About Summer Activities in Verbier
Whatever you choose to do on your summer holiday you are sure to find a huge range of activities across the Verbier area.
From relaxing to full on adrenaline there is something for everyone, every ability and every age in Verbier. Check out the selection of things to do below for some holiday inspiration!
Escape rooms are a new live entertainment phenomenon sweeping the globe. Players come as a team to challenge themselves with the puzzles in the rooms. Each puzzle takes a different kind of clever to solve and teams of friends, family and work colleagues interact with each other in unique ways to create a unique and unforgettable experience. The rooms are not scary or unpleasant in any way just a great way to have fun, test yourself and build relationships with the people you come to the rooms with. The clock is ticking, will you solve the room in time?
A not-so-gentle but extremely refreshing summer activity is one way to describe canyoning! Plunge yourself into the mountain streams via a series of abseil descents, jumps and natural water slides – just make sure you choose a warm day. You will make your way along rivers and rapids, using the river bed as a natural obstacle course. Not suitable for very young children, but anyone over the age of about 8 can take the (very cold) plunge and try canyoning. With the safety of a guide everyone can abseil down cascades, splash into pools and ride the river rapids. You can choose from short beginners’ routes or longer ones for the more adventurous.
Different companies will have their own policies on age limits but usually, unless they are booked onto a children's activity course, anyone under the age of about 14 years old will have to be accompanied by an adult. A basic level of swimming ability is required for safety reasons. There are a number of adventure companies that offer guided descents down the local waterways in Sion, down the valley from Verbier resort.
Catch the latest films and releases in Verbier on your winter or summer holiday. Some cinemas open their doors early on a bad weather day, otherwise you'll find most screenings in the evenings. Look out for VOST for English speaking films.
Verbier offers a good choice of road and cols for cyclists to tackle when in the region. Try the Tour du Catogne and its 3 climbs, the Verbier to Mauvoisin circuit, the Col du Lin or follow in the tracks of Alberto Contador.
Also see: Cycling in Verbier
A great day out for the family where your children will become the farmers apprentice, helping feed the animals, make cheese and look after the pigs, cows and other farmyard animals. Learn all about the animals and the way the farm works whilst having some petting and feeding time of the animals.
For a truly unique experience, clamp on your crampons and go hiking on Verbier’s Mont Fort glacier. It can be accessed by a little train that runs from the top of the Attelas cable car to the lift station at Mont Fort. The peak can be reached on foot but the slope on which the glacier lies is pretty steep so, unless you are planning on skiing or snowboarding back down, the recommended descent is via the cable car. The breathtaking views and spectacular crevasses make this an incredible experience.
We strongly recommend hiring a mountain guide for this activity. There are also a number of other glacial hikes, of varying difficulty, in this area of the Alps. Most adventure companies will run organised excursions to the most accessible.
Verbier has 2 golf courses, one 18 hole course at Les Esserts (1600m altitude) and another 18 hole course at Les Moulins, which is open May to November.
Gym / Fitness centres
A public gym & fitness classes can be found at the main sports centre in Verbier.
Sit back and admire the mountains from even higher up! Daily panoramic helicopter flights are available (weather permitting) with a number of local flight companies. Relax and enjoy the stunning views as you fly over the snow-capped mountain tops, glaciers and alpine forests of the Swiss Alps.
Hop on a horse and enjoy the fantastic trails in Verbier. You can cover more ground than on foot, get an elevated view of the beautiful scenery and hopefully get a closer peek at the wildlife. There are a number of adventure companies who can take you out for your horse riding experience and even provide you with horse riding lessons.
You can enjoy a snow-free husky sled ride in Verbier in the summer months. Enjoy cani-trottinette, sledge rides and panoramic tours with this company who operate all year round.
Hydro speeding is one of the newer 'extreme' water sports to hit the market, it's a fun and exhilarating way to get yourselves down a river! Using a large float, which bears resemblance to a bodyboard, be ready to cling on for dear life as you send yourself hurtling down the rapids in Sion, just down the valley from Verbier resort.
