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Winter Activities In Verbier

For all current information on Verbier and the 4 Vallées Region, please visit: www.verbier.ch and www.4vallees.ch.

Ski

With 92 ski lift facilities, the Verbier/4 Vallées ski area is the largest in Switzerland, and deserves its fame. Runs for all levels criss-cross the amazing surroundings with modern infrastructure and guaranteed snow.

Rising to 3,330 meters, the highlight of the resort of Verbier is the Mont-Fort (3,300m). Its unique 360° panorama of the Alps allows one to see from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc.

The ski resort of Verbier is exceptional. In addition to its slopes, it offers many groomed secure ski routes as well as extensive off-trail (off-piste) trails. Mont Fort, Mont Gelé, Chassoure-Tortin, the Vallon d'Arbi and the Col des Mines de Verbier are unique to the world.

The 4 Vallées Region combines more than 412km of ski runs linking the resorts of Verbier, La Tzoumaz and Bruson, as well as Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon.

Also, as Verbier is close to the French and Italian borders, you can spend a day skiing in France on the beautiful slopes of Chamonix, and admire the the famous Argentière Glacier, all within a 90-minute drive, or within an hour's drive, ski in Italy at Crevacol near the Val d'Aosta, and have lunch at a traditional Italian restaurant.

For more information, visit: www.televerbier.ch

Sledding/Sledging

Discover the longest toboggan run (10km) in the French part of Switzerland, directly in the heart of Verbier! Whether you are a beginner or a bold enthusiast, the region's sled runs promise excitement and a lot of laughs!

Located on the north side of the mountain, the runs have great snow cover and a hair-raising height difference of 848 metres.

Venture down from the summit of Savoleyres (2’354m) to La Tzoumaz (1’506m).

For safety reasons, we recommend that you wear a helmet and that children are accompanied by an adult.

3rd December 2016

Verbier Opening Party. Ski for free if you dress up as Father Christmas!
www.verbier.ch

4th-31st December 2016

Art Festival at the Sion Cathedral.
www.maitrise-cathedrale.ch

8th-11th December 2016

Martigny flavours and Artisans Market.
www.valais.ch

8th December 2016

Concert of Russian Orthodox hymns and songs at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda in Martigny.
www.gianadda.ch

9th-11th December 2016

Polaris Festival. 3day Electronic music festival on the mountain with top international DJ’S.
www.polarisfestival.ch

10th-23rd December 2016

Sion Christmas Markets.
www.mdnsion.ch

15th-23rd December 2016

Martigny Christmas Markets.
www.mdnsion.ch

15th-16th December 2016

FIS Women’s Giant Slalom race in Veysonnaz. International Alpine ski race with top athletes.
www.veysonnaz.ch

17th December 2016

Nendaz Opening Party. Celebrate the opening of Nendaz resort with DJ’s, Parties and special offers!
www.nendaz.ch

18th December 2016

La Tzoumaz opening party. Aprés-ski DJ’s from 3pm.
www.latzoumaz.ch

24th December 2016

Sing Christmas Carols in Nendaz.
www.nendaz.ch

25th December 2016

Father Christmas arrives in Nendaz! Meet Father Christmas for hot chocolates, and fun christmas suprises.
www.nendaz.ch

28th December 2016

Artistic ice skating exhibition in La Tzoumaz starting from 4.30pm.
www.latzoumaz.ch

31st December 2016

New Year’s party in Nendaz. Torch light descent, with alphorn and fireworks display.
www.nendaz.ch

5th-9th January 2017

Veysonnaz hosts the FSI Handicap Ski Race on the Piste l’Ours.
www.veysonnaz.ch

7th January 2017

Guided tour & tasting at the Morand distillery.
www.maritgny.com

14th January 2017

Bruson opening day. Enjoy a free meal in one of the mountain restaurants when you buy a Bruson ski pass.
www.verbierbooking.ch

14th January 2017

Moonlight Skiing in Nendaz.
www.nendaz.ch

14th January 2017

Charity ski touring race in Veysonnaz. Event is open to all, and the proceeds go to ARFEC cancer charity.
www.veysonnaz.ch

