What does a ski resort look like outside of the ski season? Here is our guide to Verbier

When you think of Verbier, you probably think of snow-capped mountains and extreme ski slopes.

It is one of the most popular winter resorts in Switzerland with over 410 km of linked pistes and one of the world’s toughest snow sports competitions.

But have you ever wondered what else it has to offer when there is no snow? I took a trip out of ski season to check it out. Here are my recommendations.

Before going into details, I must add that, of course, you must eat raclette and seasonal specialties during your stay. Also, Swiss wines are wonderful, but since they really only produce enough for themselves, they are not exported in large quantities – so make sure you have a drink or five.

Stay at the Hotel de Verbier for an authentic experience

This ultra-modern hotel has all the charm of a cozy cottagebut the coffee machine and USB charging points in your room are just some of the thoughtful additions that ensure a great stay.

Its central location makes it an ideal base for all activities and the restaurant and spa are great places to unwind at the end of the day. You will find in your room a bathrobe and slippers which are perfect for the spa but also, for me, an added bonus point for any hotel stay. (I can’t live without my slippers).

Most rooms have a balcony, and if you’re lucky enough to get a corner room, you’ll get two. Thanks to the hotel’s location, every room offers mountain views and when you’re ready to hit the hay, you’ll be greeted by the softest pillows you’ve ever slept on.

When you book accommodation in Verbier between the beginning of June and the end of October, you are entitled to a Verbier VIP which allows you to benefit from numerous discounts and free transport.

Eat at 22 for an amazing tasting menu

This secret restaurant is hidden behind a shelf in the back of a bar called Le Crock No Name. It was a new addition to the city in 2021 and has a relaxed and intimate atmosphere, a bit like someone hosting you in a really nice house.

Chef Adam Bateman – former chef to Richard Branson – offers an incredible tasting menu using local produce which can be paired with a variety of Swiss wines.

We all know Switzerland isn’t known for being cheap, but for the style and quality of this food, it’s surprisingly affordable.

Walk with a nature guide

Hiring a nature guide was a great opportunity to explore a place I probably wouldn’t have found otherwise and to learn more about the local flora and fauna.

I went in the fall so the colors of the trees were beautiful and it was mating season for the deer.

With the help of our expert guide and his binoculars, we managed to spot several breeds of deer as well as a few birds of prey.

Learn to cook at Mountain Thyme

Verbier enjoys over 300 days of sunshine, but if you have bad weather or just fancy an indoor activity, a cooking class is great fun.

The cooking school offers private or group lessons whatever cuisine you are interested in, but they have a real interest in using local and seasonal products.

We prepared classic Swiss rösti with a twist, topped with chanterelle mushrooms cooked in white wine – delicious!

Mountain Thyme also runs a children’s cooking class on Sundays for around €30, but if you have a VIP pass you can get 50% off.

Rent an electric bike to explore the mountains

Electric bikes are a great way to explore the mountains and, with over 800km of cycle paths, there’s something for everyone, whether you want a lazy meander or an extreme descent.

We opted for a scenic (and easy) meander through the mountains that eventually descended back into town.

I had never ridden an e-bike before coming to Verbier and was afraid it would be scary as the bikes are quite big. The riding position is very different from my usual “women’s city bike”, but I quickly got used to it and loved every minute of it.

Drink local beer at Vie Montagne

Nothing like a freshly poured beer at the end of the day.

Vie Montagne is a downtown bar-restaurant with its own microbrewery. If you know a little about brewing, you will know that the quality of the water is very important and that the mountain water of Verbier is therefore the ideal starting ingredient.

We took a tour of the microbrewery followed by a tasting of their full line.

Take a trip to the Mauvoisin Dam

It’s not technically in Verbier but it’s worth the trip.

We booked a mountain guide called Cherries, who led us through tunnels in the rocks and up to the top of this hydroelectric dam.

Once known as the water tower of Switzerland, this 250m concrete giant has a really interesting history and the views from the top are amazing.

As it is located at high altitude, the roads leading to the dam are inaccessible in winter, so it is best to visit in spring, summer or autumn – but remember that it can still get quite cold.

Luckily for us, Cherries packed a bottle of hot tea and some snacks to warm us up at the top while enjoying the views.

Watch the video above to find out more about Verbier outside of the ski season.

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