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Exploring Verbier in AutumnWhilst we’re renowned for our thrilling summer adventures, there is something to be said about the magic that unfolds when summer transitions into autumn in the stunning region of Verbier. From the breathtaking change in scenery colours and a more tranquil pace of life to less crowded biking and hiking trails, here are some of our Verbier Autumn favourites.
Hike & Embrace the Changing SceneryAs the temperatures cool down and the leaves turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow, Verbier and its surrounding areas transform into a breathtaking autumn wonderland. Autumn is an ideal time to explore the hiking trails that crisscross the region. The crisp mountain air and the warm hues of autumn provide the perfect backdrop for the vast network of well-marked trails that cater to all levels of hikers.
Mountain BikingVerbier is famous for its mountain biking trails, and autumn is a fantastic time to hop on your bike and hit the dirt tracks. The cooler temperatures and thinner crowds make for a delightful biking experience. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a newcomer, there are trails for everyone, and the scenery is simply stunning.
Autumn Culinary DelightsSwitzerland is renowned for its delectable cuisine, and autumn brings a cornucopia of seasonal delights including the much-anticipated chasse season. As the leaves change colours, the Swiss eagerly await the start of this hunting season, which heralds a feast of game dishes like venison, wild boar, and vegetarian dishes with chanterelle mushrooms. These hearty and flavourful dishes are expertly prepared by local chefs and offer a taste of Swiss culinary tradition.
Enjoy the Alpine WellnessAs the weather cools, consider indulging in some well-deserved relaxation. Verbier offers a range of world-class spas and wellness centres where you can unwind and rejuvenate. Imagine soaking in a hot tub while surrounded by mountains painted with autumnal hues—idyllic. At Altitude Camps, we believe that every season in Verbier has its unique charm, and autumn is no exception. The crisp air, vibrant foliage, and a myriad of activities make this an ideal time to visit. So, whether you’re considering an autumn camp experience or planning a family getaway, Verbier and its surrounding areas await your exploration. To find out more about local experiences you can head to our activities and excursions page. Verbier is renowned for its world-class skiing and winter wonderland. However, as the snow melts away and the flowers bloom, Verbier transforms into a summer haven, offering an array of thrilling events and activities for visitors to indulge in. In 2023, Verbier has prepared an extraordinary lineup of summer events that promise to captivate and delight both locals and tourists alike. Join us as we explore some of our family friendly experiences awaiting you in Verbier this summer.
Verbier Festival – 30th Edition : 14th – 30th JulyShowcasing internationally acclaimed musicians, this event promises awe-inspiring performances set against the backdrop of the majestic Swiss Alps. With an eclectic program featuring orchestral concerts, chamber music, and recitals, it is a celebration of classical music attracting musicians and crowds from across the globe.
Family Festival : 6th AugustLocated in La Chaux with the impressive backdrop of the Combins Massif, this traditional mid-summer festival offers a range of activities that will entertain both young and old alike. credit: www.verbier.ch
Verbier E-Bike Festival : 10th – 13th AugustTaking place for the 5th time this summer, the Verbier E-Bike Festival returns to the Val de Bagnes. With various guided tours, exhilarating downhill races, and family-friendly activities, this festival caters to riders of all ages and skill levels. credit: Verbier E-Bike Festival
Bagnes Capitale de la Raclette : 23rd – 24th SeptemberRounding off the summer events is the famous ‘Bagnes Capitale de Raclette’. An unmissable event for cheese lovers. Over the weekend, visitors can discover the local produce, especially raclettes prepared with high-quality cheese from the surrounding alpine pastures. For the non-cheese lovers there’s the traditional cow-fighting and live music – fun to be had by all! credit: www.verbier.ch To find out more about what Verbier has to offer in summer, check out the full list of Verbier summer events here: https://www.verbier.ch/summer/inside/events/all-events/top-events/ For outdoor enthusiasts seeking a thrilling and unique mountain experience, Via Ferrata is an activity that should be at the top of your bucket list. Combining elements of hiking, climbing, and mountaineering, Via Ferrata (Italian for “iron way”) allows you to traverse breathtaking landscapes using a system of steel cables, ladders, and footholds.
