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Leysin Quick Facts
Resort: Leysin
Altitude: 1253m
Ski Area: Alpes Vaudoises
Canton: Vaud
Train Station: Yes
Main Language: French

Leysin, nestling up in its own little valley above Aigle, and set amidst the splendour of the Alpes Vaudoises, is a fine little resort that offers some surprisingly good skiing in winter and some great walking in summer. Leysin used to be well known as an Alpine centre that specialised in treating respiratory problems, with its peaceful, isolated location and pure mountain air being the reasons why large sanatoriums were built here to look after the patients.

Whilst the treatment centres have now gone, Leysin's large sanatoriums remain, but are now home to hotel residents and international colleges. However, Leysin's beautiful tranquil setting is still attracting plenty of visitors, but now in the form of skiers, snowboarders, hikers or those just after a break in a beautiful setting, handily located within striking distance of Lake Geneva's eastern shores.

Leysin is one of the highest villages in the canton of Vaud, lying at 1263m, and whilst it's ski slopes aren't vast, or particularly high, there is more than enough to keep a family of intermediates happy for five or six days.

Leysin Positives and Negatives

  • Leysin is a really family-friendly resort.
  • Good transfer times from Geneva.
  • Pistes aren't too crowded.
  • Fantastic scenery from both the slopes and the village.
  • One of only 3 resorts to have a revolving mountain restaurant.
  • Leysin's south-facing slopes can suffer in warm, sunny weather.
  • Smallish ski area - not for those skiers who want to clock up an enormous amount of mileage on vast, wide slopes.

Leysin The Resort Itself

For first-time visitors arriving in Leysin by train, a glance at the route map and the number of train stations in the resort might lead you to believe that leysin is much bigger than you'd been told. However, it is indeed a small resort as you'd probably thought, the number of train stations is purely down to the fact that Leysin is built right on the slopes of the hillside, and anyone based near the top of the resort will be grateful for the rail engineers who designed the line !

The area known as Leysin Village is built down on a flatish section near the small valley floor, here you'll find the ice arena, and tobogganing area in winter, and some outdoor sports facilities in summer. Above this area, built onto a steep section of the hillside, is the main road that twists up through the handful of cafes, restaurants and hotels. Halfway up the main route you will find the swimming pool and sports centre, and then the cable car station that serves the ski area and the famous revolving restaurant "Le Kuklos". Even further up the hillside, beyond these, are the huge sanatoriums that were built back at the start of the 20th century but which have now been converted into large accommodation blocks, hotels and schools.

Transport links to Leysin

The table below shows train times from the main cities and transport hubs of Switzerland to Leysin.

From Time Changes
Basel 3:15 2
Bern 2:14 2
Geneva 1:45 1
Geneva Airport 1:54 1
Lausanne 0:57 1
Luzern 3:18 2
Sion 1:13 1
Zurich 3:14 2
Zurich Airport 3:35 2

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