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Verbier

Vive La Neige with Grey Goose

VERBIER! We had never been, and it’s safe to say we were instant converts.

The Journey
For those of you who aren’t frequent flyers: first off, Geneva is easy to get to. With numerous flights to choose from (including our favourite, the two seat, jet-like BA flight), it’s really no hassle. After the flight, it’s about a two-hour drive. We say let someone else drive. It’s not the hardest we’ve seen, but better to let a pro handle the steeps, plus there are several different shuttle options – shared and private – and they seemingly go all the time.

The Slopes
When it comes to Alpine affairs, this is as world class as it gets. Base yourself at the W Verbier, (truly ski in and ski out, and when you have all that gear, very much appreciated) and settle in to the heart of town. Read more about our stay here.

The Activities
Of course it’s all about skiing and snowboarding here. Ask someone what ticket you need – either just Verbier or 4 Vallées – and look at a map before you board too many XXL gondolas (those take you up very high, and it’s not the easiest to get down).

The Food and Drink
Don’t miss Chez Dany. Snowcat up, sledge down (wear snow pants and gloves), with a cosy, candlelit raclette dinner in between. For aprés, it’s La Rouge. Best time we’ve had in ages. Go in with an open attitude and get ready to be table dancing in no time. For clubs, try Le Farinet and L’Etoile – expect ski suits on til close (for some). We didn’t make it to the Farm Club, but it’s legendary. As for what to drink, it’s rosé by day and Disco Noirs (Grey Goose with with cold pressed Sandows coffee) by night (#ViveLaVodka). On the slopes, get ready to eat those carbs – don’t expect to ski much after lunch; these are heavy, long seatings. La Vache, partly owned by James Blunt, is at 2730 m high with amazing views, and provides chic straw hats should the sun come out. As for mountaintop events, these are five star seamless productions – see the truly incredible Grey Goose lunch above, complete with table, seating and bar made out of snow!

Feeling like you need to check this all out? There’s a Haute Cuisine festival on this weekend at W Verbier: 10 chefs, 17 Michelin stars, get booking!

Thank you Grey Goose for showing us your Verbier.

Photo: © Jason Bailey Studio

By TR

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