What you need:Before we explore the local routes, let’s ensure you have the necessary gear. While Via Ferrata differs slightly from climbing, safety remains paramount. Equip yourself with a sturdy climbing harness and a helmet to protect yourself. Additionally, you’ll require a specialized Via Ferrata set, comprising two elasticized lanyards with energy absorbers, carabiners, and a braking mechanism. This set enables you to securely attach to the steel cables. Apart from the essential safety equipment, a few comfort items are worth considering. Invest in a pair of gloves with a reliable grip to shield your hands, and opt for comfortable closed-toe shoes with a grippy sole, providing stability and support on the rugged terrain. Verbier and its surrounding areas offer a diverse range of Via Ferrata routes suitable for all skill levels. From beginner-friendly routes to more challenging heights, there’s something for everyone, whether you seek an adrenaline-pumping adventure or a family-friendly day out.
Bisses du LevronEmbark on an adventure along the Bisse du Levron, a historic irrigation channel that meanders through the serene countryside near Verbier. This family-friendly hike offers a perfect combination of natural beauty and cultural heritage. The trail follows the gently sloping contour of the mountainside, providing easy walking for children of all ages. As you stroll along the tranquil path, you’ll be surrounded by meadows, wildflowers, and breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys. Click here for the route and more information: https://www.verbier.ch/summer/offers/bisse-du-levron-verbier-en-summer-2794021/
Bisse des RavinesOn the other side of the Val de Bagnes, located in the charming village of Bruson, lies the scenic Bisse des Ravines. As you wander along the Bisse, you’ll encounter wooden bridges, peaceful picnic spots, and benches placed to enjoy the serene surroundings and view of Verbier from across the valley. The trail offers ample opportunities for children to observe local wildlife, and as you walk, you’ll encounter informative panels detailing the history and purpose of the Bisse, providing insights into the traditional agricultural practices that sustained the local communities. More information: https://www.verbier.ch/summer/inside/destinations/must-see-places/bisse-des-ravines/
Treasure Hunt TrailPerfect for even the littlest of legs, this 1.5km trail follows a treasure hunt meandering through Verbier Village. With 11 stations, children follow the trail of Célestin the Ibex and discover the history of Verbier and Val de Bagnes. A short and easy walk makes this trail suitable for all ages. More information: https://www.verbier.ch/summer/offers/on-the-trail-of-celestin-the-ibex-family-course-verbier-en-summer-3727381/
Lac de VauxThe trail to Lac de Vaux is well-marked and suitable for families with slightly older children. While the hike involves a moderate climb, it offers a perfect balance of challenge and enjoyment. As you climb up to 2,543m and approach the crystal-clear waters of Lac de Vaux, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning sight that reflects the surrounding mountain peaks. You can start from either Ruinettes or Savoleyres. Check the link for more info: https://verbier4vallees.ch/en/experiences-in-verbier/hiking/lac-des-vaux
These child-friendly hikes offer a range of experiences, from easy walks through alpine meadows to slightly more challenging trails leading to stunning lakes. Whether your little explorers are thrilled by spotting wildlife, enchanted by running rivers, or fascinated by the stories of the past, Verbier and its surrounding area have it all. So, pack your backpacks, lace up your hiking boots, and embark on an unforgettable journey that will create lasting memories for the whole family.Not sure what you need when you’re hiking with children? Make sure you check out our blog ‘Hiking with young children‘ for a complete guide.
Top 3 Luxury Summer Chalets with Ski Verbier ExclusiveIf you’re looking for luxury chalets in Verbier to base yourselves at whilst your children are enjoying a summer camp, our partners, Ski Verbier Exclusive, are one of the longest-standing chalet operators in Verbier. They have a selection of 11 luxury properties to offer from June – September with a catered and self-catered service package. Slip into summer relaxation with one of their top 3 picks for 2022: Rosalp 3 is a perfectly located, self-catered, three-bedroom luxury apartment. It offers a superb location and a beautiful private garden, being just 100m from the Médran lift station with the whole village right on your doorstep. Self-Catered Apartment Rosalp 3: From CHF7,500 per week Sleeps 4:4 Chalet Rock is fast becoming the most popular summer chalet, it’s a fantastic 5-bedroom freestanding chalet, set in beautiful wildflower meadows with stunning panoramic views towards the Mont Blanc Massive. It’s hard to imagine a better summer hideaway! Chalet Rock is available as a self-catered apartment with catering services on request. Self-Catered Chalet Chalet Rock: From CHF12,500 per week Sleeps 10 Chalet Nyumba is one of our most private, luxurious mountain hideaways, perched high on the Savoleyres side of the valley, nowhere in Verbier enjoys a more spectacular view. Chalet Nyumba boasts two hot tubs, a private pool, and panoramic views. Chalet Nyumba is available with a fully catered luxury service, with a chef, host and daily cleaning so you all you need to worry about is relaxing! Catered Chalet Chalet Nyumba: POA Sleeps 12 To find out more about the accommodation we offer check out our Family Accommodation. The Swiss Alps in the summertime is a dream destination for a family mountain bike holidays, no matter what your level of experience. For those looking for the perfect base for a family bike holiday, whether you’re interested in road biking, e-biking or mountain biking, Verbier is a great option for the whole family.
