About Ski Pass Options in Verbier
There are a number of different ski passes available in Verbier. Prices vary according to your age, how many of you there are, what areas you'd like to ski in, how many days you want to ski and the time of year. Planning ahead can help you make the most of your Verbier ski holiday and hopefully save you some money too.
All areas are quite distinct from one to the other, offering different types of terrain of varied difficulty. Passes can be bought for each of the areas individually or one pass that covers all. There is a lot of choice (which is never a bad thing) but giving a bit of consideration to your needs may get you the best deal. If you are planning on booking ski lessons it may be worth your while to contact the ski school and see what they recommend.
Verbier ski passes can be purchased for all sorts of durations from half-days, afternoons, days to season or annual passes. Non-skiers can pick up a pedestrian pass.
The main Ski Pass Office is by the Médran lifts and advice can also be sought there on what you will make best use of. Cards for 3 days or more are of the ‘hands-free’ magnetic variety and cost an initial 5 CHF which is non-refundable. You can also buy your pass online - ski passes ordered online can be collected in resort or delivered to your door for 20 CHF.
There are two main types of ski pass to consider buying the 4 Valleys Pass - as the name suggests give you access to 4 neighbouring valleys and around 410 km of pistes or the Verbier Ski Pass - passes just give you access to the local Verbier ski area and beginner slopes
Full area skipass
Verbier 4Vallees offers you an access to a huge ski area (the biggest in Switzerland). From Vebier you can connect to Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon by ski-touring plus you also get unlimited access to the Bruson and Savoleyres ski areas.
Also see: Ski Area Overview in Verbier
Local area skipass
You can buy local area passes for 3 different sectors of the Verbier Ski area - Verbier, Bruson and Savoleyres. Your choice depends on which part of the ski area you'd like to explore, or why not chop and change from one to the other.
Also see: Ski Area Overview in Verbier
Access to the snowpark is included in local area and 4 Valleys lift passes.
Also see: Snowparks in Verbier
Families are eligible for discounts of around 10%, and the exact number depends on the make up of your family group. Grandparents, uncles, aunts and step-parent families are also included in the family pass.
There must be a minimum of 3 paying individuals, with at least 1 adult or 1 senior and 1 child or youth (single) or a maximum of 3 adults for 1 child or 1 youth (maximum 6 adults for 2 children or 2 youths). Family ski passes must all be issued for the same duration, however the sector you choose to ski in can differ.
A 15% Group discount is available to groups of 15 or more skiers. Please ask one of the Ski Pass Offices for a quote.
You can buy beginner access lift passes for two pistes in Verbier - Les Esserts and Les Moulins (pay by credit or debit card). There is also a magic carpet in Les Esserts and Tzoumaz that you can buy a pass for (pay only by cash).
Also see: Beginner Ski Areas in Verbier
A 15% discount is available for youths up to 24 years of age (this has recently changed for the better as it used to be only up to 19 years). Seniors also get a 15% discount. Families can save -15% off their passes and you get early bird savings when buying season or annual passes from September to November.
Group discounts of 15% off apply for groups of 15 persons and more. You can contact the Ski Pass Offices for an individual quote.
Pedestrians can enjoy the stunning scenery from the Mont Fort, Attelas, Mont-Gele and Savoleyres mountains. There are marked walking trails if you'd like to explore between Les Ruinettes and La Chaux and also up to the Cabane Mont Fort from La Chaux. Pedestrian passes are also available for the season. All pedestrian passes can be bought at the ski pass offices in resort.
Also see: Maps of Verbier
Cross-country passes (Nordic Skiing)
All of the cross country ski routes in Verbier are free to use.
Also see: Cross-country Skiing in Verbier
Season & annual passes
The 4 Valleys annual pass gives you unlimited access to the lifts in winter and summer and the sooner you book it, the more you save. Discounts are available in September, October & November. Visit the ski pass website for details.
You'll benefit from the following offers with an annual pass:
Year round offers
- Free access to the Verbier 4 Vallées lifts
- 1 entrance to the Bains de Saillon
- 1 entrance to the swimming pool at La Tzoumaz
- 1 entrance to the Fondation Gianadda (exposition 12/13)
- 1 entrance to the St-Bernard Dog Museum at Martigny
- 1 entrance to the Verbier Sports Centre
- 20% discount on a face care at Spa Valmont Verbier
- 25% discount on services offered at the SPA at the Chalet d’Adrien Hotel
- Free access to Chamonix lifts (including Montenvers and Aiguille du Midi, max. 8 uses) and the Aosta valley resorts (unlimited use)
- 3 days lift-pass in Colorado USA (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly Valley et Northstar)
- 3 days lift-pass in Sierra Nevada (Spain)
- 4 day lift-pass at a resort in the ‘Pays du St-Bernard’ region
- 1 day lift-pass at the Grand Massif ski area (France)
- 50% discount on a group trip with the ‘Verbier Mountain Guides’
- CHF 50.- discount on a season ski & boot locker rental at Médran (see page 17)
- CHF 10.- discount on a ski service in one of La Tzoumaz’s and Verbier’s ski shops
- 1 free Arapaho scooter rental (Ruinettes-Médran or Savoleyres-Tzoumaz)
- 50% discount on entrance to the High Ropes park at La Fouly
- 1 free access to the top of Moléson
- 10% discount on a meal at the Restaurant Croix-de-Coeur (subject to modification)
Season passes are available for the 4 Valleys, Verbier, Savoleyres and Bruson ski areas. Pre-winter discounts are also available on line in September & October.
The Epic Season Pass along with unlimited access to numerous resorts in the States also gives 5 days of free skiing in Verbier.
To get your non-consecutive ski passes you simply need to go to the nearest Ski Pass Office with your Epic Season Pass (as long as your photo is on the pass, you don't need any other ID) where you will be given five one-day passes.
As the passes are individual day passes, the lift company recommend leaving the other ski passes at home as they risk all being validated by the first lift you take and you won't be able to use them on subsequent days!
The 4 Valleys Club Card allows you to ski the 4 Vallees area at a reduced price all season (or just Valais at an even cheaper rate). The more you ski the cheaper it becomes! The pass works like a credit card with your days on the mountain being debited from the card at the end of each ski day. The rate debited is based on the time you start and the area you decide to ski and once you've bought your card, you don't need to return to the cash desk.
You can buy these passes either on line or at one of the lift pass offices and you can also use them in the summer. Take a look at the dates they're offering reductions this year.
The Valais Skicard operates in a similar way to the 4 valleys club card but is pre-paid as oppose to being charge after the fact. Valais Skicard holders charge their card with a desired amount of money, after which they’re granted direct access to the slopes without having to queue at the ticket counters.
Acting as a cashier, the pass scanner automatically deducts the exact amount from your Valais SkiCard for the ticket corresponding to your age group and the time of day, as you go through the control gates. The card is non-transferable, and valid for 2 years. It is possible to extend the validity period of your points by simply recharging the card with a minimum of of CHF 100 before the expiry date.
This pass It also gives access to the thermal baths of the Valais and the Gianadda Foundation in Martigny. Buy online.
A winter sports pass is also available for those looking to enjoy activities like paragliding. As well as giving access to all the lifts available to pedestrians you'll also get free entry to the sports centre, the Bagnes museum, a 30 CHF discount voucher for a tandem paragliding flight and 10% off in a mountain restaurant.