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View South from the BalconyCol des Mosses (1,450m) is situated at the heart of the Alpes Vaudoises, in beautiful mountain scenery. There are opportunities for many sports and activities, including skiing (downhill and cross-country), snowboarding, skating, ice diving in Winter, and walking, mountain biking, tennis, sightseeing and shopping in Summer.

The region offers a great choice of walking at all standards. Through beautiful countryside, you will discover the charm of this pre-alpine region, its valleys, lakes and mountain streams, and the diversity of its flora and fauna.

The resort is easily accessible throughout the year by car or train/postbus. It has adequate shops and facilities, with supermarkets available in Chateau d'Oex and Aigle. There are several excellent hotel/restaurants in the village.

The resort is superbly situated for touring this part of Switzerland, with Lac Léman and Montreux, Gruyères and Mont Blanc all within easy reach.

For more information,visit the
Les Mosses Tourist Office web site.

Winter sports:

The eleven lifts around Les Mosses and the adjoining La Lecherette are well spread over both sides of the pass, giving access to about 60km of pistes for downhill skiing between 1400m and 1900m and 25km for cross-country (see Piste Map). The great majority of the runs are graded blue or red, making it ideal family terrain, while enthusiasts can test their legs on the three black runs. There are pistes to suit everybody, in particular beginners and intermediate standard skiers.

The geographical setting in the North-West of the Alps gives Les Mosses the best of snowfalls, and with most of the runs facing east or west the pistes hold their surface quality well. This also means that on cold days you can move around the valley to stay in the sun all the time.

Perhaps the most outstanding feature of the skiing is the sheer lack of queues. Anyone who has stayed here before or visited from a nearby resort can vouch for this; even in the busiest periods queueing averages no more than five minutes. More typical is to find the lifts waiting for you.

Lift passes are good value at about £12 per day, and equipment hire is around £60 per week.

A snow report for the Lake Geneva area is available here.

Boarding from the sun on Dorchaux 3For the more adventurous wishing an away-day, there are many extensive and challenging resorts within a 40 min drive, for example: Diablerets and its glacier, Villars, Chateau d'Oex, Leysin, Gstaad, Saanen.

Leysin in particular is worth a visit, especially for a view like this.

 

Places to visit:

The many attractions within easy reach of Les Mosses include:

  • The charming medieval town of Gruyères, famous for its cheese and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Take a trip up the Moléson by funicular railway and gondola.Paddle Steamer on Lac Léman
  • A trip on Lac Léman by paddle-steamer. The "Montreux", shown here, built in 1904, is the oldest of the fleet of eight paddle steamers, and has recently been extensively restored, including the installation of a new steam engine. Details at the Compagnie Générale de Navigation web site.
  • The Château d'Aigle, dating from the 12th century, and housing the Wine Museum.
  • The ancient salt mines at Bex, where you can visit the excavation galleries and find out about salt mining techniques dating from 1684 when these mines were opened.Château de Chillon
  • The impressive Château de Chillon, full of history from the 11th to 16th century. It was here that Bonivar, subject of Byron's "Prisoner of Chillon", was held.
  • The Swiss Vapeur Parc at Le Bouveret, entirely dedicated to railways and steam locomotives.
  • Lose yourself in the world's largest maze at Labyrinthe Aventure, at Evionnaz.
  • Enjoy a wild and wet day at Aquaparc, at Le Bouveret
  • Attractions for all the family at Happyland New, at Granges.
  • Try canyoning, mud bike, via ferrata etc. at Parc Aventure at Aigle.

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