es Avants, where Hemingway reputedly learnt to ski , although he devoted most of his energies to tobogganing, is very popular with locals for the 2.5km toboggan run that is created every year along the road between Orgevaux/Sonloup and Les Avants. The resort is on the Goldenpass line between Montreux, Gstaad and Zweisimmen, whilst a rack railway out of Les Avants to Sonloup gives access to the toboggan run. Of the run Hemingway's advice was: "Buy an all-day ticket then spend the day sliding gloriously down the long icy mountain road You get on the sled, lean far back and the luge commences to move down the long, icy mountain road... The sled goes fast from the start and soon it is rushing faster than anything you have ever felt. You are sitting absolutely unsupported, only ten inches above the ice, and the road is feeding past you like a movie film. " Hemingway based much of the latter part of "A Farewell to Arms" in Vaud and at one point an official opines that "At Les Avants above Montreux there is excellent winter sport of every sort", against his colleague's advice to visit the Engadin or Mürren.
The now defunct Ice Hockey European Championships first took place in 1910 in Les Avants, with Great Britain the gold medal winners.
By Public Transport
The best destination to access the downhill slopes by public transport in this ski area is Sonloup.
- From Basel the least travel time is 3 hrs 17 mins with as few as 3 changes going via Lausanne / Montreux / Les Avants.
- From Lausanne the least travel time is 1 hr with as few as 2 changes going via Montreux / Les Avants.
Please refer to a map and check local conditions for accurate routing information.
As the crow flies, the resort is respectively 133km, 166km and 69km from Basel, Zurich and Geneva airports, 67km, 123km and 25km from Berne, Lucerne and Lausanne, and 756km from London.
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