Travelling with your bikeMany people choosing to visit Switzerland for a biking holiday may wish to bring their own bikes with them and choose to self-drive, which can be a good option when it comes to the extra luggage travelling with children. Switzerland is very accessible by road from most parts of mainland Europe including France, Northern Italy, Germany, Austria or the UK. If you prefer to fly, there are lots of bike rental services in town where you can hire road, mountain or e-bikes on arrival, and lighten the luggage load a little! Trains in Switzerland are very bike-friendly too, with areas to put your bike throughout the train, whether you’re arriving or jumping on a train during a biking trip. If you need a hand planning your train journey, www.SBB.ch is the Swiss train website with an excellent route planner, or just give us a shout and we’d be happy to help.
Try out eBikingA new sport that is just finding its feet as technology in e-bikes has really jumped ahead in recent years, the Alps is a terrific place to e-bike. Making the tough ascents much easier, e-bikes are available to hire during the summer in Verbier and a network of trails is ready to explore, from family friendly to day-long e-biking adventures. The ‘Tour du Mont Fort’ route is a fantastic one to try which begins and ends in Verbier and travels through La Tzoumas, Nendaz and Siviez before descending from the Gentianes areas of Verbier, one for the adults to try while the younger kids are in camp for the day! The e-biking festival is also hosted in Verbier every year, giving people the chance to test out different models for a set fee, and explore the nearby trails, or to see which ones suits your needs if you’re thinking of investing in your own model.
Mountain bikingOne of Verbier’s biggest summer draws is its bike park, open from the spring through until Autumn every year. Bikers come from near and far to explore the trails, ranging from blue tracks (easy/moderate) for beginners to red (advanced) and black (difficult/very difficult). The expanse of mountain roads and some pedestrian paths are also shared with bikers for those looking for endurance biking, or simply to explore the area on two wheels under your own steam. Bikes can be rented in Verbier, or you can bring your own and simply buy a lift pass for access. For those who are just starting out, are unfamiliar with the area or want to work on their skills, there are some brilliant mountain bike guides and coaches in town too for kids and adults.
Road bikingA very popular sport in Switzerland and Europe-wide, the Alps is perfect for long days in the saddle of a road bike. The surrounding mountain passes and well-kept roads make for a huge draw for road bikers. No need to be an expert though, as long as you can ride a bike there are some dedicated bike paths and flat stretches too for those simply wanting to get out and explore Switzerland’s beautiful landscape. Again, guides are available for those of all abilities. Some fantastic destinations can be reached by road bike from Verbier, even into nearby Italy and France, and you can soak up the incredible views and explore the vineyards, mountains, towns and villages in the process. Whilst your children are developing new skills and enjoying outdoor activities at an Altitude summer camp, there is no reason why you shouldn’t also be able to make the most of your time in Verbier in luxury summer chalets. If you’re looking for a property to base yourself at, then look no further than luxury chalet specialists, Leo Trippi, who have an extensive collection of summer chalets in Verbier with fantastic facilities for the whole family. Take a look at their top 5 summer chalet recommendations in Verbier below. firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.leotrippi.com for further inspiration.
