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Ski areas / Winter

Verbier (Switzerland)

Included on the Mont Blanc Unlimited pass, this can be a useful fallback if there’s bad weather in Chamonix. It’s a huge area and generally has very good snow. It’s a bit more ritzy in feel than Chamonix (Richard Branson’s Verbier chalet can be yours for 150,000 Swiss Francs for the week!) but the terrain is really very good, it’s a huge linked area with something for everyone and the views are spectacular. Verbinet is the best place to check current conditions and lift opening.

There is a bus from Chamonix to Verbier every Thursday in season – you must book in advance and it’s 23 Euros. Call SAT on +33 (0)450 53 01 15 for information and reservation. The transfer companies also run buses there – search online for “Chamonix Verbier transfer” for dates and times. Don’t forget your passport!