IXS Swiss Downhill Cup 2009 #3

verbier-bike-track3rd leg of the Swiss Downhill Cup
August 28-29-30 2009

Last chance for the riders to score some points before the final of the Cup in Bellwald.

It will be also the opportunity to discover once again this pist and try to beat the time of the best riders of the European Cup.

More than 250 riders are expected.

During this period of holidays, the public will also be present to support the best swiss riders.

See what the riders were put through last year click here

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Don Giovanni SOLD OUT

don-giovaniVerbier Festival’s performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni on 20 July at 7pm in Salle Médran is sold out.  But our patrons will have the opportunity to hear these singers in other concerts in Verbier:

René Pape, Thomas Quasthoff and Bryn Terfel – appearing together on stage for the very first time – join Lang Lang for the second half of his Carte Blanche concert on 21 July at 7pm in Salle Médran:  this concert celebrates their friendship with a group of popular songs. Quasthoff performs Schubert’s Die Schöne Mullerin on 25 July at 8pm in the Church with pianist Emanuel Ax and lieder by Brahms on 29 July at 8pm with Charles Spencer at the piano.

The tenor Matthew Polenzani will be accompanied by Malcolm Martineau in a recital on 23 July at 8pm in the Church.  Susan Graham offers a journey through French song from the 18th and 19th century in her concert on 24 July at 11am in the Eglise, also with Malcolm Martineau at the piano.

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Big White & Street Downhill

The Big White will be help Saturday and Sunday morning in 2 runs, maximum 100 riders Saturday morning, the first half will be qualified for Sunday morning’s finale. No worries the last 50 who didn’t qualified on Saturday will still be able to go up on Sunday morning and ride down just for Big White in Verbierpleasure, they’ll leave 5 minutes later and their time won’t be counted… Same start as last year from Les Attelas (2700m) but double the length arriving on the central square (1500m) for a total of 1200m altitude drop ! On snow of course but also dirt and cement on the final stretch. The route and the first half are the same as last year, and for the second half we’ll pass trough Les Combles, then Clambins, and take it home down Médran street.

That’s not all, during the 2 days we are building a Dual X track in Médran street, a course with wooden jumps, banked turns, jump over a car, rise over the terrasse of the Farinet, and a huge BigAir at the finish line ! Basically it’s gonna kick A**. 50 riders, face to face, no predetermine order, who ride against whoever you want, whenever you want (Jam Session style). Each run will be timed and the 20 fastest will be invited back for the finals on Sunday.

The evening will showcase a demo and a freestyle contest, DJs and speaker the whole week-end.

Prize Money : like last year, we are all here to enjoy biking, so little prize money but enough so that the winner can buy everyone around…

The Big White : Dual X : ContestFreestyle :

Winner : 1000 Chf Winner: 1000 Chf Winner : 500 Chf

2nd : 600 Chf 2nd : 600 Chf

3rd : 400 Chf 3rd : 400 Chf



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Verbier Named 2009′s Best European Ski Resort

The Great Skiing and Snowboarding Guide has named Verbier “2009′s Best European Ski Resort’.” This is in recognition of the many improvements that have been made in terms of the resort’s tourist facilities and ski runs.Verbier

The Guide also saluted the cuisine of the L’Olympique restaurant, which was named “Best Mountain Restaurant 2009.” Verbier has also won back a star in the famous Michelin Guide. The critics of the famous gourmet’s reference have recognised the talent of Marco Bassi from La Table d’Adrien restaurant, Verbier, by awarding him a star.

Skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of the more regular public transport links between Verbier and Le Chable this winter. Verbier Tourist Office says: “After the success enjoyed last winter by buses running in the evening between Verbier and Le Chable, the Bagnes municipal authorities and the postal coach service have decided to reinforce this service with four extra daily connections throughout the week.”

The neighbouring ski resort of Le Chable is a relatively small village located at 850 metres. The resort has direct access to 150 kilometres of pistes served by 38 lifts. Many skiers and snowboarders to Verbier find Le Chable a cheaper option in terms of accommodation and dining.


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Verbier Specials

The season isn’t yet over, we now have two complete chalets still available for NEXT WEEK, and we have just published a HALF PRICE Last Minute price of only £385 per person.

Here are our current offers:

n 28th March
now discounted from £775 to just £385 per person (Chalet Merri and Chalet Alice both available (both sleep 8).


n 4th April now discounted from £730 to just £425 per person (double room available in Chalet Maretse).

n 11th April now discounted from £520 to just £425 per person. Chalet Alice – 6 places    Chalet Maretse – 10 places

n No Empty Bed Supplement with parties of 5 or more.

n Free week of morning instruction, plus free ski and boot hire, (worth up to £205) for one member of a party if 6 or more are booked.

Chalet Merri, VerbierChalet Merri, Nendaz. Sleeps 8

Would any of you be interested in a luxury catered chalet holiday in Switzerland’s largest ski region, at a great discounted price?

These chalets have hot tubs, two of them have saunas, and all are extremely well equipped with trimmings such as Egyptian cotton bed linen, plush towelling bathrobes and slippers, DVD players, WiFi and iPod docks – and of course, a professional chef and a chalet manager to look after guests with excellent restaurant-quality cuisine. We provide a five star service, complete with free morning minibus shuttle service, free ski lockers beside the lift station and, if required, a nanny service for younger family members.

Please click on the links to read more about each Chalet or email me claire_v@independentmountain.com to book!!!

