Villars Kids Ski for Free

5th December 2005, by Chris Gill

Taking the kids to Villars this season just got cheaper, as the family-friendly resort in Switzerland has announced free lift passes for the under nine’s.

Children staying in the Swiss resort of Villars this winter will be entitled to a free area lift pass, if they are under nine years of age (proof will be requested). The Glacier-Alpes Vaudoises pass includes access to the slopes of Les Diablarets, Glacier 3000 and Leysin; but it must be accompanied by a Keycard (Euro 8), which forms part of the ‘hands free’ system in use throughout the ski area.

The Palace snow garden has expanded to offer a free-of-charge welcome programme for beginners. New facilities for the little ones include a carousel, rope tow and two moving carpets to help them learn, plus cartoon characters and music to motivate.

While the youngsters are occupied, the rest of the family have 100km / 62 miles of mainly intermediate skiing to bounce around; reached by train from the village to the heart of the slopes at Bretaye.

Villars is perched on a sunny wooded plateau above the Rhone valley, easily accessible from Geneva, and with a pretty cog railway ride up from the valley settlement of Bex. Whilst it may not be high in altitude, it does have access to the glacier slopes above Les Diablerets, and a relatively extensive ski area.

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