Perched on a sunny plateau in the Vaudoises Alps, classic skiing resort Villars overlooks the Rhone Valley with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Alps. Full of Swiss ski chalets, the small town Villars has an excellent range of shops, bars and restaurants. The pretty traditional resort features an old railway station and appeals to families for its alpine charm and short transfer from Geneva.
Skiing in Villars
Villars is part of the Glacier-Alpes Vaudoises ski area and has lift-linked access to 125km of downhill slopes. Other Glacier-Alpes ski resorts include Anzere, Chateau d’Oex, Gstaad, Les Diablerets and Leysin. With over half of the 67 pisted runs rated easy, and not one, but two ski schools, Villars is essentially a resort for beginner skiers. Despite this, intermediates still have plenty of long runs to keep them occupied and advanced skiers looking for mileage and more blacks can purchase the Alpes Vaudoises lift pass which covers 220kms.
Snowboarding on Villars
If you’re going snowboarding in Villars, you will find the park and half-pipe split between Bretaye and Les Chaux. Villars’ snowboarding is best for carvers with its gentle blue runs and some decent steep black runs. Boarders beware, there are lots of drag lifts in Villars for you to tackle.
Accommodation in Villars
Lots of pretty Swiss ski chalets can be found very close to the slopes. They are perfect for family ski holidays and groups ski holidays. Villars is situated in the French speaking part of Switzerland with lots of charming bars and restaurants. The après is varied so there is something for everyone. A popular choice for British sking holidays, check out our Eclipse Ski deals and find your perfect catered ski chalet!
|Resort altitude||1300m||Skiing altitude||1300m-3000m|
|Transfer time||2hrs 30mins||Longest run||5km|
|Total kms of piste:||125km||Cross country||44km|
|Snow canons||Yes||Slope direction||N, S, E, W|
|Nursery area||2||Number of lifts||42|
|Night skiing||Yes||Snow making||Yes|
|Ski bus||Yes||Linked resorts||Les Diablerets|
|Summer skiing||No||Terrain parks||4|
|Half pipe||1||Tree runs||A few|
Summary: Skill level, features and activities
|Type of resort||Alpine|
|Suitable for families|
|Apres ski (nightlife)|