The Val de Bagnes
Covering some 300km2, Bagnes is the largest municipality in Switzerland. The Val de Bagnes, with its 23 quaint villages, supplements the facilities and services provided by Verbier.
in Winter, visitors seeking a more peaceful atmosphere will be delighted by these genuine Valais villages, which also offer a range of accommodation and traditional restaurants suited to every budget.
From the Valley it is easy to get to Verbier or to the smaller family resort of Bruson, whose north-east facing slopes guarantee excellent snow conditions. There are also many snowshoeing itineraries, along with 20km of groomed cross-country ski trails.
In Summer, hundreds of kilometres of trail await hikers and mountain bikers. Follow them and you will discover the valley’s picturesque villages, each with its own charm and particularities: le Châble and its museums, Bruson and its chees dairy, Lourtier and its Glacier House, Sarreyer and its mill, and Mauvoisin, which boasts the highest curved dam in Europe. to name only a few.
And don’t forget the alpine pastures where you can admire the black cows of the noble Hérens breed. Maybe you’ll even spot one or two of the fighting “queens” among them.
The resort of Verbier occupies a purnell magnificient sun-drenched plateau providing a panoramic view of majestic peaks.
The chalet-style buildings give it the charm of a large alpine village nestled harmoniously in its natural environnement.
The bustle of the resort’s centre with its many shops, hotels, restaurants and night spots contrasts with the bucolic peace and sunny slope of Savoleyres and Ruinettes and their sprinkling of small chalets. The old village of Verbier, lying just below the resort, has preserved a delightful quaintness thanks to its old-style buildings which include a 17th-century chapel.
The summer season
Verbier and the Val de Bagnes provide a marvellous setting inviting vacationers to discover summer’s many facets in our mountains. Experience the benefits of unwinding actively by taking part in one of the many open-air sports available : hiking, mountain biking, golf and many others.
Through Alpine pastures or along streams, sauntering along the 400km of walking paths or riding the 200km of signposted biking trails that crisscross the Val the Bagnes, you will discover the wonders of mountain fauna and flora. Tougher hking will take qou up to chamois country and the realm of eternal snows. The pure, bracing air will awaken your energy and arouse your senses: you will be awed by the unfogettable beauty of your pristine surroundings.
You will also find ideal conditions in the region for resolutely high adrenalin sports such as downhill mountain biking, mountain climbing, high altitude trekking or paragliding, whether you are already experienced or just want to try them out.
The winter season
As soon as the first snow begins to fall, the resort of Verbier is a magnet for winter sports enthusiasts. Located at an altitude of 1’500m, Verbier is the main gateway to the Four Valley area, comprising over 410 km of ski runs and 89 state-of-the-art lifts, all covered by a single ski pass.
This almost unlimited mountain playground has slopes to suit every level of ability, from complete beginner to experienced veteran. Because of the high altitude, snow cover is excellent from November to late April. From the summit of the Mont-Fort glacier, 3,300m above sea level, there is a breathtaking view which takes in all the principal Alpine peaks.
The resort’s international reputation is based on its wide range of ski runs and a terrain particularly well suited to off-piste skiing, with some areas reached by helicopter. Not to mention its après-ski activities, which see you into the early hours of another day of outdoor activity.