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Les Diablerets / Glacier 3000

Switzerland | Region: Lake Geneva Region

Between Lake Léman and Gstaad at an altitude of 1200m, you will find the Les Diablerets ski resort. It is part of Glacier 3000 with Gstaad’s ski resort in the middle of Alpes de Vaud.

The rocky wall of this mountain range surrounding the small village in Ormont Valley was supposedly haunted during the Middle Ages : people used to believe that it was a dangerous place because the Devil was living here. Hence the name of the village : Les Diablerets.

However, these rumours disappeared considering the courage needed to realise the adventure activities offered by the ski resort. An intense program for kids, adapted prices and infrastructures demonstrate the efforts made by the hosts of this place.

Les Diablerets / Glacier 3000 ski resort

Les Diablerets is a ski resort and village in the municipality of Ormont-Dessus in Switzerland’s canton of Vaud. Surrounded by the Diablerets massif, whose summit (Sommet des Diablerets, at 3,210 metres) is the peak of the highest point in western Switzerland.

You will find 3 big skiing areas with a total of 125km of pistes and a snowpark at nearly 3000m of altitude.

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Chairlift in Les Diablerets – https://www.facebook.com/diablerets

The network of cross-country skiing pistes in the Les Diablerets ski resort, includes 30km for classic style and 15km for skating. You will also find many after skiing activities such as a piste for sledges measuring 7,2km, snowshoeing routes, snow biking or ice climbing. You can see the famous glacier-restaurant built by the architect Mario Botta, which will offer you a wonderful panoramic view over Lake Léman’s region.

There is also a Museum of Wine of Vaud at the edge of Lake Léman. Counting nearly 2000 years of activity, the Saline of Bex is a salt mine with 50km long galleries : you can discover its secrets with a guide ! Or you can even go to the International Alpine Film Festival (festival of movies about mountain and environment) which rewards the best productions of “freeride, extreme sports and intense efforts”.

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Les Diablerets ski resort – https://www.facebook.com/diablerets

Sustainable development of the Les Diablerets / Glacier 3000 ski resort

The Porte des Alpes resorts and their members are committed to sustainable development. Numerous projects have been launched since 2009 to make our resorts more eco-responsible.

Within the Tourist Office of Les Diablerets / Glacier 3000,

daily actions are put in place taking into consideration the different aspects of sustainable development (social, economic and environmental).

The Les Diablerets ski resort tries to transmit these values to their partners in order to undertake a global approach.
All the actors of the resort (shopkeepers, inhabitants, guests) are invited to join this approach to protect the precious environment so that the mountain remains a peaceful and preserved place.

Some examples of actions :

  •  Organisation of an annual waste collection day on the ski slopes and hiking trails.
  •  Setting up charging stations for electric vehicles and bicycles.
Les Diablerets in summer – Source:https://www.villars-diablerets.ch/

Unforgettable experiences in Les Diablerets / Glacier 3000

Skijöring in the presence of horses

Skijöring is a sporting activity that combines skiing and horse-drawn carriages.

Depending on the snow conditions, from mid-December you can experience the magic of the Nordic region with a skijoring session or a horse ride in the heart of the Cergnement valley.

Ski Jöring allows you to spend special moments in the presence of horses and under the direction of specialised instructors.

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Ski Joring in Les Diablerets – Source: https://www.villars-diablerets.ch/

Ski mountaineering with the Alps as your stage

Ski mountaineering is a great way to get to grips with the world of ski touring. No matter if you are a beginner, an occasional skier or already a pro, there are many marked routes that will take you into the heart of nature.

No more queuing at the bottom of the chairlifts, now you can be free!
In ski touring, you can ski up the slopes with the power of your legs.

This activity is closer to nature and allows you to progress at your own pace in large open spaces so as to reach a summit or a viewpoint. You go up with the help of “skins” and then descend by off-piste skiing most of the time.

The Rando Parc in Villars-Gryon and Les Diablerets offers marked trails of varying levels: a truly unique adventure playground for this all-natural discipline!

