Lausanne as a starting point to go skiing? It’s not only possible, it’s very easy.

By My-Lausanne

Located 50 kilometres from the Alps, Lausanne can well serve as the starting point for all those who enjoy skiing. MyLausanne has prepared for you a list of possibilities to hit the snowy slopes from the town.

Mountain resorts, of course, but also slopes that are minutes away from the centre. All are easy to access using public transport, particularly with the Snow’n’Rail offer that combines train tickets with ski passes at reduced rates.

The Chalet-à-Gobet wonder carpet Le tapis magique du Chalet-à-Gobet

It’s possible to ski 20 minutes from Lausanne. Since 2013, the town and the Leysin – Les Mosses – La Lécherette resorts have installed a ski lift 8 kilometres away from the town centre: a wonder carpet at the Mauvernay sports centre in Chalet-à-Gobet. The slight slope is intended for beginners and sledgers. A good way of introducing children to the joys of winter sports, while spending more time on the snow than in a train or car.

Chalet-a-Gobet ©LT/ Laurent KACZOR
Chalet-a-Gobet ©LT/ Laurent KACZOR
Chalet-a-Gobet ©LT/ Urs Achermann
Chalet-a-Gobet ©LT/ Urs Achermann

Although, if the weather was to be as cold as it was in 1985, you wouldn’t even need to leave town to ski. The proof in this video:


Practical information:
The wonder carpet runs on Wednesday afternoons, Saturdays, Sundays and every day during the school holidays.
Opening depends on snow conditions and weather forecast.
For further information, call +41 24 494 16 35

Les Paccots, above VeveyLes Paccots, au-dessus de Vevey

It’s the resort that’s closest to Lausanne. The village of Les Paccots is located at an altitude of 3,481 feet (1,061 metres), in the pre-Alps of the canton of Fribourg. This family-friendly ski resort offers 10 ski lifts, amongst which Le Pralet that takes you up to 5,144 feet (1,568 metres). A total of 4.4 miles (7.2 kilometres) of slopes await you.

Many other activities are available, such as snowshoeing, hiking or bobsleighing. The village also has an ice rink, open from mid-October to mid-March.

Practical information:
It will take you 50 minutes to reach Les Paccots from Lausanne using public transport. Board the S9 train to Palézieux, then the S50 to Châtel-St-Denis. From the train station, bus no 492 will take you to the village. By car, it will take you 30 minutes. Head towards Montreux on the motorway. After Vevey, follow Bern/Fribourg and exit at Châtel-St-Denis, Les Paccots.


Leysin, in the Vaud AlpsLeysin, dans les Alpes vaudoises

First Alpine resort closest to Lausanne, Leysin’s slopes let you reach an altitude of 7,210 feet (2,200 metres). You’ll enjoy a magnificent view on the Rhone Valley from La Berneuse and its revolving panoramic restaurant. For thrill-seekers on skis or snowboard, the resort offers a permanent snowpark and ski-cross slope. In the village, you can race down steep slopes, seated on an inner tube, in the Toboganning Park.

OTV Leysin ©Kuklo
Leysin ©Kuklo

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Snowpark ouvert ☀

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Practical information:

Leysin is easy to access by train from Lausanne. The journey takes an hour and a quarter, changing in Aigle.Allow an hour for the journey by car. Take the motorway to Aigle; Leysin is indicated after the exit.

Les Diablerets and Glacier 3000

The village of Les Diablerets is located about 37 miles (sixty kilometres) from Lausanne. From the resort, you can access three ski areas: Isenau, Meilleret and Glacier 3000. The latter allows you to ski on the highest slopes in the Vaud Alps, as well as to cross the only suspension bridge in the world that connects two mountain peaks. 185 yards (170 metres) long and 31 inches (80 cm) wide, the Peak Walk lets you observe the Matterhorn, the Mont Blanc and the Jungfrau.

For those who enjoy more traditional experiences, Les Diablerets has one of the longest sledging tracks in Switzerland. An opportunity to try out the classical “Davos” model.

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Perfect ski day ! ❄️🙌🏼

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Practical information:
You’ll reach Les Diablerets from Lausanne by train in less than an hour and a half: there is a single change, in Aigle.
By car, it will take you 60 minutes. Head towards Aigle on the motorway. The resort is well signposted after the exit.

Champéry and the Portes du Soleil 

The Valais resort of Champéry is a good way to access one of the largest ski areas in Europe: the Portes du Soleil. With 370 miles (600 km) of slopes, you can ski in both Switzerland and France on a single pass. Very good skiers will love tackling the Pas de Chavanette, AKA “The Swiss Wall”: a very steep slope (76% incline) with bumps measuring up to 6.5 feet (2 metres). Of course, other – more tranquil – activities are on offer: curling, ski touring, cross-country skiing or night-time skiing.

Practical information:
The train takes an hour and a half from Lausanne. Board a first train to Aigle, then change for Champery and exit at the last station.
Allow 55 minutes by road. Take the motorway towards Martigny. Exit at St-Triphon and follow directions for Monthey, then Troistorrents and finally Champéry.