Resort: Verbier (Switzerland) the town lies in a sunny, south-facing bowl with spectacular views of the surrounding peaks; it is the largest resort of the “4 Vallées” ski region with over 400km of pistes some of which are challenging and to make life easier, there are off-piste areas accessible by lifts. A menu of skiing delights can be enjoyed; glaciers, couloirs and deep powder bowls for advanced skiers and riders. The Savolèyres and Lac des Vaux sectors provide a more limited playground for intermediates and novices with some gentle runs. Boarders will not be left out as there are the terrain parks with half-pipes and obstacles.
Five resorts are tied into one ski pass which offers you one of the largest skiable areas in the Alps, but in practice, few skiers venture beyond the limits of the main Verbier lifts.
Most people come to Verbier for the skiing and boarding challenges it offers, some people find the town attractive, a few areas have an appeal but it through enormous growth it now comprises an endless vista of a suburb of modern, traditionally styled chalets which are obviously attractive individually. If your party’s skiing is solidly at the lower end of intermediate, you would not be accessing the pistes that have all the appeal. Tackling the notorious Chassoure-Tortin run, which is consistently steep and usually heavily mogulled is a challenge too far for many who may sheepishly regard themselves as ‘advanced’. My first thoughts at the top were ‘Why no fence?’. There are other resorts that would still present changes but have a higher percentage of less extreme pistes. If you are confident you can take on the challenges, you will cherish the memories and return year after year.
Verbier offers a lively après ski culture, distinguished dining, numerous smart cafés and good shopping at the chic designer stores and exclusive boutiques that line its pedestrianised central promenade.
Chalet: Chalet Tesseln. This chalet occupies an enviable position perched above the Médran lift station and within a 100m. of the piste; a rarity of a ski in, ski out chalet, albeit slightly off piste, in Verbier.
The main, high ceilinged open plan living area has a magnificent stone open fireplace with great areas of glazing either side. The dining area is partly integrated with a semi-partition which works well.
The chalet’s layout comprises four floors and sleeps a total of 12 guests in five bedrooms all with en-suite facilities. All the bedrooms have access to the large terrace or garden. A further small en-suite bedroom is located in the lower ground floor and is perfect for a nanny.
The expansive master bedroom with en-suite bathroom occupies the entire top floor and has its own private balcony and fireplace.
The first floor is given over to the main living room, the dining area, the kitchen, and a guest toilet. A terrace, with an outdoor barbeque area is accessed from the dining room and a large balcony wraps around the front of the property.
The ground floor accommodates four en-suite bedrooms. There are also two bunk rooms: a large children’s bunk room sleeping four with a double en-suite shower room, a further bunk room for with en-suite bathroom sleeps two children.
A Hammam, television room, laundry room and a shower room are all located on the lower ground floor, as well as the main hallway accessing a small staff apartment which has a single bed, small kitchenette and an en-suite shower room. There is an in-resort shared driver service.
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