East of Geneva and east of Aigle, the Leysin Ski Area has 29 pistes totaling 60km that are served 14 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,000m. Leysin is best-suited to intermediate snowboarders, but there is some terrain for experts, including expert terrain off Chaux de Mont. The best Leysin snowboarding can normally be found during the months of February and March when it is more likely to have a deeper snowpack.
Leysin is located just west of the Röschtigraben (rosti line) in the French-speaking Romandy region (La Suisse Romande). The small village of Leysin doesn't have too much in the way of charm or many hotels. The village and ski area are usually quite crowded on the weekends with day-trippers driving up from the cities and is normally pretty empty on the weekdays. Typically, the low elevation ski area has a snowpack that becomes icy hardpacked quickly following the last snow storm. It is very icy in the mornings before the sun softens the snowpack.
The Leysin ski area is semi-interconnected by free ski bus to the small nearby ski areas of Les Mosses and La Lécherette. This free ski bus is only from the remote Leysin lift base station of Solepraz. It operates every 30 minutes from Soloeprax to Les Mosses lift base station for Les Parchets and is about a 15 minute ride. When there is avalanche danger, this free ski bus service can be suspended. The Leysin lift pass is accepted within Les Mosses and La Lécherette. The combined Leysin-Les Mosses-La Lécherette ski region has a total of 100km of pistes.
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 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 or Le Leysin.
• Very large terrain park with halfpipe.
• Plenty of side country to explore.
• Shockingly crowded on the weekends.
• Very limited parking on weekends.
• Low elevation snowpack conditions.
• Prone to icy hardpack.
To reach the snowboarding at Leysin from Geneva Airport, take the train to the Aigle train station. Then, change to the smaller train line in Aigle up to Le Sepey (there may be a replacement bus service). In Le Sepey, change to a local bus heading up the final 2km to the Leysin Telecabine stop for the gondola lift base and the tourist information centre. If you are planning to drive up on a weekend, keep in mind that it is very crowded with cars and there is very limited parking options so arrive very early.
PRO TIP: The ski ares of Les Diablerets-Villars and Glacier 3000 are only 45 minute by train/bus and share the Alpes Vaudoises ski pass with all the Leysin area ski areas.
Overall, Leysin is the 19th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 87 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland.
Local Contacts: Leysin Tourisme +41 (0)24 493 33 00; Leysin Pisteurs +40(0)24-557-1635.
Best Season: Jan. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Leysin Parc Hotel; Hotel La Tour d'Ai
Luxury Loding: Mercure Classic Hotel
Reference Source: click here https://www.aigle-leysin-lesmosses.ch/
PDF Map: click here
GPS: 46.352556, 7.01114
Date Published: 1/3/2016
Date Updated: 2/1/2022
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