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Villard de Lans

Villard de Lans Ski Resort Guide

Villard de Lans, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length130km81 miles
Highest Lift2,170m7,119ft
Resort Height1,050m3,445ft
 Nearest AirportsGrenoble and Chambery
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Villard de Lans

Pleasant, large, traditional resort with extensive skiing reached from the Cote 2000 ski centre above the village . Night life is lively and snow cover relatively certain thanks to extensive snow-making.

Summary

The French ski resort of Villard de Lans is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,050m3,445ft, with 130km81 miles of marked runs.

Villard de Lans has direct access to 130km81 miles of downhill skiing, with 32 marked pistes, served by a total of 28 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,170m7,119ft, snow cover is generally reliable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Villard de Lans?

The next notable snow forecast is 21cm8in, expected on 26 October, with around 34cm13in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Villard de Lans
FriSatSunMonTueWedThu
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1,363m4,472ft
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1,203m3,947ft

Ski Area Stats

Villard de Lans Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 8 25km16 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 9 30km19 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 9 40km25 miles
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 8 30km19 miles
Downhill
Total Length
130km81 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
130km81 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
28

Altitudes

Villard de Lans Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,170m7,119ft
Lowest Piste1,160m3,806ft
Resort Altitude (Villard de Lans)1,050m3,445ft
Max Vertical1,120m3,675ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Villard de Lans
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Villard de Lans Overview

Villard de Lans is found in the beautiful Vercors National Park and is the ultimate example of old-meets-new. Villard de Lans enjoys a rich traditional village atomsphere which sits in stark contrast to the modern ski complex - Le Balcon de Villard Côte 2000. Despite this they complement each other well - Côte 2000 is 5km from the village centre.

Excellent slopes provide some fast progression and the benefits of the resort's location is realised at the end of the day when weary skiers can ski right up to the hotel doors!

Villard is one of France's most established ski resorts. Serious snow-making capacity (doubled in the last few years) ensures good skiing throughout the season.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Villard de Lans is 6km4 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Le Grand Couloir'.

Skiing

The skiing here is superb, and particularly noted for its variety of slopes. There's plenty of opportunities for the complete beginner and enough challenges for the experienced veteran. There are excellent slopes suitable for beginners at the top of the Pre des Preys gondola lift, with a convenient mountain restaurant and sun terrace. After just a few hours of basic training beginners will be able to enjoy some of the beautiful easy pistes like the Clos-Glovettes and Marmotte.

Many intermediate runs are found in the Grande Moucherolle and Correncon areas. There's plenty of scenic variety with runs both above and below tree line, and also a good selection of terrain types.

A good amount of serious skiing for the more advanced skier too, with 12 black runs and the off-piste opportunities of the Petite Moucherolle. There is some debate over the most challenging black run, but the Rhodo moguls, Le Grand Couloir and the long and difficult Chamois are certainly contenders.

Added to the 20 lifts here are a further nine connecting lifts of the neighboring resort Corrençon en Vercors, where there is a similar selection of runs for all grades of skier. All these lifts are included on the one pass.

Villard de Lans offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

Snowboarding

Villard has one snowboard fun park and offers snowboarding lessons.

Location and Map

Where is Villard de Lans?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Isère, Rhône-Alpes.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Villard de Lans is Grenoble, 63 minutes drive away.

Chambery, Lyon St-Exupéry, Lyon Bron, Annecy, Geneva, Saint-Étienne, Avignon and Montpellier airports are all within three hours drive.

Grenoble is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 28 ski lifts are able to uplift 30,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 50km31 miles of ski runs, with 283 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Villard de Lans open?

 Open from : December 19, 2020.

 Closes : April 17, 2021.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Early April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Villard de Lans, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Villard de Lans Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

Villard de Lans, with its many sports facilities including ice-skating, horse riding, tennis and a leisure center offers plenty for those who prefer to spend their time off the slopes. Village tours are available by sleigh, and there are some more unusual activities like visiting the local pottery, torchlight descents, bowling evenings and the entertaining Puppet Museum.

There are two nightclubs - Le Club 2000 in Cote 2000 and Le Vidrick in Villard de Lans. Other local activities include archery, ballooning, a bridge club, casino, dog sledding, ice climbing, luge, paragliding and Snowshoeing.

Villard de Lans