Swiss alps (Canton Vaud), near Les Diablerets, Gstad, Verbier, Porte du Soleil, Montreux, Lausanne, Lake Geneva beaches, sailing, cycling walking.
Villars-Barboleuse-Gryon area is an excellent resort for families. There is a local creche in Villars (La Trottinette)for children 6 months - 6 years (Mon-Fri). Ski kindergarten ages 3 - 8.
Great skiing for all abilities.
Lift pass covers Villars, Barboleuse, Les Diablerets, Leysin and Les Mosses.
Children under 9 have free ski pass.
Nearby activities include, tennis, ice skating, 10 pin bowling, swimming pool, fitness centre.
Traditional style mountain restaurants. La Barboleuse offers ski hire, restaurants, bakery, supermarket, tourist office.
Villars has a lively night life in winter, but unlike many ski resorts, it certainly does not close down in the summer.
Spring, summer, autumn walking from the chalet door in all directions. This is a real paradise for casual ramblers, serious hikers, climbers, and mountain bikers.
Other Activities: cross country skiing, snow shoe trails.
Ski: With 45 ski lifts, Villars offers skiers and snowboarders more than 120km of slopes, and the opportunity of skiing the spectacular Les Diablerets glacier at 3000 metres.
Children will enjoy finding their feet in the free beginners' ski area in the village and adults will find the wide blue runs in the main ski area of Bretaye great for practising technique. With extensive pisted terrain both above and below the treeline, Villars offers a good range of blue and red runs, the more challenging of which can be found on Chaux Ronde and Grand & Petit Chamossaire.
Experienced skiers will enjoy tackling the more challenging terrain at Les Diablerets and its glacier as well as the several black runs from Roc d'Orsay back to the village. For snowboarders, there are snow parks at Bretaye, Isenau and Chaux Ronde, with various jumps, rails and a quarter-pipe on which to test your skills.
• Range of pistes: 125km (local area), 225km (whole area)
• Skiing altitude: 1,350m to 2,970m
• Percentage of resort covered by snow cannons: 20%
• Number of mountain restaurants: 16
• Range of cross country: 50km
• Number of glaciers: 1
• Snowpark – yes
• Night skiing: Weekly torchlight descent during high season.
• Resort ski bus available: Runs approx 0900 - 1630hrs (Free with lift pass)