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
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.