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Bruson Ski Area

Small ski area linked to Verbier good for bad weather days

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Bruson Ski Area

This lovely little ski area can be found across the valley from Verbier in the Val de Bagnes. 

The ski terrain in Bruson varies from 1,080m to 2,445m and offers 44km of pistes accessed by the main gondola from Le Chable, two drag lifts and a chairlift (see the piste maps). Comprised of 5 blues pistes, 6 red pistes, 1 black piste and 11km of cross-country tracks. It's a great place for beginners and intermediate skiers. 

Bruson is a great place to head in bad weather. Given its low altitude, 95% of its terrain is tree-lined which means that even in foggy conditions, you can actually see something. This ski area can be also an off-piste haven, with the trees offering some great runs that don't get tracked out as quickly as the main Verbier ski area.

If you're staying in Verbier, getting over to Bruson is a little bit time-consuming but well worth the effort. From Verbier, download on the gondola to Le Châble, where you can take the Bruson lift directly up to the mid-station in Bruson. From Medran the journey takes around 20 mins.

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Advanced areas in Bruson ski area

 Advanced areas in Bruson ski area

There is just one marked black piste awaiting expert skiers and snowboarders, namely La Pasay Noir. This piste has two different starting options, both of which eventually fusion together lower down. From the top of the La Pasay triple chair, exit right. Taking another right straight away will lead you to the start of the piste, which pretty much follows the fall line to the skiers left of the lift.

You can also choose to go pretty much straight when getting off the lift and you’ll be on a short (but very scenic) wrap-around portion of the same run, eventually joining back up to the other piste on the front face of the resort. Both options bring you back to the bottom of the La Pasay triple chair.

Advanced Ski Areas in Verbier

Off-piste skiing in Bruson

 Off-piste skiing in Bruson

Although there are only a handful of actual marked trails (blue, red & black) to choose from, Bruson offers the best tree skiing of the 4-Valleys area.

Most of the good off-piste skiing is found off La Pasay (3-man chair) but Le Grand Tsai (drag-lift), which is sometimes closed due to avalanche danger, offers longer front-side descents back to the bottom of the triple. During snowstorms, it can be bitterly cold and windy on these lifts so make sure you come prepared with warm clothing.

As far as the tree skiing is concerned, pretty much everywhere on the front face goes, with the bigger part of the skiing found in the area between the triple chair and the t-bar. There are however a few flat spots and cliff zones to beware of and avoid. The terrain, which is generally quite moderate, gets progressively steeper as you head away to the skier’s right of La Pasay. Don’t go too far right as there are some avalanche prone clearings and gullies amidst the trees there, not to mention that you’ll miss the cat road bringing you back to the lifts, and have a very unpleasant time bush-whacking your way to the valley floor. This area is entirely off-piste and hazards do exist, so if you decide to head this way, do so with caution and care, and go equipped. It is definitely best to go with someone who knows the area well, perhaps even a guide…

These are merely suggestions of where to go, keeping in mind that off-piste skiing/boarding is always practised at your own risk. Ignoring safety warnings, entering closed areas or ducking under ropes and barriers can have grave consequences in the mountains. This is why we recommend that you take a Verbier mountain guide with you when heading off-piste.

Off-piste Ski Areas in Verbier

Bad Weather areas in Verbier

Bad Weather areas in Verbier

Bruson on the opposite side of the valley to Verbier – part of the 4-Valleys ski pass, is an absolute local’s “rendez-vous” in bad weather. Given its low altitude, 95% of its terrain is tree-lined which means that even in foggy conditions, you can actually see something! Getting over to Bruson is a bit time-consuming (it takes about 20 minutes on the lifts) but it's well worth the effort. 

Although there are only a handful of actual marked trails (blue, red & black) to choose from, Bruson offers the best tree skiing of the 4-Valleys area. Most of the good skiing is found off La Pasay (3-man chair) but Le Grand Tsai (drag-lift), which is sometimes closed due to avalanche danger, offers longer front-side descents back to the bottom of the triple. During snowstorms, it can be bitterly cold and windy on these lifts so make sure you come prepared with warm clothing.

Bad Weather Ski Areas in Verbier

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