Family Accommodation in VerbierWhen joining Altitude Camps for the summer, we not only help you to select the right camp for your child(ren) but we also offer assistance in booking all of your airport transfers, additional activities for you as parents as well as your accommodation. If you are visiting for the first time or perhaps just don’t know the village that well then don’t worry, we know it extremely well and are very happy to help. From somewhere close to the biggest supermarket, to being nearby to the sports centre all the way to knowing which chalet is closest to camp or which has a private pool, we’ve got all the knowledge you need. Whatever your requirements may be, rest assured that we can provide something to suit you and your family. The range of properties available in Verbier in the summer is vast too, providing you with many different options to think about. We can book simple self-catered apartments allowing you to cook for yourselves or to take advantage of the numerous restaurants and local cuisine available or if you prefer something a little more luxury, we can find some beautiful apartments for you on either a catered or self-catered basis. Likewise if you’d like the full stand alone chalet, private cinema, wine cellar, swimming pool etc, there are a great range of properties available, a lot of which we’ve been in ourselves so can happily advise you on their location, suitability and more. Some of our favourite options amongst clients are featured below:
Verbier HotelsIf you prefer the hotel option, there are some fantastic options in Verbier from the 5* contemporary style W Hotel, to the traditional Swiss style Hotel Cordee, a 4* superior hotel located right in the centre of town. At the W hotel, you are located right at the lift station, you have the Verbier “beach”, indoor/outdoor pool, spa, restaurants and fantastic design. The Cordee has one of our favourite restaurants with a beautiful spa area, probably the nicest in Verbier. It also oozes Alpine chic with a traditional mountain feel. We also love the Hotel Vanessa, a family hotel located in town with a bright family style design. All of these hotels have a shuttle service too making it easy for you to get the kids to and from camp each day if you don’t fancy the walk. If you’d like any assistance in booking your accommodation, please feel free to contact us and let us know your dates, requirements and number of people travelling and we’ll send you some options to look through. Hiking with young children – tips and tricks from our camp activity staff! Hiking is a great summer activity in the Alps, and there’s no better way to enjoy the spectacular mountain views and serene landscape of the mountains in and around Verbier than exploring some of the trails this beautiful area has to offer. Many trails are family-friendly and hiking can be a great way to spend time together, however, for families with young children, it can be a challenge to keep them both interested and motivated so that everyone can enjoy the hike. For young children, a great tip is to make sure that you take your hike at a time of day when they won’t be tired! If you have very young children who will be in a baby backpack, then you may want to go over nap-time so they fall asleep, but for older children make sure your day trip allows time for their usual periods of sleep so they aren’t cranky and tired, and can fall asleep in the car on the way home. Play games along the trail. This is a great way to keep children motivated and make the activity fun for them as well. Games such as ‘I spy’ are easy and can be played anywhere, and get children interested in looking at their surroundings as well. Another favourite at camp is ‘lava’; perfect for woody paths in the woods, children have to move along without touching the lava, stepping on rocks and tree branches instead. Scavenger hunts can also be a great option for younger children on a hike, and although it won’t necessarily get them moving in one direction very quickly, it will help them explore their environment. This doesn’t have to be complicated or planned in advance, but finding simple things like pine cones, 3 different shaped leaves, a smooth stone, and a rough stone, a feather; these can all be simple things and adapted to where you are walking, to keep kids looking and moving forward as they search! Hike with friends! This isn’t always achievable, but especially for a longer hike, kids are much more motivated when hiking with friends! They will also entertain each other by making up games and keep each other moving, making for a more relaxing hike for the grown-ups! Sing! Songs can be a great way to distract children and cheer them up if they’ve suddenly discovered tired legs or uncomfortable shoes! Walk family-friendly, themed trails. There are a great selection of trails in places that are designed for families and children, with interesting things to see and do along the way. In Verbier, a great option is the ‘Sentier des Sculptures’, which is part of the bisse walk and offers interesting mountain and animal-themed sculptures with information on each section to read to kids. Walking along the bisse can also be lots of fun, as this is a very gentle flowing man-made stream with water that can be paddled in or used for ‘races’ of sticks or other floating natural objects you may find! Check the details of each trail before you start and make sure that it is marked as easy or family-friendly, isn’t too long or steep to avoid carrying tired children. Have a fun destination or activity planned Planning your walk with something to look forward to, perhaps a restaurant for lunch or even just a juice is a great idea, and kids will stay motivated to reach their destination. Other things can be a look-out point, or a lake or waterfall, for example. Incorporating rides of the lifts is also great fun for children, for younger ones that you are worried about on the chairlift there are bubbles, or for slightly bigger kids chairlifts are a fun way to see the views too, and get up high without too much uphill walking! Pack snacks! A water and snack break is very important to keep kids fuelled up! There are lots of benches along trails that provide the perfect spot for this. We hope you have a great time hiking with your little ones!
