Set in the Pays-d'Enhaut area of Vaud, the small village of Rougemont lies between glitzy Gstaad and Chateau d'Oex (world famous for it's hot-air ballooning). Rougemont takes it's name from the red-tinted mountains that rise up above the village to the north, and as with many of the villages of the Pays-d'Enhaut area, it is extremely picturesque. Rougemont has a direct connection to the ski area of Gstaad via the Videmanette gondola (which goes from the village up to 2150m and then allows skiers access to pistes and further lifts in Gstaad's Eggli ski area) and this means it can be a cheaper alternative to staying in Gstaad itself, but getting access to the resort's slopes.
The live images below of Rougemont : Videmanette are provided courtesy of Feratel Media Technologies AG
A list of webcams for Rougemont and the surrounding area.
There are plenty of family-orientated activities, with all the usual suspects in the outdoor mountain arena. In summertime, Rougemont's Mineral and Fossil Museum is also an extremely popular destination for young and old visitors alike.
The easiest way to get to the slopes of La Videmanette is via the 8-seater gondola from Rougemont up to the station at 2151m. There's another way up to the slopes of La Videmanette and that's via Eggli, which is one of the local ski areas of Gstaad. Ski down to Chalberhoni and then catch the chairlift and then cable car up to La Videmanette.
The ski area at La Videmanette is only small but does link in to more runs at Eggli, which is one of the 'local' mountains of Gstaad. The natural place to start is up at the top station of La Videmanette, which is at a height of 2150m and can be reached by an 8-person gondola from Rougemont over a 1000m below. There's a mountain restaurant up here and a red slope that takes you down to Les Gouilles. The chairlift from Chalberhoni comes up to this point and there's a cable car back up to La Videmanette. From Les Gouilles there's a really long blue that brings you around the giant limestone pillar known as Le Rubli, takes you down below Rubloz and right down to the gondola station at Rougemont. Alternatively, rather than going down to Rougemont you can ski the red piste (number 83) or the blue (number 82) down to Chalberhoni, this then gives you access to the Eggli lift system and it's slopes.
The Eggli ski area above Gstaad is ideally suited to beginners and early intermediates with 5 blue slopes, a single red and a couple of short blacks down to Chalberhoni. With the exception of the black run, it's all blues coming down from Vorderes Eggli, with 75 and 76 both coming down and linking into run number 73, which ends a long run down to Saanen. The single red comes down from below the gondola top station and sweeps around through the trees back to the foot of the gondola.
Information on the Swiss ski area Alpes Vaudoises, including links to the surrounding resorts, webcams, slope information and lift details.
Information on the Swiss ski area Gstaad Mountain Rides, including links to the surrounding resorts, webcams, slope information and lift details.
A list of piste-maps for Rougemont and the surrounding ski areas.
Interactive piste-map of the slopes in the Gstaad Mountain Rides ski area.
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.
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.
If you want some further information on Rougemont, then you might find these links to other sites useful...
Rougemont hotels and chalets.