Just a short distance from Le Chable, our modern, detached chalet was completely refurbished to our own high specifications in 2008, and now offers stylish yet practical accommodation with great access to both Verbier itself and some amazing lesser-known ski areas.
Refreshingly light, airy and contemporary, Etiez sleeps 12 guests in six comfortable bedrooms, three of which are en-suite. The chalet features a large family dining room as well as a spacious living room complete with open fire and entertainment facilities. Outside, there's private parking for up to four cars together with a huge private garden providing breathtaking views down the Val Ferret valley towards Italy. On a practical note, Etiez has a ski and boot room as well as a laundry and drying room.
In contrast to the hustle and bustle of Verbier, at 800m Etiez is a sleepy yet charming Swiss village almost untouched by tourism. The village has a small supermarket and a couple of traditional bars and restaurants but, more importantly, its location gives access to some of the region's finest off-the-beaten-track skiing and snowboarding. Using the St Bernard Express train that stops just yards from the chalet, guests enjoy unrivalled access to Verbier, Bruson and other pistes and backcountry areas covered by their Four Valleys lift pass. Areas within a 30-minute car drive include Grand St Bernard, Vicheres, Ovronnaz and Marecottes, while Crans Montana, Aosta and Chamonix are less than an hour away.
For those who prefer to hit the slopes or facilities of Verbier itself, a very short and train ride connects with the high-speed gondola at Le Chable, taking skiers and boarders directly to the Ruinette area at 2200m and conveniently avoiding possible lift queues in the Verbier resort. Le Chable's gondola runs throughout the day, giving plenty of time for a little après ski in the lively bars and restaurants of Verbier, before descending to the low-key tranquillity of the valley.
Breakfasts are big, healthy and varied, with fresh fruits, breads and croissants as well as cereals, juices, tea and decent coffee. Our packed lunches are prepared each morning and include man-sized sandwiches, snacks and more fresh fruit. For an instant post-ride hit, afternoon tea comes with a home-made cake baked that same morning while you were busy kitting up. And finally, our delicious and hearty evening meals are prepared and cooked while you're out on the trail, and are always served with complimentary wine.
If you're a vegetarian, just let us know on the booking form and we'll prepare separate dishes for you each evening. On our day off we'll leave you to fend for yourself, but you can eat at one of the cosy local restaurants in Etiez or Le Chable, or choose from plenty more up in Verbier itself.
Whatever we're doing we like to do it properly, and accommodation is no exception. In 2009 we moved into a purpose-designed and tastefully presented modern chalet in the small village of Etiez - close enough for pedalling to Verbier's popular lift system, while ideally placed for access to the lesser-known ranges nearby. Standards are as high as ever, with clean and comfortable en-suite bedrooms, group dining and a spacious living room equipped with music and DVDs - perfect for unwinding. As well as a full-scale workshop complete with its very own snug bar, the new chalet also features secure bike storage, a laundry and drying facilities, and a charming private garden offering superb views of the surrounding valleys and mountains.
Etiez itself offers a couple of traditional bars and restaurants, a supermarket, and a direct rail link to Le Chable, as well as providing quick and easy road access to the special riding areas reached with our minibus and bike trailer.