Villars is very beginner-friendly, with good access to nursery slopes and easy runs as well as breathtaking views and ambience.
With the beginner-friendly train providing easy access to the upper mountain and the gentle return routes to the village, Villars is an excellent place to learn to ski or snowboard, though less so when busy at weekends or peak season. But the views and winter-holiday ambience of the area (not a given in many resorts with otherwise good novice terrain) should conspire to leave you wanting more.
The beginner terrain on the edges of Villars is ideal when there's decent snow; higher up at Bretaye, there's a nursery slope with a magic carpet. And once you've mastered the basics, a network of blue runs lies between two of the four peaks, making the main bowl a good place to graduate from the nursery slopes. For 2011-12, two specially designated "Ski Slow" pistes were introduced to help those progressing from novice to intermediate slopes. One is on the blue Chaux Ronde slope and the other on the Gryon side below the restaurant at Les Chaux.
For absolute beginners, there are two free beginners areas with a magic carpet and mini-ski lift in the heart of Villars (behind the railway station) and another one in Gryon at Frience, with a "sledge" lift and mini-ski lift. Both are free and avoid the cost of a ski pass or train or gondola ticket.