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Chalet Makini is a stunning luxury property situated in the heart of the bustling resort of Verbier
The Christmas Market appears first, next to the outside ice rink.
Here you can enjoy a mulled wine (vin chaud) whilst trying some tasty European delicacies. Although the market is limited by space, it is a lovely little place to stop with beautiful views of the Mont Blanc Massif across the valley. In Verbier you are guaranteed to have a very white Christmas, with Christmas trees galore and a local donkey brought up from the valley for children to pet and for visitors to take pictures with.
If people think that this holiday is crazy everywhere, then you have not spent one in Verbier, where they know how to do New Year's like no one else.
Tickets for getting into any bars or clubs have to be bought well in advance. The real party, however, is in Place Centrale which gets started at around ten o'clock, with a big tv screen pumping out music, the atmosphere is electric. It is worth popping by Place Centrale even if it is not your scene just to experience the excitement before heading off to a bar.
Mardi Gras is one of the biggest nights of the year here in Verbier.
Although it may seem strange that a festival that originates in New Orleans is so popular in a ski resort, we have no problems with embracing the celebration. Get dressed up in your wackiest gear and face-paint and hit the town. If you have the skill you can try the 24 hour Le Rouge party. Starting at 3pm and continuing on all through the night until 3pm the following day.
This event is in it's fourth year at Verbier Snow Park, featuring freestyle skiing and snowboarding teams in a golf-themed competition.
The whole Snow Park is designed to test the competitors with exciting rails, kickers and many other surprises. Coupled with the competitors wish to wow the crowd, you will see some exciting freestyling. Some food and drink is provided by Pub Mont Fort on sight and there is a list of after-party venues, including Farinet and the Pub Mont Fort, so if you are enjoying the vibes you can stick with the party all night.
This is an absolute must-see, people come from all around to watch the finals here in Verbier.
A tip is to get up there early, the best viewing point for Bec de Rosses is at the Igloo at Col des Gentianes, make sure you bring something waterproof to sit. Watching the most daring skiing you will ever see on a large screen and at the same time in real life is an experience you will never forget. For a week Verbier's main street turns into a mini festival with sponsored drink, food and clothing stands.
If you fancy a trip down to the valley during April when its a bit warmer, there is an amazing local event that will really give you an idea of alpine Swiss culture.
Cow fights are held every year in a different town in the four valleys but do not worry, these cow 'fights' are very gentle and a natural preceding between alpine cows in the past that has been made into a celebration. Of course now cows are more herded but in the past the female cows would fight amongst themselves in the Spring to find a leader to take them up the mountains in the summer. A brilliant local atmosphere to pass an afternoon, a perfect experience of the 'real' culture of the Valais region.