The Oxford English Dictionary defines an oxymoron as “a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction”. Few statements qualify more than “Affordable Verbier”. At least, this is if reputation is to be believed.
It regularly hosts royalty, including both Princes Williams and Harry, while the pair’s uncle, Prince Andrew, owns a chalet in the resort that is reported to cost anywhere up to £13 million, depending on which red-top you chose to read.
Verbier is also a home-from-home for some of the world’s more prosperous celebrities. Richard Branson owns a 24-bed chalet in the area, and Victoria Beckham has often been spotted in a pair of incredibly small salopettes on the slopes. Verbier even has a chair lift that the locals casually call the James Blunt, as the goose-voiced pop warbler helped fund its construction.
“Is it really possible to have an affordable ski trip to Verbier?”
In fact, I lost count of the amount of times I heard the name James Blunt casually dropped during my brief stay in resort. To this day, I am still yet to decipher whether this is pride or knowing irony on the part of the people who live and work in Verbier.