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Villars-Gryon is gaining friends each year as more people discover the delights of this excellent all round resort, situated on a sunny plateau with a spectacular panorama above the Rhône Valley towards the high Alps and Mont Blanc.
The ski area stretches across three areas of Villars, Gryon and Les Diablerets and gives you the opportunity to ski 112km of prepared pistes up to a height of over 3,000m. The cog railway takes the strain going up from Villars to Bretaye for both skiers and walkers.
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The local lift pass covers 220km of prepared pistes in the Alps Vaudoises which includes both Leysin and Les Mosses.
From Villars itself you can reach the main ski areas by gondola to Roc d’Orsay, which is a great area for the intermediate skier or by cog railway to Betraye where a whole network of runs and lifts link you to Les Chaux and Les Diablerets. Overall it offers the beginner and intermediate skier a fabulous choice of runs. For advanced skiers, there are several black runs including the more challenging 7 km long descent 'Combe d’Audon' from the glacier.
Winter walking There are 30km of paths in the region, specially prepared for winter walking with great views. Purchase a Liberty Pass for free and unlimited travel on trains, buses and gondola lifts to bring you to your walking start point.
Snowboarding There are designated parks at Bretaye and on the glacier as well as good terrain on which to hone your skills.
Paragliding Villars-Gryon is situated in an impressive amphitheatre of mountains, which forms a barrier against the prevailing winds and this makes it ideal for paragliding. Free-flight schools offers flights in tandem paragliders. Please note that most insurance policies may exclude this activity.
Toboggan Glide down the 2km run from Col de Soud through the forest to Villars.
Sports Centre Indoor tennis, volleyball, badminton, a fitness room and 2 squash courts. There is also an ice rink located in the village and a brand new indoor swimming pool and wellness centre, with views over the Vaud Alps
Kindergarten Packages available including accompanied skiing and lunch.
Winter market Open on weekends in the centre of town, the market offers delicious artisan snacks, gifts and souvenirs and a cheery atmosphere.
The village offers a vast array of traditional cafés and restaurants, offering both local and international cuisine. The bars are cosmopolitan with everything from local music to Blues and Jazz and the most renowned night spot is El Gringo for late dancing and that last cocktail. Le P'tit Chalet has an outdoor bar and is right opposite the railway station, while L’Arrivee is a small chalet style bar with a terrace behind the Eurohotel Victoria. It is also well worth a visit to the new wine and cocktail lounge - the 105 Bar - in the centre of Villars.
Your ticket wallet will contain comprehensive travel instructions to help you reach your destination with ease, including recommended rail connection times and platform numbers. These are the most common routes for your Villars ski holiday.
Fly to Zurich
Flights available from London, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow.
Swiss Railways: Zurich Airport > Lausanne > Aigle (and a bus journey to Villars) with a transfer time of around 4 hours 30 minutes.
Fly to Geneva
Flights available from London, Stansted, Luton, Southend, Bournemouth, Southampton, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Belfast.
Swiss Railways: Geneva Airport > Aigle (and a bus journey to Villars) with a transfer time of around 2 hours.
Travel by international rail
Rail from London Euston via Paris to Basel.
Swiss Railways: Basel > Bern > Lausanne > Aigle (and a bus journey to Villars) with a transfer time of around 3 hours 40 minutes.
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Recommended for beginners and intermediates
Runs: 34 blue, 28 red, 5 black
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