Traveling through Switzerland can be a standalone adventure filled with beauty. To reach Verbier we traveled by plane, train, and gondola. The Swiss countryside sits below the towering Alps and is dotted with rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and a plethora of vineyards. The views can change daily as the area is impacted by the changing weather. On our route from Geneva to Verbier, we saw snow-covered fields, thick dark clouds, and crashing waves on the shores of Lake Geneva. After a few days of warm temperatures and rain, our return journey was highlighted with blue skies, snowy mountain peaks, and calm glass-like waters. Discover Verbier, Switzerland with my must do’s and other tips!
Discover Verbier, Switzerland Must Do’s
Winter brings world-class skiing and snowboarding to Verbier, with opportunities to go off-piste and explore ungroomed snow. You can also go hiking, hire a dog-sled, sled down a luge track, paraglide over the mountain peaks, or even try heli-skiing. Or, you can sip fresh swiss hot-chocolate, ride the gondola to La Chaux for beautiful views and a nice walk, and unwind with an afternoon at the spa. There is something for everyone in the quaint mountain village.
As I am not coordinated enough for snow sports and do not enjoy cold weather, my experience in Verbier was a bit unconventional.
Enjoy the views of Verbier and the 4 Valleys
Non-skiers can purchase a pedestrian pass to the lifts for a discount. I rode the gondola from Verbier to Ruinettes and another from Ruinettes to the second stop at Le Chaux and had a delicious lunch at Dahu restaurant among the peaks of the Swiss Alps. A walking path, offering the most amazing 360-degree views, leads back down to Ruinettes where you can take the gondola back down to Verbier. It was a beautiful way to enjoy the fresh air and amazing views!
Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate at Le Galerie Du Chocolate
I love chocolate so much, I made it a verb. At Le Galerie Du Chocolate, you can enjoy steamy hot chocolate, dip fruits and biscuits into chocolate fondue, sample fresh handmade chocolate truffles, nibble on chocolate bars, and sip fine tea, all while breathing in the aroma of fresh chocolate.
Grab a beer at Pub Mont Fort in the late afternoon with all of the tired and thirsty skiers. The bar is certainly a hot spot and offers great burgers as well as cold beer.
Fill up with a delightful chicken caesar salad and fresh pasta at Borsalino for lunch or dinner.
Discover Verbier, Switzerland Where to Stay
W Verbier is the place to be in Verbier. The hotel sits immediately at the bottom of the ski slopes next to the gondola and is a 5-star property. The W boasts a full spa with indoor/outdoor pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, and a fitness center. There is a cocktail lounge with beautiful views, 3 restaurants open for dinner each evening, and a healthy juice café serving breakfast and lunch daily. The hotel offers absolutely everything you could possibly need including exceptional service. You hardly even need to leave the property, unless of course, you want to give your wallet a break ;).
As a Marriott/SPG Platinum member, I received chocolate welcome treats and complimentary daily breakfast.
Tip: If you plan to stay at the W Verbier, coordinate any ski or snowboard rentals through Mountain Air as it is next door and works very closely with the hotel. Cost for 2 day ski pass and snowboard rental was about $200.
Discover Verbier, Switzerland Tips
- Be aware of changing weather conditions and heed avalanche warnings.
- Wait to purchase your ski passes until the day of, in case of poor weather and ski run closures.
- Verbier is within the French-speaking area of Switzerland.
- 1st class train tickets on Swiss regional trains don’t appear to offer any valuable benefits in comparison to 2nd class.
- Bring lunch on the train as it is a long ride without food or drink to purchase. Verbier is 2 hours from Geneva and 3 hours from Zurich and Milan by train(s) and gondola
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