Villars Ski Resort

Villars ski resort is gloriously situated at 1,300m on a sunny south-facing plateau above the Rhone Valley, which looks out across to the mountains of the Portes du Soleil ski area. The bustling town is far from a sleepy mountain village, offering an impressive range of shopping opportunities, a good selection of accommodation and excellent skiing. The town truly holds its own unique offerings beyond the fabulous skiing available, making it a great destination for both skiers and non-skiers.

An ideal ski weekend destination,  it can be reached by car from Geneva Airport in just one hour and ten minutes, almost an hour of that being on autoroute. Alternatively it can be reached by Swiss Rail in just over two hours, providing for a magical climb through the mountains. Villars ski resort has long been regarded as one of the classiest places to take a ski holiday, and this is much owed to the fine dining, connections to neighbouring ski resorts of Verbier, Les Diablerets and Gryon and overall discreet and understated charm.

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Villars Transfer Time
Map Marker 1h 10m

Best For...

  • All abilities
  • Families
  • Short transfers

Resort Statistics

  • Resort Altitude 1,300m
  • Skiing Altitude 3,000m
  • Total Ski Area 174km
  • Lifts 36
  • Blue Runs 94km
  • Red Runs 59km
  • Black Runs 21km
  • Cross Country 50km

Ski Accommodation in Villars, Switzerland

Our collection of Villars ski accommodation has been hand-picked by our ski experts. Whether you’re looking for a luxury escape, a boutique hotel or something suitable for the whole family, our experts would be delighted to help you find the perfect accommodation for your ski holiday.

Ski accommodation
Ski Areas in Villars

Ski Areas in Villars

Villars ski resort offers a good family ski area, with the added bonus of it linking up to the Les Diablerets glacier which provides some exciting, more challenging terrain. Either a cog railway or a gondola will take you up the mountain from the town, providing access to an approximate 174km of skiing. All ski routes return to the town via gentle, meandering forest paths, which is a great benefit for families looking to reconvene at the end of the day.

Skiing in Villars

Skiing in Villars

The skiing in Villars is mostly of intermediate level, with plenty of variety and lots of spectacular panoramic views. A two-way chairlift at Chaux des Conches links Villars ski resort with its neighbour Les Diablerets, providing access to the snow-sure Glacier 3000 ski area which is served by a cable car running up from the Col du Pillon. On the Glacier there are some cruising blue runs and the exceptional red Combe d’Audon, which has cliffs rising on both sides with a thrilling 1,000m vertical descent.

Villars Ski Weekends
Snowboarding in Villars

Snowboarding in Villars

Villars is a popular destination for snowboarders, with much of the boarding community being due to the international schools within the area. There are several snowparks including one at Les Chaux on the Gyron sector and one at Villars itself. The multitude of long, cruising blues and reds around the Bretaye area will appeal to beginner and intermediate boarders looking for terrain on which to practice and enjoy the views.

Ski Schools in Villars

Ski Schools in Villars

With many ski schools and instructors to choose between, there really is something for everybody.

We’ve partnered with New Generation and Oxygène and highly recommend their services. All of our partners offer fantastic lessons for all skiing ability levels.

Book your ski lessons with our recommended suppliers. If you’re traveling during a peak week be sure to book these well in advance.

Crèches in Villars

Crèches in Villars

Villars ski resort has an excellent non-ski kindergarten called La Trottinette, which takes children from two months to six years of age on a daily or an hourly basis. The Swiss Snow Kids Village run by the Swiss Ski and Snowboard School teaches skiing to children aged three to seven years, and is the largest in French-speaking Switzerland. The Kids Club is another option at Bretaye, and will look after and teach older children from the age of eight years.

Restaurants in Villars

Restaurants in Villars

Villars ski resort has a fabulous selection of unique mountain restaurants. Gourmet skiers will be impressed by the hard-to-find but beautifully situated restaurant at the Lac des Chavonnes, serving a wonderful croute aux champignons. On the glacier itself is the Col de Soud; a beautiful old chalet that serves good rustic food and has spectacular views. Down in the town, there are over 50 establishments to suit all tastes and pockets, ranging from chargrilled meats at Hotel du Golf to raclette at Vieux-Villars.

Après Ski in Villars

Après Ski in Villars

Most hotels in Villars ski resort have fairly busy bars of their own, but the key early evening rendezvous point is Charlie’s Bar, which houses an iconic replica of a plane crashed into the ceiling. The Sporting Bar is another popular meeting place, as is the tiny chalet-style Mini-Pub, which holds just 30 people at a time.

Non-Skiers in Villars


The busy and well-defined town of Villars makes for an excellent destination for non-skiers. Alternative winter sports activities on offer include paragliding, ice skating, curling, dog sledding and rock climbing. For a more relaxing day off the mountain, head to the Lavey-Les-Bains thermal spa, which is fed by the hottest spring in Switzerland and offers stunning mountain views. It is also possible to take the train to the neighbouring beautiful towns of Montreux or Lausanne for a day excursion.

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