Sure, you’re there for the skiing, but after a hard day on the powder, what to do to really let your hear down? Our snow expert takes us on a tour of the chic French ski resort’s after-hours spots.
Offshore Ski instructors and locals gravitate to this surf shack-like, early-morning bolthole for a cooked brekkie before the slopes open.
Milk Bar Chalet-style, family-geared refuge that does probably the best hot chocolate in town.
Good Morning Verbier This just-opened cafe does very good coffee and healthy hangover brunch-breakfast delivered until 3pm daily.
L’Etoile A credible roster of big-ticket DJs hold court at Verbier’s biggest, dressiest club most nights until 4am.
Farm Club A late-night rite for over four decades (David Bowie was a fan) has been co-opted by the hip Experimental Group for the 2018/2019 season.
Pub Mont Fort Home to seasonnaires and ski bums: lively boozer best avoided by the Jägerbomb-averse.
The Experimental Chalet Just opened from the guys behind The Experimental Cocktail Club in London and Paris: a swank new hotel with super-snug cocktail boîte with roaring fire and heady cocktail list.
Le Rouge Buzzy terrace bar at the base of Le Rouge piste for chill, un-scene-y, end-of-day beers. W Off Piste The bar at the W’s first ski resort is now Verbier’s après-ski pre-gamer par excellence.
Le Farinet Enduring season go-to with the best live bands in the Alps.
Vie Montagne Vibe-y mod-chic chalet with casual offerings downstairs and more serious (and spendy)
Le Fer à Cheval Beloved “Verbs” institution: expect decent pizza in a cosy, assuredly un-self-conscious après bar. La Vache High-class burgers at high-altitude at UK crooner James Blunt’s mountaintop hang-out.
Le Caveau Serious cheese options bang in the centre of town with around 150-odd local varieties served à la raclette (or fondue). Booking essential.
Audi Quattro Ski Cup A free, open-to-all amateur race on the Attelas slope. Register online. 18–20 January 2019
Verbier Art Summit The increasingly well-attended art-world do makes its third outing. 1–2 February 2019
Verbier Xtreme The finale of the Freeride World Tour. 23–31 March 2019
Verbier Festival Now one of the most established festivals on the classical calendar. 18 July – 3 August 2019