Villars Resort

Villars ski area offers a variety of terrain from gentle blues for learning at Bretaye, to steeper slopes and forest runs at Les Chaux or if you want to get to higher ground good skiers can make the tour over to Glacier 3000 above Les Diablerets. 

Practical information

The ski-loop bus stops at the end of the road and goes to Villars train station followed by the Roc d'Orsay telecabine lift (see bus map). Check the condition of the slopes on the tourist information website and the interactive map and the weather forecast at snow-forecast.com. The glacier is included by default on ski passes over 4 days and once you have a key card it can be topped up online at easyski.ch. I recommend Mc Board (get off the bus at Laiterie) for hiring skis and snowboards and Villars ski school for lessons. 

Bretaye

The Bretaye ski area is accessible from the Roc d'Orsay telecabine lift or from the Villars mountain train. It is advisable for non-skiers and learners to take the train as this will take you directly to where the resturant and ski schools are located in the comfort of a warm scenic train ride (takes about 30 mins). All the lessons with Villars ski school and Ecole Suisse de Ski start from Bretaye where there are a selection of blue and red runs. For intermediate or higher there a great off-piste from the Petie Chamoissaire on powder days. 

Les Chaux

Les Chaux is accessible from Bretaye area by taking the Chaux Ronde blue down to La Rasse then the t-bar up to La Croix. It has a series of blue, red and black slopes if you feel the need for speed. It also has a large forested area with endless tree runs perfect for powder days. 

Les Diablerets

For intermediate skers looking for a longer run, there is a nice top-to-bottom run from Meilleret to the bottom of Les Diablerets. Get there by taking the Perche-Conche across the nature reserve via the path from the top of Chaux Ronde. This is also the way to get to the glacier - take the 10 minute bus ride from bottom of Les Diablerets village to Col du Pillon. Here is a video of the whole run one early misty morning in January 2015. 

Glacier 3000

The Glacier area at 3000m covers a mass expanse with a series of long blue runs on the galcier itself with stunning 360 views. Then there is a long black run from the glacier to the mid station or in good snow conditions, the bottom station. The Villars ski pass includes the Glacier if it is for at least 4 days or can be added to shorter passes. This is a day trip is worth it for good skiers wanting to do the long black run Combe d'Audon (see a section in the video below), off-piste powder or to see the spectacular views. Check the Glacier 3000 lift is open as it has to be closed in strong wind - glacier report.