Villars Ski Resort Guide & Reviews Ski Area, Apres-Ski, Children, Accommodation, Other Activities

Resort Review

Ski holidays in Villars- Gryon - sitting on a south-facing plateau in a natural sun trap at 1300m, Villars is an international ski resort made famous when it was decided to stop the Orient Express in the area en route through the Simplon Pass in to Italy.

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Après-ski

The night lifecan be as relaxed or as lively as you want to make it with a wide variety of bars and restaurants with fine dining options in the upmarket hotels.

Wellness & Spa

Villars has been a famous health resort for many years dating back to the start of the twentieth century and has many first class spa and wellness centres in it's luxury hotels which are open to non-residents.

Key Information (Whole Area)
Altitude1300m
Top lift3000m
Family
Beginner
Intermediate
Expert
Piste (km)125
Longest run10km
Off Piste
Cross country51km
SeasonDec - April
Snowboard parks2
Heli Skiing
Summer Skiing
Glacier skiing
Babysitting
Creche
Apres skiLively and fun

Villars - Gryon ski area guide

Skiing started in 1936 when the first ski lift was built in the combe at Chaux Ronde and the town has not looked back, constantly improving its mountain infrastructure with modern fast lifts.

The Villars-Gryon area provides 100km of pisted runs but if you add in Diablerets Glacier 3000 ski area, this adds a further 25kms with the ski terrain between 1300 and 3000m. Many of the runs are south facing (60%) with only 25% north facing meaning that the snow disappears quickly towards the end of the season. Most of the area is geared towards intermediates with 86% being Blue or Red pistes.

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Beginners

There is a free beginner area in the middle of Villars that also has a toboganning-lift plus another beginner area in the centre of Gryon.

Intermediate

Villas-Gryon is an intermediates paradise - the area is large enough to go touring especially if you head towards the Diablerets Glacier. There, you will find the longest run (10km), the Combe d’Audon, which starts at 3200m on the glacier and finishes in Reusch at 1350m.

Advanced

Only 14% of the runs are black (17km) which isn't much. However, what Villars lacks on the piste in terms of difficulty is certainly made up for with the "secret" powder stashes off the beaten tracks - best if you take a local guide to find these!

Cross country

There are 51km of cross-country and skating trails with the longest, Circuit de Coufin, being 9km long.

Other ski holiday activities

For those days where you simply dont want to put skis on, there are plenty of other activities to hand:

  • Tobogganning down a 1500m track
  • Winter hiking & snow shoeing along 40km of trails
  • Ice climbing
  • Ice skating
  • In-door swimming pool with flumes
  • Go-karting on ice
  • Cinema and bowling
  • Health club with tennis, sauna, massage

Families & Kid's Clubs

Villars-Gryon was awarded the "Families Welcome label" by the Swiss Tourism Federation which means it provides top-class activity programmes, family-friendly accommodation and amenities such as day nurseries and babysitting services. For example, in winter, all children under 9 years old receive a free lift pass covering the whole area and stay free in their parents’ room in many hotels.

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Our view on ski holidays in Villars

Skiing in Villars on a sunny day takes some beating. Fantastic views of the surrunding peaks, great mountain restaurants and excellent touring opportunities. A couple of suggestions for your ski holidays in Villars...

  • A day over at Les Diablerets glacier with it's long runs and stunning views is not to be missed. There is one black, the Combe d’Audon, a long, flowing run that gets your legs burning. If you are staying in Villars or Gryon, make sure you leave enough time to get back!
  • For a day out of the resort, there are a large number of nearby castles, amusements parks, museums, and thermal baths, as well Lake Geneva and beautiful lakeside cities such as Montreux.
  • For some pre-season skiing, head to Glacier 3000 at Les Diablerets. Depending on the snow conditions and the weather, the three ski lifts on the glacier usually start up again at the beginning of November where you can get some early practice on the 7 km Olden ski run.

If you like Villars-Gryon, you may also want to look at Saas Fee and Schladming in Austria where there is also the possibility of pre-season skiing on the Dachstein glacier.