Beginners have convenient nursery slopes by the village itself and the ski school has a good reputation for quality instruction. Adult group classes are available from 9.45 to 11.45 am every day (except Saturdays) for everyone aged over 15, private beginner lessons are also available from noon daily. The nursery slope is located next to the Swiss Snow Kids Village. Once you can turn and stop you’ll be able to take the gondola up to the Isenau sector, home to plenty of easy blue runs to progress on to.
Intermediate skiers will find almost all of the terrain across Les Diablerets’ three ski areas is suited to them. The Iseneau sector is predominantly made up of red runs, as is the terrain towards Villars and even the runs up on the glacier. Week long passes cover the Glacier - Alpes Vaudoises region which not only includes the lift-linked skiing over to Gryon and Villars but also that of nearby Leysin. You can also ski at resorts in the nearby Gstaad area, a short bus ride away beyond the glacier. Night skiing is available three nights a week at La Forclaz.
It’s a mixed bag for advanced skiers with jewels dotted around the area, but you’ll need to be adaptable to make the most of them. For example, on the one hand there is very limited black grade groomed piste, but on the other there’s plenty of off-piste challenge to tackle with a guide, as well as more opportunity in the wider area over towards Villars. The guides office (Compagnie des guides des Diablerets; +41 (0)24 492 15 03; http://www.passemontagne.ch) will be happy to help and offer ski touring, ski mountaineering and avalanche training courses too should the fancy take you. Heliskiing is also available locally thanks to the Air-Glaciers company (+41 (0)24 494 34 34; http://www.air-glaciers.ch). Plus there’s the legendary 1650 vertical metre, 10km long Combe d’Audon run down from the glacier. Much of this is easy to intermediate standard but there is a steep black section, usually mogulled, and overall it’s a wonderful descent away from it all. You can get to the top by ski lifts from the village, but you’ll need to be picked up by the free ski bus, circulating every 30 minutes, at the bottom.
Snowboard / Freestyle Skiing
Les Diablerets has quite a lot of attractions for boarders, with lots of freeriding terrain, much of it served by gondola and chair lifts. Along with the normal resort offering, Les Diablerets has glacier boarding, heli-boarding, guided off-piste powder, and descents up to 10km long. The resort maintains a terrain park at Isenau and you can reach more over snow at Gryon and Villars if you need additional jumps and rails.
Les Diablerets offers the best of both worlds for cross country skiers with traditional tracks from the village, through the pretty scenery with its spectacular mountainous backdrop, or high-altitude cross-country tracks up on the glacier.
There are about 25km of trails in the village which begin between the Sports Parc and the Eurotel Victoria. These include a five kilometre beginner loop, and a 20km general track leading through woods and across pasture land towards Vers-l’Eglise or Creux de Champs. There’s also a six kilometre trail at L’Iseau from the top of the cable-car on to the Les Moilles plateau, with access also available via Col du Pillon.
Les Diablerets has the guaranteed glacier skiing of the Diablerets glacier where skiing is possible from autumn to mid-Spring on the eternal snow, so there’s always guaranteed skiing at Les Diablerets.