Top 5: Hot Verbier hangouts

Local bar manager Jean-Charles Luisier reveals the best places to ski, see and be seen in Verbier this season

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Published 28 Oct 2017, 09:00 BST, Updated 12 Jul 2021, 12:24 BST
Hot Verbier hangouts
Hot Verbier hangouts

1// Best for… fresh tracks
Verbier has hundreds of miles of pistes, and the same again in accessible off-piste terrain. I often head straight up Mont Gelé, the backside of which is the highest point in the resort. There's always something a bit scary and steep to tackle, and almost always fresh powder to jump around in.

2// Best for… celeb spotting
Branson has a chalet here, Blunt has a chair-lift named after him, and royals love it. Check out The Farm Club at the King's Parc Hotel, Le Rouge après bar or Tbar, which often sees celebs dancing on tables.

3// Best for… xtreme fun
Xtreme Verbier (annually March/April). Ride the Bec des Rosses face, which Freeride World Tour champs must tame. Xtreme has VIP parties but the real fun is in following riders to a local ski-bum bar.

4// Best for… a cocktail
Tommy's Margarita is made with agave blanco tequila, lime and agave nectar. I used to make this when I was a barman; my mate James Colby makes the next best. He'll be heading up the new Vie Montagne bar, so get in line.

5// Best for… a date
Start at Pub Mont Fort for happy hour. If it's Sunday or Monday, go to Le Farinet for live bands. For something a bit less liquid, cosy Le Caveau, on Place Centrale, does a classic fondue or a raclette.

Jean-Charles 'JC' Luisier: A Verbier resident for 21 years, JC is an avid skier and is a partner at Chez Dany restaurant

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Published in the Winter Sports 2018 guide, free with the October 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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