Although Leysin is a bit of a sprawl, it has a reasonable amount going on and some good slopes, particularly for boarders and intermediates. It makes a good base for trying out the runs in neighbouring resorts and connects directly to the modest but reasonable Les Mosses terrain. There is a good rail link to Leysin from Aigle, which itself has rail connections to Villars, Les Diablerets (both covered by the Alpes Vaudois ski pass) and the 4 Vallées.
Leysin is one of the oldest of the Alpine resorts, with a history as a health resort as old as the 18th Century, although it did not become established as a significant centre until the 1890s with the narrow-gauge rack railway connection to Aigle. From then on winter sports became popular without being a significant source of tourism. However the village declined as a health centre and by the 1950s was firmly established as a major winter sports destination.
Where to Eat and Party in Leysin
The Yeti Bar and le Lynx are lively spots in the village, and Club 94 carries on after everything else is closed. They do excellent fondue and raclette at La Fromagerie (+41 24 494 22 05).
Getting to Leysin by Train
The best destination to access the downhill slopes by public transport in this ski area is Leysin-Feyday. The station is 15 minutes from the chairlift (or take the courtesy bus). Courtesy bus also runs from Solepraz to Les Parchets for les Mosses.