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FAQs for Verbier

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    About FAQ's - Resort Information for Verbier

    About FAQ's - Resort Information for Verbier

    Here is collection of general resort knowledge compiled from years of responding to email enquiries, getting ourselves lost, finding ourselves, late-night bar conversations, your feedback, plus translations of French brochures. We have put this resource together to help you out when you are planning a trip to the resort. Updating this section is a never-ending task so if we have missed anything out, or you spot that we are out of date or just plain wrong, please do let us know!

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    Are there any creches / childminding / baby sitting services in Verbier?

    Are there any creches / childminding / baby sitting services in Verbier?

    There are a number of childcare options available in Verbier. Please be aware that booking in advance is always recommended and that nurseries may want to see medical records and vaccination certificates. Please see our Childcare Services section for further information and contact details.

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    Are there any English speaking doctors in Verbier?

    Are there any English speaking doctors in Verbier?

    Yes, all three of the medical centres in the valley have English-speaking doctors. All the centres are open Monday-Friday 8.30am-12pm and 2-6pm and Saturday mornings. Please see the Medical Services listings page for contact details.

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    Are there any family rates or child discounts on lift passes?

    Are there any family rates or child discounts on lift passes?

    During the winter season Verbier offers discounted ski passes to young people aged between 16 and 20, and to children ages between 8 and 15. Children aged 7 and under ski for free. There are also reductions available for family or group bookings. Please see Winter Lift Pass Prices for further details. There are also young person and child discounts on summer passes for hiking, mountain biking and other activities. Please see Summer Lift Passes for more information.

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    Are there any family rates or child discounts on lift passes?

    Are there any family rates or child discounts on lift passes?

    During the winter the Verbier lift pass company offers various discounts for families and children. For a full list of what's available see our Winter Lift Pass Options page and to find out about prices visit Lift Pass Prices in Verbier

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    Are there any free lifts in Verbier?

    Are there any free lifts in Verbier?

    Alas, Verbier does not provide any free lifts for beginners, although a half-day reduced price pass can be bought for Les Esserts and is generally considered to be good value. With a 120m magic carpet it is a refuge from the pistes on which to get your confidence up before you venture out! Lift passes for children under the age of 6 and adults over 77 years old are free. Just turn up at the lift pass office with some photo ID. You can read more about the ski lifts in our Ski Lift Section.

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    Are there any left luggage facilities in Verbier?

    Are there any left luggage facilities in Verbier?

    Yes, there is a large and very handy storage room at the foot of the Médran lift. There are ski/snowboard lockers and a large number of bag lockers. They cost 2CHF per day, or you can buy a season pass (please enquire at the office for season prices), which is valid until the 30th April. The Post Office (Route de la Poste, just off Place Centrale) also offers this service. Price per bag is of 2 SFR/day, and item(s) must be dropped off/picked-up during same-day operating hours. Winter season hours: Mon.-Fri. 8.30am-12pm & 2.30-6pm, Sat. 8.30-11am, Sun. = Closed. Summer/off-season hours: Mon.-Fri. 9-12pm & 3-6pm, Sat. 9-11am, Sun. = Closed. To Be Noted: Most Hotels & Tour Operators will gladly keep your luggage for you as a free service on departure day. Simply ask them…

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    Are there any nightclubs or late night bars in Verbier?

    Are there any nightclubs or late night bars in Verbier?

    Don't worry if the thought of going to bed early every night in order to be first up the mountain in the morning isn't your cup of tea! There is plenty in Verbier to keep the night-owls happy, take a look at our Bars & Clubs in Verbier Guide to find out where to party in resort.

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    Are there any non-smoking bars and restaurants?

    Are there any non-smoking bars and restaurants?

    Since January 2008 smoking has been banned in all bars, cafés and restaurants in France. Patrons are generally free to smoke on the terrace and during the winter months smokers are often catered for with outdoor heaters. Have a look at our Guide to Dining in Verbier for suggestions of restaurants and bistrots in Verbier.

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    Are There Any Ski Lockers Near to the Pistes/Lifts?

    Are There Any Ski Lockers Near to the Pistes/Lifts?

    Yes, there is a large and very handy storage room at the foot of the Médran lift. There are ski/snowboard lockers and a large number of bag lockers. They cost 8CHF per day, or you can buy a season pass (~190CHF), which is valid until the end of April.

    There is also a number ski lockers available at le Chable bottom lift station for 2CHF per day.

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    Are there rules and restrictions on the lifts ?

    Are there rules and restrictions on the lifts ?

    The Verbier lift system operates during both summer and winter seasons and has different restrictions regarding access according to the time of year. Please see Verbier Ski Lift Guide for further details.

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    At what age should my child start skiing?

    At what age should my child start skiing?

    Most ski teachers wouldn’t recommend starting skiing before the age of three or four at the earliest. The right age will vary from child to child, and depends upon the child’s strength, co-ordination and attitude. For this age group skiing should remain a play activity, so don't expect a young child to ski all day - a couple of hours is ample. For more information on ski school and children please read our Guide to Children's Skiing in Verbier.

