Villars Ski Holidays

Villars ski resort benefits from a sunny, south-facing position. Go skiing in Villars for a short transfer time and gourmet dining choices.

Villars Ski Resort Switzerland

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 20 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 has long been regarded as one of the classiest places to take a winter holiday, and this is much owed to the fine dining, connections to neighbouring resorts of Verbier, Les Diablerets and Gryon and overall discreet and understated charm.

Call our ski experts today to find out more about Villars ski resort.

Villars Transfer time
  • Geneva

Resort Statistics

Resort Altitude: 1,300m

Resort Skiing: 3,000m

Total Ski Area: 174km

Lifts: 36

Blue Runs: 94km

Red Runs: 59km

Black Runs: 21km

Cross Country: 50 km

Ski Areas in Villars

Villars 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.

Villars accommodations

Villars Ski Accommodation

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. 

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

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

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

Click here to 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

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.

Villars snow

Villars Snow

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

Most hotels in Villars 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. The Absolut VIP Club is a hotspot for those looking for a more refined evening where they can sample first-class cocktails, whereas Fox is a disco frequented by Villar's younger clientele.

Non-Skiers

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 beuatiful towns of Montreux or Lausanne for a day excursion.

Villars Ski Holidays

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