Leysin in Switzerland Resort Guide
Leysin's 60km (37 miles) of runs is actually quite an impressive 'single area' figure and the amount of skiing available in a week long Alpes Vaudoises Pass is as much as the biggest in the world. The local vertical of 1000 metres is good too and those nervous at the relatively low top lift height and south facing slopes with very limited snow making should be reassured by the proximity of one of Europe's top year round ski centres, the glacier at Diablerets only half an hour away and included on the pass. The lift-linked area between Diablerets village (separate to the glacier area), Villars and Gryon is closer still, and offers a further 100km (63 miles) of runs. A free ski bus service can take you there. Leysin has a great selection of 20 easy runs including a separate nursery area at village level and more at the top of the gondola. The lower slopes are wooded but the upper two thirds of the mountain is made up of wide fast cruise runs - mostly blues and reds. Leysin has three blacks runs, the best running for the first two thirds of a top to bottom descent over the full 1000m vertical beneath the Berneuse Express gondola. The high black served by the Chaux de Mont chair around the snowpark is also fun. The mountain restaurants include the Kuklos 250 seat revolving restaurant at 2048 metres. As it turns 360 degrees in an 90 minute rotation it takes in panoramas of Lake Geneva, the Rhone Valley and famous mountains including Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and the Eiger. The ski school offers ski touring and heli-skiing with its mountain guides for 1 or more days duration according to demand. There are 39km (24 miles) of cross country trails in the area.
Accomodation & Après Ski
The resort has a good selection of restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. There is a revolving restaurant, Le Kuklos, at the top of the Berneuse cable car with views out to Mont Blanc , the Eiger and Dents du Midi. Drinks are reasonably priced by Swiss ski holiday resort standards! There are excellent sports and entertainment facilities to be enjoyed on ski holidays in Leysin, for alternative options to skiing, or for filling the time between bouts of enjoying the pistes.
The village has two sports centres with:
For more of a thrill can head to the Tobogganing Park for snow tubing.
You could also check out Europe's largest tobogganing park, or a cheese making centre; the famous Kuklos revolving restaurant at the La Berneuse is a must for everyone.
|RESORT HEIGHT||1250||VERTICAL DESCENT||950||OPENS||Dec - April|
|TOP STATION||2200||DRAG LIFTS||8||EXPERT RATING||6|
|BOTTOM STATION||1250||CHAIR LIFTS||7||INTERMEDIATE RATING||7|
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