Unlike their not so distant French neighbours, the Swiss Resorts are still able to open- starting with Verbier.
The official Verbier website reads:
"After a stunning summer season, snow and the chill of winter quickly arrived on the hills in mid-September. October has been very generous with its snowfall and the mountains have been cocooned in a beautiful white blanket.
As a result, the Lac des Vaux slopes are open to the public every weekend. As soon as possible, and depending on the snow conditions, we will open the slope from Les Attelas to Les Ruinettes. The rest of the area will follow from early December.
Our ski lifts are open only on weekends in November and then daily from 5 December."
The website also details the measures that have been put in place to protect both the Locals and Visitors. We urge anyone planning to visit to be respectful and vigilant towards sanitisation. Absolutely do not travel if you are presenting any Covid-19 symptoms!
The success of the Resorts that are open will be a huge indicator to the governments of other countries that have Ski Resorts about their ability to open and function safely.
Online Ski and Snowboard Magazine, StyleAltitude.com, pointed out that "The 10 day quarantine rule for visitors to Switzerland including from the UK has been lifted. Verbier opened on Friday, 29th October."
We recommend that you double check before you travel and take into account that although you may not need to quarantine when you arrive in Switzerland, you may need to on your return to the UK. With the situation currently changing, we do not want to state whether this is necessary or not, but you can check it out here:
With the restriction aside, it's incredibly exciting to see a Resort able to open, despite all of the challenges that the Ski Industry has faced this year!
Information about the upcoming weekend in the Resort
For the dates 7th and 8th November:
Le Châble – Verbier gondola from 8.40am to 5pm (access to the ski area)
Verbier - Les Ruinettes gondola from 8.45am to 4.15pm (access to the ski area, pistes closed)
Funispace from 8.55am to 4.15pm (access to the ski area, pistes closed)
Lac des Vaux 1 chairlift from 9.05am to 4.15pm
Lac des Vaux 1 blue piste
Lac des Vaux 1 red piste
Médran Café: take away from the outdoor bar overlooking the Place Médran (drinks and small snack offer)
L'Olympique: take away from an outdoor bar (small catering)
Cash desk opening hours:
Médran (Verbier): from 26 October to 4 December, every day from 9am to 4.30pm
Le Châble: from 30 October to 29 November, Fridays from 2pm to 7pm and weekends from 8.30am to 4.30pm
1 day Verbier
Adult: CHF 48
Young and senior: CHF 41
Child: CHF 24
1/2 day from 11.30am
Adult: CHF 43
Young and senior: CHF 37
Child: CHF 22