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Les Diablerets is a small, quiet resort set in the bottom of a valley in the Vaud Alps, about an hour from Montreux. It's a genuine hidden gem, and it's location is spectacular - one of the most under-rated settings we've come across. To be honest it almost seems a shame to have to include a review of Les Diablerets on the site - you know what it's like when you discover somewhere special and you feel like you should just keep it to yourself !

We've been to Les Diablerets a couple of times, once in winter and once in summer, and whilst it's not got the extreme 'olde-worlde' feel to it that some people are looking for when visiting Switzerland, such as Wengen and Murren, it does have one of the friendliest, relaxed and laid-back feels to it of any ski resort we've been to. You can often judge a resort by how friendly the staff are in the resort's restaurants, bars, shops, ski schools etc, and we found them all excellent. If you're after a relatively peaceful, friendly resort, suited to families and decent recreational skiing then definitely include Les Diablerets in your list of possibilities. You won't be disappointed.

Les Diablerets - The Good, the Bad, ...and the Facts!

  • Les Diablerets Resort Alititude: 1160m.
  • Glacier skiing available at Glacier 3000 ski area above the village.
  • Beautiful scenery - extremely under-rated.
  • Close to Geneva - only 90 minutes away.
  • Very family friendly resort.

Les Diablerets Live Streams

The live images below of Les Diablerets : Glacier 3000 (2971m) are provided courtesy of Feratel Media Technologies AG


Les Diablerets Web Cameras

A list of webcams for Les Diablerets and the surrounding area.

Les Diablerets Snow Record

Les Diablerets is Family Friendly

Les Diablerets has Amazing Scenery

When it comes to scenery Les Diablerets is a real hidden gem. Set in the bottom of a valley high up in the mountains, one of the sides of the valley is a sweep of dramatic sheer-dropping cliff faces that provides a great panoramic view extending right round to the Col du Pillon and the mass of rock that the glaciers sit on top of. The other side of the valley is not as dramatic but most of the accommodation is built on the lower slopes of it anyway and face the other side of the valley. The village centre is also home to one of the best located football pitches anywhere in the world (down next to the conference centre), it has to be seen to be believed. Smashing home a last minute winner is great, but doing it on that ground must be extra special !

Any Summer Skiing at Les Diablerets ?

There is a bit of confusion as to whether you can ski on the glacier in the summer. You might read articles elsewhere listing Les Diablerets as a summer skiing option. Well it used to be but the reduction in the glaciers has meant that skiing is available early in the season (late October and November) and late in the season (May) but no longer throughout the main summer months.

The are actually two glaciers on the Diablerets mountain - the smaller of the two is the Glacier des Diablerets which is located on the Valais side near the summit. The much larger one starts on the east of the summit at Le Dome and drops down towards the Sanetsch Pass. This larger glacier is officially called the Glacier de Tsanfleuron and has several ski lifts built into it.

Les Diablerets History

Les Diablerets dates back to the late 1200's, but it was the late 19th and early 20th century when it was opened up to the wider world, with a series of infrastructure projects, such as the Pillon Pass to Gstaad, the railway from Aigle and the Cabane des Diablerets all bringing more tourists up into the mountains. The 1940's saw the first ski lift being installed at Les Vioz, one of the first of it's kind in French-speaking Switzerland. The ski lifts kept being constructed in the following years, and by the 1960's the glacier area was being opened up. Recent years has seen yet more development in the Isenau, Meilleret and glacier areas, whilst the resort has built on the construction of a congress hall area and made a name for itself hosting conferences, exhibitions and the like, the most famous of which is the annual Alpine Film Festival.

Les Diablerets - Getting There

Consider travelling by train - it takes just over 2 hours from Geneva with only one change required at Aigle. It's a cracking journey too - sweeping you around Lake Geneva to Montreux and past one of the great Swiss landmarks - the magnificent Chateau de Chillon. The train then heads up into the mountains overlooking Montreux and Lake Geneva (prepare yourself for absolutely stunning views) and onto Aigle. Board a slightly slower train there that heads further up into the mountains and about 45 minutes later you arrive at the valley floor in Les Diablerets, almost smack in the centre of the resort.

