Aigle - meaning Eagle in French - is a small town just a few kilometres up the Rhone valley from Lake Geneva, situated in an area known as Chablais Vaudois.
It is famous for its castle and its wines, for cyclists as a base for cycle tours and as the home of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), and for train buffs for the narrow gauge mountain railways that start here as part of the Transports Publics du Chablais (TPC). Indeed, the trains and buses also make it a location many skiers use as a transit point, but the town itself is a very pleasant place to base yourself for a holiday, with many attractions other than ski resorts within easy reach. With many resorts directly served by public transport from Aigle, you can put on your ski boots before you go. Amongst the ski areas you can easily reach are Villars, Gstaad, Leysin, Les Diablerets and the resorts of Les Portes du Soleil. Verbier is also an easy day trip.
There are excellent rail and road links to Aigle from Geneva and Lausanne. The station is a stop on the main line between Geneva, Lausanne, Brig, Visp and Milan, and a motorway passes within a kilometre of the town.
Most accommodation options are in the mountain villages or in the larger town of Monthey, on the way to Champéry in Les Portes du Soleil, and only two stops on the AMOC line of the TPC from Aigle. However there is also the charming three star Hotel du Nord in the centre of Aigle, a few minutes walk from the station.