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Destination guide: Verbier, Switzerland

Verbier is the main resort in Switzerland’s largest ski area, the 4 Valleys. Thanks to the combination of a sunny, scenic location, exciting terrain and a lively nightlife, it has long attracted a youthful, sporty clientele. Easy access (two and a half hours by public transport from Geneva airport) has helped make the resort popular with Brits as well as the Dutch, Scandinavians, the international Geneva set – and above all, the Swiss.

Nearly 100 lifts access more than 400km of runs, including some of the best lift-served off piste in the Alps. The slopes are snowsure and the scenery spectacular, and from the top of the ski area – Mont Fort, at 3,330m – the views reach as far as the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.

The challenging terrain on Verbier’s doorstep has given rise to thrilling spectator events, from Xtreme Verbier (the finals of the Freeride World Tour) and the Verbier High Five (at which amateur skiers compete alongside world champions), to the Patrouille des Glaciers, a gruelling ski touring race from Zermatt.

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North Face Mt. Fort

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