Hidden gems and famous must do’s in Verbier

Xavier De Le Rues has toured the world on his snowboard on several Freeride World Tours. Nowadays he lives in Verbier. Here’s his guide to help make the most of your time in his hometown, both on and off the slopes.

With multiple Freeride World Tour titles and memorable video roles under his belt, Xavier De Le Rue has been one of the brightest stars on the snowboard scene for many years. After traveling the globe in search of the best freeriding conditions, he now spends as much time as possible close to home in Verbier. Follow his guide on your next visit and you’ll understand why!

Photo: Thomas Roulin

Verbier’s best slope-side restaurant

Chez Dany has the best view in Verbier. It’s on the edge of the slopes but also accessible by cat or on foot. Great blend of casual food and higher end cuisine, all made from local ingredients. Works just as well for a drink or a meal while skiing, as a late dinner with friends. Definitely not one to miss!

Chez Dany

Hameau de Clambin 10, 1936 Bagnes

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Photo: Le Bois Sauvage

The romantic adventure

If you’re a very experienced off piste skier (or are skiing with a guide) there’s an amazing run that brings you from the top of Siviez, Nendaz to the bottom of the Val d’Heremence, 1300m further down. When arriving in the valley, call the restaurant and they come and pick you up. Five minutes later you’re at the table, ordering delicious food from a team that is passionate about seasonality and sustainability. This is my choice for a romantic birthday lunch.

Le Bois Sauvage

Chemin des Mélèzes 26, 1987 Hérémence

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Best burgers in Verbier

Le Shed offers the best burgers in town and a lot more! Great Swedish vibe and high quality no-fuss food. Every detail is taken care of and the easy going but stylish atmosphere makes it a great spot for a casual dinner.

Le Shed

Rue de Médran 5, 1936 Bagnes

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Photo: Anton Enerlöv

Quality coffee and juices to die for

Next to the legendary W you’ll find Verbier’s best coffee. You can get a great, fresh meal here, but if you’re in a rush we recommend the juices that score high on the OMG-scale. Located just next to the lift for those who didn’t have time to eat breakfast at home, the chances are the menu will make you stay longer than you planned!

Arctic Juice & Café

Rue de Médran 70, 1936 Bagnes

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Full on après!

Pub Mont Fort is the après in Verbier. There’s great casual food, but focus here is on the drinks. Their terrace offers a magic atmosphere, especially after mid-season when the sun is getting stronger with a great sunset light for the after-ski beer

Pub Mont Fort

Chemin de la Tinte 10, 1936 Bagnes

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Photo: Farinet

Something for everyone

Not sure if you want the mega après or something calmer? This is the place you’re looking for. When the beer motivation is there, Farinet’s après has made its name over the last decades with great concerts and the whole craziness you might want after a great day on the mountain. But if you’re looking for something more relaxed, the lounge side offers what might just be the best cocktails in Verbier. If you’re staying at their hotel, you’ve got a short way home if the drinks are too good.


Place Centrale 6, 1936 Bagnes

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Verbier’s freeride hub

Mont Gelé, a great freeriding area where you can reach all four aspects, and often find good snow no matter where the wind and sun hit the mountain. There’s something for almost every freerider here, and you have quick access to amazing terrain. Banana is the most famous run on Mont Gelé — for a reason!

Mont Gelé

Top of Mont Fort gondola

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