: Val d'Illiez
Val-d'Illiez is a typical Swiss Alpine village in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. It is 5 mins by car to both the ski lifts at Champery and Les Crosets, which gives you access to the Portes du Soleil, one of the biggest ski areas in the world. You can also access the ski area by catching the train to Champery from the village station (train takes 10 min) or the ski-bus which stops at the end of the road (150 metres away) to Les Crosets. The village itself has many facilities including 2 restaurants and a bar, a small supermarket, bakery, post office, bank, taxi service, train station, and a church. It also has a famous thermal spa resort 5 min drive away ('Les Bains du Val-d'Illiez'). The nearest big town is Monthey, which is 15 min by car or 30 min by train, and has various large supermarkets and department stores, plus direct access to the A9/E62 motorway.
Ski: With the Portes du Soleil ski area on your doorstep you have access to one of the largest and most varied ski areas in the world, which includes 12 linked ski towns in Switzerland and France, 250 ski lifts and 650 km of pistes. For the beginner there are long winding blues to hone your skills, for the intermediate some of the best challenging reds in the Alps, and for the advanced skier reliable snow creates great off-piste opportunities. And not forgetting the world-famous 'Mur de Chavanette' (or the Swiss Wall) to challenge the most confident of skiers. And there are plenty of on-piste restaurants to help you relax after a hard mornings ski.
If you fancy a change of scene the ski resorts of Villars/Les Diablerets are 30 min drive across the valley (or an hour by train), and Verbier and Crans Montana are only 45 min away, with the jet-set playground of Gstaad approximately an hour door-to-piste.