Mountain restaurants in VerbierThis week, we take a look at favourite restaurants in Verbier, giving you our top 5 summer mountain restaurants, places where you can enjoy the best Swiss and international cuisines or just simply relax over a nice drink.
Chez DanyThis place is a great stop for a lunch or dinner, located just above Verbier and a 20 minute walk from Medran or accesible by car. The restaurant serves high quality Swiss cuisine with superb dishes and friendly service. The food is not cheap, but the view is priceless and definetely a must-do experience while staying in Verbier.
La MarlenazAnother one on top of your holiday list should be the restaurant ‘La Marlenaz’. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful chalets in a perfect location with a diverse menu. If you walk along the Bisse de Levron you will find the restaurant just before the end of this beautiful path. You can also get there by car.
Le DahuLe Dahu serves great food at a price comparable to the village resort. It is probably the best place to eat pizza, but also offers a wide range of other international dishes. The view is amazing and the restaurant is easily accessible by the La Chaux Express cable car.
Croix de CoeurThis restaurant is situated on top of the mountain pass Croix de Coeur, between Verbier and La Tzoumaz. With a beautiful view over Verbier and the surrounding mountains Croix de Coeur offers a dining experience with a local flavour. The steak on a hot stone is one of our favourites, but also a variety of Rösti and other Swiss specialities. You can also check out the Verbier Tourist Office website for a full list of restaurants in Verbier.
Some of our recommended summer hiking routes in VerbierThe surroundings of Verbier are truly breath-taking no matter what time of year you visit, but with a wide range of activities on offer, including summer hiking, the summer season is our favourite. From the fresh air to the colourful flowers and of course, the still snow-capped mountains, the views are beautiful and provide the ultimate location for a day out walking with friends or family. With over 400km of hikes in Verbier, taking one of our hiking guides allows you to explore the area and all that it has to offer whilst knowing you are safe, won’t take a wrong turn and of course have a helping hand to keep you going when you reach the steeper parts! There are many different hiking routes in and around Verbier but here are a few of our favourites, all of which can be booked during the day whilst the kids are at camp.
Beginner: Ruinettes – La Chaux – Ruinettes: 2 hoursThis trail is the perfect introduction to walking in Verbier, giving you a chance to get used to walking at altitude whilst also enjoying the magnificent views of the valley below. This route starts with a gondola ride up to Ruinettes which takes about 5 minutes. From here, we walk along a flattish track called the bisse, (a man-made river which goes for miles!) around the mountain towards a bowl known as La Chaux. From La Chaux you can view the famous Grand and Petit Combin Mountains which are still covered in snow even in the heat of July and August. Enjoy the tranquillity of the mountains as well as taking advantage of this great lunch spot by stopping at Le Dahu for a bite to eat before heading back. To make this into more of a loop – you can walk back via the higher bisse trail which starts from a bit higher up in La Chaux. This short route is ideal for those with kids on the day camp as you can head off after drop off time, enjoy a relaxed lunch in the sun and still be back in time for pick up. It’s also a great one for those with dogs as they love the water to splash in and the walk is great for them!
Intermediate : La Chaux – Lac des Vaux – Col de Mines – Ruinettes – 3 hoursFancy a bit more of a challenge? This route starts from La Chaux and heads nicely uphill towards Lac des Vaux, a popular spot for skiing in the winter time. The uphill hike is a challenge but definitely worth it for the views once you reach the lake, especially if it’s just you and the mountains with not another soul in sight. On a really warm day, you can brave a dip in the lake to cool off or just stay on the edge and have a quick paddle to cool off your feet. This hike continues with a walk downhill towards Col de Mines where you can see all the way across to La Tzoumaz and the other side of the valley. From here head back round towards Ruinettes where you can enjoy views of the Verbier village from up high, you can even try to spot a few of the landmarks whilst up there!
Advanced : Croix de Coeur – Pierre Avoir – Croix de Coeur – 2.5 hoursNot for the faint-hearted, this is a more challenging hike, particularly for those who perhaps don’t like heights or narrow trails as there are some more exposed sections. However it is a great challenge and a fantastic reward when you reach the top. 360 degree views make this small peak a wonderful place for a picnic and offers views of the village of Verbier, Savoleyres and even across towards Sion. This hike includes some tough steep sections, a ladder to climb to the peak at the summit (chains are also there to help in some places) so be prepared! If you are up to the challenge, it is by far our favourite hike of the area with some incredible views! Check out our full list of activities and excursions here.Newsletter
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