The best airport for Les Diablerets when travelling from the UK is Geneva, it has the most options from the UK and is the nearest to the resort too.

Getting to the Slopes at Les Diablerets

Here's a guide on how to get to the slopes in the three main ski areas around Les Diablerets:

Getting to the Isenau Ski Area

The Isenau slopes are reached by taking the Diablerets-Isenau gondola from the resort centre of Les Diablerets up to 1763m.

Getting to the Meilleret Ski Area

There's a decent chairlift to take you from Vioz on the valley floor up to Mazots at 1720m. Vers l'Eglise is a small village just down the road from Les Diablerets, so if you're staying there you can get direct access to the slopes of Meilleret from the chairlift that starts there. One of the advantages of the Meilleret area is that it links into the resorts of Villars and Gryon which are both on the opposite side of the mountain. You can get to the Meilleret area from Villars and Gryon via the Chaux Ronde area above Bretaye and then getting the lift up into the Meilleret area.

Getting to the Glacier 3000 Ski Area

As with many glacier ski areas it's obviously not as easy to get to as the other ski areas in the resort - you need to get yourself up the road on the ski-bus to the giant cable-car station at the Col du Pillon, it's not far and the scenery really took us by surprise - the mass of rock that looms above you is incredible. Anyway, take the cable car from the Col du Pillon up to Cabane and then get on another from there to the top glacier station (for anyone staying on the Gstaad side of the Col du Pillon you can get a cable-car from Reusch or a chairlift from Oldenalp and then join onto the final Cabane-Glacier leg).

The Skiing at Les Diablerets

Les Diablerets is part of the Alpes Vaudoises Ski Region:

Alpes Vaudoises

Information on the Swiss ski area Alpes Vaudoises, including links to the surrounding resorts, webcams, slope information and lift details.



There are three main ski areas around the village of Les Diablerets: Isenau, Meilleret and Glacier 3000. Isenau and Meilleret are closest to the town and are on opposite sides of the valley whereas Glacier 3000 (as the name suggests) is the highest area, with the most reliable snow conditions as well as the steepest skiing, but is furthest from the resort centre. We'd say the skiing is definitely most suited to beginners and intermediates.

Below is a description of the various skiing areas at Les Diablerets:

Isenau Ski Area

The Isenau slopes are reached by taking the Diablerets-Isenau gondola from the resort centre up to 1763m. There are then 5 t-bar lifts available to give access to a number of red and blue slopes, including the long P14 blue that takes you back down to the gondola in town. The top range of the slopes at Isenau is 2109m, which you have to use the Floriettaz t-bar lift to get up to. There are then 2 reds that come down the mountain either side of the lift. The Isenau area is best suited to general recreational skiers and there are a couple of mountain restaurants and bars up there.

Meilleret Ski Area

The slopes at Meilleret are good, mainly blues but with a smattering of more testing reds mingled in amongst them. There's a decent chairlift to take you from Vioz on the valley floor up to Mazots at 1720m. There are some really nice wooded runs up here - ski part way down the long Ruvine blue run (P26) and you can then get another chairlift up to the highest point of this area - Meilleret at 1948m. There are a couple of reds down from here as well as a blue. It's worth pointing out that there are blue runs from the top of Meilleret and Les Mazots right down to the bottom of the Vioz-Mazots chairlift and also to the foot of the Vers l'Eglise chairlift. Vers l'Eglise is a small village just down the road from Les Diablerets, so if you're staying there you can get direct access to the slopes of Meilleret from the chairlift that starts there.

One of the advantages of the Meilleret area is that it links into the resort of Villars which is on the opposite side of the mountain. However, be aware that the chairlift that gives access to it is pretty slow and can be quite exposed in bad weather. However, once you've got over there it does give you access to a whole host of other slopes, although they did seem a lot busier in comparison to Les Diablerets.