This activity is a little more demanding physically than rafting or canoe rafting, but allows you to discover the unique sensation of surfing down white water rivers. It is also accessible to all, no need to be a professional diver or swimmer, you just have to be smart at using the water movements, obstacles and waves. There's plenty of protection from the icy water elements as you'll be given a wetsuit, safety helmet and flippers. You will need to bring a towel, swim wear and if you wear glasses, a cord to keep them on. Guides will brief you with a safety demonstration at the beginning and there’s a vehicle to meet you at the end of the rapids that will shuttle you back to your starting destination.
Ice-karting / Ice-driving
In Verbier you have the chance to do some Go Karting on ice even during the summer. Definitely something to do with a group of friends and having the added thrill of being on ice it adds a new touch to Go Karting. The karts have been especially designed for the snow, they have studded tyres, seatbelts, adjustable bucket seats for children, roll bars and a fitted safety remote control which allows the staff at the track to control the speed of the karts if necessary (only for used for safety reasons and especially handy for when children race on the track). There is a minimum of 6 drivers needed to run the ice karting in summer.
Verbier has an indoor climbing wall at the Medran and is open as long as the cafe there is open. You can hire harnesses on site or bring your own. It costs 5 CHF to use the wall for one hour.
There is a weekly traditional market in the centre of Verbier and La Tzoumaz during the summer, selling crafts and organic regional produce.
Verbier has an impressive bike park with north shore and downhill tracks, as well as a great many enduro and cross country trails for you to explore. E-bikes and family friendly riding is also possible here.
Also see: Mountain Biking in Verbier
There are a number of companies who can take you mountaineering in both summer and winter, from local guides to ski schools and activity companies. Explore Verbier's 4000 metre peaks or trek across the icy expanses of the glaciers.
Museums & Galleries
The Verbier area offers a whole host of museums and galleries. To learn more about the region's history and customs, head to the Alpine Museum and the Saw & Mill in Verbier or the Forge Oreiller, an old cowbells workshop in Le Chable. You can also visit the Saint Bernard Dogs Museum in Martigny to discover the history of the role of these rescue animals. If it's art you're after, there is a gallery showcasing Inuit art and sculpture in the heart of the resort, the Nanuq Art Gallery, while the Musée de Bagnes in Le Chable organises photography and fine art exhibitions.
Paragliding / Parapenting
You can enjoy tandem paragliding flights in winter and summer in Verbier. Flights typically take off from either the Croix de Coeur or Ruinettes, from where you'll glide around the skies enjoying the views of Verbier resort below. Some paragliding companies offer different types of flying experiences, from flights by helicopter to learning how to fly by yourself.
A great way to explore the Alps during the summer is by taking a photography lesson, with the added bonus of learning how to best immortalise the wonderful mountain scenery.
Verbier offers climbers of all levels a number of impressive and well equipped climbing routes that will challenge even the best climbers. Climbing is a great activity for all the family, just check with the guide beforehand what their minimum age is.
Experienced climbers can tackle the mountain side rock and enjoy the fantastic views (just make sure you have all the right gear and safety equipment). For beginners there are a number of adventure companies or mountain guides who can take you out on your first climb and show you the 'ropes'! Learn all the technique and skills in the safe hands of a well-trained mountain guide.
If you want to get climbing straight away then we have some suggestions. The Pierre Avoi Sector has a number of routes, varying in grade from 3 to 7. When climbing the north face of the rock there is an impressive backdrop overlooking the Rhône Valley. There are a number of pinnacles which surround the main summit that allow you to safely work your way up the main rock face. If your family and friends are not interested in climbing, you can arrange to meet them at the top of the rock where there is an intermediate hiking trail which meets at the end of the ascent.
