Best Les Diablerets Snowboarding

The 74th most popular snowboarding destination in Switzerland.

  Vaud, Switzerland


  February 2, 2022

Southeast of Geneva, the Les Diablerets ski area has 3 main long north facing pistes served by five lifts. There is a maximum vertical descent of 500m off the Les Mazots (1720m) and Meilleret (1950m) summits above town. These low elevation slopes are prone to icy hardpacked conditions unless there has been recent fresh snow. There is an excellent ski route and some good off-piste side-country options when there's over a 2m base. It's best the day after a snow storm or on warm afternoons when the avalanche danger is low.

From the higher Meilleret peak, there is a horizontal two-way chairlift into the Villars-Gryon ski area. The larger Villars-Gryon ski area has 11 main lifts serving 20 groomed pistes (max 750m vert) and two long ski routes. These are mostly south facing pistes.

Les Diablerets (1200m) is a charming village situated in the Vaudios Alps. It is located just west of the Röschtigraben (rosti line) in the French-speaking Romandy region (La Suisse Romande). The village seems pretty empty on weekdays, but it gets slammed on the weekends with day-trippers coming up from the cities.

Les Diablerets is ideally situated to explore two other nearby ski areas. From the northernmost lift at Les Diablerets, there is a ski bus across the valley to Glacier 3000 and its 1650m descents. Also, there train to a bus combo to the Leysin ski area (45 minutes). The Alpes Vaudoises ski pass covers both Glacier 3000 and Leysin, too.

After a long day of snowboarding at Les Diablerets, the best option for lunch is down at the Vers l'Eglise lift base at Auberge de l'Ours where you'll find amazing authentic dishes. The only option for apres ski is in town at L'Ormonan, but it's pretty much over by 6pm. For reasonable price dinner, try Chez Lacroix across from the train station. There may be some nightlife on the weekends at La Pote Bar Disco but don't expect a rowdy crowd.

• Semi-interconnected to Villars-Gryons.
• Fast ski bus up to Glacier 3000.

• Low elevation snowpack.
• Prone to have icy hardpack.
• Limited on mountain services.
• Several challenging drag lifts.

To reach Les Diablerets from the Geneva airport, take the train to Aigle. In Aigle, transfer to the ASL Railway for the 50 minute ride up to Les Diablerets. At times, there is a replacement bus service from Aigle up to Le Sepey, where you'll switch to the ASL Railway to the end of the line in Les Diablerets. There is a free town loop bus (every half hour starting at 9:30am), but it's small and doesn't seem suited as a ski bus. From the Les Diablerets train station, there is a free ski bus up to Glacier 3000 as well.

The gondola lift base is a long walk from the train station and from most of the hotels. The nearest hotel to the Les Mazots gondola base is the beautiful Eurotel Victoria Les Diablerets. This four-star hotel is less than a five minute walk to the lifts and is well known for its excellent service, spacious rooms and fine dining.

PRO TIP: If you are interested in backcountry snowboarding, contact Compagnie des Guides des Diablerets. Should you want heliboarding, then contact Air-Glaciers Company.

Overall, Les Diablerets is the 74th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 87 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland.

Local Contacts:  Office du Tourisme des Diablerets +41 (0)24 492 00 10; Tele Villars-Gryon-Les Diablerets +41 24 495 81 13; Diablerets PM Snowboard Shop.

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Auberge de la Poste; Auberge de l'Ours at Vers l'Eglise

Luxury Loding:  Eurotel Victoria, Les Diablerets +41 24 492 37 21

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PDF Map:  click here

GPS:  46.350128, 7.160139

Date Published:  1/19/2018

Date Updated:  2/2/2022

ID:  25288

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