Let’s be honest, doing Verbier on a shoestring is going to take a little creativity and a whole lot of pre-planning. Many flock to this luxury powerhouse purely to experience exclusiveness and indulgence – Verbier is often referred to as a ‘playground for the wealthy’. And that’s fine, if you have money to spend. But for the frugal traveller, this may not be an option.
Not to worry! It is very possible to obtain affordable luxury in Verbier, and still have an incredible time in this stunning ski resort. Chalet Apartment Rentals has put together a list of helpful tips to ensure you have a truly enjoyable ski holiday in Verbier on a shoestring.
How to do Verbier on a shoestring
Timing is everything
Fact: Booking a ski holiday in Verbier during Christmas and New Year is going to be expensive. That being said, look out for deals around January – after the festive rush has disappeared, the costs of going to Verbier can be quite reasonable. While the weather may be a bit nippy, and the slopes deserted, there really is no better way to kick-start the new year that with an affordable ski holiday.
Ski with friends
If possible, round up your friends and family for a group ski holiday in Verbier. Normally, there are savings to be made when you book as a group. Some chalet companies in Verbier offer deals, and the more people that stay the easier it is to split the costs of accommodation and travel. In addition, some ski lift companies promote reduced price passes for groups. For instance, the 3 Valleys Duo pass offers savings when two or more people buy a week pass.
Don’t get us wrong, we are not condoning excessive drinking, but many of the chalets in Verbier provide free wine and beverages over the duration of your stay. Buying drinks in the ski resort can be expensive, so make the most of the chalet drinks. These usually come with dinner; however, the free drinks usually end when the meal is over, so be sure to fill your glass! Alternatively, take advantage of the happy hours and drinks deals available in the many bars, clubs and pubs.
Stay in the surrounding towns
To enjoy Verbier on the cheap, you may want to consider not staying there at all. Le Châble is a half-mile below Verbier – it was originally an old way station which attracted few guests, and has remained largely untouched by the over-development that afflicts resorts such as Verbier. Chalet Apartment Rentals has a wonderful property portfolio in Le Châble – see below for more details.
Affordable luxury in Le Châble
We can help you find affordable luxury in Le Châble, whether you are looking for a charming 2-bedroom apartment or a large chalet for your group ski holiday.
Chalet La Ruinette – The Pocketwatch
Petite and timeless, the Pocketwatch is a cosy studio apartment situated five minutes away from the ski lift, and 30 seconds walk to the local shops. Perfect for a romantic getaway, the apartment features an en-suite shower room, modern kitchen, sunny balcony to enjoy the stunning mountain views and deluxe beds for a fantastic night’s sleep.
Close to the heart of the village, Apartment Lucy sleeps 6 comfortably and is just 400 meters from the gondola lift station. A short walk to local bars, restaurants, shops and other amenities, this apartment is a great home away from home during your ski holiday. This property comes with 2 double bedroom, mezzanine (loft) sleeping area, well-equipped kitchen and comfortable living room and dining area.
Chalet Thomas is a newly renovated Swiss chalet that sleeps 6-10 people. It is close to Verbier lifts, the rail station, shops and other amenities, and is perfect for families and groups of friends. Original stone and wooden features give this chalet a charming, quintessentially alpine feel – the ideal home away from home during your ski holiday or summer activity break.
Most chalet companies will offer ski breaks on a catered or self-catered basis. You can save some pennies by opting for self-catered, but be sure to stock up at the bottom of the mountains, where the food is cheaper. You may even want to consider bringing a few snacks along with you in your suitcase to avoid buying food while you’re skiing. Commodities such as sunscreen and lip balm will be very expensive in resort – so plan ahead and bring your own.
It’s not all about skiing
There are plenty of other activities to indulge in during your stay in Verbier, and at a fraction of the price. Take a stroll around the charming town, wander through the streets and get lost, marvel at the beauty of the buildings – walking is free after all! Why not visit the museums?
If you are in Verbier during the summer months, you can even hike up the hills and bask in the glorious green wilderness surrounding the region. Take a trip to the cinema, have a picnic, take the cable car or train and enjoy spectacular views (great for the photography enthusiast) – the possibilities are endless.
Contact Chalet Apartment Rentals today
If you are considering doing a ski holiday in Verbier on a shoestring, why not get in touch with Chalet Apartment Rentals today for more information and advice.
We are a well-reputed, long-standing chalet company working in Verbier, and we know lots about the region – where the most reasonable places to eat and drink are, what to see and do on a budget, and most importantly, where to stay.
If you have any further tips or comments about doing Verbier on a shoestring, we would love to hear from you.