Le Châble, Switzerland
Le Châble is a relatively small village located in the Swiss Alps. Situated at the base of Mount Fort, it is an original walled-mountain village. It is one of the two villages which make up Verbier and is located in the ‘’Quatre Vallées’’ (Four Valleys).
The region of Verbier also includes the village of Verbier, located at approximately 1500m. Le Châble is located at a more modest 850m. The Four Valleys are Nendaz, Veysonnaz, La Tzoumaz and Val de Bagnas and they are all connected by a single lift pass. The total region has over 90 lifts and around 400km of piste and views across to both Mont Blanc (West) and the Matterhorn (South-East).
How to get there
Geneva – Le Châble is only accessible by road but is also the main access point for Verbier ski resort. The closest airport is Geneva, which is approximately 96 miles away. The drive from the airport is beautiful and takes you around the edge of Lac Léman. For a map showing the route from Geneva to La Châble, click here.
‘’’Berne Belp’’’ – Bern lies 97 miles to the north of Le Châble. Winter services are offered by flybe with direct flights from Birmingham, Southampton, Manchester and Gatwick. British Airways also flies direct to Berne Belp, offering a service in association with Sun Air of Scandinavia. For a map showing the route from Benre Belp to La Châble, click here.
‘’’Zurich’’’ – There are also regular flights departing from most major UK airports destined for Zurich. Zurich is 169 miles north of Le Châble. For a map from Zurich click here.
The Swiss Federal Railway offers a regular, hourly service direct to Le Châble from Martigny throughout the year, with the journey taking about 20 minutes. Martigny is a town of about 15,000 inhabitants and is on the regular main line. It is accessible from most major Swiss towns. During the season there is also direct access to Martigny from Paris and Dijon, via TGV. From Le Châble it is possible to take the cable car up to Verbier provided you have a ski-pass.
Who does the resort cater for?
Le Châble is predominantly an access point to Verbier. As a ski resort in its own right, there are surprisingly few slopes and most skiers, no matter what level they are, will only spend a short time at Le Châble before moving on to Verbier. However, as the common access point to Verbier, Le Châble is a good base. A cable car travels up the mountain to Verbier until 7:30p.m. There is also a bus which runs later, offering a good service between Verbier and Le Châble.
Le Châble mainly caters for beginners and intermediate skiers. However, for more accomplished skiers, the Verbier region is regarded as being one of the best ski areas in Europe, and is particularly good for deep snow skiing.
Snowboarders are welcome in the region but there is no dedicated snowpark at Le Châble or Verbier. However, the resort is still popular with more experienced off-piste boarders.
Whilst Le Châble itself is fairly quiet, Verbier has a wide range of pubs and nightclubs catering for most tastes. For non-skiers, the resort has a sports centre, including a sauna, pool and ice rink. Tobogganing is available and the Medran Parc offers an adventure trail.
Bear in mind that Le Châble and Verbier are some of the most expensive Swiss ski resorts.
Lift times: 8.45am to 5.00pm
Le Châble has 38 Ski Lifts and has the capacity to transfer 41,328 skiers per hour around the region. There is a ski-school and ski hire available in Verbier.
What accommodation does the resort offer?
Le Châble offers a wide range of accommodation at different prices, including hotels and chalets. Luxury accommodation is available, with expensive chalets such as the Chalet Kernow and Le ti Chalet consistently proving to be good options. Hotels include the Hotel du Gietroz and the Hotel la Ruinette. Cheaper accommodation can also be found and chalets able to accommodate up to 16 people are available.
The entire region boasts 150km of downhill skiing, with around 78 individual pistes and numerous ski lifts reliably servicing both the Le Châble region and Verbier. There are several slopes above 2500m in the region and snow levels are not normally a problem throughout the season. The entire area is famously dominated by off-piste slopes. Extreme skiers will be well-catered for in Verbier.
A wide variety of lift passes are available, offering access to Le Châble, Verbier and the wider four valleys region. There are discounts available for children and seniors. It is possible to pre-book passes and also to obtain family passes. For a full list of up-to-date prices for the 2008/2009 season, click here.
150km Downhill Pistes
38 Ski Lifts
2480m Max Vertical
3330m Highest Lift
1500m Lowest Piste
850m Resort Altitude