Le Chable, Switzerland
Nestled in a small village just below Verbier is the scenic resort of Le Chable, famous for its charming surrounds and tranquil settings. Often seen as the quieter cousin of nearby Verbier, Le Chable avoids some of the hussle and bussle that can be associated with the busier skiing areas in peak season, making it the ideal destination for those who are after a relaxing break. Le chable is a ski station and with the new lift from Le Chable to Bruson has opened up the other side of the valley for skiing and makes Le Chable an increasingly popular place to ski from.
Why choose Le Chable?
Although usually a place of calm, Le Chable forms part of the annual Mardi Gras festival and parade where beautifully decorated floats and colourful costumes pass through the resort and its seasonal chalets during February. During the summer months Le Chable is also a popular destination for cyclists and has formed part of the Tour De France route and Tour De Romandie more recently; it is also very popular with walkers and hikers of all abilities throughout the year which is unsurprising when considering the incredible ever-changing vistas on offer.
Activities on and off piste
Should you wish to visit Verbier as well, it is merely a 15 minute journey by bus or car with buses leaving at regular intervals from the centre. Alternatively, take a quick four seated cable car which provides access to the main skiing or walking areas – just steps away from the station. With small, winding alleys and historic 15th century architecture, including the elegant gothic church, Le Chable is a feast for the eyes and the perfect holiday destination, framed by the magnificent Swiss Alps. Whether visiting in the summer months during the full bloom or the snow covered winter months for a season on the slopes either snowboarding or skiing, Le Chable has plenty to offer its guests.
The nearest main airport is Geneva. From the airport there are direct trains to Martigny (1hr 40mins). At Martigny transfer to the St Bernard Express train to Le Chable (25 mins).
There is a connection also from London City to Sion, but this tends to be limited to 2 flights a week and are significantly more expensive. Sion is 45 minutes road travel to Verbier.
For details of private transfers or minibus services from Geneva to Le Chable see Additional Services.
Police: Emergency 117
Ambulance: Emergency 144
Fire: Emergency 118
Doctors Surgery Le Chable: Dr Brand +41 (0) 277 76 22 24
Dentist Le Chable: Chemin de la Côte 2, 1934 Villette (Le Châble VS)
Tourist Information Le Chable: Train Station, Le Chable