SnowSkool @ Villars – Best Bits

The view of the Dents du Midi mountain range. Knowing your season will run from mid-November to mid-May. Snow-sure skiing on the Diablerets glacier. Watching the pros in Snowpark Glacier 3000. The 2.5km sledge run from Col de Soud to Villars. Skiing through the trees below the Sodoleuvre chair. The snowpark at Chaux Ronde. Looking into the eyes of your customers on day one “in the office”! The two-week party that is The Ski & Snow Fiesta. Post-fondue/ post-wine torch-lit ski from the Restaurant du Col de Bretaye. The tree-lined descents from Petit Chamossaire. Pre-drinks at Charlie’s Bar and post-drinks at El Gringo disco. 

Villars Course Dates

Ski

Ski Instructor Internship: Internship
    • Duration
      16 Weeks
    • Start Date
      03/12/2016
    • End Date
      25/03/2017
    • Flights included
      No
  • Price
    £8495
  • Deposit
    £450
Course Details

Villars: Stats

Primary

  • Average annual snowfall
    22ftft
  • Skiable terrain (Acres)
    2500 acres
  • Total Runs
    125kmkm
  • Vertical drop
    6000ftft
  • Number of parks
    4

Live weather

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  • Max temp
    -14C 7F
    Min temp
    -2C 29F
  • Snow conditions
    Snow is perfect
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Secondary

  • Skier Summit
    3100mm
  • Longest run
    8kmkm

Terrain breakdown

Easy
50%
Medium
36%
Hard
14%

Location

Villars
Swizerland
Min Average winter temp
-2C 28.4F
Max Average winter temp
2C 35.6F

Slopes

The Villars ski area is made up of four peaks around the 2000m mark. The local’s favourite is Petit Chamossaire which offers stunning views towards Leysin and Chateau d’Oex and offers some tough runs with bumps and steep tree-lined runs back down to base. Other popular areas include Roc d’Orsay and the Chaux Ronde (which hosts the resort’s best snowparks). The link to Les Diablerets (and onwards to Glacier 3000) gives skiers access to the area’s toughest pisted terrain. 

The off-piste possibilities in and around Villars should not be underestimated with many guides bringing clients over from nearby Verbier safe in the knowledge that they will have easy access to many untamed and, importantly, quiet routes.    

But that all said, it is fair to say that Villars does not threaten resorts such as Chamonix or Verbier when it comes to the list of gnarliest free-ride resorts. With 50% of the terrain being suitable for beginners, Villars is a pretty tame resort. But it is an absolutely perfect ski area in which to train and work as a ski instructor because it attracts so many people learning to ski for the first time. And what do beginners need? That’s right…lessons! And who gives lessons? That’s right…instructors! And who’s the instructor? That’s right…you! 

Activities

Activities 

  • Indoor/ outdoor ice rinks
  • Ice skating/ hockey/ curling
  • Tobogganing
  • Sledging
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Indoor tennis/ badminton/ squash
  • Ten-pin bowling
  • Indoor pool/ fitness centre
  • Husky-sled ride
  • Snowmobile tour
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Heli-skiing
  • Paragliding

Nightlife

There may not be much in the way of alcohol-related fun on the mountain in Villars, but the town itself has a good selection of venues to help you while away an evening! With its trendy vibe and town-centre location, Charlie’s Bar tends to be the favourite amongst the SnowSkool crowd but L’After, Moon Boot Lounge and Murphy’s are also worth a visit. 

For those looking to push on, El Gringo disco is the place to dance the night away. El Gringo is located in a building that also hosts Charlie’s Bar and three restaurants; La Cantina del Toro, Restaurant Toscana and La Pizzeria so if it super-cold and snowing hard, you need not leave the building…!   

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