Liz Berman’s off-piste Verbier

Liz Berman’s off-piste Verbier

Liz Berman, founder of CK Verbier, has been skiing on Verbier’s slopes for the past twenty years and knows the chicest chalets, the best places to refuel and the most stylish skiwear shops. We asked her to share some secrets…

What’s the first piece of advice you’d give to anyone visiting Verbier?
I would advise them to always book a ski guide. In addition to piste skiing, Verbier has some fantastic itinerary routes and some of the best off-piste skiing in the Alps, so to really get the best out of the resort safely you need an experienced guide. We work with ski schools Performance ( and European Snowsport (; for off-piste tuition we recommend Powder Extreme or the renowned Warren Smith Academy.

The best stop for breakfast is the Offshore Cafe… It serves stacks of pancakes and great coffee, and is the preferred haunt of ski instructors killing time before lessons

If you only had one night to stay in any hotel, which would it be and why?
I prefer the home-from-home experience of a catered chalet, particularly when I’m travelling with the children. Chalet Kernow will always be home to me, although for a romantic break Le Ti Chalet is hard to beat for charm and alpine atmosphere. If I had to choose a hotel, I would take a room in the recently refurbished Nevai hotel and be able to take the lift straight to the Farm Club without getting my feet wet.

If you only had one day in the city, where would you recommend visitors eat, and why?
The best stop for breakfast is the Offshore Cafe right by the Medran lift station. It serves stacks of pancakes and great coffee, and is the preferred haunt of ski instructors killing time before lessons. For lunch, it has to the cosy Chez Dany restaurant in Clambin, with traditional Swiss cuisine and spectacular views; it’s just a short ski home so can enjoy the odd glass or two at lunchtime. In the evening you can ride up in the snow bus, have dinner there and then toboggan back down. If you are feeling less adventurous then head to L’Ecurie, just off Place Centrale, for some traditional comfort eating of rosti, schnitzel and gratin. For children, a trip to the Milk Bar is essential for delicious milk shakes, ice cream sundaes and cakes. Finally, you really shouldn’t leave Verbier without tasting the local Valais melted cheese dish Raclette.

Which activities would you recommend doing in Verbier?After a hard day’s skiing my favourite way to unwind is either with a soothing massage or a Skilates (Pilates for skiers) session with the girls from Chilali. We can organise in-chalet massages and private pilates classes, however Chilali also has a Pilates studio that you can visit in the resort. If you feel like a change from skiing, Verbier Summits offer tandem paragliding flights that give you an amazing bird’s eye view of the resort. Or new for this season is go-karting on ice with Karting Extreme Verbier.

What’s your best insider tip to this destination?
What many people don’t know is that Verbier can be fantastic for shopping. There are some charming antique and interior shops; my favourites are Gingham and Terra Cotta. There is also a new place called Moncler Boutique in Place Centrale which is great for the latest designer skiwear.

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