Villars Ski Resort, Switzerland
Villars is an exclusive, family orientated, dual season swiss mountain resort about 75 minutes from Geneva by car with a regular train service direct to Geneva airport. It’s also a great base from which to explore the towns, cities, lakes and castles of Switzerland.
A top ski destination, Villars boasts one of the largest ski schools in Switzerland and has over 120km of ski pistes for all abilities and ages. The added attraction of the connecting Diablarets glacier at 3000 metres also offers year-round extensive skiing opportunities. The ski train up the main ski area at Bretaye is 2 minutes walk from Chalet Balthazar!
Sledging, ice skating, Nordic skiing and snowshoe walking provide skiers and non-skiers with endless possibilities for getting up and into the mountains. Two respected ski schools in Villars provide expert tuition and children under 9 benefit from free ski passes. For those who like to ski in a different resort everyday, Verbier is 40 mins away, Crans Montana and Chamonix 1hr 15mins, Les Portes du Soleil (Champery, Avoriaz & Morzine) 40 mins and Gstaad 1hr. Saas Fee and Zermatt are further afield but all skiable on a days excursion.
While 60% of Chalet Balthazar’s clients come to ski and enjoy the snow every year, 40% visit between May and September when the mountains open up to become one enormous playground with stunning lush alpine scenery and endless family attractions. There are over 300km of market trails for hikers and 130km of mountain biking trails that stop off at vineyards, cheese-making farms, pretty mountain refuges and breath-taking peaks. The 18 hole golf course, sports centre, tennis courts, ice rink, bowling alley and swimming pool are all close by and a host of local attractions, famous chateaux and lakes are within a short drive away.