Last spring, I fell completely under the spell of Verbier and Les 4 Vallées. Not only is it the largest ski area in Switzerland, this place is also a pure delight for the eyes! The breathtaking views are brimming with jagged peaks and dotted with the most beautiful mountainside log cabins. At lunch, I had the opportunity to stop in at several different mountain restaurants, with decors ranging from rustic to art deco. I treated myself to cheese, cheese and more cheese… along with a variety of local specialties—of course, if this isn’t your speed, there are also lots of other delicious menu items to choose from.
As impressive as the scenery and the food are, the main reason most people come to Verbier is the skiing. And, trust me, it does not disappoint. I enjoyed some amazingly well-maintained runs. At Verbier, there are a wide range of options to choose from: mountains for skiers of different calibres, several ski itineraries and multiple off-piste areas for which I strongly recommend the services of a guide. The summits of Mont Gelé and Mont Fort and their mogul fields provide more adventurous types with a good challenge. Mont Fort is also accessible by gondola for those who prefer to simply admire the views which, on a clear day, reveal Mont Blanc and Zermatt’s Matterhorn. For the perfect powder day, the Bruson sector is the place to be. Protected by trees and less crowded, this area guarantees a fabulous day of skiing even when the weather is less than perfect.
The village of Verbier boasts an abundance of restaurants and boutiques for every taste and budget. The après-ski scene is also fantastic. I found a great spot on main street where I sat back and slowly sipped on a delicious local beer… but, for those who prefer, there’s hot chocolate too! After all, don’t forget that Switzerland is also known as the land of chocolate!
Switzerland is a vacation spot that is sure to satisfy all of your senses!
Marc Boucher & Sylvie Desmarais.
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