The Swiss mountains are very popular in the Summertime and this includes the resort of Verbier and the Four Valleys. The Summer season is long and the transition from Spring skiers to bikers and hikers is seamless as they overlap in April and one smoothly replaces the other. In Verbier, the weather is warm enough during Spring and the Summer months to allow for a huge range of outdoor activities.
Hiking, Equestrian, and Biking with fantastic scenery
Verbier has over 400km of mountain hiking trails and these can be enjoyed from early Spring to late Summer, either independently or with a guide. Offering breathtaking mountain views, waterfalls, pine tree forests and plenty of fresh air, hiking in Verbier can be both invigorating and rejuvenating. There are plenty of mountain terraces to aim for such as La Marmotte or La Namaste, La Marlenaz or Dahu where you can enjoy an al fresco lunch. If walking gets too tiring, Verbier also a large fully equipped stable and yard and horse riding on the mountain can provide a new perspective of the resort. Alternatively there is plenty of opportunity to see the mountains on 2 wheels from a bike and the ski lifts are adapted to take bikes rather than skis in the Summer, enabling fast access to the higher mountains for those that prefer to ride downhill.
There are over 200km of bike pistes in Verbier which include gentle cross country family friendly trails to adrenaline fuelled technical downhill tracks. Over the years, Verbier has become a top destination for endurance road bikers as well as mountain bikers and with many downhill trails such as ‘ Tire’s Fire’ and ‘Woooohhh’, the expert downhill riders embrace the 880m descent and 65 bike jumps that weave around the mountain. Each August, Verbier hosts the world famous Grand Raid bike race from Verbier (1,500m) to Grimentz (1,570m), with amazing sceneries, many mountain pass and trails for an intense effort throughout the 125km between the starting line and finish of this legendary mountain bike race.
E-bikes or Scooters (Trottinettes)
A more peaceful biking option might be to hire an E-bike to cover larger terrain and if uphills feel a little daunting. Large wheeled off road scooters (or trottinettes as they are called locally) are also a popular method for families and children to descend the mountains to Verbier, in the village below.
Multiple Activities and Cultural Experiences
Other Summer mountain activities include photography, climbing, and via Ferrata. Verbier also offers scenic helicopter rides over the glaciers, alpine forests and surrounding snow capped mountains. For a special experience, the helicopter can land for a private al fresco lunch or barbecue on the summit of a nearby mountain. In the village, there are opportunities to enjoy indoor climbing, tennis and swimming, or to visit some of the museums of this Alpine area to better understand the local culture. At the Forge Oreiller you can learn about the famous Swiss cowbells which you hear throughout the Summer season on the mountains around Verbier. The St Bernard Dog Museum in Martigny and on the Col du Grand Saint Bernard give an insight into the historic mountain rescue role of the huge St Bernard dogs.
Whether you choose to hike or bike, climb, paraglide or horse-ride, Verbier will never fail to provide a great fun for all experience, which is why visitors keep coming back for more year after year.
Check out our Activities and Culture section for ideas of all the many events and things to do in Verbier.