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From the top of Verbier's 10,900-foot Mont Font, the highest point at the ski area, you can access some of the steepest, hairest terrain you'll find anywhere on the planet. At the end of the season, they host speed skiing competitions on the groomer from the top of the Mont Font tram—and it's steep gradient made it the fastest ski run in Switzerland when Italian skier Simone Origone got going over 134 miles per hour there in 2007.

Verbier, Switzerland: 10 Reasons to Visit

In case you need a reason to visit Verbier, Switzerland, we've got 10 of them—ranging from the powder to the cheese to the Swiss chalets. Plus, it's the home of the Verbier XTreme competition, which is taking place this weekend.

You worked 112 hours a week all summer in order to ski every day. But you can’t run out of funds before next summer (a job? in winter???) so the pricey après bar is out. Your ski partner’s tailgate? Priced just right; with a six-pack to share, you can relax with a million-dollar view of the slopes in your dirty, duct-taped garb…and you don’t even have to worry about helmet head—just keep it on till you go to sleep. Not like you’re trying to impress girls in the parking lot.

How to: Après Right

Your new fat boards might be on the way, but are you really ready for ski season? Have you done anything to prepare for après-ski? This can be the most important time of day. Here are the classic ways to get it done, and who does what, so you won’t find yourself in the wrong scene after 4 p.m. ever again. -Brigid Mander