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Leysin & Les Diablerets   Resort Information
Season November to April
Nearest Airport Sion, Berne, Geneva and Zurich
Ski Area 60km or 660km on whole area pass
Ski Lifts 26
Ski Runs 117
Longest Run 8km
Resort Height 1200m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 4 / 5
Intermediates 4 / 5
Experts 3 / 5
Families 4.5 / 5
Nightlife 4 / 5
Affordability 4 / 5
Non Ski Activities 4 / 5

Leysin is a pretty village located deep in the mountains of Southern Switzeland in the Alpes Vaudoise at an altitude of over 1200 metres above sea level, It has fantastic views of the Rhone Valley, Mont Blanc, Dents du Midi and Les Diablerets. While principally a winter ski resort, it has developed into an all-year holiday resort with many facilities for families. Highlights include a glass revolving restaurant on the Berneuse (2048 metres above sea level) with 360° panorama view of the Valais mountains and Lake Leman, Les Diablerets and Glacier 3000 - spectacular glacierscape with grand panorama and all-year snow fun, Aigle Castle - dating from 1300 and housing the Vaud Wine and Vine Museum. The narrow-guage railway network from Aigle runs to Leysin, Les Diablerets and Champéry provide access to the region for those without a car. This is a perfect base if you are skiing in winter, hiking, biking, playing golf or attending one of the many events in the area, like the Montreux Jazz Festival in summer and an excellent destination for snow shoe trekking and tobogganing.

Leysin originally came to be known as a scenic health resort due to the wonderfully crisp air, but in recent years, the excellent transport networks in the Alps of Vaud and the sensational natural sporting facilities have meant that Leysin is now a premier Alpine ski and sports resort. The friendly atmosphere and magnificent range of facilities have made Leysin an excellent and  popular family holiday destination, but more importantly, Leysin is now part of the Gstaad Superski pass which covers 15 resorts and offers over 600km of pistes which rivals anything in France....and a prettier choice.Thus staying in Leysin allows you to ski Gstaad,Chateau d'Oex,Adelboden,Lenk,Anzere,Les Diabelerets and Villars, all connected by piste,railway or buses, allowing for some stunning days out. Intermediates and expert skiers have a vast choice of runs including, from February onwards, the epic descent from the top of the Diablerets glacier down 13km (8 miles) to the Gstaad main road. The local Swiss Ski School also organises high mountain touring, off piste guiding, ski mountaineering and heli-skiing for the more adventurous.

Leysin offers a good range of winter sports activities. The ski schools in Leysin are world class, offering English speaking instructors, happy to teach to any level of experience and ability. There are five international ski schools in Leysin, so finding experienced tuition will certainly not pose any problems. There are 17 lifts taking skiers up into the mountains, or to the fantastic snow park.There are some excellent challenges on the Glacier 3000 for both skiers and snowboarders, as well as a lit cross-country skiing trail.The Snowtube Parc has the largest snowtube facilities in Europe, and the revolving restaurant, already mentioned, at the summit of the Berneuse affords spectacular views. The international dog-sled race and the Leysin Nescafe Champs Open are magnificent winter events too.

During the summer months, accommodation in Leysin remains in high demand. The 250km of hiking trails, endless mountain biking routes and challenging rock climbing means that outdoor sports enthusiasts flock to the region. The Tour d’Ai is a feather in the cap of many serious climbers, and should not be attempted by anyone without a suitable level of experience. June is a magnificent time to be in self catering Leysin accommodation as the Leysin Music Panorama folklore festival is an absolute joy to witness. The Rock and Blues Festival and the Midsummer Festival, both in August should also not be missed if you are staying in Leysin accommodation at the time.  

Leysin's aprés-ski ranges from informal cafes to sophisticated bars with music and rock bands and for Switzerland is actually very lively. There are bars and restaurants for every taste, and night clubs with dancing until dawn, if you have the energy! Night clubs are generally free entry and they and the main bars offer a number of theme nights as well. There is even a casino to while away the small hours before you hit the slopes again! Prices here are also reasonable for Switzerland.

Drinks prices are good value for a top ski resort and compared to many other resorts (from only CHF6 - approx £4 - for a pint) and Leysin's mountain restaurants provide excellent food. Restaurants vary from traditional pizzas from about £7, to American, Mexican, Chinese - in fact cuisine from every country in the world - and of course the Swiss specialities. All food is of a very high quality.

Leysin is just an hour by road from Sion,90 mins from Berne and 90 mins/ 2 hours by road from Geneva International Airport (GVA).Zurich is also 2.5 hours away. There are excellent rail links from Geneva to Leysin and the network of cog railways within the resort means that there is no need for a car upon your arrival at your Leysin accommodation.A truly great resort choice and should be high on your list.

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