OK, the ski season is officially on and if you save up really, really, really hard . . . well, I’ll just leave that with you. For those preparing to dust off your snowboard, wax your skis and discover the magic of The Lodge this winter, Sir Richard Branson’s nine bedroom chalet in Verbier, Switzerland is THE place.

Located in one of the Alp’s most exclusive resorts and Europe’s hottest ski spots, The Lodge offers world-class skiing, fabulous après-ski as well as a dedicated team who will ensure every need is catered for. Situated on a quiet road just 250m from the main ski lifts and backing onto one of the returning pistes, The Lodge is in a perfect location for the slopes. The ski area around Verbier includes 195km of marked pistes of all standards and of every exposure divided over the sectors of Les Ruinettes, Les Attelas, Savoleyres, Bruson and within the resort.

The Lodge hand pick their own skilled team of professional ski instructors. They will make your Lodge experience truly unforgettable with the best week’s skiing of your life. From nursery slopes for beginners through to off-piste and heli-skiing for the more adventurous skiers, the team have it covered and will help you arrange your ideal ski experience. And it doesn’t stop on the slopes; if queuing in a busy ski shop isn’t your style, you’ll love that they bring the gear to you to be fitted in the comfort of The Lodge. You will be driven to the lift station and there’s even a boot room in the chalet with heated boot warmers to keep your feet extra toasty.

For those looking to try something different, you can go cross country on snow shoes, or see Verbier from the air with a tandem paraglide. Or if you fancy escaping to the mountains to recharge your batteries you can kick back and relax in style! Take a dip in the indoor pool or venture outside and keep warm in the Jacuzzi. Let off some steam in our steam room or relax and unwind with a treatment in the capable hands of the resident beauty therapist.

The Lodge can accommodate up to 18 adults in 9 bedrooms and up to 6 children and young adults in a specially designed bunk room. Rates during the winter season start from CHF 84,643 or approx. AUD900 per adult per night based on 18 adults and are quoted for 7 nights’ exclusive hire. Rates include breakfast and afternoon tea, as well as dinner on all but one night during the week, when you’ll be able to sample the best of Verbier’s culinary delights. If you make it back to The Lodge for lunch, or if you choose to stay behind during the day, a light lunch will be served. All guests are encouraged to treat The Lodge like their own home and are welcome to help themselves to the drinks they would like at any time.