482 Parcours Bretaye-Villars
482 Parcours Bretaye-Villars

Snowshoe trekking

Parcours Bretaye-Villars

Parcours Bretaye-Villars

Bretaye–Col de Soud–Villars

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Parcours Bretaye-Villars

Parcours Bretaye-Villars

A fantastic snowshoe trail starting in Bretaye, accessible from Villars via cogwheel railway. Along the way: many stretches of forest, the Maison de Montagne de Bretaye founded by General Guisan, and a unique backdrop with Mont Blanc and the Vaud Alps.
Villars basks on a sunlit terrace with a southern exposure, high above the Rhone Valley. The cogwheel railway runs from this holiday resort in the heart of the Vaud Alps to the terminus at Bretaye, a winter sports hub. The setting for the start of this snowshoe trek: Mont Blanc, the Dents du Midi and all of the Vaud Alps.

You start out by following the ski run towards Les Bouquetins, several hundred meters below. At the sign for the Crazy Moose restaurant, go to the right and walk uphill to reach the Maison de Montagne de Bretaye. This mountain hotel was used for military accommodation in the past. Founded by General Guisan (1874-1960), it hosted military schools and training facilities for decades. The site now houses a hotel and restaurant. The trail takes you around the building, following the ridge, and then descends into the forest along two hairpin bends. After the forest path, you cross the rail track. You follow the track for some way, past the Auberge Col de Soud with the station of the same name.

Another path climbs through the forest and up the ridge here. The road on the left is reserved for sledgers. As soon as the trail has reached its highest point, it zig-zags down through the forest to the junction, level with the railway line. After a few more bends, the hike ends in the Domaine de la Forêt area where you can remove your snowshoes and walk a little further into the centre.
A fantastic snowshoe trail starting in Bretaye, accessible from Villars via cogwheel railway. Along the way: many stretches of forest, the Maison de Montagne de Bretaye founded by General Guisan, and a unique backdrop with Mont Blanc and the Vaud Alps.
Villars basks on a sunlit terrace with a southern exposure, high above the Rhone Valley. The cogwheel railway runs from this holiday resort in the heart of the Vaud Alps to the terminus at Bretaye, a winter sports hub. The setting for the start of this snowshoe trek: Mont Blanc, the Dents du Midi and all of the Vaud Alps.

You start out by following the ski run towards Les Bouquetins, several hundred meters below. At the sign for the Crazy Moose restaurant, go to the right and walk uphill to reach the Maison de Montagne de Bretaye. This mountain hotel was used for military accommodation in the past. Founded by General Guisan (1874-1960), it hosted military schools and training facilities for decades. The site now houses a hotel and restaurant. The trail takes you around the building, following the ridge, and then descends into the forest along two hairpin bends. After the forest path, you cross the rail track. You follow the track for some way, past the Auberge Col de Soud with the station of the same name.

Another path climbs through the forest and up the ridge here. The road on the left is reserved for sledgers. As soon as the trail has reached its highest point, it zig-zags down through the forest to the junction, level with the railway line. After a few more bends, the hike ends in the Domaine de la Forêt area where you can remove your snowshoes and walk a little further into the centre.
6 km | 1 Stage
140 m | 600 m
2 h 40 min
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Col-de-Bretaye
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Season

Winter season
The winter season is usually from 15th of December to 15th of March.
Snow report
Latest information on the snow situation.
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Signalization

Direction of the signposting
This route is only signposted in one direction: Bretaye - Col de Soud - Villars
Routing
Due to snow conditions, the locally signposted route may differ from that shown on the SwitzerlandMobility web map. If in doubt, follow the local signs.

Hints

Snowshoe rent
Snowshoes can be rented on site.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Villars-sur-Ollon
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Contact

Office du Tourisme de Villars
Avenue Centrale 140
1884 Villars-sur-Ollon
Tel. +41244953232
information@villars.ch
www.villars-diablerets.ch

Services

Places

Villars-sur-Ollon / Gryon
Villars-sur-Ollon / Gryon
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Places of interest

Three high-altitude lakes
Three high-altitude lakes
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Signalization

Signalization
For snow shoe trekking, follow the logo indicated on the pink signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization