Villars - Diablerets

Villars - Diablerets

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Villars

The interconnected Swiss resorts of Villars and Gryon in the Vaudois Alps combine to form an outstanding skiable area. A ski holiday paradise for all abilities and for the whole family, Villars-Gryon also offers mountain hiking, luge and cross-country skiing and many other activities.

As well as being connected to each other, the ski resorts of Villars and Gryon also offer direct access to the slopes of Les Diablerets, linking five alpine areas into a ski area of over 100 km with 34 lifts.

Villars’ charming wooden chalets are set between trees on a sunny, south-facing mountainside.

With magnificent scenery and perfectly groomed slopes for all levels, Villars-Gryon is a Swiss skiing paradise. Easily accessible by train, Villars is the favoured resort for urban skiers. Aside from skiing, the region also offers a wide range of snow sports, cosy hotels and restaurants and a buzzing night life.

Les Diablerets

The Swiss Alpine resort of Les Diablerets has two different ski areas: Le Meilleret, linked to the Villars-Gryon ski area, and Glacier 3000, the highest point of the Lake Geneva Region.

A real mountain village, Les Diablerets offers three separate ski areas. Accessed from the village, south-facing Isenau is the favourite of families and beginners.

The more demanding area of Le Meilleret links directly with the Villars-Gryon ski area, while Glacier 3000 has the highest slopes of the Vaudois Alps. Departing from the Col du Pillon, cable cars carry walkers, skiers and snowboarders up the mountain all year round. From the glacier, experienced skiers can ski the Combe d’Audon, one of the toughest slopes of the region.

It’s not just skiers who have all the fun! Families and groups of friends delight in swooping down one of the longest luge tracks in Switzerland, both day and night.

Season

December 15, 2018 – April 14, 2019

Ski area

The Villars-Gryon-Les Diablerets ski area ranges from a height of 1,200 to 3,000 metres, offering a variety of runs (125 km) suited to all abilities.

With snowparks, marked but non-groomed routes, beginner runs, several snow villages and many options for off-piste skiing, this area is suited to all abilities. There’s also a host of activities for non-skiers, like cross-country skiing trails, snow-shoeing or hiking, toboggan runs, skating rinks and so on. The 7.2 km toboggan run at Les Diablerets is guaranteed to satisfy anyone looking for thrills and excitement.

Glacier 3000

Glacier 3000, located at the highest point of the Vaudois Alps, is open all year round for winter activities for all! With its stunning views and wide range of activities on offer – including the Peak Walk, a unique suspension bridge linking two mountain peaks – Glacier 3000 is a must for your holidays in Switzerland!

Accommodation

The jewel in the crown of Villars is the 5***** star Chalet RoyAlp. Chic and casual, cosy and authentic, the Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa, member of Leading Hotels of the World, invites you to enjoy relaxing moments in a unique setting. Eveything you need in one place. Perfect for families, couples & friends!

Off-piste

There’s not much apres-ski on the mountain, but Villars itself has several good bars and plenty of restaurants including hotel restaurants and some, such as Restaurant Vieux-Villars serve amazing food & traditional meals. Don’t go looking for action up on the mountain in Villars – it’s just not that kind of place, but in town there are several bars and a handful of nightclubs.

Apart from the functional self-service places, Villars has some excellent mountain restaurants, but you’ll normally need to book to be sure of getting a table. A great lunch can be had at the Golf, where there’s just one sitting so you can time lunch to suit your ski plans. The chef picks up the day’s ingredients down in the valley each morning, so the day’s special is always good. Most of the other (non self-service) restaurants have two sittings and at set times.
The restaurant l’Etable, has been built into a converted stable and people are travelling from near and far to eat here.

Top Events

  • Winter markets – from Christmas to the February market and in the weeks between, Villars showcases regional products and crafts. Come and discover them on the market square (December to March).
  • SkiMo-Villars : international Ski Mountaineering races in Villars (January)
CountrySwitzerland
Languages spokenFrench, English
Currency usedCHF (Swiss Franc)
Transfer time

By train from:
Geneva: 2 hrs (bus connection from Aigle)
Montreux: 55 min (bus connection from Aigle)

By car from:
Geneva: 1 hr 30 min
Lausanne: 45 min
Montreux: 30 min
Interlaken: 1 hr 45 min
Zurich: 2 hrs 30 min

Resort altitude1,300m
Linked ski area

Alpes Vaudoises: Glacier 3000, Les Diablerets ,Villars, Gryon.

Skiable area

4 ski areas connected with 125km of slopes
Base: 1,200m
Summit: 3,000m
Vertical: 1,800m
Longest run: 10 km
Number of ski lifts:
46 (Cable cars (3), Funiculars (1), Gondolas (3), Chairlifts (11),  Surface lifts (28)

Number of lifts46

Video

Villars - Diablerets video Glacier 3000 video

Trail maps

Villars, Diablerets, Glacier 3000 trail map

 

Location

Where to stay in Villars

Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa

Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa

Villars - Diablerets
Price per person from $480
Nightly ski package incl lift pass – Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa.Read ReviewsOpen: More info

Unfortunately there are no tour offers at this location at the moment.

Activities

Climbing hall

Host of the Climbing World Championships since 2016, Villars has a new indoor climbing centre for all climbers to enjoy. Come and enjoy our new 45 m3 bouldering room, open every day at the Villars Sports Centre.

Cross-country skiing

Lovers of nature and sliding sports, throw yourself into untouched and silent nature whilst crossing the 50km of cross country skiing pistes!

