complete without taking advantage of one of the many lavish spas on offer here. Out top picks would have to be the Cinq Mondes spa at La Cordees des Alpes, and the spa at the W Hotel. All are luxury hotels with incredible spa facilities for both guests and visitors to use. If you’d rather enjoy your massage in the comfort of your chalet, then Chilali can bring the massage parlour to you. They have a great team of highly qualified practitioners, and can perform a range of relaxing massage treatments.

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4. Paragliding

Paragliding is one of the most unique and exhilarating experiences you can ask for in a trip to Verbier. There is no other feeling like lifting off from 2200m above sea level, then descending 1400m through the tree line to finish in Le Chable. Fly Verbier offers a variety of different paragliding experiences and an inexpensive way to see the mountains from the air. From tandem flights to speed riding and individual paragliding courses, they make the experience even more enjoyable through their friendly and professional service.

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5. Snowshoeing

You don’t need to be on skis to experience the charm and serenity of the mountains. Adrenaline Ski School can take you on guided snowshoeing excursions, taking you through some of the most unseen of Verbier’s natural beauty, which would otherwise be very difficult to access. The instructors are all fully qualified and make a huge effort to ensure you receive their attention and are safe at all times.

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6. Ice and rock climbing

The Sports Centre in Verbier has a fantastic indoor climbing and bouldering wall, along with tennis and squash courts for visitors to use. Just note that to climb on the main wall you must bring your own harness but can hire climbing shoes there. For those who seek something a little more adventurous, it’s also possible to hire a mountain guide and head off to various locations for a go at ice-climbing. If you’re an experienced ice climber, there are many different falls with varying levels of difficulty in the area.

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7. Shopping

Verbier is a shopping-lovers paradise, with an array of shops from high-end luxury fashion retailers to incredibly well stocked outdoors and ski shops. You can easily spend a whole day, if not more, enjoying the artisanal delights of Verbier’s food scene, with a multitude of different cheese and wine shops, and the mouth watering treats in La Galerie du Chocolat.

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8. Sledging/tobogganing

Anyone who’s been sledging or tobogganing in a ski resort before knows that it’s a lot more exciting than what we’re used to back home. High speeds, sharp corners, and a lot of fun are what you can more likely expect. On the La Tzoumaz side of Savoleyres, Verbier offers an amazing sledging track, 10 km long and with 848 metres of vertical descent in fact. The sledges are controlled by braking levers, so you can go as fast or slow as you want, and it’s usually only around 10CHF to hire a tobbogan for the day from one of the local hire shops.

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9. Yoga

Yoga is all the rage these days, loved by many for its healthy, relaxing, and cathartic effects. There’s certainly not many better places to practice the ancient art form than with panoramic views of the Val de Bagnes, and all the way to the snowcapped Mont Blanc Massif. At Wholeycow they are developing a health and fitness community accessible to everyone. By offering a broad range of affordable classes & amazing therapies, their aim is to help their clients to enhance their overall wellbeing. In their worlds, ‘Those who have health, have everything.

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10. Husky sledding

If you’re a dog lover, then husky-sledding is an absolute must. Take a half-day and travel 7km through the forests and mountains on your first introduction to dog-sledding, or go out for longer on a full-day mission. A full day trip will include a stop for a raclette lunch, and you’ll be pulled along at speed for 20km by the dogs. They require you to be in good physical shape though, as over the journey you’ll be doing a lot of work! You can also choose to take the panorama tour which is better for families who want to sit back and relax for 45 minutes as a guide does all the driving.

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