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Chateau d'Oex Quick Facts
Resort: Chateau d'Oex
Altitude: 958m
Ski Area: Gstaad Mountain Rides
Canton: Vaud
Train Station: Yes
Main Language: French

Chateau d'Oex is the largest town in the Pays d'Enhaut region of the Alpes Vaudoises in the west of Switzerland. In winter Chateau d'Oex serves as a family ski resort, whilst in summer it becomes a base for hiking and walking. Throughout the year, it is probably best known as one of the world's premier hot-air ballooning centres, with its internationally renowned balloon festival taking place each January, and organised balloon flights taking place throughout the year.

So why does the area around Chateau d'Oex make such a good area for ballooning ? Well apparently, the wide valley and natural bowl helps create perfect thermal air currents for ballooning. And obviously the incredible scenery surrounding the area is an added bonus for those lucky enough to get to fly there !

The skiing is suited mainly for beginners and intermediates, and whilst there are some trickier runs up near La Braye. The slopes of Chateau d'Oex link into the Gstaad Mountain Rides ski area, giving access to a much wider area than those in the immediate vicinity of the resort, whilst the glacier at nearby Les Diablerets provides an option if the conditions lower down aren't as good as expected.

By the way, for those of you wondering how you pronounce Chateau d'Oex, it's simply "Chateau Day".

Chateau d'Oex Positives and Negatives

  • Fantastic scenery and conditions for hot air ballooning.
  • Glacier at nearby Les Diablerets.
  • Plenty of activities available throughout the year.
  • Local ski area at La Braye is very small.

Chateau d'Oex The Resort Itself

Chateau d'Oex sits in the main valley of the Pays d'Enhaut where the road from Col des Mosses pass meets the valley. This bit needs expanding a lot... The train station is smack bang in the town centre, and the cable car station lies directly opposite it. 100m west is the tourist office, well worth a visit if you're thinking of booking a balloon flight as they can provide all the necessary information.

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