Come and discover a splendid network of cross country ski pistes, classic and skating across the winter landscapes, sure to take your breath away. Let yourself be taken away, gliding yourself to different tended pistes from Villars to Gryon passing by Col de La Croix, or Coufin. Children and adults will find happiness crossing 50 km of pistes surrounded by the tranquillity of nature. Do not hesitate to have a break and warm up in one of the numerous cabins and refuges that are found along your circuit.

Dog sledging

Enjoy a sledge ride with huskie dogs! A winter adventure enjoyable with the family or among friends!

Come and experience a unique adventure in the magnificent setting of the Vaud Alps! Comfortably fitted in a sledge, let yourself be guided on a snow-covered route. Friends of animals, lovers of untouched nature or simply adventurers looking for a suitable activity for the family or among friends, profit from this moment full of emotion to enhance further your stay in the mountains.

Fatbike

Thrill seekers will just love the new fat bike trail between Bretaye and Villars.

Starting in Bretaye, the marked trail runs to Roc à l’Ours then the Golf Course and the Col de la Croix road. Then you can fly through the snow back to the resort. Accessible every day during the winter season, according to the snow conditions.

Ice skating rink, curling and karting

Not interested by snow sports? No worries, come and engage in a multitude of different winter activities on ice.

Lovers of sliding sports can opt for skating and fans of team games can try curling. If you are adapted to new sensations and do not have cold feet then ice karting is waiting for you! An activity full of adrenaline, which on occasion can also be done at night to increase adrenaline even more!

Introduction to biathlon

Cross country ski + shooting = biathlon

Come and try out this discipline which combines stamina and concentration, two of the fundamental qualities of champions !

Jardin des Neiges

Let your children discover the joy of skiing from 3 years old in one of our Jardin des Neiges! If you’re staying in Villars, Gryon or Diablerets, they can profit from the experience of our staff for their first time on skis

Do you want your child to experience their first time on skis? Reserve lessons for them in one of our different schools where the teachers are waiting to teach them to love this new sport! They will familiarise themselves with skis at their own rhythm making it a pleasant experience. Don’t wait anymore and contact our ski schools now for more information.

Ski schools

Learning to ski and snowboard with professionals will leave you with a lasting memory and the makings of a champion!

Your first experiences of skiing are so special you remember them for years, along with your ski instructor or your first medal. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned skier, hitting the slopes with our ski school professionals is a fantastic experience!

Cheerful and always enthusiastic whatever the weather, they’re experienced in all techniques, from skiing to snowboarding, telemarking to skijoring, cross-country skiing or ski touring.

Whether you want someone to guide you around our ski areas or to perfect your turns, our ski instructors and their legendary cheerfulness will make your time in the Vaudois Alps a really special experience.

Ski touring

No more queuing up at the ski lift – you are free at last!
When backcountry skiing, your legs are doing most of the work.
This activity allows you to reach a peak or vista point at your own pace, while enjoying nature and the great outdoors.
At Les Diablerets, you can practise this activity in a dedicated and secured area.
You will climb with ski skins and descend mostly off-piste.

Sledge

Profit from the different sledge runs passing pleasant moments with the family or among friends.
Everyone can find a route that will be adapted to his or her level. Breathe the fresh air in the forest or stay in the centre of the resort for unforgettable moments. With more than 25km in total of pistes, you and your children have everything you need to have fun in a safe environment.

Snowpark - Glacier 3000

From the Col du Pillon, the Glacier 3000 cable car takes visitors up to Botta 3000. This modern building designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta affords outstanding panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, including the Eiger, Jungfrau and Cervin.

Open from October, the Glacier 3000 snowpark is the place to be for thrill-seeking Freestylers. Here, a team of professionals prepare top class rails and jumps for pro-riders, and beginners.
Glacier 3000 is connected to Col du Pillon, in Les Diablerets, by cable cars that run every day. The resort offers many other activities in addition to skiing and snowboarding, like the Peak Walk, a unique bridge suspended between two peaks.

Bretaye Snowpark

Try out the various kickers and rails in the Snowpark and funpark on the Chaux Ronde slopes. Perfect for a day's jumping or watching other riders.

The Chaux Ronde snowpark and funpark is the ideal place for freestylers. With its stunning views of the Vaudois Alps and the Villars-Gryon-Diablerets ski area, it's an idyllic setting for filming and taking pictures of the different manoeuvres. Everyone can try jumps and show off their best tricks completely safely on the various levels of "kickers". The snowpark also has a range of boxes and rails for sliding.

Bretaye Kids Burton Park

The Bretaye Kids Burton Park by the Chaux Ronde blue run is an ideal space for your children to discover freestyle safely.

In the Bretaye Kids Burton Park, budding freestylers can practice their first tricks in a totally safe environment. The various jumps are adapted to the youngest skiers so they can do grabs or splits to impress their parents. Make the most of the unique setting of this park in the Vaudois Alps to film or take pictures of your kids in action.

Snowshoeing

The winter walks will transport you to enchanting landscapes. Put on a pair of snowshoes, and a wander in nature with more than 27km of marked routes in Villars.

Go and discover the mountain, equipped with your snowshoes to cross the marked paths. Take a trip through the forest and fields or experience the perfect harmony and tranquillity with nature in a highly rural setting accompanied with magnificent winter colours.

Winter hikes

There is a large choice of hikes offered to you in the areas of Villars, Gryon and Bex. For children and adults, alone or with the family, everyone will be content.

Come and admire the view and the unspoilt nature that is offered to you in the region of Villars-Gryon and Bex. In this unique and peaceful atmosphere a number of walks are available for every level. Whether you set off from the village or at a higher altitude, every course is marked and promises a refreshing walk. On route, you also have perhaps the chance to spot the animals in your region or at least some tracks in the snow.