A well-established and exclusive year-round village with international schools and a permanent local population, this perennially popular resort sits on a sunny plateau at 1300 metres with magnificent views of Mont Blanc and its massif.
Villars celebrated its 150th anniversary as a mountain resort in 2016 and has a loyal following of foreign residents and visitors. It is one of the most easily accessible ski resorts in Switzerland with motorway or rail access direct from Geneva airport to the towns of Aigle and Bex in the valley below. As a home to four international schools, including the famous Aiglon College, there is a healthy demographic mix in the village. It is also one of the best equipped resorts in the Alps with a large sports centre with indoor and outdoor tennis and swimming, a skating rink (the local team was Swiss ice hockey champions in the 1960s) and bowling alley.
A fashionable and exclusive resort with plenty of history and modern facilities
Improved snow-making facilities and skiing up to 3000 metres at Les Diablerets
Plenty of non-skiing activities and a popular choice for a second home
Seventy-five minutes from Geneva airport, this is the perfect weekend retreat
The ski area incorporates the terrain above the villages of Villars and Gryon and is linked to Les Diablerets on the other side of the mountain. This creates an area of 44 lifts and 125km of mainly beginner and intermediate slopes, perfect for younger families, as well as glacier skiing up to 3000m. There are three snow parks, 44km of cross country ski trails, toboggan runs and numerous winter walking routes. The thermal baths at Lavey are thirty minutes away and are a popular destination for unwinding after a day’s skiing.
Villars really comes into its own in the summer months with over 300km of footpaths and 150km of mountain bike trails. There are three mountain lakes above the village with swimming and an excellent restaurant at the furthermost, the Lac des Chavonnes. Golfers can test their skill (and stamina) on the 18 hole golf course which dates from the 1920s. The recently refurbished club house has a good restaurant and magnificent views of Mont Blanc. Lake Geneva is just 30 minutes away with attractions such as the Aquaparc, one of the largest water parks in Europe, as well as famous Riviera towns such as Montreux and Vevey. From here you can explore the fairytale Chateau de Chillon and embark on boat trips to Evian on the French side of the lake.