Glacier 3000 Ski Area

The slopes up at Glacier 3000 give Les Diablerets the chance to promote itself as a guaranteed snow resort, well at least for the early and late month's of the season when other resorts might have no slopes opened. You cant ski there all year round anymore because the of the reduction in the glacier, but it's handy nonetheless and gives the resort some extra options over it's nearby rivals. As with many glacier ski areas it's obviously not as easy to get to as the other ski areas in the resort - you need to get yourself up the road on the ski-bus to the giant cable-car station at the Col du Pillon, it's not far and the scenery really takes you by surprise - the mass of rock that looms above you is incredible. Anyway, take the cable car from the Col du Pillon up to Cabane and then get on another from there to the top glacier station (for anyone staying on the Gstaad side of the Col du Pillon you can get a cable-car from Reusch or a chairlift from Oldenalp and then join onto the final Cabane-Glacier leg). Once up on top at the glacier it's like a largish plateau. There are 3 blue's and a shortish red, although I've got to say the blue's are quite flat and will probably only be of real interest to beginners. Les Diablerets only has two black runs and one of them (Olden-Audon) goes right from the Scex Rouge cable car at 2970m round the back down to Oldenalp at 1840m - a vertical drop of 1130m and a great 10km run. If you get on the chairlift at the end of this black and travel up to Oldenegg you can then go down the other (shorter) black run down to Reusch. The main black has some quite steep sections and was really icy when I came down it - so be prepared ! Despite the blues being a bit too flat for my liking the scenery up their is genuinely incredible and definitely worth the trip. The cable-car ride is fantastic too - really dramatic stuff.

Les Diablerets Piste Maps

A list of piste-maps for Les Diablerets and the surrounding ski areas.

Leysin-Les Mosses Piste Map

Webpage containing official Leysein-Les Mosses ski maps.

Leysin-Les Mosses Piste Map

Downloadable pdf piste-map of the slopes around the ski resort of Leysin.

Les Diablerets The Resort Itself

Les Diablerets Other Activities

Les Diablerets Local Knowledge

One of the local legends had it that the devil lived up on the glacier above Les Diablerets and played a game of skittles with rocks against one of the huge stone pillars, which became known as the 'Quille du Diable' (the devil's skittle).

Les Diablerets Apres Ski

Les Diablerets - Any Chance of Early Snow ?

Les Diablerets Resort Style

Les Diablerets Annual Events

Annual Events in this and neighbouring resorts...

The 2016 Les Diablerets Film Festival will be the 47th running of one of Europe's largest events dedicated to films centred around the mountains. Centre piece of the festival is a giant screen showcasing the latest action from some of the world's top outdoor film directors, including some free-riding features. There also climbing walls and exhibition stands to visit.

Les Diablerets Film Festival »


When it comes to ballooning, the Swiss resort of Chateau-d'Oex is the Alpine capital, and this is the festival to celebrate it. The 2016 festival will be the 38th in the history of this renowned international event, and will feature about 100 balloons, including 10 special shaped ones, from over 20 different countries. The highlight for us though has to be the fantastically named event - "the David Niven Long Distance Hare and Hounds Competition" !

As the festival normally runs in the last week of January it's possible to combine a visit with a skiing holiday in the area - Chateau-d'Oex is situated in the Pays-d'Enhaut region (between Lausanne and Interlaken) and there are a number of other ski resorts close by, including Gstaad for the millionaires amongst you.

Chateau d'Oex Balloon Festival »


Les Diablerets Useful Links

If you want some further information on Les Diablerets, then you might find these links to other sites useful...

Hotels + Chalets in Les Diablerets

Les Diablerets hotels and chalets.

Chalet Mamda



Traditional wooden chalet constructed in 1738 and renovated in 2010 with a new designer kitchen. The chalet comfortably sleeps 10 and is available for rental in the winter and summer seasons.

Hotel du Pillon



Built in 1872, it is the last of the grand local hotels from that period and is listed as being of historical importance. Renovated in 2007, it has a breathtaking view of the Diablerets Glacier.

Arpilles B6 Apartment



Nice apartment near the ski slopes. Beautiful panorama on the mountains. Big garden, terrace, outdoor barbecue, television, 2 rooms, bathroom and a space for the kitchen and dinning room.



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