23rd-27th January 2017

La Tzoumaz Freeride week with the Swiss ski school.
www.latzoumaz.ch

4th February 2017

Ski Touring race in La Tzoumaz. Departure from 5pm, the event is open to all.
www.latzoumaz.ch

4th February 2017

Guided tour & tasting at the Morand distillery.
www.maritgny.com

7th February 2017

Piano, Violin and Cello concert at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda in Martigny.
www.gianadda.ch

11th February 2017

Moonlight skiing in Nendaz.
www.nendaz.ch

14th February 2017

Fondue & Torchlight descent party starting from 6.30pm in Veysonnaz.
www.veysonnaz.ch

27th February 2017

Kids Carnival at Les Moulins. Giant Slalom, fancy dress contest and face paintings, with prizes for the best fancy dress costumes!
www.verbierbooking.ch

28th February 2017

Nendaz Family Carnival. Carnival with fancy dress competition, torchlight decent and music on the piste.
www.nendaz.ch

2nd March 2017

Music from the Vocal ensemble “Voskresenje” from Saint-Petersburg. In the church of Veysonnaz at 7pm. Entrance is free.
www.veysonnaz.ch

10th-15th March 2017

Nendaz Freeride World Qualifier 11th edition. The best freestyle skiers & snowboarders from around the world compete to win the Freeride World Cup.
www.nendaz.ch

11th March 2017

Ski au Claire du Lune Nendaz.
www.nendaz.ch

11th March 2017

Ski Bruson! Enjoy a free meal in one of the mountain restaurants when you buy a Bruson ski pass.
www.verbierbooking.ch

18th March 2017

Guided tour & tasting at the Morand distillery.
www.maritgny.com

25th-26th March 2017

Snowboard Cross World Cup. The best snowboarders in the world come to compete in the Veysonnaz World Cup.
www.veysonnaz.ch

30th March-2nd April 2017

European Cup Final of Handicap SG/GS/SL in Veysonnaz.
www.veysonnaz.ch

1st-4th April 2017

Swatch Xtreme Verbier. Final of the Freeride World Cup.
www.freerideworldtour.com

4th April 2017

Fondue & Torchlight descent party starting from 6.30pm in Veysonnaz.
www.veysonnaz.ch

8th April 2017

Verbier High Five by Carlsberg. The public have the opportunity to compete against the best athletes in this Ski Festival. Hosted at Chalet Carlsberg from 10am.
www.verbierbooking.ch

8th-10th April 2017

Haute Cuisine. A selection of Michelin Star chefs come to the W hotel to create delicious and innovative dishes.
www.wverbier.com

8th April 2017

Moonlight Skiing in Nendaz.
www.nendaz.ch

15th April 2017

Guided tour & tasting at the Morand distillery.
www.maritgny.com

15th April 2017

Veysonnaz Waterslide Closing party. Ski or Snowboard across the lake if you dare. Enjoy live music and end of season festivities.
www.veysonnaz.ch

16th April 2017

Easter egg hunt in Nendaz starting from 9am.
www.nendaz.ch

16th-17th April 2017

Verbier Impulse Festival. Music festival on the slopes, with top bands & DJ’s.
www.verbierbooking.ch

22nd-23rd April 2017

Verbier Impulse Festival. Music festival on the slopes, with top bands & DJ’s.
www.verbierbooking.ch

Verbier slopes

Winter Walks

Take with you a pair of good shoes to enjoy wonderful surroundings and sunny terraces to the full. You can start directly from Chalet Ker Praet, or drive to park at the many trail heads. 25 km of groomed and signposted paths await you! Enjoy the view on a beautiful stroll from Les Ruinettes to La Chaux, along your route you will meet a number of restaurants for a gourmet break. For history buffs, hike to the 12th century ruins of the ancient watchtower called Verbier Castle (Chateau de Verbier), or to the Chapel of St. Christopher, in a secluded mountain meadow with great views. For more information, visit: www.televerbier.ch

Snowshoeing

28 km of groomed and signposted paths open up a region under thick snow cover. For more remote, untouched areas, hire a hiking guide, or a mountain guide for more extreme experiences. www.televerbier.ch

