7 Best Ski Resorts Near Montreux (Fun For All Levels)

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There are lots of ski resorts near Montreux in Switzerland’s French-speaking region. They are primarily large winter sports parks divided into sub-regions, with some interconnecting to create larger ski areas.

Situated at altitudes between 1,000 and 3,000 meters, these ski resorts offer a variety of slopes for every ability level with unforgettable views of the Rhone Valley, Lake Geneva, and the Mont Blanc Massif. Here’s a recap of the seven best ski resorts near Montreux.

Ski Resort Travel Time

Travel time from Montreux to the nearest ski resorts by train often takes a little longer than by car. However, there are regular traffic jams on weekends, so keep that in mind.

By Train

Ski ResortTravel Time By Train
Gstaad1h 35
Les Diablerets1h 15
Les Portes du Soleil – Champéry1h 15
Les Portes du Soleil – Torgon1h
Leysin45 min
Rochers de Naye1h
Verbier1h 10
Villars-sur-Ollon1h
Nearest Ski Resorts to Montreux by train

By Car

Ski ResortTravel Time By Train
Gstaad1h 10
Les Diablerets50 min
Les Portes du Soleil – Champéry45 min
Les Portes du Soleil – Torgon40 min
Leysin45 min
Rochers de Naye20 min
Verbier1h
Villars-sur-Ollon45 min
Nearest Ski Resorts to Montreux by car

Gstaad

Snowy in Gstaad
Snowy in Gstaad
  • 22 km of slopes
  • 42 km of cross-country trails
  • 47 ski lifts

Every season brings lots of exciting adventures and other things to do in Gstaad, but it’s primarily known as a major center for winter sports. Some slopes are as high as 3,000 meters above sea level, and the powdery peaks are perfect for skiing and snowboarding.

The ski lifts to Gstaad’s slopes can be reached by link transport facilities from several neighboring towns. Buses and the Montreux-Oberland railway connect the upscale resort town with the valley stations in Saanenmöser, Zweisimmen, Schönried, Gsteig, Lauenen, Rougemont, Reusch, Col-du-Pillon and Château-d’Oex. Places to stay in and explore range from Saanen, with its historic village center to the quaint mountain village of Abländschen.

Skiiers of all levels will love the perfectly groomed cross-country trails. Visitors can enjoy snow parks, toboggan runs, and winter hiking trails. You can also try Glacier and helicopter skiing at Gstaad.

Les Diablerets

Skiing in Les Diablerets
Skiing in Les Diablerets

The Les Diablerets winter sports area sits at an altitude of 1,200 between Lake Geneva and Gstaad. It comprises three ski regions, a snow park, and a 7.2-meter-long toboggan run. Located in the heart of the Vaud Alps, the Glacier 3000 ski region offers glacier skiing even in summer.

Winter sports lovers will enjoy a cross-country network of 30 kilometers of traditional Nordic track, snow-shoe walks, ice-fall climbing, snowboarding, and snow biking.

Stay fueled for your adventures by dining with a panoramic view at the popular glacier restaurant designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta.

  • 84 km of slopes
  • 25 ski lifts

Les Portes du Soleil

Portes du Soleil
Portes du Soleil
  • 600 km of slopes
  • 3 cable cars
  • 76 chair lifts
  • 10 gondolas
  • 125 surface lifts

One of the world’s largest ski areas, Les Portes du Soleil is 12 resorts that stretch from Lake Geneva in Switzerland to Mont Blanc in France. Known as the “Gateway to the Sun,” the region offers 600 kilometers of slopes. Some of the most popular resorts in the region include Les Gets, Morzine, Chatel, Champery, and Avoriaz.

This extensive winter sports region offers much to choose from and is geared to all ability levels. Snowboarders will enjoy the snowparks with half-pipes. Avoiaz attracts freestylers and advanced skiers with its snow parks, half-pipes, handrails, and off-piste areas. Morzine and Les Gets are great for beginners, with designated ski zones and snowparks for families with children.

Leysin

Leysin
Leysin, Switzerland
  • 60 km of slopes
  • 16 ski lifts

Located in the Canton of Waadt in the Vaud Alps, the ski resort Leysin is popular among families and young singles alike for skiing and snowboarding. It’s a mid-sized winter sports area with elevations between 1,250 and 2,198 meters. The resort’s permanently installed snow canons mean snow is guaranteed.

Leysin is accessible from Aigle via a 35-minute journey on a rack railway or from Le Sepey via car. The ski region has a snowpark with a halfpipe, snowshoe trails, snowboarding, a toboggan run, a lit cross-country trail, and a snowsport school. You can race down the toboggan park’s icy slopes to arrive in the Snow Village and warm up with hot melted cheese dishes in the Teepee Village.

Rochers de Naye

Skiing in Rochers de Naye
Skiing in Rochers de Naye © Montreux-Vevey Tourisme
  • 1 km slopes
  • 3 ski lifts

This trendy ski resort in Rochers de Naye is popular with families and has stunning views over the Alps, Lake Geneva, and the Rochers-de-Naye peaks. It’s located in Switzerland’s Lemanic Region in the Canton of Waadt. The runs reach an altitude as high as 2,043 meters and have excellent snow conditions beginning in early winter.

The steam trains that ran up to Rochers de Naye in 1892 have been replaced with an electric cogwheel train, which gives you a scenic ride to the top, almost as thrilling as skiing or snowboarding down the snowy runs. It’s about a one-hour ride from Montreux. The train station is situated at 1,968 meters. You can dine during the ride or at one of two restaurants year-round with views of the French and Swiss Alps and a large section of Lake Geneva.

Verbier

Verbier
Skiing in Verbier
  • 410 km of linked pistes
  • 93 ski lifts

The largest ski area in Switzerland, the Verbier 4Vallées area is an outdoor adventure paradise for winter sports lovers. This vast, stunning, fun resort is one of Europe’s most famous winter playgrounds. The on and off-piste opportunities are almost limitless.

Altitudes throughout the 4Vallées range from 821 meters at Le Chable to 3,330 meters on the summit of Mont Fort. The massive total of marked runs are seamlessly connected. Winter sports enthusiasts will find everything they’re looking for and adventures galore over the expansive off-piste terrain.

Unlike some mega-sized ski resorts, Verbier is also a charming village with traditional low-rise buildings. Eat, stay, sleep, and play in Vierbier.

Villars

Ski area in Villars
Ski area in Villars © Alpes Vaudoises
  • 84 km of slopes
  • 25 ski lifts

Villars is a picturesque Swiss ski resort sitting above the Rhone Valley on a sunny terrace at an altitude of 1,300 meters. It has stunning views over Lake Geneva and the Mont Blanc massif. It’s a relatively large ski area and links with Les Diablerets and five other ski regions. Altogether, winter sports enthusiasts will have access to as many as 125 kilometers of slopes for all skill levels, from beginner to challenging. A total of 44 lifts serve the large ski region.

Non-skier will have fun with the other winter adventures such as skating rinks, snowshoeing, tobogganing, and winter hiking on well-maintained trails. There are unique trails for children and other engaging winter activities. A nearby ski school offers individual skiing and snowboarding lessons.

Map of Ski Resorts Near Montreux

Written by Ashley Faulkes
As a twenty-year resident of Switzerland, I am passionate about exploring every nook and cranny of this beautiful country, I spend my days deep in the great Swiss outdoors, and love to share these experiences and insights with fellow travel enthusiasts.

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