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The resort the stars love, at the centre of the biggest Swiss ski area

Verbier is one of the biggest names in world skiing, renowned for both its huge range of skiing and it's ultra-fashionable social scene.

The Swiss resort sits majestically on a sunny shelf high above the Val de Bagnes, in the Valais canton. Its extensive and varied slopes link with the runs of Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon, which together comprise the Four Valleys - Switzerland's largest ski area with 100 lifts accessing nearly 400 kilometres of runs.

Verbier is chalet central - buildings are built in heavily timber-clad style, whether they are actually a chalet or a hotel. And the village is surrounded by the most stunning Alpine scenery. From the top of Mont Fort, the highest point, the vista stretches to Mont Blanc in the West and the Matterhorn to the East.

For beginners there are nursery slopes near the centre of the village as well as higher up at Les Esserts. There are also plenty of intermediate runs, especially on the delightful slopes of Savoleyres.

Experts are spoilt for choice, with a wealth of challenging black slopes and some of the best off-piste in the world. For the adventurous there are also some seriously unnerving steep mogul fields to be have been warned.

Freeriders and boarders are also drawn to Verbier from all over the world - powder fields, tree skiing and cliffs are all part of the scene. The finals of the Freeride World Tour are held here - but all that tough stuff is easily avoided too - Verbier can be whatever you want it to be, and it can be heaven for skiers of any ability, timid or brave.

On the slopes head to La Vache for lunch, a highly-rated mountain restaurant opened by James Blunt, Lawrence Dallaglio and Carl Fogarty. Blunt even has a chairlift named after him here.

The apres-ski choice is huge - but cakes and milkshakes make a nice change at the Offshore, the Fer a Cheval is good for a relaxed drink and the Pub Mont Fort has been a favourite for decades. The Farm Club attracts celebrities in town - and plenty of stars come here.

Cordée des Alpes

Cordée des Alpes

Part of a 4 star hotel, Cordée des Alpes serves up a real taste of the high life. Be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’ll be prepared a meal using traditional ingredients and fresh, locally-sourced produce to create a truly tasty treat.

Upon entering the restaurant, you’ll be immediately hit with the stunning interior. In hat tip to its surroundings, Cordée des Alpes uses wooden beams, flagstone flooring and sleek shuttered windows to create a dining room full of sophistication and style.

Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail at the central bar, before making a difficult choice from a menu full of the finest alpine haute cuisine. Choose from delicious seafood and steak dishes and receive a meticulously planned work of art on your plate – which tastes as good as it looks!

Hotel Farinet

Hotel Farinet

Open from 12pm to 2am every day, the Farinet Lounge Bar is the perfect venue to while away your afternoon and enjoy a cheeky après aperitif. Relax in front of a roaring open fire and forget about the cold with your choice from the bar’s extensive list of cocktails, wines and champagnes.

Live bands blare out from the terrace of the Farinet, which overlooks Place Centrale and encourages energetic visitors to dance on the tables, ski boots and all. This is the hotel’s après ski bar, which is the only party in town that showcases live bands on a daily basis throughout the season – no exceptions. There’s beer on tap, a sliding roof and great views from here. Everything goes from 4pm-9pm.

Back inside, live DJs mix the tunes every night after the closing of the après ski bar, marking the start of the nightly festivities. This is the perfect opportunity for you to grab some friends and make a night of it in a private booth – or even the VIP area for an elaborate change.