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Les Paccots is a village and a small ski resort between Gruyeres and Vevey. It’s surprisingly charming, a find that feels quite hidden away (despite being very easy to access). It’s likely the closest ski resort to our house, catering to beginners and children, with 20 km of low-angle slopes. We haven’t been in winter (yet).

The village and ski area remind me of the Eastern Sierras – gold country area – of California. The higher mountains (Dent de Lys at 2,014 m and other nearby peaks) take on a much more Alpen, above tree line experience.

We had a lovely hike on **Route 266, Sentier Panoramique des Paccots, in early Spring. It has a steep start and end with a nicely diverse, low angle middle. The four-hour circular walk offers really interesting panoramic views – the Alps, the slopes of the Fribourg Alps, and at the end a vista over Lake Geneva.

We had a perfectly fine lunch at **Hôtel-Restaurant les Rosalys. It’s pretty typical from a food perspective (fondue, croutes, meat, planches), but the servers were friendly and we had nice company at the next table.