Visitor reviews for Les Diablerets Ski Resort
April 23, 2012
arsi dwinugra firdausy from Switzerland
22 April 2012 was my family's first encounter with snow and snow shower, and it was in Les Diablerets, and the place is so magnificent with easy access (with helpful drivers) and superb view. Lots of beautiful moments and scenery were captured in the cameras. The half an hour petit-train journey was marvellous with gorgeous scenery from both side windows. It was unforgettable moment, and I'd love to visit it again...
Les Diablerets Ratings
Overall: 4.3. Based on 11 votes and 9 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Les Diablerets.
Public Transport: 4.6
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Les Diablerets, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Les Diablerets, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.7
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.3
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Les Diablerets.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.4
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Les Diablerets, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Les Diablerets is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Les Diablerets relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at Les Diablerets, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Les Diablerets are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Les Diablerets is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.9
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Les Diablerets, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.8
(1) Les Diablerets usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.7
(1) The staff at Les Diablerets are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Les Diablerets are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.8
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.9
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.7
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Les Diablerets has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Les Diablerets, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.3
(1) Not even a kicker at Les Diablerets, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Les Diablerets, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Les Diablerets has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.3
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.1
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.7
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.8
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.9
(1) Overall, Les Diablerets is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.0
(1) Overall, Les Diablerets is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
April 07, 2012
Tyson from Australia
This is a great place, treat the off-piste with respect, don't follow tracks. It's very dangerous if you don't know where you're going. Take your avalanche gear.
March 11, 2012
poe.tuesday from United Kingdom
We were looking for a pretty ski village with lots of skiing options and hopefully quiet during the Feb half-term.
The village is stunning with lots of beautiful traditional Swiss chalets, it's small and has everything that you need for your stay.
When we were there there were loads of snow so snow chains were needed in the village.
The skiing has 3 resorts that are not joined up - Isenau is accessed via the bubble that runs from the village, it goes up through the village and chalets and takes you right to the top where you then have lots of runs to choose from, the views are amazing - this side is in the sun so it's a lot nicer to ski here, it's where the ski school is and there are lots of family runs.
Then there is the Millerett resort, this is on the other side of the village and you have to walk a bit to get to the first chair lift, this side for me was a lot more challenging and for a novice I didn't like as the runs were too steep for me, but there are plenty of runs for everyone there.
Then there is the glacier, we did not visit it as there was plenty of other options for us.
The lift pass was a strange affair as round on the Isenau resort, once you had gone up in the bubble you didn't need your pass to get on any of the lifts (which by the way are all button and drag) but you did need your pass for the Melleretts side.
I really don't want to say how lovely Les Diablerets is as I don't want others to know about it but it really does have to be said, it is amazing and the most amazing this is, there were no queues and we were then in peak period.
On the negative, Switzerland is expensive so you do pay for the quiet runs in another way, but it's worth it if you can.
January 29, 2012
patrick williams from United Kingdom
Les Diablerets is a great resort for a family holiday. It is a small village that is friendly and charming for visitors. It can get a little busy at weekends and half-term but otherwise it feels like you have your own resort.! The views are stunning particularly off the glacier and there are 3 different ski areas to try. The local delicatessen is brilliant with wonderful food. Try it, you won't be disappointed.
November 26, 2009
Ed from United Kingdom
Les Diablerets is a gorgeous 'chocolate box' resort that fortunately remains hidden away from the vast swathe of Brits who descend on the Alps every winter.
The ski-area is surprisingly large and varied, largely catering for intermediate skiers. The resort is, however, a mecca for tree-skiing, particularly when coming down from Meilleret, where the forests open up, in good conditions, there is an incredible array of different routes.
The Isenau side of the mountain at Les Diablerets is fun but limited in scope. Good conditions can make the resort run an absolute delight as you wind through trees and chalets. The link to Villar is slow but efficient (can't ski it anymore which is a shame). Villars itself is a lot busier and generally full of young British families but opens up a much larger ski area to be explored.
The snow on Glacier 3000 is always good. The runs at the top are flat motorways, but the runs down to Audon and Reusch are about as much fun as you can have on a mountain, and very challenging at times. The off-piste is often easier than piste here. A great shame that the young Austrian couple who ran the Rooster Bar in Reusch have now left, as this (with hot-tub, fussbol and lots of Weissbeer) was the perfect way to celebrate a 2000m descent. They will be missed.
Summary. Les Diablerets is not Zermatt, Courcheval or Verbier. Thus the nightlife is limited, the lifts are often out-dated and the terrain is not massive. But it's charming, often quiet (you will never queue for a single lift), great off-piste, diverse, and with a traditional Swiss character that means you will never be able to quite experience the 'mega-resorts' in the same way again.
November 17, 2006
Steve Smith from United Kingdom
Les Diablerets is a good ski resort, with loads of atmosphere and great people. Après ski is not that great in the resorts, but if you're looking for fun take the train from Aigle for 30 minutes to Lausanne, that is the place to be! Want a typical english bar? Try Captain Cooks or Great Escape, both are great fun any nigth of the week. Want an Irish bar? Head down to Flon (still in Lausanne here) and go to Kingsize. Want a good club? There's Amnesia in Ouchy (overlooking the lake of geneva) or go to Jaggers. Another good ski resort i suggest you try is Villars, and if you're wanting to ski into France go to Portes du Soleil, just remember to take your passport with you.
February 06, 2004
John B from United Kingdom
Les Diablerets is a small but utterly charming village, right of the lid of a box of Swiss chocolates. The village nestles in a river valley surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful mountains including, of course the famous Diablerets glacier 3000. Life here is very gentle, and unhurried, far removed from the hustle and crowds of the more famous larger Swiss resorts. Everybody is courteous and you are treated like a welcome guest, not just a source of income. The village only has a hand full of hotels and restaurants, all family run, giving good value and old fashioned hospitality. Despite its small size the skiing is excellent. Everything from nice easy blue village runs through the pine forests to some jaw dropping runs from the glacier. Once you have done the local pistes you can move on to Villars that is connected to Diablerets by chair lift. Villars is far bigger and international with some excellent blue and red runs, and even the only black in the locale. Hop in your car, or use the superb Swiss public transport network and within an hour you have enough skiing to keep you going for a month. Gstaad and the white highlands system is just 12 miles in one direction, Morgins, Chatel and the Portes du Soleil in the other. Any downers?, not many, apres ski is a fondue and a quiet drink, there is really no night life and the village is popular with the Swiss living around lake Geneva so can get a bit busy on the weekend when the sun shines.
October 26, 2003
Mikael Bovin from Sweden
Great skiing resort. 1 of the best offpist places in swiss. Go there!