The History of Verbier
At the turn of the 20th century Verbier was little more than a few farmer’s huts and cattle pastures. It’s potential as a ski resort was discovered in 1925 when a group of keen mountain men hiked up 15km from Sembrancher in order to ski back down again. Now, thankfully, it’s only the most fervent of ski tourers who need replicate this journey as the first lift system was installed in 1946 and in 1951 the lift company hired its third employee! Over the next 10 years Verbier expanded as a holiday destination but still essentially remained a small alpine village. It was not until the ski boom of the 1960’s that it was established as the snowsports mecca that it is known as today.
LA TRUFFE BLANCHE
Located in Verbier atop the Swiss Alps is the perfect resort for indulging and relaxing. The magnificent 7 suite and 2 superior room and the spa occupies over 3,000 sqm of opulence and sleeps up to 20 people: 9 fireplaces , heated hard wood floors, Italian wall cover silks, exotic art deco French library, top of the line cinema room, a private discothèque, marble baths, onyx pool and a wine cellar with underwater windows to watch the swimmers as you sip French wine, bottled especially for the grants an atmosphere suited for queens and kings.
Situated in the south-western part of Switzerland in the canton of the Valais, Verbier is bordered by France to the west and Italy to the south. During the summer months the resort is home to the Verbier Festival, a classical music festival of international acclaim, the Grand Raid Cristalp mountain biking competition and the Grand Concours Hippique horse show; and in the winter, the resort plays host to the world famous Verbier Xtreme freeride contest (the last stop in the Freeride World Tour), which takes place on the Bec des Rosses, and the renowned Verbier Ride freeskiing competition.
During the winter, Verbier becomes a skiers paradise. Verbier forms part of the 'Four Valleys' ski area, the four valleys being Thyon, Veysonnaz and Nendaz which together offer over 410 kilomtres of ski runs and 93 state of the art lifts, all covered in one (hands-free) lift pass. (Apparently if you want to show a love of all things Swiss, you can buy a Swatch Snowpass watch and load up your personal details!) The season normally runs from the second week in December until the end of April, with New Year and February/March being the busiest times. The valley is located at 1500m, and right up to the summit of the Mont-Fort glacier (3300m) the views extending across the breathtaking Swiss valleys are fantastic. Snow is guaranteed in Verbier due to it's high altitude and glacier skiing, and this 'mountain playground' means that there is guaranteed to be something to suit skiers and boarders of all levels. If the off-piste is more your thing, then Verbier is also recognised as one of the premiere "off-piste" resorts in the Alps and in the world, with great Heli-skiing opportunities too.