Top celebrities to spot in Verbier this winter 2017/18

Sarah Ferguson with princesses Eugenie & Beeatrice in Verbier in 2004   Norbert Aepli

Top celebrities to spot in Verbier this winter 2017/18

Verbier, in Switzerland, always sits at the top of the list of the celebs’ favourite ski resorts. They come here attracted to its varied ski terrain, guaranteed snow, 5-star accommodation, gourmet restaurants and trendy nightlife.

Admittedly, it is not easy to spot the A-listers behind the helmets and goggles, you will just need to pay a lot of attention to that guy beside you on the lift queue, he might be a celebrity!

The royals


Verbier is especially favoured by the royals who like the privacy that the resort offers them. Prince William and Kate famously spent a romantic ski break at the Swiss resort in 2012 when he came back from a 6-week assignment with the RAF at the Falklands. The Duke of Cambridge was seen here again last season, enjoying the resort’s nightlife at the Farinet nightclub.

Prince Harry has also jetted off to Verbier on more than one occasion, the last one being in 2013 with his then-girlfriend Cressida Bonas. Rumour had it that he was planning another ski trip here last season with his new girlfriend, actress Meghan Markle, but the plans got cancelled last minute.

Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson own a £13 million chalet here, complete with an indoor pool. It is not rare to see them or their daughters, Princess Eugenie, who met her boyfriend Jack Brooksbank here, and Princess Beatrice hitting the slopes.

The Brits are not the only European royals to have chosen the Swiss resort as the destination of their ski holidays. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Princess Mary also brought their family here in 2015.

The billionaire


Britain’s most famous billionaire, Richard Branson, has his very own mountain retreat in the area, The Lodge. In his own words, “From the moment I saw it I knew this beautiful chalet in the Swiss Alps was destined to become my favourite mountain hideaway. I chose Verbier because it’s an amazing year-round destination and offers world-class skiing, fabulous après-ski and everything you could wish for in a summer escape!” Branson’s luxury Alpine chalet, which features a spa and an ice rink, can actually be rented on a weekly basis from Sunday to Sunday, as well as for shorter stays on selected dates. Exclusive ski trip anyone?

The Hollywood stars


Unsurprisingly, The Lodge is Verbier’s most frequented celebrity haunt. Richard Branson seems to be friends with everyone that is someone, from Barack Obama to Hollywood stars. Some of the actors who have spent time at his luxury mountain chalet include Leonardo DiCaprio and Jude Law.

The singers


Madonna brought the whole family over last season for a snowy break that reunited the pop superstar with children Lourdes, Mercy, David and Rocco, as well as magician David Blaine. Other musicians to choose Verbier include Ed Sheeran, who unfortunately did not film his latest ski-inspired music video here but in Hintertux (Austria), and Pixie Lott who stayed at the exclusive W Hotel with boyfriend Oliver Cheshire.

However, the most famous Verbier regular is James Blunt who trained for four seasons here to compete in the annual British Army Championships. The singer opened a restaurant at the Attelas and has even a chairlift to his name, an honour he shares with Diana Ross.

Other Verbier regulars


Verbier is a celebrity magnet whose field of attraction extends well beyond the monarchies, pop stars and film stars. Other A-listers who have been seen skiing its pistes include the Beckhams, star chef Jamie Oliver, adventurer Bear Grylls and model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

So, if you want to rub shoulders with the rich and famous while enjoying some of the best snow in Europe, as well as its royally famous nightlife I might know a property locator somehwere that can help you.