This article needs additional citations for verification. Villars-sur-Ollon, commonly referred to as Villars, is a village in Switzerland in the fondues et raclettes PDF of Vaud, part of the municipality of Ollon.
Chaleur, détente et convivialité définissent parfaitement une soirée autour d’une fondue ou d’une raclette. Traditionnelles ou originales, rustiques ou exotiques, simples ou plus élaborées, à l’huile ou au bouillon, salées ou sucrées, les fondues surprennent par leur diversité. Toutes les recettes de cet ouvrage n’ont qu’un seul but, vous faire passer une soirée la plus sympathique possible
Accommodation in the village consists largely of chalets. Abt rack system leading from the town center to a ski piste network. The Village of Villars overlooks the valley from altitude of 1300 m and views of Mont Blanc are clearly visible from parts of the village and the local ski area of Bretaye. Bretaye is linked to Villars by the BVB railway. There is also a gondola lift connecting the village to Roc d’Orsay, 200 metres above Bretaye.
There are around 270 km of pistes for all skiing and snowboarding abilities that link over to the slopes of Gryon and to the next resort of Les Diablerets, Isenau and Glacier 3000. There is also a snow park called ‘1984’ that allows freestyle skiing and snowboarding. Back in the 12th and 13th centuries a notable demographic upsurge motivated the monks from the Abbey of Saint-Maurice to assist the local peasants in conquering and clearing the mountain pastures. Once conquered, these pastures were seen as real treasures and defended against encroaching neighbors. 1889 the town became one indivisible entity. The mountain cog-train to Bretaye was built in 1913. This was a first in Switzerland, and skiers had to fasten themselves on with a large leather belt in order to go back up the mountain.
On 13 December 1936, the Orient Express made a special stop in Aigle for a huge slalom race that took place at Bretaye. That same year a ski lift was built in the form of a sledge. This lift could transport 12 skiers to the peak of the Grand Chamossaire and was in use until 1953. In 1938, Villars was classified as one of prime resorts of Europe and many Swiss ski clubs came to train in the resort on the back of its reputation. Villars is home to the private international school Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil and the English boarding school Aiglon College which are both in the top five most expensive boarding schools in the world. Villars is a dual season resort and has a huge array of activities on offer for both winter and summer visitors.
Most people come to Villars in the winter months to ski or snowboard. There are over 120 km of pistes for all abilities with the added attraction of the Diablarets glacier nearby which offers year-round skiing. Cross country skiing has become increasingly popular with over 50 km of tracks that criss-cross Villars and its neighbouring town of Gryon. There are snow shoeing trips organized by the Tourist Office and telemarking is also seeing a comeback on the pistes.
The largest ski school is the Ecole Suisse de Ski et Snowboard’ with over 250 instructors dressed in red. The office is in the centre of town next to the Tourist Office. The Villars Ski School’ is another well recognized school where instructors are dressed in yellow and blue. New Generation is a new ski school in Villars and Association Handiconcept is a not-for-profit association offering skiing and other activities for the disabled. In the Summer the pistes are transformed into lush green pastures offering a multitude of outdoor activities for all abilities.
The Villars Golf Club, established in 1922, has a Club House and an 18-hole course set at 1,600 metres and perched on a south facing plateau with views of Mont-Blanc. The Villars sports centre has 5 outdoor tennis courts and three indoor with an indoor sports hall for volleyball, badminton or football. There is an indoor gym, a large indoor ice skating rink where the Villars Hockey Club regularly play. There are spas and wellness centres in and around Villars including Les Bains de Lavey in Lavey les Bains 30 minutes drive away housing the hottest thermal water baths in Switzerland. Parc Adventure’ where you can zip-wire through the forest canopy. Visitors to Villars can enjoy a number of excursions including trips to the nearby lakes and chateaux. The attractive lakeside towns of Montreux, Evian, Vevey and Rolle are all close by and boat trips around Lac Leman is an enjoyable pastime.