Espace récréatif de Frience - hiver Nathalie Racheter

Recreational area at Frience

Recreational area at Frience

Frience, a south-facing panoramic plateau in the heart of Alpe des Chaux, offers a wide range of activities for the entire family in any season !

Use of all installations is free of charge, promising boundless fun for the entire family! 


The area offers 2 ski runs, including one for beginners. The perfect place to learn how to ski. The Swiss Ski School in Gryon offers lessons and a snow playground.


There are 3 specially prepared sledge runs with varying levels of difficulty, including 1 for beginners, 1 for advanced and 1 for expert sledgers.


A 160-metre long conveyor belt gets passengers effortlessly up the hill! With its wooden cover, reminiscent of Lucerne’s famous Chapel Bridge, the belt protects users from the elements. 


This recreational area is located close to the ski area of Villars-Gryon-Diablerets, with easy access from Les Fracherets.  
A cross-country ski trail as well as several winter walking and snowshoeing trails are close by. 

Numerous other activities are offered throughout the winter : tobogganing, downhill skiing, winter walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing


Access :
- Access by bus (shuttle Gryon - Alpe des Chaux, 7 races a day) - Detailed schedules
- to ski
- by car (from Barboleuse), 
- 2 free car parks nearby (La Golèze and Frience).

Equipment rental
Rental shop with sledges, bobs, skibobs, snowscoots and yooners as well as helmets. 
Rental : CHF 6.-/sledge

- by bus (Gryon - Alpe des Chaux shuttle, 7 services per day during off-peak season and 15 services per day during peak season)
- on skis 
- by car (from Barboleuse)

- wearing a helmet is recommended
- tobogganing, snow scooting and downhill skiing are only allowed on the runs marked for each discipline. Everyone on their own tracks!
- do not leave the marked runs and trails, observe the signage
- children and adolescents must be supervised by their parents


During school holidays (from February 8th to March 8th, 2020) :
Everyday from 10:00 to 17:00

Outside school holidays (from January 6th to February 7th and from March 9th to April 5th, 2020)
February 8 to March 8, 2020:
On Wednesday, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm 
On Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:00



Frience, a south-facing panoramic plateau in the heart of Alpe des Chaux, offers a wide range of activities for the entire family in any season !

At Frience, a bathing facility with stunning views of the Miroir d’Argentine awaits you!

3 specifically designed pools are available:
- Paddling pool with a maximum depth of 40 centimetres located in the small pool next to the Refuge de Frience
- Non-swimming area with a maximum depth of 90 centimetres located in the small pool facing Solalex
- Large pool with a maximum depth of 2.50 metres 

A water treatment area using aquatic plants (not accessible to the public) complements the facilities.


- by car (from Barboleuse)
- on foot or by bike 
- 2 free car parks nearby (La Golèze and Frience) 

Safety and recommendations:
- Access is free, children must be accompanied and supervised by adults.
- Animals (dogs…) are not allowed in the water.
- Access to the lake is prohibited for motor vehicles

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