Villars

Overview

Along with Leysin which is in the same ski area, Villars is a pleasant yeraround town overlooking the Portes du Soleil. Excellent location for the long weekend market due to its closeness to Geneva airport and the 100 km of pisted runs being adequate for 2/3 good days skiing.

The ski area offers a good mix of wooded and open pistes. the cog railway goes up the mountain to the Col de Bretaye with excellent intermediate slopes off both sides with some great runs back to the village. From the Bretaye the chair will take you up to the Chaux Ronde where a ski down and another chair up takes you to the Les Chaux area with its lovely open pistes.

Experts are well catered for with some serious off piste and heliskiing available. Intermediates will enjoy the terrian of Villars and Les Diablerets with a decent amount to get stuck into. Beginners will find the nursery slopes of Villars really enjoyable and the progression up to Bretaye using the cog railway will be an excellent introduction to some higher mountain terrian.

There is some pretty decent apres especially at weekends when the resort comes alive with visitors from nearby Geneva, with the Mini pub and Charlies particularly busy when we were last there.  

Positive

  • Great long weekend destination
  • Close to Geneva airport
  • Good nursery slopes
  • Great views across to the Portes du Soleil

Negative

  • Short runs on the upper slopes
  • Crowded mountain restaurants

Offslope/apres ski

Little to do for the nonskier other than some very pretty cleared walks. A few good bars, with a good atmosphere at the end of the days skiing.

Our View

With 100 kms of piste and only a reasonable distance from Geneva airport this is a perfect destination for weekenders.

At a glance

Chalets:
0
Hotel & Apartments:
5
Pistes:
100km
Resort height:
1300m
Top station:
2120m

Suitability

Experts:
2 stars
Intermediates:
3 stars
Beginners:
4 stars
Non-Skiers:
3 stars
Scenery:
3 stars
Resort charm:
4 stars
Nightlife:
3 stars