Villars - Diablerets
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.
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.
December 15, 2018 – April 14, 2019
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, 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!
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!
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.
- 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)
|Languages spoken||French, English|
|Currency used||CHF (Swiss Franc)|
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|Linked ski area|
Alpes Vaudoises: Glacier 3000, Les Diablerets ,Villars, Gryon.
4 ski areas connected with 125km of slopes
|Number of lifts||46|