Ski Weekend with Kids? Torture? Exhausting? Wait it out 7 years? No way gals you can totally take them on a fun mountain trip! And our friends from Verbier Tourism helped us figure out how!
Known for it’s party scene and extreme sports, here’s the inside scoop on seeing Verbier with kids…
Where to Stay
Checking in at the Le Montpelier Hotel, we were thrilled to find a multi-room apartment style accommodation. This really is the way to go with little ones!
The 3-bedroom apartment was spacious enough that we could unpack ALL the ski clothes and ALL the toys you seem to require for 3 days and still have room to relax without feeling overcrowded.
With little kids, a kitchen somehow seems essential. You can save a few francs by keeping snacks handy and when the middle of the night milk run is necessary, the refrigerator and microwave are only a room away.
The hotel is nice and comfortable. It’s not ‘over the top’ modern or too stuffy and the rugs have had little ones running up and down them before which always is a sigh of relief to a mom trying to avoid too many crumbs or wet footprints.
The breakfast is a typical Swiss breakfast buffet but, by far, the nicest breakfast staff we’ve experienced in many many mountain breakfast buffets eaten! They went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and take care of all our needs. We also noticed the small, but appetizing Gluten Free options for those that need it…
A pool is always a great option when kids need a snow break and the fireplace is perfect for hot cocoa (spiked with liquor if you fancy…) and the in-house ski rental made it super stress-free when reserving equipment.
Where to Eat
All you can eat Raclette….Le Caveau, a delicious family-friendly option with mountain favorites. The raclette chef kept the little ones entertained with his cheese shavings and the fondue with truffles was oh so scrumptious! Knowing this, we can’t imagine how good the fondue with truffles AND champagne must be – next time!
Date Night…L’Ecurie, a heartwarming wooden chalet with soft accents of rose-colored curtains, fresh flowers and although it’s buzzing with guests, it welcomes you like a warm, cozy hug. Despite an only French menu the staff kindly helped navigate us through the delicious options leading us to go with the Swiss Gourmet Beef Entrecote and veal curry – both divine!
Chocolate Heaven…La Galerie du Chocolat, probably not the best place to take younger kids as it’s quite small and mountain chic, but if you can make a mid-afternoon escape with your book or pop in for a chocolate to go, this place is high on our list. A friendly boutique shop with souvenir Verbier chocolates, truffles & pralines for takeaway and a small café too. You’ll fall in love with the Dark ganache with caramel and sea salt!
Afternoon Tea & Crepes…La Crepiere, a family creperie since 1973 and by Swiss standards the menu options are vast with a really tempting selection of sweet and savory crepes. We chose a nicely portioned crepe filled with goat cheese and topped with salad, honey and walnuts. They even offer gluten-free crepes, but don’t take credit cards so be sure to bring the cash!
Momma Needs a Break
Yes, you do and don’t feel an inkling of guilt about it! The Creche les Moulins is run by a French/German/English speaking woman who makes her food daily and cares lovingly for babies and toddlers at her clean indoor / outdoor krippa, available for half-day or full day bookings.
Older kids can hit the slopes with a day-course from L’École Swiss Ski School. It’s recommended kids no younger than 3 try skiing. Our trip included 1 veteran skier and 2 newbies and instructor Melissa knew exactly how to balance the group and keep them smiling. Dropping them off at the main bus area, she took them on a day journey of skiing with a fun break to sled ride and eat in between. She was very patient with all a moms nervous questions and ensured we were well prepared for before arriving. She even took photos and videos of the kids on the slopes – something we totally forgot to ask her to do!
Verbier is a playground for adult and children. We highly recommend the following:
Ski the 410km of pistes Verbier offers with their blue, red and black runs.
Soak up on the sun and exercise the bumm with a 1-hour mountain hike. We recommend walking from les Ruinettes to La Chaux and returning by gondola snapping photos all along the way.
Les Esserts = family fun in the snow. It is reachable by bus and has sledding, kid-friendly skiing with magic carpet and restaurant. Although we didn’t not check it out, we hear that Les Moulins is also very kid friendly and features a children’s snow garden.
Sledding is a super fun family option. With smaller kids, rent a sledge that has a ‘baby seat’ and find slopes throughout town – you can alternate between window shopping and sledding fun. For older kids head to Restaurant Le Carrefour (a local’s favorite) for a late lunch, hike up to La Marmotte and then sled all the way down!
Splurge for a sled ride led by Huskies. Due to weather, our excursion was cancelled, but we will no doubt go back again to try this unique adventure by Eywa’s Trails offered for kids ages 3+.
Zuri Girl Tips
Pack the Sunglasses. Sunglasses & sunscreen are essential for kids when skiing.
Ski through April. It’s cheaper, warmer, but just as beautiful and one of the charms of Verbier – it’s open well past the other resorts.
Break up the drive. Stop at Barryland, the home of the famous St. Bernard rescue dogs.
Shop the Look. If you’re the type of gal that loves the mountain look then go ahead and take it home! Angel des Montagnes designs beautiful mountain chic home furnishings and accessories.
Park off-site. Parking is quite expensive, even at hotels. As the village is relatively small and you can walk from point A to B in 15 minutes (25 with kids), it’s wise to park further outside town and walk or use the free shuttles to travel throughout town. We can recommend the Périn Parking Lot which is free for the first 24hours and then only CHF 5 / day after.
Ride the Gondola. As a child, the world is so big. Think how much fun they’ll have soaring the skies via gondola. It’s a fun activity with a hot chocolate treat for all once reaching the top. The Medran lift is at the edge of the city.
Have a Beer. As British tourists make up for a strong % of Verbier’s foreign tourists, English is spoken fluently throughout the village. If you’re craving some fellow bloke banter, head to Pub Mont Fort. They serve more beer than any other bar in the French region.
*Experience supported by Verbier & Swiss Tourism