Mountain barbecue

Barbecue on the mountain

Verbier has plenty of restaurants and cafés to enjoy, but sometimes a ‘cook-out’ on the mountain with a group of friends is a lot of fun too. For a small fee, you can rent Le Hatay Shelter from Verbier tourism which is equipped with tables and benches, 4 barbecues  a cold water fountain and parking spaces. This shelter can accommodate up to 80 people so is ideal for family & friend trips and...

Hike to Pierre Avoi above Verbier

One of the most iconic peaks in central Valais, the Pierre Avoi reaches a height of 2,473 meters. Accessed by foot, you can take the Savoleyres ski lift to get a head start on the hike or walk from Verbier following the signs to Pierre Avoi up through the larch forests and steep pastures. The last section of the climb involves some scrambling over rocks, and the last few meters to the peak are climbed...

Alpine Marmots

You don’t walk far in the mountains around Verbier at this time of year without hearing the distant call of Alpine Marmots. Living at heights of between 800 and 3,200 meters, marmots live in the Alpine meadows and sub-alpine grasslands, burrowing into the land up to 3m underground and in burrows of up to 20m long. The moment they sense danger they quickly disappear into their burrows for safety. Marmots...

Combat des Reines

Combat des Reines – The Fight of the Queens

At this time of year in the Valais, the mountains are full of the sound of cowbells and the most popular type are the Herens. In the middle of Spring, you see cows, newly released from Winter stables, yearning for a tussle. They push and shove each other and lock horns trying to establish who is the strongest of the herd. ‘La Reine des Reines’ or ‘the Queen of Queens’ is a traditional annual...

MTB in and around Verbier

MTB in and around Verbier

Biking in Verbier is exciting with well-marked trails for mountain bikes, e-bikes and road bikes. There are guided bike tours, gourmet bike tours, easy routes for families on flat terrain and some very steep downhill runs for the more advanced riders. There are 17kms of tracks, ramps and jumps and the Verbier Bike Park has firmly established the resort as one of the capitals of downhill cycling in...

Le Bisse de Levron

Le Bisse de Levron

One very beautiful element of the Valais mountain landscape are the bisses. These are ancient irrigation canals that channel water from the glaciers and alpine springs to the dry plains and vineyards below. Originally the Bisse de Levron guaranteed vital water for the people of Levron. Nowadays, the villagers have other water supplies from the nearby dam but the Bisse de Levron is maintained and...

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