Information & Facts
Besides skiing and snowboarding, a Verbier holiday also offers
heliskiing, a six-mile (10km) toboggan run, ice-skating and
cross-country skiing. As a top Alpine sports centre, Verbier also
offers a sports and fitness centre, indoor swimming pools, curling,
a climbing wall and paragliding. It is one of the best sites for
hang gliding and parascending. Summer activities also include
walking trails and superb mountain biking. The ski resort has good
facilities for children of all ages.
The three official languages are Swiss German, French and
Italian. A few people speak Romansch, but this is confined to the
southeastern corner of the country. Most people know at least three
languages, including English.
The official currency is the Swiss franc (CHF) divided into 100
rappen (German) or centimes (French). Although not part of the EU
many prices are nonetheless indicated in Euros and some merchants
may accept Euros. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely
accepted and ATMs are widespread; many are equipped with the Cirrus
or Maestro system. Banks offer the best exchange rates for
travellers cheques and foreign currency, but it is also possible to
exchange money at major hotels, main train stations and airports.
Banks are open Monday to Friday.
Verbier's holiday accommodation, restaurants and ski passes are
expensive and queues for the lifts can be long during the holidays.
The snow reliability is fairly good in Verbier and it's usually
possible to ski down to the village, but as with all European ski
resorts weather conditions are unpredictable and it can be
Verbier has one of the wilder and more exciting nightlife scenes
among the European winter ski resorts. The road running from the
main ski lift to the town centre is the heart of the après ski
action and there are plenty of bars and cafés around the town
square. The Pub Mont-Fort is a popular après-ski spot with the
English holiday crowd, as are Big Ben Pub and The Nelson. The
Offshore Café is a trendy spot for cocktails before dinner, while
Bar'Jo and King's Bar are also quite popular. A variety of
nightclubs stay open and busy until 4am. The Moroccan-themed Casbah
Club plays techno-music, largely for a younger crowd. The Farm Club
is perhaps the most famous nightspot in Verbier; it remains popular
with Verbier old-timers and is the choice for many celebrities.
Regular guests keep their own bottle behind the bar and are waived
past the long queue. Coco Club is one of the most popular venues in
Verbier; The New Club and Ice-Box Club are also trendy party
A wide choice of restaurants caters to the international crowd
on a Verbier holiday, with over 60 superb restaurants offering
anything from traditional cuisine to Japanese and American fare.
The Al Capone, Le Grenier and La Marmotte restaurants are well
known for their good quality food, beautiful views and friendly
staff. Local specialities like fondues, raclette and rösti are
served in traditional establishments like La Channe Valaisanne,
Vieux Valais and Le Carrefour. Vegetarians are well catered for.
Fer à Cheval is a great pizza restaurant that is popular with
regulars and is in walking distance from the main ski lifts. The
main square is surrounded by cafés, patisseries and coffee
The shopping while on holiday in Verbier is excellent, although
expensive. There are a range of boutiques and clothing stores, as
well as ski wear and equipment.
Local time in Switzerland is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between March and