WINTER NEWS 2012 – 2013
VERBIER EPIC PASS – Verbier signs partnership agreement with Vail (USA)!
Verbier 4Vallées has signed a new partnership agreement with VAIL (USA). From this winter onwards, holders of 4Vallées season passes will be entitled to three ski days (at any time) in Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Arapahoe Basin (USA). Under the same arrangement, holders of season passes from these resorts will be entitled to three free ski days in the 4Vallées region. Under the terms of this agreement, Verbier 4Vallées is now part of the famous Epic Pass.
Swatch Freeride World Tour, Freeskiing World Tour and the North Face Masters of Snowboarding merge – THE FINAL REMAINS IN VERBIER!
The organisers of the Swatch Freeride World Tour, Freeskiing World Tour and The North Face Masters of Snowboarding have announced that the three tours have been combined to form a single global 5-star competition. Entitled the SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY NORTH FACE, the tour will consist of six main legs. The Final of this impressive competition will take place in Verbier from March 23 - 31, 2013. www.freerideworldtour.com
Verbier Cinema to re-open on December 1!
Good news for all cinema lovers – after a two year closure, the awesome Cinéma de Verbier is opening again! Equipped with new digital projector material, the cinema will be offering a programme in French and VO for big and small alike. This historic, 60 year old location in the centre of Verbier can accommodate more than 400 people.
Mechanical snow-making reinforced across the Verbier region
Work on mechanical snow-making on the so-called Le Rouge area will begin as soon as the golf course closes, sometime at the end of October. New poles will be installed from the end of the FIS ski-run to the bottom of Le Rouge. The whole thing should be operational in time for the beginning of winter.
New luxury hotel in Verbier: La Cordée des Alpes
La Cordée des Alpes residence will consist of a luxury hotel with 34 rooms and suites on the first two floors and 14 high end apartments on the top three floors. A spa, swimming pool, fitness area, conference room, restaurant and bar are part of the project. www.cdaverbier.com
Le Restaurant de Gentianes: a giant igloo in the middle of the mountains!
A new restaurant in the shape of an igloo is opening on the Col des Gentianes this winter. With an alder-wood structure covered in aluminium, this original building, which is heated with wood, can accommodate 160 people on two floors. www.verbierbooking.com
Le Chalet d’Adrien***** opens the Chalet de Flore****
A new member of Verbier Luxury Hotels, the Chalet de Flore**** is joining the Chalet d’Adrien***** in the ranks of Verbier’s charming, luxury, elegant hotels. Linked with the Chalet d’Adrien daily by a permanent shuttle (9h – 22h30), clients at the Chalet de Flore have full access to the Spa and Gym at the Chalet d’Adrien. They also have priority at the restaurants and benefit from all services at the Relais & Châteaux member establishment.
Located in the resort centre, some 100m from the start of the ski-lift and Verbier’s Place Centrale, and from its best restaurants and boutiques, the Chalet de Flore is in a great position that is both central and quiet, with a view of the Alpine panorama. www.chalet-flore.ch
BARS & RESTAURANTS
The Nomad opens on the Place Centrale: après-ski and sushi!
Sushi Bar at the Nevaï
La Casbah on the move!
Restaurant la Vache opens on the ski runs!
VAL DE BAGNES
La Vallée *** hotel in Lourtier opens a new Bio Spa
Concerned with pleasing its clientele, La Vallée hotel is developing a whole new wellness space, complete with hammam, sauna, rest and massage rooms, as well as a Bio Jacuzzi outside the building. The latter has the particularity of getting natural, untreated water with no additives and works on an overflow system. This
new infrastructure will also be open to outside visitors. www.vallee.ch.
The Hôtel Splendide becomes a 3 star!
The Hôtel Splendide has a new star to add to its coat of arms. A historic building perched on a sunny balcony in Champex-Lac, the Hôtel Splendide has complete extensive renovations to improve the quality of its offering without spoiling the Art Nouveau charm of its early years. Rooms offer a breathtaking view over the surrounding peaks while the terrace is an open invitation to a moment of quiet contemplation.
Hôtel-Restaurant Mont-Lac at Champex-Lac
The new Hôtel-Restaurant Mont-Lac is open. The hotel offers two rooms with double beds, a room with twin beds and a handicap friendly room. It is equipped with a swimming pool, sauna, hammam and sports room for clients. The menu offers a range of fish and meat dishes as well as a salad buffet. www.verbier.ch
Skating rink in the town square
From winter 2012-13, the newly renovated town square at La Tzoumaz will be home to an artificial skating rink that will be open every day during the season. It will also be lit up at night with music providing a great atmosphere. A large number of events will be organised here such as New Year, carnival and the Swiss Ski School’s medal ceremony. www.verbier.ch
New hotel-youth hostel at La Tzoumaz
This is the perfect stopover for backpackers. La Tzoum Hostel & Chalet offers double and single rooms from CHF 90 and dorm accommodation from CHF 30. www.tzoumhostel.ch
MAJOR PROJECTS UNDERWAY
Les Trois Rocs – First W in the mountains!
Les Trois Rocs, a large project, is gradually becoming part of Verbier’s skyline, just a step away from Médran station. The private apartments available are complete and have already been sold.
As a reminder, the Trois Rocs complex consists of a “W” hotel (the first of its kind in the mountains anywhere in the world), private apartments, a spa and wellness centre, a gourmet restaurant, a club and a shopping mall. The Place Blanche at the foot of the ski runs will be a large, social, new pedestrian zone.
Opening: December 2013
Sports Centre project in Verbier
The Verbier Sports Centre is to be completely renovated and extended. The renovation and extension project has been presented to the public. In addition to the creation of a play area for families and a wellness centre, the new formula sports Centre will have a curling rink and a multi-sport hall.
Building work begins: Autumn 2012
Building work ends: Winter 2015 (the Sports Centre will remain open partially during the building work).
Plans can be viewed at http://www.bagnes.ch/
Bruson ski area development
ermission was granted to build Le Châble - Les Mayens de Bruson gondola on October 3, 2012. The installation will be operational from December 2013. www.verbierbooking.com