VERBIER SEEMS TO HAVE IT ALL
24th October 2018
From sports competitions to festivals, Michelin stars to yoga for athletes, the resort has a lot on the agenda this season.
Verbier in the 4 Vallées has plenty of winter sunshine and the most extensive slopes in Switzerland.
The summits reach 3300m at Mont-Fort, so you can imagine the incredible panoramic views in Verbier, from the Combins, the Cervin and Mont Blanc peaks.
The extreme ski hot-spot offers some exhilarating off-piste skiing, too, and let’s not forget all the hang-gliders, paragliders and wingsuit flyers that converge here for their sports.
The sophisticated town of Verbier offers high end entertainment and some serious après…
Polaris festival runs from 29th November to 2nd December, 2018 with tickets for the whole festival costing 240 CHF (around £188).
What is it?
An electronic music festival with a line-up of big names from the electro and techno world.
This year catch Massive Attack, Ben UFO, Carl Craig, and Dixon performing as well as DJs travelling from across Europe and the United States.
Yes, we’re intruiged too…
Opening in December 2018 is the exciting project built from the success of the Experimental Cocktail Club in London, Paris and Ibiza.
Gregory Machand, the owner of ‘Frenchie’ on Rue de Nil in Paris as well as its London outpost in Covent Garden, and three other Frenchmen have brought their flair for exceptional service to the mountains with The Experimental Chalet.
The chalet will have 39 rooms, a restaurant, a cocktail bar and club, a spa, a steam room and a solarium.
Mountain food with contemporary flair, is what Machand has called his work in the kitchen, to match Fabrizio Casiraghi’s casually elegant design of the chalet.
Hearty Alpine classics like rösti, spaetzle, aligot and tartiflette are lightened up; line-caught fish from crystal mountain lakes are prepared with care, accompanied by fresh, sustainably sourced salads and vegetables.
The are family friendly dishes as well – coquillettes and cheese, cordon bleu – afternoon snack hour with treats for all, and round-the-clock bar snacks so guests can pop in anytime.
Breakfast, one of Marchand’s specialities, has been designed with special care: house-made granolas, sweet and savory cakes, waffles, egg dishes, fresh juices, and a full complement of viennoiserie.
Then there’s the bar and, downstairs, the Farm House club which has been a legendary Verbier hotspot for 45 years.
In the bar you’ll find signature craft cocktails, fine wines and spirits, and it’s an ideal hideaway for après-ski get-togethers, pre-dinner apéritifs or a launchpad for a bigger night.
That’s right, football in a ski resort.
Liverpool FC, no less.
Verbier will host the Liverpool FC week for dedicated fans.
It’s an exclusive event from Sunday 20th January to Friday 25th January, 2019 that will involve a whole host of entertainment connected to the Anfield club.
During the week, a special offer will be available for those interested in attending:
- five nights’ accommodation (based on two sharing)
- a five-day adult lift pass
- the chance to party with a Liverpool FC legend
All this costs from £466 / 666 CHF.
Here’s a look at the programme:
- SUNDAY : Welcome drink and get together at Place Centrale
- MONDAY: Fondue at Mont-Fort, Après-ski and concert at 1936
- TUESDAY : Pizza Party and get together at Chalet Carlsberg – animations (darts, penalty, etc.)
- WEDNESDAY : Ski race, apéro and torch-light descent
- THURSDAY : Festive evening with the legend
- FRIDAY : Farewell
Need more of an adrenaline rush than on the steep slopes of Verbier?
Try this ski-based challenge that’s been inspired by a military-style obstacle course race.
The challenge can be taken on individually or in groups of three and is made up of four disciplines; running, super G, giant slalom and special slalom.
Tunnel under the snow, overcome a wall of tyres and wind paths through the forest.
Registration for the course is priced from £31 for adults and £23 for children.
Running from 1st – 2nd February, 2019 the Verbier Art Summit brings together influential creatives and artists from around the world to form a platform for discussion and innovation.
Each year the not-for-profit initiative collaborates with a world-renowned museum director, this year will be the general director of Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Jochen Volz.
Entrance to the Verbier Art Summit is free.
Decorating the path between Ruinettes and La Chaux at 2,300m is the 3D Sculpture Park.
Inspired by the alpine surroundings, artists around the world have created structures to blend with the natural alpine environment.
These can be seen by foot, skis or on snow shoes.
The sculptures form part of a five-year project by artists, locals and scientists to raise awareness about the plight of the local glacial environment.
The 2018-2019 artist residency is filled by James Capper who will draw on the 200-year anniversary of the chaotic crevassed GieÌtro Glacier and its many avalanches of 1818 as inspiration for the new designs.
And not just your regular mountain yoga….
It’s an athlete-orientated yoga session with a freeride champion.
Take a day to explore the slopes with former freeride champion Emilien Badoux, who at the end of the day holds an alpine yoga lesson.
A one-hour yoga session at the W Verbier with Emilien costs from 60 CHF for a place in a group lesson or 120 CHF for a private lesson.
The Ultimate Gastronomic Experience from 3rd – 6th April, 2019.
4 DAYS. 10 CHEFS. 17 MICHELIN STARS. 12 EVENTS
Since 2015, W Verbier holds exclusive series of gastronomic happenings called HAUTE CUISINE – The Ultimate Gastronomic Experience.
Renowned chefs from around the world and key fine dining locations get together alongside host Chef Sergi Arola to create a mind-blowing gastronomic affair.
In its fourth year, it promises eclectic blends of international cuisines.
Each evening has a theme from which the chefs draw on as inspiration for the dishes and cocktails they serve.
Those passionate about cooking have the chance to learn from these world-class chefs at cooking seminars, as well as eat the creations together with them.
The experience costs from 150 CHF and can be booked here.
Then there’s the rest…
TOBOGGANING, MOUNTAINEERING, PARAGLIDING, NORDIC SKIING, SKIING
For these big activities you’ll have to check on the Verbier website.
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