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Ski Mountaineering in Les Diablerets – Source: https://www.villars-diablerets.ch/

Les Diablerets / Glacier 3000 mountain resort in summer

Work on your swing on the golf courses near the Les Diablerets ski resort!

The region has plenty to offer golf aficionados! During the summer season, two institutions welcome them.

In Villars, the golf course rises above 1660 m, facing the exceptional landscape of the Chablais and further afield, as you can swing the ball towards Mont-Blanc.

The 18-hole, par 70 course is 5288 m in length and is suitable for anyone in the holder of a course permit or green card. Moreover, the institution provides a covered driving range, an approach green and a putting green.
The Villars Golf Club is also open every day from mid-May to the very end of October. Nevertheless, during the winter, it is possible to eat in the restaurant and enjoy the view.

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Villars Golf Club in Les Diablerets – Source: https://www.villars-diablerets.ch/

Take a dip in the lakes or pools of the Villars and Les Diablerets region

Water is a part of the nature of the Vaud Pre-Alps, shifting from white in winter to blue and green in summer. Discover where you can take a dip on a sunny day in the summer!

Swimming is possible in some of the natural settings; the Retaud lake and the Chavonnes lake accommodate families or friends who wish to swim or simply enjoy a picnic.

Those who prefer the swimming pool however, do not need to worry, as the ones in Villars and Les Diablerets are ideal for those who want to cool off or for those who want to swim a while.

A good option also in case of adverse weather, in order to keep in shape or simply to take your mind off things, either alone, with family or as a couple.

The Villars pool has indoor pools, a waterslide and outdoor recreation areas, while the Diablerets pool is completely open. So you can enjoy a few swims in front of the magnificent view of the Ormonts mountains.

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Lake in Les Diablerets – Source: https://www.villars-diablerets.ch/

Hotels in Les Diablerets / Glacier 3000

Hotel Ecureuil

Situated in Villars in the Vaud Alps, very close from the ski domains, the Hotel Écureuil offers you a cosy mountain stay in full privacy. Only 250 metres from the train station, the hotel enjoys a quiet location. Perfect for families, couples or solo travellers.

This 27 bedroom hotel features 2 large chalets. The main chalet hosts the hotel’s restaurant, which specialises in Japanese cuisine in a Zen and traditional Japanese style.

The rooms are all equipped with bathroom, a TV, mini-bar and a view of the Alps. 20 of them have a balcony. Wi-Fi and parking are included free of charge for every guest.

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Hotel Ecureuil – Source: https://www.villars-diablerets.ch/

Grand Hotel A18

Despite its name “Grand-Hotel”, it is a rather small residence. Centrally located in Villars, 500 metres from the slopes of the Les Diablerets ski resort, in a south facing position. Grocery shops are just a mere 2 minute walk away!

The Grand Hotel provides an indoor swimming pool for all guests as well as tennis courts and table tennis tables.

Moreover, the little hotel is home to a sauna, a lift, ski storage, a washing machine and a tumble dryer.

Parking space available for all those who wish to come by car.

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Grand Hotel A18 – Source: interhome.com

B&B Steinfluss

Located on the edge of the village (7 minutes’ walk from Bex Centre), the yellow ochre house is set alongside the river Avançon, from which emanates the relaxing sound of the course of the water. The roofed terrace where breakfast is served gives access to the rooms and the common areas.

Guests share two bedrooms, a kitchen, a shower room, a balcony and the terrace. The kitchen offers everything you need to prepare a hot drink or a small dish.

The Les Diablerets ski resort is within an easy reach.

This bed and breakfast is ideal for couples who wish to spend a tranquil holiday at the footslopes of the snowed domain.

B&B Steinfluss – Source: https://www.villars-diablerets.ch/

Skiing in Les Diablerets / Glacier 3000 : the resort’s main strengths

✅ Home to a total of 125km of pistes and a snowpark at nearly 3000m of altitude.

✅ Located just a mere 1 hour and 30 minutes away from both Geneva and the Swiss capital of Bern.

✅ Daily environmentally friendly actions are put in place.

✅ Features a network of cross-country skiing pistes which includes 30km for classic style and 15km for skating.