Information Vaud Alps winter 2013/2014

The Vaud Alps in winter

The Alpine resorts of the Vaud Alps are 120 km or a 2-hour train ride from Geneva International Airport. Snow fans will love up to 420 km available for skiing as well as skijoring, sled descents, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and the many sports facilities. The snow garden and the beginners’ slopes are particularly attractive for families to enjoy all the winter sports with their children: www.alpes.ch

Les Diablerets VD   Gstaad BE

Les Diablerets VD Gstaad BE

In 42 hotels of the Alpine resorts of the Vaud Alps skiing and accommodation in the parents’ room are free for kids up to 9 years. The “GoKids Family Club” offers 34 exclusive advantages to families upon a free membership: www.gokids.ch

The package “SuperPass” gives you access to 420 km of skiing and snowboarding overlooking the authentic villages of Leysin, Les Mosses, Château-d’Oex, Rougemont, Villars, Gryon and Les Diablerets, not to mention Glacier 3000. The package is available from four consecutive days. It covers the ski areas of 17 resorts of Gstaad Mountain Rides and the Vaud Alps. Plus it is free for kids up to 9 years (born 2005 and younger)! The winter season will start on 26 October and end on 4 May on Glacier 3000. Access to the entire ski area is possible from 21 December, with a possible early opening on 14 December, subject to snow conditions. The ski area remains open until 21 April 2014. Tariffs, wintersport reports and webcams: www.alpes.ch/en/cablecars

Everybody hop on a train heading for the slopes of the Vaud Alps! For journeys from Geneva International Airport or a border station, the “Swiss Transfer Ticket” offer is the best solution for stays in one single location. The “Swiss Family Card” offers free travel to children below 16, who are accompanied by at least one adult: www.swisstravelsystem.com/en/home/tickets-en/swiss-transfer-ticket-en.html

Thanks to the partnership between TGV Lyria and Eurostar, there is a guaranteed connection between London St-Pancreas and Lille to Aigle in 8 hours. The TGV Lyria des Neiges, which proposes a journey of around 4.5 hours from Paris Gare de Lyon, will also be run again this year, with stops at Montreux and Aigle: www.eurostar.com, www.raileurope.eu.uk or www.stc.co.uk/swiss_alps_ski_train.html

From Aigle there are spectacular mountain trains to Leysin and Les Diablerets, as well as buses to Villars in about 30 minutes (Les Diablerets 50 minutes). Château-d’Oex can be reached within an hour from Montreux with the “GoldenPass Line” in a Panoramic, Classic or Standard wagon: www.goldenpass.ch, www.tpc.ch ou www.cff.ch

Villars – Gryon: Families welcome

The resort labelled “families welcome” is located on a natural terrace at an altitude of 1,300 m. Its unique panorama features the Alps, the Rhone valley and majestic Mont-Blanc.

Its 125 km of downhill ski slopes link three ski areas to one glacier located at an altitude of 3,000 m. Various infrastructure has been available to visitors for over a century: many typical restaurants, a wide range of hotels, from B&Bs to luxury hotels with spa, as well as more than 10,000 beds in chalets and apartments. There is also a large choice of discoveries on offer for non-skiers, ranging from snowshoeing to winter hikes on compacted snow.

The “Swiss Village Club” offer is the top formula for people looking for economic stays! 2 nights in a (3* or 4* star hotel, with breakfast, a ski pass and, as a gift, a creamy fondue. From CHF 275.- per person (£190, indicative price) in a 3* hotel, and from CHF 315.- (£216, indicative price) in a 4* hotel: www.villarsgryon.ch

Les Diablerets: 1200 m to 3000 m

Set in the heart of the Vaud Alps at the foot of an imposing mountain massif, the resort of Les Diablerets is an authentic mountain village. Its panorama is graced with a majestic glacier called Glacier 3000! Situated at the far end of Lake Geneva at an altitude of 1,200 m, set in unspoilt nature and far away from the urban frenzy, Les Diablerets is a Swiss mountain resort which is very close to Geneva International Airport. In winter, Les Diablerets offers you all the pleasures snow can offer: downhill skiing, snowboarding, but also accompanied “free-riding” outings outside marked trails, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and walking, sled descents by day and night, skating and curling, as well as many other sports of fun activities.

The “Swiss Village Club” offer, from CHF 558.- per person (£384, indicative price) for 4 nights/3 days includes accommodation and half-board in a hotel, a ski pass and many other benefits: www.diablerets.ch

Leysin – Les Mosses: Don’t look any further!

The Leysin-Les Mosses resort is ideal for all snow fans. Located at an altitude of 1,200 m, the area offers countless sports opportunities, including a Tobogganing Park, with a 360° bend and its big jump in the “big air bag”, not to mention the “Kuklos” revolving restaurant at an altitude of 2,048 m.