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    Can I cross-country ski in Verbier?

    Can I cross-country ski in Verbier?

    Cross-country skiing is a great alternative to regular alpine skiing if you fancy taking things a bit slower and enjoying the tranquillity of the surroundings. It is still a great form of exercise though, as it is more energetic than it looks! You can find out all about the cross-country trails in Verbier in our Guide to Cross-Country Skiing.

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    Can I drink the water in Verbier?

    Can I drink the water in Verbier?

    Yes! Verbier is a proper town with decent water treatment. The water can sometimes taste a bit metallic due to the high mineral content and during the melting periods some people prefer to switch to bottled water just in case the treatment plants are over-capacity. Generally though the water in the Alps is, on the whole, wonderful mountain spring water and Verbier is no exception. It is perfectly safe to drink and tastes even better than the water at home!

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    Can I get sunburnt in winter?

    Can I get sunburnt in winter?

    Very easily! Always take precautions against the strength of the sun on a skiing holiday. At altitude and with the reflection off the snow, the sun’s rays can cause damage very quickly. Always, always wear sunglasses, even when the sun is not shining. Apply sunscreen, apply it thickly and keep applying it (you can still burn though cloud cover). Putting on factor 40 once in the morning will not protect you from burning. Reapply every hour.

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    Can I get to Verbier by train from the UK?

    Can I get to Verbier by train from the UK?

    Yes, you can... but it is not likely to be the best or cheapest option, as in every case you will need to change at least once. Your best bet is Eurostar from London (Waterloo) to Paris (Gare du Nord) and then changing to an SNCF TGV train from the other side of Paris (Gare de Lyon) to Geneva or Annecy. Read more about travelling to the Alps in our Guide to How to Get to Verbier.

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    Can I go swimming in Verbier?

    Can I go swimming in Verbier?

    There are a couple of pools in Verbier, as well as spa facilities, saunas, jacuzzis and the like. For more details take a look at our fitness and sports centre page. 

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    Can I picnic at any of the mountain restaurants?

    Can I picnic at any of the mountain restaurants?

    Picnicking is forbidden, or ‘interdit’, in most mountain restaurants. You may get away with eating your own sandwich if you buy some chips and a drink to go with it – but don’t be surprised if it is frowned upon. However, there are plenty of great places to eat al fresco in the mountains - as long as you don't mind nestling down into the snow or perching on a slab of rock! If the weather is too bad for eating outside then some mountain restaurants have a "salle hors sac" where you can tuck into your packed lunch indoors. For our recommendations, please see Mountain Restaurants in Verbier.

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    Can I take my baby to a ski resort?

    Can I take my baby to a ski resort?

    Yes, you can take your baby to a ski resort but be aware that sudden changes in temperature and altitude are not recommended. For help on in-resort childcare, equipment rental and helpful tips go to our Tips for Families in Verbier & the 4 Valleys.

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    Can you suggest some activities in Verbier for children?

    Can you suggest some activities in Verbier for children?

    Verbier is very much a family-friendly resort and welcomes children of all ages. From things that you can do as a family to activities that the children can go off and do with their new 'holiday friends' you will find plenty to keep everyone happy. Please see our Verbier Activities section for a few suggestions.

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    Can you suggest some hiking routes to try?

    Can you suggest some hiking routes to try?

    If you come to Verbier in the summer (and between you and me, you really should) chances are you'll want to get your walking boots on and go on a ramble or two. Verbier offers some beautiful walks for all standards, from gentle rambles to challenging hikes, you can enjoy the mountains just as much in summer as in winter. Have a look at our page on Hiking in Verbier for further information.

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    Do I need a car in the resort?

    Do I need a car in the resort?

    Verbier has a free bus service which runs from 8a.m. to 7p.m. In the winter this is free with your valley lift-pass. Nonetheless, at busy periods (especially winter) things get very crowded. Due to the spread of the resort a car is only necessary if you can't use the bus, you are away from the main area you want to ski or your accommodation is away from the bus routes. Remember when the weather is bad the going can be treacherous and you will need snow-tyres and/or chains. The other main deterrent is parking availability. It is worth checking if you are travelling with a tour/chalet operator whether or not they offer a free minibus service to their clients thereby saving on the need for your own vehicle

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    Do I need a photograph for my lift pass?

    Do I need a photograph for my lift pass?

    Not any more. Due to the invention of magnetic 'hands-free' passes cutting out a passport sized photo to attach to your ski pass is no longer necessary. The only exceptions are the season passes and free passes - for these your photo will be taken digitally at the lift pass office, or you can bring along a photo for scanning. Don't forget you can now order your passes in advance and online, and have them sent to your home address or hotel / rental agency in the resort.

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    Do I Need a Work Permit in Verbier?

    Do I Need a Work Permit in Verbier?

    If you are from Europe, the chances are you will not require a work permit or "autorisation de travail" to work in France - Switzerland is a different matter. Please see our Working a Ski Season in Verbier to find out more about visas and passports.

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