There are a few black runs at Villars, but the limited vertical makes most advanced skiers escape to Les Diablerets.
Villars is not traditionally where you come for serious skiing.
But a day or two exploring the tougher pistes and the Diablerets
glacier, followed by some guided off-piste works well, particularly
if you are holidaying with a mixed-ability group. The main
restriction is the limited vertical, with the village at 1,300m and
the high point at 2,120m; it's no wonder people are drawn to the
3,000m glacier, for both snow conditions and a couple of runs of
Of Villars' black runs, the most sustained is from Les Chaux,
through the trees below the Sodoleuvre chair; better still are the
(unpisted) trees to the far side of the lift. From the Croix des
Chaux are a black and red down to Alpes des Chaux and the other
peaks - Chaux Rondes and Chamossaire - have modest black runs.
The glacier pistes (but not the cost of the cable
cars) are automatically included on any ski pass for three or more
consecutive days - this also includes the neighbouring resorts of
Les Mosses and Leysin, which between them offer an extra 100km of
runs. On a one or two-day ski pass, designed for week-enders who
rarely have time for a glacier excursion, the glacier ski pass
price has been deleted to achieve a more attractive
It takes about an hour and three quarter to reach the glacier
from Villars. You get there by taking the Roc D'Orsay gondola, the
Chaux Ronde chairlift, and then the long, flat chairlift to Les
Diablerets (a 14-minutes ride which allows you to sit back and
enjoy the view!). Next comes the Laouissalet draglift to the
Meilleret slopes from where you can ski down to Les Diablerets
Village. From here you need to take the shuttle bus to the Col du
Pillon (every half hour, and included in your ski pass). From
the Col du Pillon, it's a 20-minute ride by two cable cars to the
top of the glacier. But don't leave it too late to get back - the
resorts suggests no later than the 2.30 bus back to Les Diablerets
from the Pillon cable car base station.
A greater percentage of Les Diablerets' holidaymakers head over
to the Villars-Gryon sectors of the ski area because they get many
more lifts and pistes for their money than Villars' visitors
heading in the opposite direction and because skiers from
Villars to Les Diablerets using the long chairlift have to walk to
get to the main Les Diablerets' slopes.