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Resort guide to Villars Switzerland

Sunny and pretty ski resort with access to large ski area. Great for intermediates

Villars resort guide - a general overview

Villars (and adjoining Les Diablerets) is one of those resorts that is often and unfairly overlooked by British skiers when choosing a destination for their next ski holiday. It is a pretty ski resort situated close to Geneva (which makes is a great weekend resort) and has a surprisingly large ski area, best suited to intermediate skiers. However, there are some good beginner slopes and there is a spectacular off-piste route off the back of the Les Diablerets glacier all the way down to the village - a vertical descent of 1,500 metres and best done with a qualified mountain guide! There are a number of wonderful hotels and chalets in Villars that we highly recommend booking.

Airports

SION
(45 minutes)
GENEVA
(1hr 30mins)

Resort stats

225km

1,300m - 2,970m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dinning
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • Pleasant, relaxing resort village
  • Close to Geneva making it a good weekend destination
  • Good nursery slopes and miles and miles of good intermediate cruising
  • Good range of off-slope activities and diversions
  • Link to Les Diablerets and its glacier (Villars ski area 125 kms, Les Diablerets area 100 kms)

Cons

  • Unreliable snow cover at the beginning and end of the season
  • Not much for experts on piste although there is some good under utilised off-piste terrain

Villars Resort Restaurants

There are many good restaurants based in hotels but others are the 'Sporting' for good pizzas and the 'Vieux Villars' for local specialities and there is also very popular is the Rotisserie.

Villars Mountain Restaurants

The Golf is always excellent. The Lac des Chavonnes is a popular choice and worth the walk from Bretaye. There is also a very good restaurant at the top of the Roc d'Orsay gondola. Other restaurants on the hill were generally large and canteen style with dull menus. However, there is a small one (not marked on the piste map) at Les Diablerets which was very twee in a rustic way. Also the small metal clad hut at the top of Glacier 3000 serves excellent food and is run by a charming if slightly eccentric chap.

Villars Apres Ski

Head for the Sporting and the Mini-Pub.

Villars Nightlife

Good fun can be had at the Bowling bar. Head to El Gringoos for a dance in the disco. New venues include the Warm-Up bar and the Harambee bar lounge, which features live music and is open till late.

Villars Resort Map

Key
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  • Cable car 262438c5626f68940e156df868b18890cdda3d131cdffa026f19e15448a2f3ea Cable Car
  • Gondola 08fc130c360bf663b5723567aab3384edc88bcec2e297e955865a20bc8050cb2 Gondola
  • Chair lift 207bbb7ef0c7c3f5458d8e1b5bb1a59b179909dbc96c70cbc66d08927a59c61f Chair lift
  • Drag lift 9649c8f20eb92153651608a16dced21b25b21acd3ad6ca90cea261c90ea44648 Drag lift
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