❄️ Winter Sports in French-speaking Switzerland in 2020

What to do in winter to enjoy the snow?

La Torpille offers you an inventory of the five main activities that can be practiced in French-speaking Switzerland in winter to enjoy the snow.

  1. Downhill skiing
  2. Cross-country skiing
  3. Sledding
  4. Snowshoeing
  5. Ice skating

Alpine ski slopes


There are many alpine ski slopes in French-speaking Switzerland. The largest number are in Valais. The two largest ski areas in French-speaking Switzerland are the Portes du Soleil (580 km) and Verbier – 4 Vallées (415 km).

An alpine skier with a helmet. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
An alpine skier with a helmet

Valais


  1. Anzère (58 km)
  2. Arolla (47 km)
  3. Bruson
  4. Champéry (Portes du Soleil – 580 km)
  5. Champex (15 km)
  6. Champoussin (Portes du Soleil – 580 km)
  7. Crans-Montana (140 km)
  8. Evolène (42 km)
  9. Grimentz (Grimentz/Zinal 115 km)
  10. La Forclaz (15 km)
  11. La Fouly (20 km)
  12. La Tzoumaz (4 vallées – 415 km)
  13. Les Crosets (Portes du Soleil – 580 km)
  14. Les Marécottes (25 km)
  15. Morgins (Portes du Soleil)
  16. Nax (35 km)
  17. Nendaz (4 vallées – 415 km)
  18. Ovronnaz (30 km)
  19. Saint-Luc – Chandolin (60 km)
  20. Thyon (4 vallées – 415 km)
  21. Torgon
  22. Verbier (4 vallées – 415 km)
  23. Vercorin (35 km)
  24. Veysonnaz (4 vallées – 415 km)
  25. Vichères (15 km)
  26. Zinal (Grimentz/Zinal 115 km)

Vaud


  1. Château d’Oex (29 km) fermé
  2. Glacier 3000
  3. La Dôle – Saint Cergue (3 km)
  4. Les Diablerets (Villars/Gryon/Diablerets 84 km)
  5. Les Mosses – La Lécherette (40 km)
  6. Les Pléiades (8 km)
  7. Leysin (60 km)
  8. Les Rochers-de-Naye (2 km)
  9. Rougemont
  10. Sainte-Croix – Les Rasses (20 km)
  11. Saint-George (2 km)
  12. Vallée de Joux – Vaulion
  13. Villars – Gryon (Villars/Gryon/Diablerets 84 km)

Fribourg


  1. Berra – La Roche (25 km)
  2. Bulle – La Chia (3 km)
  3. Charmey (30 km)
  4. Les Paccots (9 km)
  5. Moléson (30 km)
  6. Mont-Gibloux (1.5 km)
  7. Rathvel (8 km)

Neuchâtel


  1. Le Pâquier-Crêt-du-Puy (10 km)
  2. La Corbatière-La Roche des Crocs (5 km)
  3. Buttes-La Robella (20 km)
  4. Le Locle-Sommartel SA (3 km)

Jura


  1. Les Genevez (4 km)
  2. Les Breuleux (10 km)

Cross-country skiing trails


Cross-country skiers. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
Cross-country skiers

Valais


  1. Champéry
  2. Champex-Lac
  3. Crans-Montana
  4. Evolène – Les Haudères / Arolla
  5. La Fouly / Val Ferret
  6. Morgins
  7. Ovronnaz – Mayens de Chamoson
  8. Verbier / Val de Bagnes

Vaud


  1. Froideville
  2. La Thomassette / Le Brassus
  3. Les Bioux
  4. Les Charbonnières / Le Lieu
  5. Les Tenasses / Les Pléiades
  6. Les Mosses / Pays d’Enhaut
  7. Les Plans-sur-Bex
  8. Les Rasses / Sainte-Croix
  9. Leysin
  10. Marchairuz
  11. Mollendruz
  12. St-Cergue – La Givrine – La Cure
  13. St-George
  14. Villars / Gryon

Fribourg


  1. Gibloux
  2. Le Crêt – Les Paccots

Neuchâtel


  1. Bugnenets / Savagnières
  2. Creux-du-Van / Couvet
  3. L’Auberson
  4. La Brévine
  5. La Côte-aux-Fées
  6. La Sagne
  7. La Vue des Alpes – Tête de Ran
  8. Les Arêtes/Les Foulets/La Chaux-de-Fonds
  9. Les Cernets / Les Verrières
  10. Les Ponts-de-Martel – La Tourne
  11. Les Prés-d’Orvin – Chasseral
  12. Nods / Chasseral
  13. Pouillerel / La Chaux-de-Fonds
  14. Sommartel / Le Locle

Jura


  1. Les Breuleux / Franches-Montagnes
  2. Les Genevez / Franches-Montagnes
  3. Saignelégier / Franches Montagnes

Sled runs


The 10 sled runs inventoried in this listing are runs that are marked out for sled use with a mechanical lift to access their departure.

Two sled riders on the Tzoumaz track.
Two sled riders on the Tzoumaz track.

The sled runs are mainly located in the canton of Valais. The most beautiful of them is, by far, that of the Tzoumaz in the Verbier ski area.

Valais


  1. Vercorin
  2. La Tzoumaz
  3. Champex-Lac
  4. Grimentz
  5. Anzere
  6. Les Marécottes

Vaud


  1. Les Diablerets
  2. Sonloup

Fribourg


  1. Moléson

Neuchâtel


  1. La Robella

Snowshoe trails


Snowshoeing is possible in all resorts that offer downhill ski trails. Most resorts even offer marked trails for this popular practice.

People who practice snowshoeing. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
People who practice snowshoeing

Ice rinks


A good idea in winter is to put ice skates on one of the 39 ice rinks of French-speaking Switzerland.

Ice skaters in Brisbane, Australia. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
Ice skaters in Brisbane, Australia

Valais


  1. Champéry
  2. Crans-Montana
  3. Martigny
  4. Monthey
  5. Nendaz
  6. Sierre
  7. Sion Ancien Stand
  8. Sion Tourbillon
  9. Verbier
  10. Vissoie

Vaud


  1. Château d’Oex
  2. Lausanne Montchoisi
  3. Lausanne Pontoise
  4. Le Sentier
  5. Leysin
  6. Morges
  7. Nyon
  8. Oron
  9. Prilly Malley
  10. Vallorbe
  11. Vevey
  12. Villars
  13. Yverdon

Fribourg


  1. Bulle
  2. Châtel-St-Denis
  3. Fribourg Saint-Léonard
  4. Romont

Neuchâtel


  1. Fleurier
  2. La Chaux-de-Fonds
  3. Le Locle
  4. Les Ponts de Martel
  5. Neuchâtel

Jura


  1. Delémont
  2. Porrentruy
  3. Saignelégier

Jura bernois


  1. Bienne
  2. Moutier
  3. Saint-Imier
  4. Tramelan