In the Middle Ages, the rock wall of the mountain massif which surrounds the small village was regarded as a dangerous and cursed place where the devil did his worst. Accordingly, the place name of Les Diablerets also derives from the French ‘le Diable’, the devil. But no one need harbour any fears in Les Diablerets today, at the most some courage for the multitude of adventurous sports on offer. A varied, child-friendly programme of events and adjusted prices and infrastructure characterise the efforts that have been made to accommodate the needs of our younger guests.
Active guests in particular will get their money’s worth in Les Diablerets. Skiing and snowboarding until well into the early summer in the glacier ski region of Glacier 3000 offer competition to a wide range of adventure sports: canyoning, hydro speed, paragliding, dirt monster biking (a cross between mountain biking and motorcycling), tyrolienne traversing, or the highest Alpine Coaster (toboggan run on tracks) at the Glacier 3000 mountain station. The «Indiana» fun obstacle course and fixed rope routes round off the activities.
But traditional sports are certainly also on offer: walking (250 km of walking trails) and mountain biking. And excursions to the Aigle viticultural museum not far from Lake Geneva, the Bex salt mine in the lower Valais, or by postal bus across the Col du Pillon to the nearby sophisticated resort of Gstaad are always worthwhile.
Three ski regions with a total of 125 km of pistes and a snow park extend up to an altitude of 3000 metres . The cross-country network of tracks consists of 30 kilometers of classical Nordic track and 15 kilometers of skating trails. Further attractions include a 7.2 km long toboggan run, snow-shoe walks, snow biking and ice fall climbing. Last but not least, the glacier restaurant constructed by leading Swiss architect Mario Botta in the Glacier 3000 ski region offers a unique panorama of the Lake Geneva region.
From June to October, the resorts Les Diablerets and Villars-Gryon in the Vaudoise Alps offer guests unrestricted access to all types of mountain transportation, and to over 30 sports and cultural activities. In the winter all children under age nine ski for free during the entire season.
- Glacier 3000 – snow fun, cross-country skiing and savouring the outstanding vista in the «Gastronamik» panorama restaurant.
- Aigle viticultural museum – the viticultural museum in the canton of Vaud presents nearly 2000 years of the history of viticulture.
- Bex salt works – salt mine with a gallery length of over 50 km. Part of the underground labyrinth can be visited on a tour.
- Gstaad-Saanenland – the neighbouring region in the Bernese Oberland is a meeting point for ‘high society’ as well as unadulterated nature.
- Narrow-guage railway network from Aigle and Bex – the lines to Leysin, Les Diablerets and Villars/Bretaye provide access to the region without a car of your own.
- Nuit des Diables (Night of the Devil) – large summer festival with performances, sports activities, bars and music; the event where guests and locals meet one another (July).
- Festival International du Film Alpin (film festival about mountains and the environment) – awards are presented to the best productions in the fields «freeride, extreme sports and peak performances» as well as to documentaries on the subjects of the environment and mountains (September).
- Festival of Swiss Folk Music – this event gives folk music fans the opportunity to listen to some of the finest folk orchestras in the country (October).