Ski Villars by Train

100 km of piste between 1300-3000m

Villars and the nearby village of Gryon combine to make a pleasant enough resort, albeit a bit of a sprawl, and being one of the closest Swiss resorts to Geneva Airport it makes the resort a package holiday favourite - for good reason too, as there is enough terrain to keep all levels of ability happy. Although it boasts a summit of 3000 metres, this refers to the glacier above Les Diablerets which, although available on the same ski pass, is not linked and the highest point is actually 2020 metres at Croix des Chaux. As well as snow-sure Glacier3000 the Alpes Vaudois ski pass also covers Les Diablerets and Leysin and use of the ski buses and local trains that connect the resorts.

Ski Villars by train

Access to the resorts is by road, bus from Aigle or train from Bex. For skiing out of Gryon the Barboleuse gondola gives access to the ski area, with the Barboleuse railway stop about ten minutes walk away. In Villars the railway terminus is adjacent to another railway service which takes you up to the runs from Bretaye. Via Bretaye you can ski across to, and back from, the Meilleret section at Les Diablerets.

Sky and Rail

The nearest airport to Villars is Geneva. There is a railway station in the airport, with one change for trains to the resort.

Best of the Slopes at Villars

There is some reasonable off-piste in Villars, mostly under or near the runs of the chairlifts. It is worth booking a guide to access the best of the off-piste.

Where to Eat and Party in Villars

Lac Des Chavonnes (+41 244 952131) at the bottom of the Petit Chamossaire chairlift is renowned for its cuisine. Le Mazot (+41 244921023), on the Les Diablerets side of the resort has lovely views to enjoy while you have your lunch break. In the evening the Cookie Bar & Restaurant on Rte de Solalex in Gryon (+41 24 498 22 33) and La Gourmandine in Villars (+41 244951743) are recommended. Both for lunch and dinner places can get busy and you may want to book if you want table service. Après ski starts at Charlie's bar.

Getting to Villars by Train

The best destination to access the downhill slopes by public transport in this ski area is Villars-sur-Ollon. Change to the BVB rack railway to take you to the heart of the pistes.

Piste Map for Villars

Ski and Snowboard using the Villars trail map

Larger trail map for Villars

Map of Villars

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Weather Outlook for Villars

View of winter sports resort in Vaud

Accommodation for Villars and the Surrounding Area
  • Hotel du Pillon - Relais du Silence, Les Diablerets (3*) Rated #1 in Les Diablerets and one of the 10 best hotels in Canton Vaud by TripAdvisor .
    $$ Tel: +41 244922209
  • Hotel Les Sources, Les Diablerets (3*) The hotel is family-friendly.
    $$ Tel: +41 244920100
  • Chalet Martin, Gryon (Hostel)
    $ Tel: +41 797246374
  • Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa, Villars (5*) Rated #1 in Villars and one of the 10 best hotels in Canton Vaud by TripAdvisor .
    $$$$$ Tel: +41 244959090

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