Would be keen to get some advice from past BV guests. I'm going end of June and wondering what to expect regarding the riding, amount of climbing and how this influences kit choices.
I've been to the Alps plenty of times (TrailAddiction most recently) including Verbier a couple of times as part of a DIY holiday. As we've usually used lifts (with some minor climbs) I've always 'gone large' and used full face lid, full leg and elbow pads, dual ply maxxis, 200mm discs and coil shocks front and rear on my Alpine 160. This would have been my set up for BV, but after looking at pics on the website, and knowing some of the other guys in my group will be on more lightweight kit it looks like a half lid, air shocks, knee pads, dropper post and lighter tyres may be more suitable (backcountry seems to be the term used).
I'm still tempted to run the bike as burly as it will go, just due to the downhill severity, but stick with a half lid and knee pads and put up with struggling up the climbs.
Any info on your experiences would be appreciated to avoid me packing the kitchen sink and bringing half of it back unused. I'm due to email Lucy next week, so will ask the same question then.