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Enriching quality of life through year round mountain activities, especially with life-enhancing snow-sport activities, in the interests of health and well-being.

Assisted Mountain Activities in Verbier

Overview

Verbier: Assisted and Adaptive Skiing and Winter Holiday

Verbier is located in the ski region of Les 4 Vallées - in the Valais area of Switzerland close to Martigny.

Verbier for first-time and existing skiers with a disability – A taster of how this ski resort can help provide you with a memorable holiday and ski experience; building self-confidence, learning new skills and offering a place for rehabilitation, rejuvenation and relaxation.

A quick guide to disabled ski instruction, equipment, accessibility (particularly for wheelchair users), non-ski activities and highlighting suitability for specific disabilities or life-changing conditions. Included are quick links to useful information on the ski resort to help you with your choice.

As each person often has specific needs or requirements and no two people are the same, if you wish to discuss any aspect of your trip, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Resort

Perched on a sunny plateau in the heart of the mountains, with its slate-roofed chalets, Verbier has carefully maintained its charm as an alpine village. This is the gateway to the 4 Vallées ski area – with nearly 100 lifts and more than 400 km of ski runs for all levels of expertise at your feet. The Mont-Fort, the highest point of the ski area (3,330 m), offers a panorama over the Matterhorn, the Combins and the Mont-Blanc ranges.

A freeride paradise, the resort is a must for skiers and snowboarders from all over the world, and its après-ski and aperitifs are a veritable institution on terraces where a cosmopolitan clientele of all generations is to be found.

While this resort is a true paradise for winter sports, its summer options are just as appealing and are an open invitation to endless discoveries. The resort is a huge adventure playground for those skilled at mountain biking. The ski lift network makes it possible for everyone to appreciate the beauty of the mountains. Other sports are naturally also plentiful and be it on land or in the air, you’ll find whatever you need in Verbier.

A rich cultural agenda, sports events throughout the year, shopping, gastronomy, history and night life are just some of the many aspects that you will find in the resort and that will make your stay unforgettable. (information provided by the Verbier Tourist Office)

For more information on the resort itself we suggest you look at the excellent website of the Tourist Office.

This resort is not flat and may not suit all wheelchair users or those with limited mobility. There is one new hotel which has direct access to the ski slope and is very close to the cable car. There are a other wheelchair accessible hotels but do check exact location so that you don't have any difficulty in accessing the ski area.

We are very fortunate in having a number of local experts in Verbier who are more than delighted to chat with you about any specific needs regarding your disability and ski activities or non-ski activities. One of these is the renowned Jean-Yves Michellod - sit-skier and also runs an excellent taxi service.

Accessing the mountain restaurants and meeting up with family and friends is an important part of having a totally inclusive holiday. Some of the gondolas or chairlifts take wheelchairs and for non-skiers this is a great opportunity to go up and join in the fun. A pedestrian pass normally available from the ski lift office and the tourist office will be delighted to help with other activities. (This may well give you access to other facilities within the resort).

Who Benefits

If you, a friend or family member have any of the following then Verbier might work brilliantly for your ski or summer holiday. This is by no means an exhaustive list (it would be impossible to include every condition) but many have similar or common factors. As often someone may have a condition that we have not yet come across please do ask us if you are interested in the resort and we can try to help.

  • addison's disease
  • amputee
  • autism
  • aspergers
  • brain injury
  • cancer
  • cognitive
  • cerebral palsy
  • down's syndrome
  • duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • hemiplegia
  • kleefstra syndrome
  • paraplegic
  • parkinson's disease
  • learning difficulties
  • stroke
  • rett Syndrome

We do advise that if you have any health issues that might be affected by extreme temperatures; altitude or have had surgery or an on-going physical / neurological condition that might be or could be affected by being moved at speed, over rough or uneven terrain or being on or in a ski lift please do contact us for more advice before going ahead and booking your holiday. Another resort might work better for you.

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Mountain Activities - Sporty and Fun

Mountain based activities, whether sporting or non-sporting, summer or winter, are empowering elements to life but please note that many may not be suitable for your condition or specific need. Activity providers, guides and instructors will often go out of their way to accommodate the needs of everyone but please understand if they are unable to do so for you. Always worth making further enquiries either via the organization responsible, the tourist office or Ski 2 Freedom.

Filter activities by season:

  • air boarding
  • archery and shooting
  • bobsleigh luge and skeleton
  • bowling
  • bouldering
  • canoeing rafting and kayaking
  • climbing - ice
  • climbing - rock
  • climbing - indoor
  • curling
  • cycling
  • donkey trekking
  • e-bikes
  • fat bikes
  • fishing
  • glacier skiing
  • golf
  • horse riding and trekking
  • horse sleigh rides
  • hot air ballooning
  • husky dog rides
  • ice diving
  • ice driving
  • ice fishing
  • ice hockey
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • off road buggies
  • paragliding
  • piste basher driving
  • rafting
  • roller coaster
  • sailing and rowing
  • ski bikes
  • ski jumping
  • skidooing
  • skiing - alpine and downhill
  • skiing - biathlon
  • skiing - cross country
  • skiing - freestyle and boarder x
  • skiing - heli skiing
  • skiing - off-piste and ski touring
  • skiing - ski joering
  • snakeglisse
  • snow park
  • snow shoe walking
  • snowboarding
  • skiing - telemarking
  • tennis
  • tobogganing
  • tubing
  • via ferrata
  • walking and hiking
  • yooner
  • zip line

For more information on mountain activities in Verbier please contact us.

