This winter, let me bring you to my favourite playground: Verbier and its surroundings. Bursting with loads of gems, some better known than others, this amazing resort provides spectacular views over the Alps. Everyone, from those learning to ski to experienced freeriders, will enjoy themselves in this resort, which is so dear to me. Let me introduce you to my “Verbier Playground” in a series of articles.
In this third article about the Verbier playground, I’d like to tell you about a typical family day out with my 2-year-old son, Odin, and my husband, Simon. Verbier isn’t only an amazing playground for skiers, snowboarders and freeriders; there are also lots of outdoor activities for young children.
Les Esserts, which is divided into two zones, is perfect for young children and people who wish to learn how to ski or snowboard. Situated in the middle of the resort, on the Esserts golf course, it’s easy to reach either by car or with the free shuttle bus service in Verbier (take line 2 from Médran, direction Hameau). There is a gentle mini-slope, equipped with a “magic carpet”, and a longer slope with a ski lift. Both are ideal for beginners.
Odin loves Les Esserts. He’s only 2 years old and not only is he able to ski down the “big” slope, but he has tried out snowboarding, too. Later on, we’ll see which he prefers, but for now, he seems to enjoy both.
After skiing for a while, we take a break on the big, sunny terrace of the Restaurant des Esserts.
Sunset at Clambin
After a break in the sun, we decide to go up to Clambin, to a restaurant called “Chez Dany”, to have a bite to eat. Having come here often with my parents when I was a child, I have many happy memories of the place and never tire of the exceptional view from this little corner of paradise.
This time, we decide to go up late in the afternoon to see the sunset. We head for Clambin on foot, pulling Odin on his sledge. There are two ways of getting there: either by following the road from Le Carrefour, or from Médran, via Les Avoutzons and the pedestrian path.
You’ll always get a warm welcome at the “Chez Dany” restaurant. The adults savour a good fondue and Odin is treated to a special child’s menu. You’re sure to have a good time in this wonderful setting.
After the meal, you can get back to Le Carrefour in the really comfortable snowcat (booking required) and from there, you can easily reach the resort either with the shuttle bus, by car or on foot (which will help you digest the fondue!).
All in all, a great family day out in Verbier! When I’m not freeriding on the surrounding peaks, I really enjoy spending time with my family and appreciate all the possibilities available in this resort. This allows me to share my love of nature with my son, to show him the places I love and to pass on my passion to him on slopes which are suited to his level. Verbier is a really fantastic place to bring up children.