Verbier, the most cosmopolitan
holiday resort in Valais, is situated on a sunny
plateau and offers a unique panoramic view of the
Mont-Blanc and the Combins massif.
Over 500 km of signposted trails guide hiking
aficionados across the Verbier heights and the Val
de Bagnes. Seasoned hikers can set out to discover
classic routes such as the Tour du Val de Bagnes
and Tour des Combins. Mountain-bike enthusiasts
will find plenty of itineraries – no less than 826
km – and a bike park. The region also offers
various other leisure pursuits: 2 golf courses,
climbing routes, an adventure park, paragliding and
many activities besides. One attraction not to be
missed: the climb to the summit of Mont-Fort, with
sweeping views from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc.
As soon as the first snow falls, Verbier becomes a
mecca for winter sports enthusiasts. The "4
Valleys" ski zone − with no less than 410 km
of ski runs and over 89 ski lifts – embraces five
resorts: Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon and La
Tzoumaz. A cable car takes skiers to the summit of
Mont-Fort (altitude: 3330 m), from where the
descent is one of the most superb "black
runs" in the Alps.
Non-skiers can also enjoy the winter countryside on
a snowshoe walk, by taking the hiking trails or
launching out on the longest toboggan run in the
French-speaking region of Switzerland (length: 10
km). The resort of Verbier is known to ski tourers
as a staging-post on the "Haute Route"
from Chamonix to Zermatt.