people vacation in Verbier by Ted Grischuna
snow Dorados lure the wealthy and famous to the Swiss mountains. Instead
of champagne climate in St. Moritz
or Caviar pistes in Gstaad, the young stars rather prefer to own
their own ski lift in Verbier.
young, cool stars are attracted to the Valais village of barely
2,000 inhabitants. For example, the English singer James Blunt has already
relocated to the community and wants to have a chalet built. As a welcome
present, the famed British pop star could baptize a chair lift in his name.
Not long ago, Pierre Casiraghi (21), son of princess Caroline of Monaco
spent a few hot days in the snow-covered mountain world of Verbier.
years ago Victoria Beckham (34) celebrated with the whole family her 30th
birthday in the Valais resort. Quite often seen on the pistes of Verbier
is actor Hughes Grant (48). Last year, the hot-swarmed Briton really enjoyed
the good snow conditions in the Valais mountains. A huge fan of this fine
resort and of Switzerland in general is actrice Juliette Binoche (44).
The elegant French woman likes the largest ski resort in Europe because
it is close to the Swiss Riviera and of course France, her native country.
To the regular guests belong Sarah Ferguson (48), Duchess of York, alias
Fergie, with her daughters Beatrice (19) and Eugenie (17).
why is Verbier so attractive? One reason is that the community is very
discreet. The guests come to spend their vacation in privacy and the locals
of the village respect that. They want tranquility and restraint in one
of the most beautiful ski resort of Switzerland.
what is the wealthy doing during the day when also Heli-skiing has become
boring? He is training Polo. I don't think that a more expensive sport
was discovered yet. However, the tournaments played there are not as exclusive
as is the case in St. Moritz. Anybody can participate if you can ride a
horse, says Yves Luginbühl.
usually after midnight the people visit the luxury clubs. In the "Farm
Club", a beer costs about 20 Swiss francs (US$ 16). A little more freely
is the Coco-Club where you see at times multi-billionaire Richard Branson.
He usually orders a specially prepared cocktail served in a unusually made
ice culture in the form of a Swiss chalet. The price is only 10,000 Swiss
francs. A bit cheaper is a bottle of champagne of the brand "Dom Perignon"
(from 1995) for about 2,000 Swiss francs.
is somewhat incredible to see all the action in a small village with over
a 100 bars and restaurants. It may not be like downtown London or New York.
However, I am sure that you aren't getting bored either. Simply said: Verbier
is hip and cool! While the super wealthy are walking on the frozen lake
of St. Moritz, (GR) and the old stars are skiing slowly and prudently over
the pistes of Gstaad (BE) the guests in Verbier are taking everything a
bit more relaxing. It is the new rising stars of the Swiss ski resorts.
/ Switzerland Travel Guide
the Author - Ted Grischuna is a freelance writer and journalist.
To find out more about where the wealthy and famous vacation and where
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