Verbier and the 4 Valleys ski area is the biggest ski area in Switzerland, with 410km of linked pistes accessed by 93 ski lifts. The ski terrain starts at 1250m and tops out at 3330m at the summit of Mont Fort.
The whole ski area has 35 blue pistes, 39 red pistes, 14 black pistes, a snowpark, a handful of cross-country ski and winter walking trails and an incredible array of off-piste opportunities. The skiing in and around Verbier can be broken up into 4 areas, namely: Verbier, La Tzoumaz/Savoleyres, Bruson and Mont Fort/4 Valleys (see the piste maps).
Its enormous ski area and varied terrain attracts skiers and snowboarders from around the globe and offers something for every level of skiers and snowboarder, from complete beginners to extreme freeride and professionals skiers as well as ski mountaineers. From the nursery slopes of Les Esserts to the sun-drenched beginner area of La Chaux, and from the mellow pistes of the Lac des Vaux to the wide, cruising boulevards of the Attelas and the Combes, Verbier has everything to please the beginner and intermediate crowds.
Verbier ski area
A popular resort, not only for its great piste skiing and challenging off-piste but Verbier has a (well-deserved) reputation for apres ski and nightlife. Loved by the rich and famous, this Swiss ski area hs something for everyone from beginner skiers and families, right through to the more advanced skiers and snowboarders.
Add to that the Verbier snowpark and challenging ski itineraries of Chassoure-Tortin and of the Mont Gelé, and it becomes clear that the Verbier ski area has something for everyone (see the piste maps).
Boasting three nursery slopes/beginner areas in the resort itself, the Verbier ski area also offers great beginner terrain up at La Chaux, accessible from Médran via the La Chaux Express Combi-Mix lift. Serviced by a high-speed detachable quad as well as a triple chair, the Lac des Vaux area is perfect for intermediate skiers looking for easy runs. What more, thanks to its northern orientation, this little area is usually blessed with great snow conditions.
Those seeking long uninterrupted “boulevards” on which to cruise down need to look no further than the Attelas 2 & 3 and the Combe 1 & 2 pistes. These runs are serviced for the most part by state of the art lifts such as the Funispace, the Les Attelas (a 6 man, high-speed detachable bubble chairlift) as well as the La Chaux Express (6-man chairs and 8-person gondolas alternating on the same line) ensuring that lift queues are kept to a minimum even on the busiest days.
Mont Fort & 4 Valleys ski area
Mont Fort marks the highest point in the 4 Valleys ski area at 3,330 metres and the Mont Fort sector of the 4 Valleys ski area offers, without a doubt, the largest array of easily reachable advanced/expert terrain of any ski resort in the Alps.
Read more in our guide to the Mont Fort & 4 Valleys ski area.
La Tzoumaz & Savoleyres ski area
Popular with beginners and families this area is situated just to lookers left of the Verbier ski resort. Offering some good tree skiing this area is also known for having one of the longest sled runs in the Swiss Alps.
Read more in our guide to the La Tzoumaz & Savoleyres ski area.
Bruson ski area
A great place for bad weather skiing as well as some fun off-piste the Bruson ski area sit directly opposite Verbier across the valley. Accessed by gondola from the Le Chable area in the bottom of the valley this small area is just as easy to reach as Verbier.
Read more in our guide to the Bruson ski area.
Best pistes in Verbier
The sun-drenched area of La Chaux is a firm favourite and a great place to practice your ski technique and progress as there are nice, easy runs which tend to soften up in the afternoon giving the south-facing orientation.
Beginner areas in Verbier
Advanced areas in Verbier
Skiers and boarders in search of steep, adrenaline packed descents will either want to head straight over to the Col de Chassoure to test their skills on the Chassoure-Tortin “wall” (a ski itinerary which takes you down a steep, often heavily moguled face) or, if the tram is running, head straight up to the peak of the imposing Mont Gelé, where, from its 3,023m summit, a multitude of ski itineraries will give even the most hardened experts a run for their money.
Off-piste areas in Verbier
When it comes to off-piste, Verbier is one of the most renowned resorts in the Alps. This is mainly due to the accessibility of its itineraries, as well as numerous possibilities found over an extensive region.
Snowparks in Verbier
Bad Weather areas in Verbier
The high, open pistes lack the contrast required for orientation during whiteout conditions and slope and sky can blur into one. However there are certain runs that offer more contrast providing vast amounts of skiing/snowboarding when the flakes are falling.