The slopes call! And really, where better than Verbier, darling – excellent slopes, restaurants aplenty and enough après and parties to sate even the most demanding of revelers. Here’s how to tackle 48 hours in Verbs…

Friday Fun

4pm Arrive at Geneva airport and hop in a 2-hour car or Alpi bus journey up to Verbier, Switzerland’s best known winter playground and popular with Brits, French, Scandinavians and Swiss alike. Located in the canton of Valais at an altitude of 1,500m, Verbier boasts over 400 km of slopes and some of the most exciting activities and perfectly groomed pistes around.

Whether you’ve booked a chalet or hotel, you’ll be a stone’s throw from the bustling Place Centrale and its side streets, home to the resort’s most luxurious shops, spas and restaurants. We opted for the W Hotel for its superb location on Place Blanche which has the main Medran piste and bubble lift right on its doorstep. This is the luxury chain’s first alpine escape with architecture inspired by the carving of skis through snow, combining traditional exposed wood, Alpine style and contemporary glass atriums. It’s young, dynamic and the perfect place to unwind and relax after a hard day’s skiing.

6pm Bags dropped off, head to the Ski Service store, located between Place Blanche and Place Centrale to collect your equipment for the weekend (pre-book for speedy service and the best discounts).

7pm Walk or ski straight into the W Off-Piste Bar for an aperitif and a sizzling DJ at sundown.

9pm Dine at Le Chalet d’Adrien for gourmet Swiss delicacies and panoramic vistas of the resort and surrounding mountains, set off by the twinkling lights of clustered chalets at the foot of the slopes.

Midnight Head to L’Etoile Rouge for a night on the tiles. Likened to Ibiza in the snow, it’s the first club of its kind in Verbier where you can dine and dance under the same roof. If you’re there for Mardi Gras, they host a 24 hour non-stop party to raise funds for charity. L’Etoile’s music programme provides a platform for world-famous and up-and-coming DJ’s in Verbier.

Saturday Ski

9am Armed with the must-haves (layers, face cream, sunglasses and a piste map), it’s time to hit the slopes. If you’re a beginner, start on the novice areas at the foot of the mountain. Les Esserts is the largest of the beginner areas with its gentle nursery slopes conveniently close to the Hameau bus stop. Le Rouge also has two slopes running from the top of the village (outside Le Carrefour restaurant) down to the central Brunet bus stop. A variable speed drag lift gives skiers access to a slightly more inclined slope, providing the perfect place to progress.

For more confident skiers, the main Savoleyres area provides an extensive network of sun-drenched blue and red slopes with a stunning forested slope area.
Mont Fort marks the highest point in the 4 Valleys at 3,330 metres and offers the most easily reachable advanced terrain of any Alpine resort. Verbier is also renowned for off-piste skiing with a plethora of legendary descents at hand. Not for the faint-hearted!

12pm Ski to lunch at Le Carrefour, one of Verbier’s oldest restaurants serving classic Savoyard dishes like rösti, fondue, raclette and game cooked on a hot stone. On sunny days, we recommend eating al fresco on their south-facing terrace with views all the way to the Mont Blanc and the Grand Combin.

3pm Tackle the runs once again. Most of Verbier’s pistes are perfectly oriented to the south, so virtually the entire ski zone enjoys great snow conditions, all-day sunshine and time-honoured views towards the glaciated peaks along the French and Italian borders. Perfect for satisfying even the hungriest mile muncher.

5pm Hit the Après at Le Rouge for an electro vibe. Nestled at the bottom of the eponymous Rouge slope, order a tipple, huddle up on its outdoor terrace and watch skiers skilfully glide in before the final run-down.

8pm Dine at the family-owned restaurant Chez Michel in Le Chamois: a rustic mountain chalet with delicacies such as veal kidneys, snails and Valais ham and cheese.

10pm Head straight onto Le Farinet lounge bar for one of its signature cocktails and live music in one of the most relaxed environments in town. Revel till dawn at The Farm Club, an institution and the height of Verbier’s social scene for the past 50 years – it’s a night you won’t forget.

Sunday Fun

9am If you don’t fancy another ski day, try another of Verbier’s hottest activities: husky sledging. This runs all the way until the end of April (snow-permitting). Meet at the top of the cable car at La Ruinettes and wind your way down into the valley of La Chaux, 4,000 ft below, led by Siberian huskies. For a scenic mountain walk, visit the tiny village of Le Hameau and peer into its All Saints chapel, adorned with magnificent stained glass windows and German terracotta tiles.

1pm Fill up on fondue and rosé with a final lunch at Marmotte, another traditional mountain restaurant with a warm open fire for all-day dining.

4pm Stop for hot chocolate and hazelnut waffles at the best tearoom in town, La Chocolaterie de Verbier. Or simply pick up some beautiful hand crafted Swiss chocolates for a lasting taste of the Alps. You could even succumb to Verbier’s centuries-old charm by signing up for a season – that way you’ll never have to leave!

For more information visit Verbier resort’s official website Details and prices for the W Verbier can be found at  British Airways offers up to 14 daily flights to Geneva from £90 return. From Geneva Airport, rent a car (1hr 45 mins; snow tyres are mandatory during winter in Switzerland) or take an AlpyBus transfer (2hrs) from 70CHF (£54) one way.