There are some 50+ routes varying in difficulty grading from 3 to 7+ in the Val de Bagnes sector in pretty villages called Le Tsè des Barmes, Les Boutzes du Pleureur, Les Minis Boutzes and Le Bourrot. Some other routes can be found near Plamproz, below Fionnay, and at Sarreyer or Col des Gentianes. The sector of La Barme itself has up to 65 routes on offer.
Take to the skies and see the majestic mountains of Verbier on a scenic flight in a helicopter. Fly over glaciers, wave at people on the mountain tops and take in the breathtaking scenery around you.
Many people would not automatically think of Verbier as a place to shop, however, the town boasts some great stores. As you would expect from an outdoor sports resort, there are plenty sports stores where you can get your hands on some of the top mountaineering, ski and snowboard brands but there are also some fashionable clothing stores, and plenty of shops selling traditional mountain goods.
Sky-diving & parachuting
You can enjoy a tandem skydiving experience in Verbier with incredible views of the Val de Bagnes and the Grand Combin. You'll take a 15 minute helicopter flight and then jump in tandem with your instructor from 4000 metres. Freefall lasts around 40 seconds where you could reach speeds of up to 200 kmph, before the parachute opens and you glide back down to earth. No previous experience is necessary.
Spas & massages
Verbier offers a large range of day spas, massages and treatments for those looking to unwind and indulge themselves. Sports therapists and masseurs can also pay you a visit in your home or accommodation, at any time of year. Wellness centres and spas can be found in all of the luxury hotels and are open to outside visitors.
You can play squash on one of two courts in the main sports centre in Verbier, year round. *Please note that this is currently unavailable due to the fire at the sports centre in summer 2017*
For kids of all ages summer camp can be a great experience. Enjoy a range of activities like language classes and mountain sports as well as making new friends along the way. Your kids can go to summer camp with either Les Elfes International or Altitude Summer Camps. Let them enjoy a fun and active summer!
Whether you like to take a dip indoors or outdoors, you'll be able to find somewhere to go for a swim in Verbier. Most hotels, lots of chalets and apartments have their own swimming facilities, however there are also municipal swimming baths that you can visit, which often come free with your lift pass purchase. In summer and winter you should be able to find somewhere to take a dip, so don't forget your towel and your swimming costume or shorts.
Verbier has 3 clay tennis courts that you can book to play on in summer. There is also a tennis club which you can join, and an advanced tennis camp which children can join to hone their skills. The camp helps children develop with a combination of mental as well as physical training.
If climbing up sheer rock on the end of a piece of rope sounds a bit scary, then Via Ferrata climbing offers an element of security that still allows beginners to enjoy the achievement of having scaled a mountain! This form of climbing was invented by Italian soldiers in the Dolomites who used it to enable them to scale vertiginous faces easily and quickly. These days it is a popular sport that makes the thrill of mountain climbing more accessible to children, beginners and those who want a bit more security when they climb.
Following marked routes through the mountains you are helped along by steps, bridges and ladders whilst being roped up for extra safety. Suitable for adults and children over the age of 8, contact the adventure companies who can take you out on your Via Ferrata trip.
Walking & Hiking
Verbier and the greater 4 valleys area has a huge network of walking trails which are accessible from early spring to late summer. Explore the area's many waterfalls, spectacular mountain views and get access to mountain refuges and restaurants.
Also see: Walking Routes in Verbier
If you haven't experienced white water rafting before then this is a definite 'must try' on your list of activities to do. There are a number of trained guides in resort who will let you experience some of the best white water rafting available in the Alps. From the middle of May until September, the mountain rivers flow furiously as they are fed from the melt waters running off the glaciers high above the town. There are various options available from a three hour adrenaline rush to a full days excursion - this activity is guaranteed not to disappoint. Most of the rafting takes place in Sion, just down the valley from Verbier resort.
There are around 6 different companies offering yoga in Verbier, all year round. Whether you're looking to join a group class or book a personal session you'll be able to find someone who can provide this for you.
Location: Verbier Region