: Bex or Aigle
: Aigle (A9)
: La Chaumiere
Car: not necessary
Chalet Balthazar has a fabulously convenient location in the village center, moments from the shops, bars and restaurants of the Rue Centrale.
Villars tourist office for booking ski lessons, the beginner ski slopes adjacent to the Villars Palace Hotel and the train station from where the ski train takes you up to the main ski area at Bretaye under 3 minutes walk.
If driving to Chalet Balthazar, the journey is an extremely straight forward 75 min drive from Geneva Airport or 3 hours from Zurich Airport.
If travelling by train, there is a rail service direct from Geneva Airport to Aigle (a 20 minute journey by car/taxi to Balthazar) or to the next stop, Bex, from where you can change and take the mountain train direct to Villars. Balthazar is 50m from the train station.
Golf: Villars is blessed with a world-class 18-hole golf course located in an amazing mountain location at 5300 ft (1600 m). The golf course and its superb restaurant are perched on a south-facing plateau where you can play around, enjoy drinks or a meal amid some of the most stunning views of the Alps and Mont-Blanc. For those wishing to learn how to play, individual lessons or week-long group programs for all levels can be arranged with PGA certified professionals in this most relaxed, unique and beautiful setting. The Club is open from mid-May to October and can be accessed by the funicular railway from Villars station or by road.
Ski: 75 ski lifts connect 220km of slopes and a chairlift connection to the neighboring resort of ‘Les Diablerets’ enables year-round skiing on the glacier at 3,000m. Sledging, ice-skating, Nordic skiing and snowshoe walking provide skiers and non-skiers with endless possibilities. Two respected ski schools provide expert tuition and children under 9 benefit from free ski passes. For those who like to ski in a different resort everyday, Verbier is 40 minutes away, Chamonix 1hr 15mins, Les Portes du Soleil (Champery, Avoriaz & Morzine) 40 minutes and Gstaad 1hr. Crans Montana, Saas Fee and Zermatt are further afield but all ski able on a days excursion.