Thanks to artificial snow supplements, skiing is guaranteed until the end of the season on slopes to be discovered. The resort of Leysin is very active in the world of freestyle and recognised for its snowpark offering countless modules, as well as a super-pipe of a height of 5 metres! On the occasion of the Swiss cross-country ski championships, two competitions will be held, one in January and one in March, on an entirely new track. This demanding technical track will be open to the public before and after the competitions. A great opportunity to put yourself in the shoes of the best sportspeople and to use their tracks!

Well known for its reputation as a family ski resort, the ski pistes of Les Mosses – La Lécherette provide the complete package with its snow garden „Les Mosses Park“. Children under 9 years of age get free entry into Les Mosses Park. Located at an altitude of 1,870 m in the Les Mosses region, the new yurt “Ecuela Café” boasts an exceptional view of the surrounding peaks and of Mont-Blanc. It is the ideal location for fondue evenings and torch-lit descents. A new snowshoeing trail has been especially created, leading from the resort of Les Mosses to the yurt.

The offer “Don’t look any further” includes 7 nights with half-board accommodation, the ski pass, as well as countless benefits, from CHF 955.- per person (£659, indicative price): www.leysin-lesmosses.ch

Château-d’Oex: On the GoldenPass Panorama or Classic railway line

Located at an altitude of about 1,000 m, the Pays-d’Enhaut comprises the villages of Château-d’Oex, Rougemont, Rossinière and L’Etivaz. The region is connected to Lake Geneva via the road over Col des Mosses or via the famous MOB railway line between Montreux and Gstaad/Zweisimmen.

Château-d’Oex is also the international capital of hot-air ballooning, especially during the International Hot-Air Balloon Festival held at the end of January. L’Etivaz, another jewel of Pays-d’Enhaut, is well-known and appreciated for its delicious cheese, L’Etivaz AOP.

Learning to ski safely is child’s play at the ski school. The „Videmanette“ ski slope in Rougemont, which is connected with the ski area of Gstaad Mountain Rides, is a delight for experienced skiers.

The package “Family +” for a family of two adults and two children up to 9 years, includes accommodation, 3 half-days of group lessons for the two children, 4 ski passes (5 days) and the activity “unlimited sledding”. The package is available from CHF 1,550.- (£1,070, indicative price), valid from 1 December 2013 to 30 April 2014: www.chateau-doex.ch

Major events for winter 2013/2014 in the Vaud Alps!

Date                       Event                                                                          Place                           More info

20.12–05.01         Christmas Market                                                     Villars                          www.villarsgryon.ch

01.01–01.03        45th Musique & Neige Festival                            Les Diablerets             www.musique-et-neige.ch

17–19.01+            Swiss Cross-Country Ski Championships          Leysin                           www.leysin.ch

20–23.03             January: individual runs and races

March: individual sprints, long distance, relay

25.01–02.02       International Hot-Air Balloon Festival                Château-d’Oex          www.festivaldeballons.ch

22.02                     Flavour Rally                                                             Château-d’Oex          www.rallye-du-gout.ch

28.02–02.03       Diablerets 3D (Vertical Race)                                Les Diablerets           www.diablerets3d.ch

29–30.03              Ski-24                                                                         Les Mosses                www.ski-24.ch

29.03                     Villars Crazy Downhill                                             Villars                          www.villars.ch

 

Diablerets Tourisme       Office du tourisme Villars    Leysin Tourisme              Pays-d’Enhaut Tourisme

Ch. du Collège 2                      Rue Centrale                                  Place Large                                 Place du Village 6

1865 Les Diablerets                 1884 Villars                                  1854 Leysin                               1660 Château-d’Oex

Tel: +41 (0)24 492 00 10          Tel. +41 (0)24 495 32 32        Tel +41 (0)24 493 33 00         Tel. +41 (0)26 924 25 25

info@diablerets.ch                  information@villars.ch             info@leysin.ch                            info@chateau-doex.ch

www.diablerets.ch                   www.villarsgryon.ch                 www.leysin.ch                             www.chateau-doex.ch

 

 

Contacts médias :
Myriam Pichard                         Serge Beslin                               Pierre-Alain Morard                         Nicole Favre

Destination Manager                      Directeur Villars Tourisme        Directeur Association touristique         Directrice

Diablerets                                           et Alpes Promotion                      Aigle-Leysin-Col des Mosses                  Pays-d’Enhaut Tourisme

myriam.pichard@diablerets.ch      direction@villars.ch                    pierre-alain.morard@leysin.ch             n.favre@chateau-doex.ch

Tel. +41 (0)24 492 00 10                 Tel. +41 24 495 32 32                  Tel. +41 79 237 54 61                                 Tel. +41 (0)26 924 25 25

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