Events in Verbier
There are loads of events in Verbier organised year-round. From quirky local events to large scale sporting spectacles there is always something worth a gander. In this section we bring you information about the major annual Verbier events in resort and don't forget to check out our calender for the latest updates.
Beach Volley, Verbier
International competition, July
The beach atmosphere is brought to the mountains during the Verbier Beach Volley weekend, staged in the central car park of Verbier. The event features renowned national and international teams, as well as entertainments, stalls and a great atmosphere!
Bike Fest, Verbier
Harley Davidson Festival, September
Thousands of motorbike enthusiasts decend on Verbier for three days of riding, parties, demonstrations, concerts and other entertainments.
Christmas in Verbier
Noel, 25th December
Wondering what to do this Christmas in Verbier? The festive season in the snowy Alps is always magical and every year there is some sort of celebration in resort to mark the occasion. Christmas is a far less commercial event than in the UK and so you won’t find things publicised for months in advance - but you can always be sure of a glass of vin chaud (mulled wine), a few carols and perhaps the odd firework or two! Many of the restaurants will put on a special festive menu with champagne and traditional dishes, so book in advance if you want to treat yourself to a meal out.
Cross du Velan, Verbier
Mountain trail race, July
This race starts in the little village of Bourg St Pierre and involves a vertical ascent of 1010 metres over a distance of 6.8 km. The race finishes at Velan, at an altitude of 2642 metres. The race began in 1977 and was dedicated to two local guides, both of whom lost their lives in the mountains.
Freeride World Tour Finals - Xtreme Verbier
Freeride World Tour event, end March
As the last stop on the Freeride World Tour, the eyes of the freeride world will be firmly on Verbier this weekend to see who will be crowned king & queen of the freeride world. With the likes of local Verbier legend Xavier de le Rue and Chamonix's Aurelien Ducroz hopefully taking part, the Xtreme Verbier is truly a one to watch event if you are in Verbier at the end of March.
Grand Raid, Verbier-Grimentz
Legendary mountain bike race, end August
Crossing 6 valleys for a total distance of 121kms and a positive vertical gain of 5430m, the Grand Raid is effectively the longest single leg mountain bike race in the world!
Grands Concours Hippique, Verbier
International Horse Show, mid August
An international event that see's the best horse riders compete in this prestigious equestrian competition which takes place in the Perrin parking lots by the Sports Center. The infrastructure, which includes an impressive arena, is built to a world class standard attracting both amateur and professional riders.
New Year's Eve, Verbier
NYE, 31st December
Wondering what to do this New Year in Verbier? All the bars hold their own parties, restaurants often lay on a special menu and perhaps some entertainment. Come midnight the hoards of merry revellers head the centre of town for the big countdown – not an official event as such, more of a long-held tradition. On the stroke of midnight you are advised to duck as champagne corks and fireworks are unleashed in celebration!
Swiss National Day
Since 1891 the 1st of August has been celebrated as Swiss National Day and is a is national holiday in Switzerland. The date is inspired by the date of the Federal Charter of 1291, a historic alliance concluded in 1291 by the three cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden.
Trail Verbier St Bernard
Ultra Run, July
Every year, Verbier hosts this endurance race which attracts athletes from all over the world, where the competitors race distances of 29, 61 or 110 kilometres over incredibly challenging terrain through the heights of Verbier.
Trophee des Combins
Trail race, August
This is one of the oldest races in the Alps, dating back to 1965. The course takes runners from Fionnay to the Panossiere hut - a distance of 7.8 km. The course record currently stands at 52 minutes and 56 seconds. All are welcome (children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult).
Ultimate Test Tour
Test the latest equipment, January
The Ultimate Test Tour is an exhibition open to professionals and the public that brings together brands big and small to showcase their latest gear and equipment for snow sports. All types of models are available for testing and there is guidance available from mountain guides and pro riders. Access to the edxhibition is free of charge - take advantage of this one-off opportunity to talk to the experts!
Ultime Session, Verbier
End of ski season party, end April
End the season on a high at the Ultimate Party closing day event! Some of the highlights will include big air displays, a waterslide contest, equipment tests and DJ's.
Down in resort the party continues with many bars playing live music and entertainment and shops hosting special activities.
Classical music festival, July & August
The Verbier Festival proposes an outstanding programme of concerts featuring the biggest names in classical music today, and offers an unprecedented combination of Master Classes and encounters with festival artists.
Verbier High Five by Carlsberg
Compete against pro skiers in a range of disciplines
The Verbier High Five is a bit of an institution around these parts and takes place annually on the Verbier pistes. Giant slalom, mini speed ski and ski cross are some of the races that make up the High Five. The event is open to skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers who have the opportunity to compete against professional athletes across all five disciplines.
Pro/Am Slope Style Ski Competition
The Verbier Ride is one of the leading freeskiing competitions in the world, incorporating a Skier Cross discipline which has become a recognized X-Games qualifier event, and a Slope Style event which attracts many of Europe’s top freeskiing athletes. The competition takes place in a specially designed course within the La Chaux snow park (Neipark 1936).
XSpeed Ski, Verbier
Final of the Speed Skiing World Championship
Come watch some of the world’s top speed skiers as they fly down Mont Fort’s steep slope in the World XSpeed Ski Open Race finals. The track starts at 3330m and finishes at 2900m, meaning that competitors hurtle down 880m of piste at speeds of more than 200km per hour!