Skiing in Vaujany

Vaujany manages to capture the charm and seduction of a truly authentic Alpine village and is one of 20 village boroughs making up the Oisans canton in the northern confines of the French district of Isère on the Savoie southern limit.  

Flanked by the Oisans massif to the west and the Ecrins National Park to the east, Vaujany is the gateway to the huge Massif des Grand Domaine /Alpe d'Huez ski area.  

Getting here - fly, drive or take the train:

The resort is easily reached from Grenoble airport or the train station. If you need details on driving directions, transfer options or train times - send us your dates and transport preferences from here

Skiing in Vaujany

In addition to the skiing in Vaujany itself (46km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski lift pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Alpe d’Huez grand domaine ski resorts of Alpe d'Huez, Auris-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans and Villard Reculas.  

The facilities and amenities on offer in Vaujany are well beyond those you would expect from a small ski village and include a 160 person cable car that can transport you to 2,800 metres in just 15 minutes! After a day's skiing you can relax in an authentic Alpine ambience without the commercial hype of most purpose-built resorts (like its huge neighbour Alpe d’Huez). Blending tradition and modernity, Vaujany offers top class skiing, swimming, skating and trekking facilities amongst an unspoilt environment in beautiful mountain landscapes.  To access the lower parts of Vaujany (where the lifts are) from the higher part of the resort (where the shops/restaurants are) and vice versa there is an enclosed escalator which links the two - saving you from having to walk up and down hills!

There are also the traditional, almost unchanged, alpine small mountain farms or crofts offering mountain goat and cow's cheese, fresh butter, milk, honey and fruit conserves. All of these products can be enjoyed by visitors to the resort in many of the local restaurants and shops.

Skiing & Boarding in Vaujany

Vaujany has the unlikely benefit of being linked with the vast Grand Domaine ski area - so you get the best of both worlds: the rural, rustic charm of a small mountain community and a huge expanse of skiing.  What makes this area so satisfying are its many-sided slopes. They face in all directions, so skiers can always find the best snow and conditions by simply following the sun! Most of the slopes are above the tree-line.

The 160 place Cable Car system takes you from the village at 1160m to 2602m in minutes.  The next stop up is 3095m at the Pic Blanc looking out on to the Mont Blanc, the Grand Paradis, the Meije and the Ecrin National Park.  

The skiing down options are vast and there is a choice of 220km of managed slopes for all skill levels cutting through gulleys and forests with a multitude of lift and cable car options. 

Staying in Vaujany

We offer a range of chalets, hotels and apartments

Doing more in Vaujany

Another approach to the mountainis to put on snow shoes and accompany a guide over prepared tracks amidst winter mountain panoramas. You'll discover the wild life, and if your lucky - the "chamois" and "chevreuils" (European antilope and alpine fawn deer).

There are also two cross country ski trails to enjoy which are 20km and 10km respectively taking in the wonderful surroundings and all the pleasures of cross country skiing.

For non-skiers:

Other activities include paragliding, skidoos, helicopter trips, ice driving and micro light flights. 

Getting here:

The nearest airport is Grenoble - transfers can be arranged from other airports - contact us for further details.

Should you prefer to drive, we can assist with ferry or tunnel crossings.

The local train station is Grenoble and we can arrange trains for you from Paris or from London - more detail can be seem at travel arrangements

Got some questions about the resort?

Call us on 0203 137 7678;  email us your questions or;

Ski area

No of km skiing (full area): 250

Snow cannons: 923

No of lifts: 81

Snowboard park: 2

No of km of cross country routes: 55

Mountain restaurants: 17

Green Runs:17
Blue Runs: 34
Red runs:39
Black Runs: 16
Altitude (min): 1860
Altitude (max): 3330

Ski Insurance

  • Ski insurance is a requirement when booking our holidays

    If you have a policy in place - that's great - if not the policy on our site is available from MPI  This covers all the key areas.

What we like

  • Short transfer time from Grenoble airport
  • La Sarenne piste - all 16km of it!
  • The lift pass includes one free entry into the ice rink, one entry to the outdoor swimming pool, the museum, night sledging and night skiing. Some other activities are discounted by 50%
  • Free regular shuttle bus service 300 days of sunshine a year

Top 5 things tp do

  1. Skiing the Sarenne (the longest run in Europe at 16km)
  2. Night Skiing
  3. Helicopter to 2 Alpes
  4. Seeing the view from the top of Pic Blanc
  5. Skiing the Tunnel (the second steepest run in France

  • Residence Le Dome des Rousses

    £94- £247

    (£pp on std occ)


    Situated in the heart of the village of Vaujany, within the pedestrianised area, restaurants and shops, the 2 star Residence Le Dome des Rousses is also just 350m from the main cable car where you can reach the ski area of Vaujany and Alpe d'Huez.

    Ski holidays: The apartments are offered self catered with channel crossing included.

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  • Chalet de Louise

    £198- £434

    (£pp on std occ)


    The Chalet Louise is built in a traditional chalet style and can accommodate up to 10 people. With it's South/South West facing aspects the chalet enjoys many hours of sunshine and beautiful views.

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