Verbier, what an area! It
is so vast that you could ski in the immediate region for a week and not ski
the same run twice. There is however no perfect resort; even Verbier has some
lift lines and bottlenecks.
These are predictable at some times, less so at
others. If you can afford it at all, try to get a guide or a private ski
instructor, and share the expenses within a small group. Then you will surely
stand a better chance of avoiding those less than apparent lift lines, and at
the same time enjoy learning the mountain from a local expert.
In the last 15 years,
Televerbier has perfected the fine art of piste grooming. This expertise,
combined with the latest in grooming technology have made for well-maintained
beginner and intermediate slopes on this huge mountain that is at the best of
times difficult to groom.
versions of the classic runs, Attelas to Ruinetes and Verbier, Lac Des Vaux
and la Chaux, gently stroke your ego, whilst at the same time allowing you to
build style along with confidence.
It is here, catering to the recreational
skier, the once a year holiday skier, that this resort truly comes into its
own. These slopes are ideal for those who are into the latest carving
techniques, while also offering the optimal conditions for intermediate skiers
to perfect their turns.
In the sunny bowls below
the Pierre Avoi and Croix de Coeur on the Family side of the mountain, the
runs winding from Savoleyres to Verbier via the Carrefour offer great
intermediate skiing in a relaxed and uncrowded environment.
On the Northerly facing, a new
6 detachable chair -lift " Le Nord " replaces the old chairlift
Saxon and ski-tow Le Nord from Savoleyres to la Tzoumaz, intermediate skiers will delight in the
beautiful runs, such as Airport and Saxon that begin above the tree line and
wind down through superb larch and pine forests. This is a great area, and one
of the favourites of this writer. It is ideal for students and those of less
than maximum ability and confidence.