Cross-country skiing

High altitude forest tracks with stunning panoramas or village meanders, for those looking for an authentic experience – there’s a track for everyone. Classic cross country skiing is available everywhere. www.televerbier.ch

Ski Touring

Verbier offers enthusiasts a great number of ski touring itineraries amidst its beautiful backcountry. Amongst the numerous options, the Rosablanche is probably the most popular summit. Moreover, you can also use the lift system to shorten your itineraries. www.televerbier.ch

Paragliding

The mountain view from the sky! If you want to realize your dream of flying, you'll find that Verbier is an excellent place to start. Our valley counts 7 grounds for take-off and 4 grounds for landing. Besides this wide selection of sites, our valley benefits from a micro climate allowing paragliding flights more than 300 days a year.

Swiss Alps near Verbier

Snow Park & Ice Rink

Located at an altitude of 2,250m altitude, and with a multitude of diverse and varied modules (kickers, rails, boxs, big air, etc.), the “La Chaux” snowpark boasts guaranteed snow and sunshine! It is suitable for all levels, secured and maintained daily for your enjoyment! www.televerbier.ch

Verbier Sports Centre (Centre Sportif de Verbier)

The Sports Centre offers an indoor swimming pool with jacuzzi, squash courts, sauna and hamman, and an ice rink for skating and ice karting, that can all keep the whole family entertained all day. Drive or jump on the number 3 bus to Patier and you will be dropped right in front of the Sports Centre. www.centre-sportif-verbier.ch -- Tel. +41 27 771 6601

Dog Sledding

Discover the joys of dog-sledding, being pulled through the snow by a team of trained Canadian Huskies, and enjoy a change of activity with spectacular views of the Combins mountain range. www.chiendetraineau.ch

Spas/Wellness Centers

Verbier offers a variety of spas and wellness centers, such as Away@Spa in the W Hotel, with an indoor/outdoor pool, hammam, saunas, and full spa treatment services; The Spa by Valmont; and the Nevai Spa by Elemis, where you can be pampered from head to toe with the finest luxury skin and bath products. www.wverbier.comwww.hotelnevai.comwww.evalmont.com

Hot Water Springs

Two world-renowned thermal hot spring spas are only a 30-minute drive from Chalet Ker Praet.

Les Bains de Lavey

The thermal hot springs at Lavey come from the hottest and deepest Swiss sources (up to 600m). The two outdoor pools and indoor pool welcome you all year round with water temperatures of 32 to 36 degrees C. The extensive site also features hammans, saunas, jacuzzis, relaxation areas, and spa treatments. www.lavey-les-bains.ch

Les Bains de Saillon

In the heart of Valais vineyards, the thermal baths at Saillons offer 3 thermal pools set between 32 and 34 degrees C, a semi-Olympic pool. and a wellness area with sauna and steam rooms open year round. www.bainsdesaillon.ch

The 4 Valleys

Activities & Events in and around Verbier

Mountain Bike

Dreaming of discovering our magnificient panoramas? Verbier has world-class mountain biking trails. Give the wheels of your bike a go on our mountain bike routes. 500km of mountain bike trails, 28 cross country itineraries and 5 downhill runs are in store for you at Verbier St-Bernard. During the summer season, the lifts at Médran and Savoleyres are open and bikes travel free of charges, so you can save your energy and enjoy the beautiful paths.

Walks and Hiking

Verbier and its surrounding area caters to all levels of hikers. One choice is to follow the trails that follow the bisse, which offer a particularly poetic and beautiful way to enjoy the mountain scenery. The world-famous bisse is a man-made mountain stream, built by monks starting in the 15th century, to tap melting glacier water and irrigate the monastery gardens and village fields in the valleys below.