Mountain Activities - Relax and Rejuvenate

Filter activities by season:

  • baroque churches
  • christmas markets
  • clinical and medical treatment
  • family fun time
  • farming and cheese production
  • film location
  • food and gastronomie
  • gentle walks
  • history and local culture
  • hydro therapy
  • literature
  • local markets
  • mountain tramway
  • music festivals - classic and jazz
  • music festivals - rock and pop
  • painting and sketching
  • photography
  • polo
  • spa and wellness
  • wildlife
  • wine tours
  • yoga

For more information on mountain activities in Verbier please contact us.

Ski Schools and Assisted Sport Providers in Verbier

ESS Verbier

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A superb ski school and highly recommended especially for guided sit-skiing. Charlotte Dischinger is fabulous with all types of conditions and such a great person! Patrick Gabioud also is an excellent guide for the dual-ski.

Equipment Available

Please contact the ski school for more information on booking lessons and equipment hire.

  • Dual Ski Piloted
  • GMS
  • Ski Connect
  • Tandemski
  • Tandemflex
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Tourist Office and Places of Interest in the Resort and Surrounding Area

To get a better idea and understanding of the ski resort of Verbier and what else they can offer you for your holiday, we suggest you look up their website as every Tourist Office offers a fascinating and exciting insight into what they and the surrounding area can offer visitors. In addition many have a dedicated website or page for those who are in need of assistance, disabled, with young children and babies and those of us just getting on a bit in life!

www.verbier.ch

Friends and Sponsors

We are delighted to work with and have the support of the following organisations in Verbier.


About Mountain Beds

An excellent and highly recommended company to help you find suitable accommodation in Verbier - they have known the resort for many, many years and have been enormously supportive to Ski 2 Freedom - Mountains 4 All.

Visit website Send email Phone: +44 (0)1502 471 960

What People Say about Verbier and Ski 2 Freedom Foundation

The following are delighted to share their experiences with you on how Verbier was able to assist and empower them to have a life enhancing winter and ski holiday. If you would like to speak directly with one of our beneficiaries please contact us so we can put you in touch – sometimes sharing a similar condition can be most reassuring especially for first timers!

Hello Catherine, How are you doing? I want to thank you so much for recommending Verbier to us. It is a beautiful place! We have enjoyed a lot of this magic place with the family and Marta is enjoying it a lot. ESS Verbier ski instructor, Patric Gabioud, is lovely with Marta and has a lot of patience with the guided sit-ski. Ana 1.3.2019

News and Blog Articles

All the news, feedback articles and press releases illustrate how Verbier helps to enhance people’s lives. Also, in many cases, showing how Ski 2 Freedom works in close association with Verbier to help raise awareness of the empowering benefits of mountain activities such as skiing and promoting accessible, social and inclusive tourism.

If on reading our Verbier page, you have your own experiences and feedback of the resort (winter or summer) that you would like to share or feel would be encouraging to others, please do not hesitate to send them to us for inclusion on both our website and social media – photos and film clips also welcome.

News about Verbier

Blogs about Verbier

Ski and Travel Companies

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Access to Our Full Comprehensive Portfolio

Ski 2 Freedom Foundation would like to make it clear that we regard everyone as an individual and that no two people will have the same needs and requirements. Therefore please note that what you see on this page regarding assisted or adaptive skiing and accommodation, may not be suitable for you, or someone you know. However, if you think this destination would be a good ski resort for you, then please contact us to discuss your personal requirements and we will endeavour to see if the resort will meet these.

We hope that you have found the information on this page helpful and a chance to make a decision on where to go for your winter holiday. However, we know that often much more discussion is required and therefore we invite you to contact us as we hold extensive information on all our ski resorts – please contact us.

Our information has and is obtained by means of extensive personal research at a cost, often to the Foundation, we only give this out to those that request it and is not for general public use. For our beneficiaries this information is free but for a company or organisation we make a nominal charge via donation.

Ski 2 Freedom provides specific information on the activities for skiers with a disability, additional need or life-challenging illness, etc. plus useful extras such as wheelchair accessible places to stay; so we are not going to also reproduce amazing information and advice on ski resorts which has been collected by ski journalists, skiers and ski companies which are dedicated to this service - what we can do is to link you to these sites which may well give you some extra background information on a specific ski resort and help you make up your mind as to where you might go!

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