Travel: Summer in Verbier

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Travel: Caroline Dierckx spent a wonderful summer in Verbier.

Do you dream of marvelling at breathtaking landscapes and combining discovery and exclusive activities? Whether you are adventurer or hedonist, the Verbier region offers experiences adapted to all desires. Welcome to a resort that offers excellence!

Direction Switzerland and more particularly Verbier/Val de Bagnes – la Tzoumaz… Throughout the summer, the resort offers a multitude of activities that genuinely allow you to surpass yourself whatever your physical condition. We were offered two programs to choose from: Sport and Adventure or Nature and Discovery. We chose the latter.

Day 1: A walk in the heart of Verbier Village to discover its history, dropping by the dairy that did not leave our taste buds unmoved as we tried the cheese raclette and tommes maison.

Day 2: On the heights of Tzoumaz, we went with a mountain guide for a gourmet gathering – two hours later we tasted the fruits of what we had picked in a 3-course menu in a charming little inn. In the afternoon, some beautiful pastures further along, we arrived at an event where the sound of the horns of the Alps was simply charming. In the evening, we dined at the Ferme du Soleil, an authentic place that complements Verbier’s agritourism offer.

Day 3: The alarm clock rang at four in the morning. We were on the way to sunrise at Mont Fort. After climbing by cable car, we arrived at 3,300m – time for a bit of contemplation. The shy rays of the sun let us glimpse the surrounding mountains: Matterhorn, Combins massif and even Mont Blanc… a magical moment! For the less timid – even at this height – you can opt for a yoga class. In this package a hearty breakfast at the Igloo des Gentianes is also included. In the afternoon, time for a thrilling ride down the slopes on an all-terrain scooter equipped with brakes and suspensions! Fun guaranteed! A good traditional meal at the restaurant Le Namasté rounded off our day in style.

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Day 4 (and last): The mountain bike choice is very complete, including Cross-Country, Enduro, E-Bike MTB – it’s hard not to succumb to the call of the handlebars here! Verbier/Val de Bagnes and La Tzoumaz boast more than 800km of trail routes, single or mountain roads passable by all. To reach the summits, we took electric mountain bikes – never refuse a little push. The climb is not without effort but the panoramas are dazzling.

The rest of the team were thrilled by wonderful sensations that were part of the sportier program. Here are some of them: located in Médran, the Suspended Path, three courses, three levels, three degrees of difficulty. A jump of 12 metres high, zip lines and many games. Mountain biking for pro riders – the Tour du Mont-Fort is an all- mountain bike route that offers links to the resorts of Nendaz, Verbier and Tzoumaz. Finally, visit the Bike Park during the final descent on Verbier. The Chamois Trail hike is one of the most spectacular hikes in the area. And, finally, the Via Ferrata des Gentianes, hitherto unseen route with an arrival at 3,300 metres.

In conclusion, the invigorating air and the wonders of nature have invaded my body and mind with pure energy! Thumbs up for Summer in Verbier!

Practical information: Flight from Brussels to Geneva with SN Brussels Airlines. Throughout the summer, Verbier sets up its activities with a VIP Pass. Inquire at the Tourist Office: www.verbier.ch/en/vip-pass.htm / www.verbier.ch