The 18th most popular snowboarding destination in Switzerland.
Wednesday 23 January 2019 05:53 GMT
East of Geneva and east of Aigle, the Leysin Ski Area has 29 pistes totalling 60km that are served 14 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,000m. Leysin is best suited to beginner snowboarders, but there is some terrain for both intermediates and experts, including expert terrain off Chaux de Mont. It has become very popular with snowboarders who have kind of taken over the mountain. Overall, the pistes are split between 60% beginner, 30% intermediate and 10% expert.
The Leysin ski area is semi-interconnected by free ski bus to the small nearby ski areas of Les Mosses and La Lécherette, which makes for a total of 100km of pistes between the three. From the remote Leysin lift base station of Solepraz, there is a free ski bus to Les Mosses lift base station for Les Parchets (9 minutes). The buses to Les Mosses and also up to La Lécherette run every 30 minutes. In addition, there are free ski buses (30 minutes) further up the valley eastward to the larger ski areas of Les Diablerets-Villars and Glacier 3000. These larger areas share the Alpes Vaudoises ski pass with all the Leysin area ski areas.
For the freestylers in your crew, the Leysin terrain park is located on the lower slopes below Berneuse. The park has kickers, rails, step ups and step downs. There is also a 140m long, 5m high superpipe and also a boarder cross course located at the base of Chaux de Monts.
If you are looking for some apres ski action, try checking out Cable Bar, Le Lynx, Yeti Bar and Top Pub. Don't get too excited since its kind of basic. For an authentic traditional Swiss dinner, you'll want to head over to either the Fromagerie, Le Chasseur or Le Leysin. There is one option for some nightlife which can be found at Club 94.
To reach the snowboarding at Leysin from Geneva, take the train to the Aigle train station. From Aigle, there are buses up to Leysin, and a funicular railway. The nearest airport is located in Geneva.
Overall, Leysin is the 18th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 80 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland.