DailyCandy Goes to Villars, Switzerland

Eat, Sleep and Ski in the Swiss Alps

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If it’s a flashy snow scene you’re after, look elsewhere. Villars, a traditional Swiss village at 1,300 metres, is a peaceful winter escape with superb skiing, authentic cuisine and breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc and Dents du Midi mountain ranges.

Splurge on the recently opened Chalet RoyAlp Hotel & Spa ski-in/ski-out resort (the only one in the area) and take advantage of luxuries like the indoor pool and Turkish bath. For something more intimate, try the family-owned, chalet-style La Renardière or the cosy Les Mazots du Clos in the centre of town. Feeling adventurous? Camp out in the snow at Whitepod ecoresort in nearby Le Cerniers. Igloo-shaped tents come equipped with everything from en suite shower rooms to cowhide rugs and nightly hot water bottles.

Don’t miss the crepes at La Gourmandine (Rue Central; +41 024 495 1743). For fondue or raclette, head to the cellar bar at Le Grizzly or Le Vieux-Villars — a rustic, candlelit restaurant with an unusual mix of French and Chinese cuisine.

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Downhill opportunities abound for bunnies and pros, but snowfall is unpredictable. Don’t let a dry spell ruin your weekend: lifts to Les Diablerets make glacier skiing possible year-round. Luck out with plenty of powder? Navigate down Les Chaux piste and stop for lunch at new hotspot L’Etable — a converted mountain stable serving traditional Swiss fayre.

For a chic yet understated look, you’ll need a ski beanie by The North Circular (ecoglam model Lily Cole’s knitwear range) teamed with Adidas by Stella McCartney ski pants. And don’t forget This Works Muscle Therapy. The roll-on design is ideal for après-ski self massage.

A healthy glow, toned muscles and lots of chocolate.

Photos: Courtesy of Whitepod; Courtesy of Villars Tourism, Switzerland