With the season in full swing, our instructors in Villars are here to divulge some of their inside information on the best skiing the resort has to offer. We’ll give you the low down on our favourite runs, where to find the best powder and some secret spots to eat and drink. But don’t tell anyone…
Whatever you are in the mood for or what the snow conditions are, there is something to suit everyone.
An Insider’s Guide to Skiing Villars
Bumps, Steeps, Glacier & more
If you are looking to ski some bumps, head over to Gryon where you can usually find them underneath the Sodoleuvre chair. It’s nice and open so you can easily find a line to suit you. Our training team are often found there making a gnarly rut line so if you see them, feel free to have a go!
Looking to ski some nice long vertical? We usually go up the Grand Chamossaire chair and ski all the way down to Bretaye then carry on down on a blue run all the way to La Rasse and Chaux Ronde lifts. Alternatively you can ski down to the bottom of the gondola or race the train all the way down to Roches Grises.
If you are taking a trip up to the glacier, there is an excellent black run, ‘Olden Slope’, with a dramatic cliff face rising up on the right. Part-way down at Oldenegg you can catch a chair up to a red run, or go right on down to the bottom. Let us know if you can make it without stopping!
Now if you want to test out your skills on some steeps, we recommend getting off at the first stop on ‘Les Mazots’ chair in Diablerets to ski the ‘stade’ (the red run directly under the chair). As long as the Villars ski club aren’t racing, it’s a great steep open run that is brilliant pisted or on a powder day.
Speaking of Powder Days…
Here are our favourite spots to find the best powder.
In the morning it’s always best to go over to Diablerets and ski…well anywhere really! It’s always quieter over there so even the pistes will be untouched and all yours for at least a few hours if you get there early enough.
We like to start with a couple of laps of the ‘Laouissalet’ T bar which takes you up to Diablerets. The piste can be great or popping off just to the side of the lift is a nice warm up for the legs. Then practically all of the runs have perfect sections to the side of them where you can choose to explore in the trees or just enjoy the untouched powder!
Once you’ve tracked out everything in Diablerets, go back over to Villars and try out some of the tree lines off of the Petit Chammossaire chair, also really safe and accessible. Or try out the off piste under the Soldoleuvre chair in Gryon and carry on down through the trees to the Fracherets T bar.
Where to Ski for Your Level
- Beginners – The best beginner terrain couldn’t be easier to access being just around the corner from the train station at Bretaye. The magic carpet leads nicely onto the beginner button then down to the Lac Noir button lift.
- Intermediates – There is a vast amount of intermediate terrain in Villars, for nervous skiers our favourite is the Bretaye-Orsay blue run which follows the train down then carries on all of the way to the gondola. Bolder skiers will love skiing the Stade in Villars or Diablerets.
- Advanced – Try out the black run ‘La Croix Noir’ from the top of the Sodoleuvre chair in Gryon, it’s steep with an interesting camber to keep you on your toes!
Three Resort Challenge
If you are up for a challenge you can try to cover all three ski areas in one day! Perhaps start with a nice warm up run from Bretaye down to La Rasse and get your legs pumping with a few nice long runs in Gryon. How long does it take you to ski from top to bottom? Then ski back to Villars for lunch at Hotel du Lac and carry on to Diablerets (the chair ride over will give you time for a post lunch snooze…).
Secret spots to eat and drink
Among the many great restaurants in Villars – Hotel du Lac, Auberge Col de Soud and Cookie, to name a few – there are a few hidden gems that aren’t as well known…
- Lac des Chavonnes – Completely hidden and only accessible by skis or snowshoes, this is a really special place for a long, lingering lunch. Follow signs from the bottom of the Petit Chamossaire chair.
- Crêperie Bretonne – If you are taking a day off from skiing but fancy trying something different such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing, a husky drawn sledge ride or simply a stroll in the snow, head down to Solalex in Gryon. This is a totally unique place with a wood burning fire and a very homely feel, serving the best crepes in town.
Still not convinced that Villars is for you? Check out our Villars Resort Guide for even more information about all this ski town has to offer.