If you thought Verbier was only worth a trip during the winter, prepare to be converted. The resort’s stunning scenery, sunny climes and the endless activities on offer make it the ultimate summer time destination, transforming into a playground of hiking, biking, yoga and relaxation when the snow melts away.
To make the most of these sun-drenched days, No. 14 is open from mid-June until early September, operating as a boutique hotel. For larger groups, it is also possible to reserve the entire chalet during this period.
Kudos Cycling offers performance focused training camps and guiding based in the Valais. From a cycling tour of the valley with stops (and tastings) at local vineyards to road cycling technique masterclasses, improvement days or a day of cycling with a professional cyclist, there is something for everyone.
Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats
No.14 has a special connection with Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats, who offer bespoke transformative fitness programmes. MBF will provide a tailor-made programme for individuals or private groups, including everything from guided hikes to balance work on paddle boards. The No.14 staff work closely with Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats and will help you to plan your healthy ‘boot camp’ trip with precision. There’s even an option to have meals included, provided by a nutritionally trained chef.
Swiss Summer Activity Day Camp
The Swiss ski school offers kids summer day camp throughout July and August. The camp is split into two groups (4-8 years and 9-13 years) and runs Monday – Friday. Booking is very flexible; your child can do individual days or a full five-day week. The days include activities such as: treetop adventure, kitchen workshop, pony discovery, mountain bike rides, golf, swimming, cross country scooters and much more!
International Show Jumping Competition
In August Verbier hosts the Jumping International de Verbier, a prestigious international jumping event which attracts a variety of competitors from the best of European riders. The event is highly recommended by the No.14 staff and it’s been an annual success in Verbier for the last 20 years. It runs during the third week in August (likely to be 16th August 2019) and lasts for 10 days.
Verbier Music Festival
The annual music festival is something that is eagerly enjoyed by all music lovers and attracts up to 40,000 people each year. It’s a classical music festival with about 50 concerts, but it does offer a range of styles. In recent years there have been upbeat jazz sessions through to full orchestra ensembles featuring contemporary soloists. The No.14 staff will be happy to advise you on the various concerts and recitals and will purchase tickets on your behalf. The music festival runs from mid-July to mid-August.
Natalie Ekblom runs The Blue Yogi offering Yoga in the comfort of your chalet, mountain top or on the sun beaming terrace at No.14. Natalie is qualified to teach both the traditional Primary series of Ashtanga as well as a modified, modernised and westernised version of the Ashtanga series, referred to as The Rocket®, suitable to students of all levels. The staff at No.14 will happily arrange either a private or group session with Natalie for you.
Mountain biking is the obvious sporting activity that Verbier has on offer. The excellent mountain lift system facilitates exhaustive and exhilarating high level mountain trail riding. Just like the piste map for skiers, there is a trail map for mountain bikers which denotes the various trails and the degree of difficulty/skills needed. The No.14 team will be happy to organise your bike and helmet rental from Mountain Air and any form of guiding that you’d like with AlpineRootswho focus on mountain bike trail riding, offering adventurous full day of mountain biking covering the 4 vallees through to a family introduction to mountain bike trails, teenage adventure biking and so on.
Hikes & Running
There is an annual trail running event, TrailVSB, in early July, which involves a series of trail runs ranging from 6km through to 110km (with 8400m of ascent running!) covering the Verbier and St Bernard region. The X-Direct (6km) trail event is open to absolutely all ages and abilities but the toughest trail, the X-Alpine, is realistically only an option for extreme and very fit runners.
As you would expect, sports in Verbier revolve around the outdoors. With options such as rock climbing, scooter riding, golf, paragliding, parapente flights, tennis and even wheeled sled riding with husky dogs! Keen athletes will love their TRX and circuit training sessions. The fitness center in Verbier has a lovely open-air swimming pool which boosts fantastic views of the mountain range. It also has tennis and squash courts and an ice-skating rink. Entrance to the fitness center pool has been included in the free summer VIP (Verbier Infinite Playground) pass which No.14 can offer to you through the Verbier Tourist Board. This pass also allows free travel as a pedestrian on all the mountain lifts.