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Verbier opens early for the 2020/21 ski season

Pistes open on Friday, 30th October 2020

featured in News & reviews Author Ana Hernández, Verbier Editor Updated

Winter is here! Despite it being a very unusual year, there are things that never change... like Verbier being able to open its Lac des Vaux ski area early. So, if you're itching to get back on the slopes, it's time to plan your trip to Verbier.

Thanks to the recent snowfalls, the ski area is opening early this season. This Friday, October 30th 2020, pistes in the Lac des Vaux area will be open to skiers, with more sections to be available as snow conditions improve. Until December 5th, lifts will only run during the weekends.

This Friday, there'll be four lifts open. Three of them will only transport skiers to the open pistes but the runs will be shut. These are the Le Châble-Verbier cable car (08:40-17:00), the Verbier-Les Ruinettes cable car (08:45-16:15) and the Funispace (08:55-16:15). The Lac des Vaux 1 chairlift will be running from 09:05 to 16:15 and will give access to two open pistes, a blue and a red. Also welcoming skiers will be the mountain restaurants Médran Café and L'Olympique.

One-day ski passes will be on sale for CHF48, with discounts for junior and senior skiers (CHF41) as well as children (CHF24). To purchase them, head to the ski pass offices in Médran (open 09:00-16:30), Le Châble (open every weekend from 08:30 to 16:30) and La Tzoumaz (open every weekend from 09:00 to 13:00).

Strict health and safety measures have been put in place to ensure minimal risk of infection with Verbier having signed Switzerland's "Clean & Safe" charter. Face masks are mandatory throughout the ski area, including in queues as well as on public transport and in all indoor areas, including cable cars, restaurants and cafes, the sports centre and other activity areas. Hand sanitiser is also available everywhere, while flexible cancellation policies are in place when buying ski passes – ask while booking.

Bon ski!