Golf Club de Verbier

Verbier Golf Club offers a 36-hole course at Les Esserts and Les Moulins which is open from May to November. Golf bags and equipment are available at the Chalet on request (charges will apply). www.verbiergolfclub.ch

Cows on a hill
Hiking near Verbier

Verbier Sports Centre (Centre Sportif de Verbier)

The Verbier Sports Centre offers a great choice of sport and relaxing activities. The outdoor pool is surrounded by a lovely park, and the indoor pool and Jacuzzi will for sure be a delight for all the family. After a friendly match on the tennis and squash courts, you will be happy to relax in the Centre’s sauna and hammam. www.centre-sportif-verbier.ch

For package discounts on activities (Centre Sportif + lifts + museums), visit: www.verbierbooking.ch

Les Gorges de Durnand

One of the most beautiful gorges in Europe, only 20 minutes from the Chalet. www.gorgesdudurnand.ch

Husky Dogsledding (Chiens de Traineau)

Allow yourself to be carried away by Canadian Dogsledding Huskies, on either a dogsled on a training scooter through the summer forest, or a training sled through the snowy mountains, affording spectacular views of the Combins mountain range, at the heart of the Verbier area. www.chiendetraineau.ch

Downhill Mountain Bike

For performance and thrills, the Verbier-La Tzoumaz Bikepark is the ideal place to give free rein to your passion! Experts and beginners alike can push their skill level on the various trails. See www.verbierbikepark.ch

If you want to try something different, come and experience an exhilarating downhill ride on cross-country scooters!

Views of Alps near Verbier
Views over Verbier

Road Biking

To have a totally relaxed bike outing, opt for an excursion in the valley villages and score with the magic of the surrounding décor. You could also hire an E-Bike and get to the peaks effortlessly while enjoying the exceptional countryside, and a lunch break on a sunny terrace. Numerous quality bike rental shops are available in Verbier.

Climbing

Pierre Avoi offers many opportunities to climbers with 35 routes, with difficulty from 3 to 7+. The routes on the northern face overlook the Rhone Valley and can sometimes make the climber feel like a bird. The Valais is Switzerland’s biggest climbing area and most of these sites are between 5 and 90 minutes drive from the Chalet. If you are a beginner or want to learn, Verbier also offers great indoor and outdoor climbing walls.

Spas/Wellness Centers

Verbier offers a variety of spas and wellness centers, such as Away@Spa in the W Hotel, with an indoor/outdoor pool, hammam, saunas, and full spa treatment services; The Spa by Valmont; and the Nevai Spa by Elemis, where you can be pampered from head to toe with the finest luxury skin and bath products. www.wverbier.comwww.hotelnevai.comwww.evalmont.com

Hot Water Springs

Two world-renowned thermal hot spring spas are only a 30-minute drive from Chalet Ker Praet.

Les Bains de Lavey

The thermal hot springs at Lavey come from the hottest and deepest Swiss sources (up to 600m). The two outdoor pools and indoor pool welcome you all year round with water temperatures of 32 to 36 degrees C. The extensive site also features hammans, saunas, jacuzzis, relaxation areas, and spa treatments. www.lavey-les-bains.ch

Les Bains de Saillon

In the heart of Valais vineyards, the thermal baths at Saillons offer 3 thermal pools set between 32 and 34 degrees C, a semi-Olympic pool. and a wellness area with sauna and steam rooms open year round. www.bainsdesaillon.ch

The Hospice and Museum of Grand St. Bernard

Discover this fascinating historical hospice on top of the world-famous alpine pass. A monastery founded in 1050 AD on Mont Joux (2500 m altitude), this is where St Bernard first rescued and offered asylum from the snow and bandits to weary travelers, pilgrims, merchants, clergy, and men of power (including Napoleon) as they crossed the Alps at the Swiss-Italian border. In summer you can meet the St Bernard dogs, famous too for rescuing thousands, in their home kennel. Tourists flock here in the summer months. www.gsbernard.net

Mauvoisin Dam

Discover the highest arch dam in Europe. Descend from Verbier to Le Chable and follow the road to the dam as the valley narrows, and the scenery changes. Climb to the top of the dam and enjoy the awe-inspiring waterfalls. At the bottom of the dam, find the heads of splendid hiking trails.

Vineyard Tours

The Valais region is home to many of Switzerland's best wineries, that offer tastings, tours, and spectacular vineyard scenery. www.lesvinsduvalais.ch