Montreux Jazz Festival 2009

Held on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Geneva, the Montreux Jazz Festival attracts around 200,000 people each year. Specialising in jazz, blues, rock and pop, the festival provides groove busting beats that make you want to move your body or just listen in musical awe. The Montreux Jazz Festival has hosted the likes of Stan Getz, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Mingus and Dexter Gordon since its inception in 1967 and this year’s festival will see the likes of rock legend Lenny Kravitz and R’nB queen Alicia Keys. Head to the fringe ‘Off Festival’ for free open-air concerts, providing a platform for up-and-coming artists.

Deep Purple made Montreux famous with their song “Smoke on the Water”, which tells the events of 1971, when a Frank Zappa fan with a flare gun set the Montreux Casino on fire.

We all came out to Montreux on the Lake Geneva shoreline / To make records with a mobile – We didn’t have -much time / Frank Zappa & the Mothers were at the best place around / But some stupid with a flare gun burned the -place to the ground / Smoke on the water, fire in the sky

Venue: Various. Montreux is 56 miles (90 km) from Geneva
Date: July 2009 TBA
Website: www.montreuxjazz.com

For a Summer alpine holiday after, why not go to Verbier – 1 hour away or Chatel 45min from Montreux and only 1h30min from Geneva!

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Tour de France in Verbier!!!

Running from Saturday July 4th to Sunday July 26th 2009, the 96th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,500 kilometres.

These 21 stages have the following profiles:

  • 10 flat stages,
  • 7 mountain stages,
  • 1 medium mountain stage,
  • 2 individual time-trial stages,
  • 1 team time-trial stage.


Distinctive aspects of the race

  • 3 mountain finishes,
  • 2 rest days,
  • 55 kilometres of individual time-trials,
  • 20 Category 1, Category 2 and highest level passes will be climbed.


8 new stop-over towns

Brignoles, Gérone (Espagne), Issoudun, Martigny (Suisse), Saint-Fargeau, Tonnerre, vatan, Verbier (Suisse).






15 High Mountains Sunday 19 July PontarlierVerbier Pontarlier > Verbier 207 km
R Rest Day Monday 20 July Verbier Verbier  
16 High Mountains Tuesday 21 July MartignyBourg-Saint-Maurice Martigny > Bourg-Saint-Maurice 160 km

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Grands Concours Hippique

Europe’s best horse riders compete in this prestigious equestrian event which takes place in the Perrin parking lot by the Sports Center. The infrastructure, which includes an impressive arena, is built to a world class standard attracting both amateur and expert riders.



11 th Official Horseriding competition, Verbier

 2nd – 10th August 2008

The 10th anniversary will remain in our memories as a great success: more than 2 200 parking nearly 30 000 spectators during the 9 days of the event. The spectacular event Masters offered by Anouk and Mike Hornung in honor of the past 10 years of this event was a great moment filled with emotion and suspense.
Verbier and the Val de Bagnes are pleased to be able to once again available to riders across Europe as part of this magnificent plateau sunny with a massive Combins background. The particularity of the contribution from Verbier also lies in the atmosphere resulting from the meeting of the equestrian world and a cosmopolitan clientele. The audience, composed as many specialists as novices, also contributes to creating this atmosphere like no other, where it is found in the village of animation located just above the paddock. It should be noted that this year the entrance to our event is free.
The Horseracing Official Competition is very good in the event of Verbier policy which aims to promote the station by demonstrations of quality.
This year 2 events are scheduled, including two spectacular events of six bars and power. The elite Swiss ponies will be present in the paddock of Verbier with a Grand Prix PV qualifier for the championship Switzerland Pony Tuesday, August 12. In the grand finale will take place Grand Prize category IIC qualifier for the championship Switzerland Elite Sunday, August 17.
Saturday, August 9, a demonstration of fighting queens of the race Hérens be the attraction of the day. And you can attend Sunday, August 17 to a spectacular presentation of dog agility.
And that’s not all!
The Jumping Verbier Golf Cup will be organised for the partners of the competition and their guests Saturday, August 16, 2008.
To secure funding for this competition, the organizing committee is counting on its partners and sponsors. This case presents the different possibilities of support. We hope that one of them will seduce you and we welcome you among the artisans of the success of the Concours Hippique Official Verbier, a contest extraordinary.
Saturday, August 4, a presentation of dog agility will be offered and Sunday, August 5, a demonstration of fighting queens of the race Hérens be the attraction of the day.
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Verbier Festival Fest’Off

The Verbier Festival is an innovative music festival which was created in 1994. The greatest stars in classical music come here year after year. The Verbier Festival also relies on the talents of young artists from all over the world, forging links between the young and the great masters. The Verbier Festival creates, develops and promotes excellence in the field of performing arts. It offers a unique and welcoming artistic experience to its 40,000-strong audience every year.

Enjoy yourself

A new Verbier Festival Fest’Off awaits you this year! More visible, more fun, more participative, this year’s Fest’Off programme will be showcasing jazz and street art.

The brand new Verbier Festival Fest’Off Jazz Club will be putting on evening jazz concerts. Festival artists will meet under the direction ofGabriel Kahane for unprecedented jam sessions.
On 20 July at 11:00, the Jazz Department of theLausanne Conservatoire presents CDL Jazz All Star. In addition, every evening between 17:00 and 19:00, the Podium of the Place Centrale will be home to young jazz men and women from the HEM Lausanne and Swiss Young Musicians.

Street art
Street artists from Gare aux Artistes will come thronging to Verbier every weekend during the Festival, delighting both young and old.

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Salon du 4×4

from 27 August to 31 August

WIth over 90 vehicles of every major make, this is the most complete 4-wheel drive show imaginable. There will be events all day long, including a demonstration track and cross-country circuits as well as numerous bars and food stands
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