Verbier (Les Collons)
Great value, quiet ski resort with direct access to the huge 4 Valleys ski area of Verbier
Les Collons resort guide - a general overview
Les Collons is situated just 300 vertical metres below Thyon on a broad East facing slope. There are really two main parallel roads in Les Collons one 50 metres above the other. Most of the accommodation is in apartments but there are a few 3 star hotels and more recently there are more chalets in Les Collons. There is a wider range of bars and restaurants than in Thyon and so this makes Les Collons a great place to stay if you want to explore the 4 Valleys without incurring the costs of staying in Verbier. There has been quite a bit of development going on in the resort over the last few years including some very comfortable chalets in Les Collons. These properties are furthering the appeal of staying here and skiing the 4 Vallees Verbier ski area rather than staying in the price inflated accommodation of Verbier proper.
There are a number of drag lifts that connect with Thyon and from there the expanse of the 4 Valleys is relatively easy to access. There is also a chair lift that goes to above Thyon from the lower part of Les Collons. However, there is also a resort bus service that connects the two resorts.
With its one kilometre long toboggan run, walking trails (7 km) and cross country trails (6 km) there is actually a fair bit to do for non skiers.
1,800m - 3,330m
Level of skiing
- Snow sure
- Ski area
- Charm factor
- Resort layout
- Fine dining
- Short transfer
- Resort value
Pros and Cons
- Large and varied ski area - over 400km of pistes available in the Four Valleys
- Very good terrain for all levels of skier. Especially good for snowboarders or off-piste skiers
- After a fresh snow fall the pistes stay untracked for longer than in many resorts
- Being East facing means less slush than in other resorts when warmer weather arrives
- Very good value compared to glitzy Verbier, there are some great value chalets in Les Collons
- Less nightlife than in some larger resorts
- Fewer British shops and/or haute-couture shops than in Verbier, or some other larger resorts
Verbier (Les Collons) Resort Restaurants
If you are looking to eat out one evening, away from your ski chalet, Les Collons offers a range of choice from traditional Swiss cuisine and more international dishes and cuisines such as the popular pizzerias! Popular restaurant choices are the Pizzeria La Luge and Chalet La Maya.
Verbier (Les Collons) Mountain Restaurants
There are some fantastic traditional, Swiss, mountain restaurants throughout Les Collons, Thyons and Veysonnaz which are excellent value for money. Enjoy lunch on the mountains and take advantage of these great mountain restaurants as an alternative to going back to your ski chalet. Les Collons has some lovely restaurants, however a particular favourite is Les Chottes in Veysonnaz. Authentic, right in the middle of the ski slopes with a splendid panoramic view over the Rhone valley, on the menu you find several specialities from in and outside the Valais.
Verbier (Les Collons) Apres Ski
After a long day on the slopes you should head for a few drinks before heading back to your ski chalet. Les Collons has a great Irish bar called Joyce O'Sullivans and Bar Le Pub which has great Apres offers and local beverages.
Verbier (Les Collons) Nightlife
For night life you are better off sticking to your ski chalet. Les Collons is a lot quieter than the bigger, British resorts and is designed for those looking for a quieter and a more family focussed ski holiday. The neighbouring resorts do however have a couple of great discotheque's for the dancer within. If its dancing and shape cutting you're after washed down with some cosmopolitans then head to either L'Underground Discotheque or Le Cosmos.