VIllars is a vibrant resort offering more than 125km of pistes from 1300m up to 3000m on the Diablerets Glacier. It is situated facing due south and enjoys plenty of sunshine. It is easily accessible being only 1hr 30mins from Geneva Airport and therefore a realistic choice for weekend skiing. Access to the ski area from the village is either by the picturesque rack-rail or two gondola lifts which lead up to the two main ski areas. The skiing is varied and offers plenty to suit all abilities from high glacier skiing to beautiful tree-lined runs. There is also extensive off-piste and a snow-park. The modern and efficient lift system ensures minimal queuing. The pistes offer something for all abilities often linking easier and more advanced runs so all abilities can ski together. Our particular favourite is from the top of the Roc D’Orsay gondola with it’s gorgeous views and variety of terrain all the way back to the village, through the pine trees, finishing with a hot chocolate or vin chaud at Tom’s Bar before going straight back up again!
There is a wide variety of restaurants both on and off the mountain to suit all tastes. Highlights for us include the intimate and charming L’etable with it’s pigs, sheep and chickens just the other side of a glass wall, the romantic and charming Refuge de Taveyanne which is only accessible by skidoo and the Lac de Chavonnes offering freshwater crayfish straight out of the frozen lake.
Villars itself is a thriving village with a good selection of shops and restaurants. Our particular favourites are coffee and cake at the Café Heiz, delicious wraps at Cookie Deli and the best roast beef, tartare sauce, chips with amazing view on the terrace of le Sporting.
You don’t have to put on your skis to have a great chalet holiday. Villars has plenty more to offer from guided snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing to ice-skating on either an indoor or outdoor ice-rink. There are two sledge runs of more than 1km. Our favourite starts after a long lunch at the Col de Soud and descends to the pretty garden of the Chalet RoyAlp hotel for hot chocolate or vin chaud. If that’s all just too energetic then you can visit a spa, stroll around town or just take in the view.
Much as we live for skiing there is often some discussion about whether Villars is actually better in the summer. There are miles and miles of hiking and cycling routes ranging from an easy